Last year, the Air Force reported a shortage of approximately 2,000 pilots, including about 950 fighter pilots. Much of pilot training occurs in Texas at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and Sheppard Air Force Base.
At a hearing on Air Force modernization in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questioned Air Force leaders on their efforts to fix the problem.
National Guard deployment continues along the Texas-Mexico Border. Gov. Greg Abbott has committed to eventually having 1,400 National Guard troops posted along the border. On Friday, officials on opposite ends of the state explained what Texans can expect next.