Military

Eileen Pace

A new study indicates Texas receives greater economic benefits from San Antonio’s military installations than those in any other Texas community. 

The joint study by the Texas Comptroller and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission indicates Joint Base San Antonio’s three military installations provide more than $49 billion to the state’s economy each year.

Additionally, San Antonio benefits from 283,000 jobs – either direct or indirect employment – from Joint Base San Antonio -Fort Sam Houston, Lackland  and Randolph.

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The 433rd Airlift Wing celebrated the receipt of its first C-5M Super Galaxy Aircraft, the military’s largest airplane, in a transfer ceremony on Friday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The C-5A was first used in the 1960s and in San Antonio since the 1980s.

Lackland is one of only a few airports in the world large enough to land the giant cargo ships. The Air Force says the C-5A’s bones are still good, and its vast cargo compartment is still in demand. So the enormous jet is being brought into the 21st Century with the new C-5M model.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter this week wrote a letter affirming the Dept artment of Defense support of the LGBT community. 

This is Pride Month, and Carter wrote that as the gay community gathers with its family, friends and allies, the DOD recognizes the service by brave LGBT soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines who have fought for their country.

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio welcomed CBS News reporter and producer Mary Walsh to their distinguished lecture series on May 17, 2016. Click the audio link above to hear her speech. 

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U.S. ARMY

Fort Sam Houston is getting its own Army Wellness Center. 
 

The Army Wellness Center mission is prevention, and its approach is holistic - meaning providers look at the whole person -- physical, psychological, and social traits -- when providing service. The individual gets a Health Assessment to analyze their current health status and ability to increase physical activity. They then receive a custom-designed exercise program to achieve the goals. 

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