Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that it would be “almost criminal” if Congress passed another stopgap spending measure for defense when the current one expires but said he's working with leadership to try to avoid that. “The agenda in the Senate is crowded with ObamaCare, with the budget, with [Supreme Court nominee Neil] Gorsuch, who'll be coming to the floor as well,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I've been talking to [Senate Major
WASHINGTON At the same time that President Donald Trump is pushing a plan to increase defense spending by 10 percent, Washington state Rep. Adam Smith says it’s time to save money by closing some of the nation’s military bases. Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, wants to reopen the controversial Base Realignment and Closure process, known as BRAC, last used in 2005. While the 11th-term congressman has promoted base closings before with no luck, the
AUSTIN - A U.S. House Bill calls for another round of BRAC, or base realignment and closure. That is when the Department of Defense looks at all of its military bases across the country and consolidates or closes some to save money. The next BRAC round could happen in 2019, but Texas legislators want to make sure the state's military bases are not on the list. That includes NAS-Corpus Christi and NAS-Kingsville. It was a topic at the Texas State Capitol today. For more than t
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- On the Texas-Mexico border, near the small town of Del Rio, Texas, lies the 47th Flying Training Wing at Laughlin Air Force Base – where the world’s greatest military pilots are graduated, mission ready warriors are deployed, and professional, resilient and innovative Airmen are developed.
Laughlin’s role in the Air Force and Air Education and Training Command has been one of adventure and rich history, going back to its establishment in Ma