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Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Could see as many as 6,000 jobs cut as the Army considers eliminating a quarter of its total workforce. Five high-ranking Army officials from Washington, D.C. were in the Alamo City on Tuesday to hear concerns.

Over 1,000 military family members and community leaders packed the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall to hear details of how federal budget sequestration is expected to force cuts in military jobs.

EL PASO — A Fort Bliss spokesman says 11 airmen were injured in an accident involving several Humvees at the Army post. Lt. Col. Lee Peters tells the El Paso Times that all of the injured airmen were expected to be released from a hospital Thursday night, updates are awaited on Friday morning.

Fort Sam Houston

The Army is reducing its personnel by about 25 percent over the next four years. And it’s going to have an impact on San Antonio.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009, after he walked off his military outpost in southeastern Afghanistan. In a controversial move and five years after his capture, the Obama administration cut a deal with the Taliban, securing Bergdahl's release in exchange for the release of five Taliban detainees who were being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

Courtesy: Fort Hood Sentinel

Operation United Assistance has come to a close for more than 500 members of the 36th Engineer Brigade, who have completed the 21-day quarantine at Fort Hood after returning from West Africa over the last few weeks.

Lt. Col. John Hartke said that as soon as they arrived in Liberia last October, the troops began building 100-bed treatment facilities to help stem the tide of Ebola.

“The country’s still recovering from their civil war, and they don’t have a very strong medical infrastructure. So by creating these Ebola treatment centers — and there was one built in every county in the country —it provided an infrastructure for the people who were infected with Ebola, or even suspected of being infected with Ebola, a place to go so that we could stop the transmission,” he said.

Hartke said that at its peak, the mission had 750 beds available, but that number was reduced as the incidence of the disease started to decline.

He believed it was the first time for such a coordinated disease response by the U.S. Army. “I’ve been in the Army 27 years and this is the first time I’ve seen something like this where we’ve gone and responded in this way. We’ve responded to natural disasters like Haiti before, but to target a disease, this is the first one I’m aware of,” he said.

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