Texas soldier who drowned trying to help migrants wasn’t equipped with flotation device
Spc. Bishop Evans died after jumping into the Rio Grande to save migrants. He and other members of Operation Lone Star were not provided safety equipment. Texas Military Department said an order for buoys and ropes was made but has not been fulfilled.
Texas Guard’s border mission needs an additional $531 million to continue past this month, top general says
Texas Military Department leaders say they’ve addressed many of the issues that arose late last year when the mission ramped up to 10,000 service members — but more money is needed to run the mission at its current pace.
Deplorable conditions, unclear mission: Texas National Guard troops call Abbott’s rushed border operation a disaster
The governor has sent waves of troops to the border as Guard officials scramble to execute a massive mobilization that would normally take months to plan. Some Guard members say the operation has set back their income, education and well-being.
Probe of Texas National Guard border mission demanded over suicide attempts, abysmal conditions and delayed pay
The call for action from Texas Democrats comes as another service member based in the city of Pharr survived a suicide attempt on Sunday, according to an incident report obtained by Army Times and The Texas Tribune.
Allen West blasts Gov. Greg Abbott over suicides, pay problems among National Guardsmen at the border
Abbott’s political challenger said guard members deployed to Operation Lone Star are facing late pay, being exposed to COVID-19, experiencing supply shortages and dealing with added stress that has led to multiple suicides tied to the mission.
Texas Military covers staffing shortages at juvenile facility in Edinburg
A rise in COVID cases around the state created a shortage of personnel this week at state juvenile detention facilities, including one in Edinburg. The Texas Juvenile Justice Department confirmed Wednesday it received assistance from the Texas Military Department in a statement it shared first with the Marshall Project and then with The Monitor. “The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is grateful for the assistance provided by the Texas Military Department, whose personnel are serving in limited support roles at our facilities,” Brian Sweany, the communications director, said via statement. “One of those facilities is the Evins Regional Juvenile Center in Edinburg.”The Texas Military Department is composed of three military branches: the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard. The support will also be offered to other facilities across the state, including the Gainesville State School in Cooke County, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex in Brownwood, and McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility in Mart.myrgv.com
Texas National Guard soldier dies in training at Fort Hood
FORT HOOD, Texas A Texas Army National Guard soldier has died during a training exercise at Fort Hood, according to the Texas Military Department. Bradley Moore, 36, of Mansfield died Thursday during land navigation training according to a news release on the department's website. The military is a family, and the entire Texas National Guard mourns with Sgt. Moores loved ones left behind.At least four Fort Hood Army soldiers have been found dead near the base since June, including Spc. Investigators have said Guillen was killed by a fellow soldier and foul play is suspected in Morales' death.
Soldier with Texas Army National Guard dies while conducting training, officials say
AUSTIN A soldier with the Texas Army National Guard died Thursday while conducting land navigation training at Fort Hood, according to the Texas Military Department. Bradley Moore, 36, of Mansfield, was a noncommissioned officer with the Texas Army National Guard, according to the departments release. The military is a family, and the entire Texas National Guard mourns with Sgt. The incident remains under investigation, according to the release. RELATED: Soldier found dead at Fort Sam Houston identified; death under investigation, officials say
Texas Deploys Rural Coronavirus Test Sites, But Provides Few Details
In a push to increase coronavirus testing in rural areas, the Texas Military Department will roll out mobile testing facilities to more than two dozen small towns across the state. Fredericksburg and Floresville are the first of 25 free testing locations the Texas Military Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are working to set up, Texas Gov. The Texas Military Department includes the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard. Mindy Bloem, public affairs officer for the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard, in an email Wednesday. Local officials learned about the testing site from state officials late Sunday and had little time to help publicize it, she said.therivardreport.com