More than half of the Texas National Guard members deployed to the Mexico border as part of Operation Lone Star said they would consider volunteering for another year of the same duty, the mission’s commander told state lawmakers Wednesday, as Stars and Stripes reported. The mission started in March 2021 and has regularly had low morale, but Maj. Gen. Ronald “Win” Burkett, who took command four months ago, said morale has evolved. “My understanding is at the soldier level, that the value that they bring and how important what they’re doing is meeting the governor’s intent, absolutely helps morale. At the same time, working with the state, there’s been a lot of just soldier care.”…

Sixty-year-old military housing units are being demolished at Fort Carson, Colorado to build new homes for service members and military families, according to a press release from Balfour Beatty Communities. “We are pleased to be working with the Army toward our common goal of bringing new, modern homes to Fort Carson and to continue delivering on our commitment to support active duty families,” said Rick Taylor, president, facilities operations, renovations and construction for Balfour Beatty Communities….

Alan McCoy recently brought family members to visit Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, which is named after his grandfather, Maj. Gen. Robert Bruce McCoy. Garrison Commander Col. Michael Poss said it was an honor to have the family tour some of the facilities, according to a DOD story. Alan McCoy said it was great to see how the base has honored his grandfather. “My grandfather was what you’d call a visionary. Not only was he a general, but he was the mayor of Sparta, he was a county judge back in his youth, and he was a baseball player.”

Army photo by Scott T. Sturkol