1:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Lackland Instructor Found Guilty Of Rape

SAN ANTONIO  — A jury has found an Air Force sergeant guilty of twice raping a recruit he was training two decades ago at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that the jury on Thursday also found Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Silva guilty in a February 2007 rape of a woman, another member of the military, in Wyoming. During sentencing, he could get up to life in prison without parole.

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1:21 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Fort Hood Killer To Get New Attorney

Nidal Hasan, a former Army psychiatrist, was sentenced to die for the 2009 shooting rampage that left 13 people dead.
Credit U.S. Army - Fort Hood


The gunman who went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009 may get a new attorney to handle his appeals, a step that could delay the complicated appellate process further.

Nidal Hasan has been on death row since his 2012 conviction for the attack at Fort Hood that killed 13 people.

Military judge Col. Tara Osborn presided over a hearing Thursday morning at Fort Leavenworth to address issues concerning Hasan’s appeals process. Those issues included the matter of Hasan’s legal representation.

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Fort Hood Shooting
2:08 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Army: Fort Hood Lacked System To ID Threat Of 2014 Rampage

FORT WORTH — Fort Hood did not have a system in place that could have anticipated a deadly rampage last April that left four soldiers dead and 16 wounded, according to a U.S. Army report released Friday.

There were no clear warnings that Spc. Ivan Lopez would go on a two-block shooting spree before killing himself on April 2, the report concluded. It also said Lopez’s supervisors would have had difficulty recognizing any personal problems leading up to the attack.

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10:31 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Randolph Aux Reopens In Seguin, Continuing Town's Support Of Military Flight Training

Col. Matt Isler, Commander, 12th Flying Training Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, announces the re-opening of the Seguin Airport after a three-year runway renovation project.
Credit Eileen Pace

The sound of a Air Force plane landing is something the residents of Seguin haven’t heard in a long time. After circling in formation, pilots with the 560th Flying Training Squadron set down in a single T-38C Talon on the brand new landing strip at the Seguin, Texas airport.

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2:02 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Fort Hood Soldier Dies After Returning From West Africa

Spc. Kendrick Vernell Sneed, 24, whose home of record is listed as Bossier City, Louisiana, was found deceased at his residence in Killeen Tuesday.
Credit U.S. Army / Fort Hood Press Center


Update, 2 p.m. Wed., Jan. 14:

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials have released the name of a soldier who was found deceased Jan. 13 in his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas. Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cook pronounced him deceased at 8:26 a.m.

Spc. Kendrick Vernell Sneed, 24, whose home of record is listed as Bossier City, Louisiana, entered active-duty service in June 2009 as automated logistics specialist. He was assigned to 62nd Engineer Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, since June 2012.

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5:16 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Wilford Hall Medical Technician Guilty of Molesting Surgical Patient

Airman Basic MIchael Lightsey, a former medical technician, 59th Medical Wing, was prosecuted in this building at JBSA-Lackland.
Credit Eileen Pace


 A Wilford Hall medical technician must serve time in a military prison for sexually assaulting a patient while she was still under anesthesia after surgery.

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9:01 am
Mon November 17, 2014

San Antonio Amputees Get Their Shot At The 'Sweet Science' Of Boxing

San Antonio boxer Joey Benegas working out with the heavy bag
Credit David Martin Davies

Three nights out of the week you’ll find Moses Sonera at the Randazzo Brothers boxing gym on San Antonio’s Northeast side. He’s working the speed bag, driving combination punches into the heavy bags and getting ready for his next big fight. 

But look down and you’ll notice that Sonera is missing a leg.  He’s boxing with a prosthetic limb. The 41- year-old lost his leg during a mortar attack in Iraq, in 2004. 

"To me it means everything like a second chance at life," Sonera said. 

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3:43 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Local WWII Veterans Receive French Legion Of Honor Knight Medal

Knight Chevalier - Legion d'Honneur for U.S. Veterans


This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy – and 19 local veterans who served in France during those perilous times received international recognition today.

Houston’s French Consul General came to San Antonio to present the former military members with France’s highest honor.

The French Order of the Legion of Honor is France’s highest decoration for bravery in military service.

Col. Scott Bleichwell of Army North says Consul General Sujiro Seam is in San Antonio to honor the veterans who fought in France during World War Two.

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Back At Base
5:24 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Vet's Self-Cooling Prosthetic Could Help Amputees Beat The Heat

Gary Walters demonstrates his self-cooling prosthetic.
Leto Solutions via YouTube

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 2:58 pm

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base," and this is the second installment of the ongoing series.

It was 2005, and Gary Walters had served a year in Iraq. Then, one day, a bomb went off near him, and he suffered severe wounds.

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2:32 am
Tue November 11, 2014

A Marine's Parents' Story: Their Memories That You Should Hear

Capt. Nathan McHone was killed in Afghanistan at age 29.
Courtesy of the McHone family

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 6:47 am

I never meant to play you this story. Let me tell you why I had to.

Every so often I record interviews as part of a school benefit. People ask me to question their parents, or grandparents, to preserve family history. The stories that emerge are a little like our series StoryCorps.

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