Military

Military Scams
10:02 am
Fri May 23, 2014

BBB Warns Of Memorial Day Scams Targeting Military

Military ceremony at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Credit Eileen Pace

Ads for sales and special events can grab our attention around Memorial Day, and the Better Business Bureau says scammers know this too.

Some of these scams are targeting military personnel and veterans.

The BBB warns of the following scams that are directed at service members:

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Military Parade
2:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

River Walk Armed Forces Parade Saturday Will Be Broadcast Across The Country

Twenty-five floats will leave from the Paseo del Rio marina Saturday night for the start of the parade at 6 p.m.
Credit Eileen Pace

  You may have noticed an increasing number of yellow ribbons along the River Walk in the past couple of weeks. People have been buying sponsorship ribbons to honor loved ones in advance of the third annual Armed Forces River Parade on Saturday evening, a parade that is considered unique in the country.

Janie and Randy Kiehl drive down from Kerrville every year to help Paseo del Rio hang hundreds of large yellow bows on the trees along the River Walk in preparation for the parade.

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Bexar County-Military
12:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

County Commissioners Pause To Honor Local Fallen War Heroes

Bexar County Commissioners showed a video with pictorial remembrances of the community's war dead. The ceremony was part of the court's Memorial Day commemoration.
Credit Eileen Pace

Bexar County commissioners took time out of their business agenda Tuesday for a special remembrance of war casualties from the local community. The county honored the fallen soldiers with a video commemoration for Memorial Day.

Family members, wives and mothers joined local veterans in a video remembrance of the lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades, something which Cheryl Lankford said she must do even if it’s hard.

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Lackland Air Force Base
10:58 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Lackland Getting Newer, Smaller Cargo Fleet In Military Downsizing Program

C-5M Super Galaxy.
Jason Minto U.S. Air Force

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is trading out some of its C5-series cargo planes as part of the military downsizing occurring around the globe.

When the force restructure cutbacks were announced in 2012, the 433rd Airlift Wing learned its C-5A aircraft would be part of that reorganization.

"We're getting the C-5M models," said Public Affairs Officer Maj. Timothy Wade. He said San Antonio’s 433rd is trading out its big cargo jets in exchange for a smaller fleet of newer models.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
3:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Lackland Photographer Gets Two Years Prison For Sex Acts With Area High School Students

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where courts-martial are held.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

A former Air Force photographer from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is headed to prison after a military jury found him guilty of performing sex acts with local high school students on a camping trip.

The seven-member jury sentenced Airman First Class Nathan Wilson-Crow to two years confinement on charges of indecent exposure, committing lewd acts in the presence of a minor, inappropriate sexual conduct, and providing alcohol to a minor.

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Joint Base San Antonio
9:27 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Army Army Chief Of Staff Odierno Visits San Antonio Military Posts, Awards Purple Heart

Gen. Raymond Odierno awards Purple Heart to Staff Sgt. Robert Drebenstedt for injuries sustained in an Afghanistan explosion.
Eileen Pace TPR News

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno came to San Antonio Wednesday to visit wounded troops at the Brooke Army Medical Center, the Center for the Intrepid, and the Warrior and Family Support Center. 

The general was also here to pin the Purple Heart on a soldier wounded in Afghanistan.  

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Veteran Employment
11:13 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Senate Committee Looks At Rising Veteran Unemployment Rate

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Texas veterans is on the rise. In 2012 the unemployment rate for Texas vets was 8.3 percent, but that number has risen in 2013 to 8.7 percent, the national average is at 9 percent.

The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations is focusing on what state agencies can do to improve these rates.  

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Fort Hood Shooting
9:07 am
Tue April 8, 2014

How Blaming PTSD Could Affect Other Soldiers Returning From War

At an April 7 press conference, Col. Paul Reese, III Corps and Fort Hood chief of operations, gave further details of the investigation into the April 2 shooting incident.
Fort Hood Press Office

As everyone searches for answers to the Fort Hood shooting, the psychiatric community explores the reasons for the shooting that left four dead and 16 wounded at Fort Hood. Psychiatrists worry that blaming post-traumatic stress disorder will have long-lasting effects on the returning veterans who will be looking for jobs.

Dr. Harry Croft, a San Antonio psychiatrist who works to integrate mental health tools into the workplace for returning troops, said violent behavior toward others is not usually a symptom of PTSD alone.

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Military
3:04 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Should Soldiers Be Armed At Military Posts?

Fort Hood
Staff Sgt. Gregory Sanders U.S. Army

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 3:31 pm

For John Lott, Wednesday's mass shooting at Fort Hood was a test of personal beliefs that struck uncomfortably close to home.

His son is serving at Fort Hood and was close enough to the activity to hear shots and screaming.

But he wasn't in a position to respond. Department of Defense policy forbids soldiers and sailors, in most circumstances, from carrying weapons at installations.

That frustrates Lott. For years, he has been promoting the idea — including in his book More Guns, Less Crime — that relaxing gun restrictions would make for a safer society.

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Fort Hood Shooting
3:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Answers Sought After Deadly Fort Hood Shooting

A soldier watches over media as they prepare to hear General Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, speak during a press conference about a shooting that occurred earlier in the day at Fort Hood Military Base on April 2, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. Milley confirmed that four people were dead in the shooting, including the gunman himself. (Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 1:45 pm

The Army’s top civilian official says the soldier accused in the Fort Hood shooting this week was deployed for the final months of the Iraq war but did not see combat.

Three people died and 16 were wounded before the shooter committed suicide. At least three military personnel remain in critical condition.

Army Secretary John McHugh testified Thursday that the soldier appeared to have no connections to extremist groups.

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