Texas soldiers are unnecessarily entangled in a train wreck of layered bureaucracies, political issues, staff turnover, and IT headaches. Issues in paying troops, identified last year, persist.
As we previously reported, Operation Lone Star (OLS) is part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s pivot to border security following the Biden–Harris Administration’s abdication of strong border security measures. Essentially, OLS surged members of the Texas National Guard (TNG) and the Texas Dept. of Public Safety to the state’s southern border.
Unfortunately, as Texas Scorecard reported in December, an unknown number of TNG troops involved in OLS were being paid late.
A whistleblower’s allegations of “rampant pay issues” first made to Texas Scorecard in October, were confirmed by communications obtained through a Public Information Act request. The issues were severe enough for Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, Adjutant General of the Texas National Guard, to directly ask Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar for help on October 18.