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Driver’s Ed

The story of the Texas A&M Research Annex is not all about earnest academic endeavors and first-responder training.

Local high school students were able to take driver’s education training at the site through the Texas Transportation Institute.

A unique experience, as a young Loren Steffy first discovered when his father, Dick, moved his Nautical Engineering program from the A&M main campus into a converted barracks at the old Bryan Air Force Base.


Loren Steffy is a managing director for the communications firm 30 Point Strategies, a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly and the executive producer for Rational Middle Media. His writing has been published in newspapers and other publications nationwide. He has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business, MSNBC, the BBC and the PBS NewsHour. Before joining the Chronicle, he was the Dallas bureau chief and a senior writer for Bloomberg News for 12 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and lives in Wimberley, Texas.