Military

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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Fort Hood Shooting
12:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Peer-To-Peer Counselor Talks About Living With PTSD, A Soldier's "New Normal"

Soldiers at Fort Hood present colors on Feb. 12, 2014. https://www.flickr.com/photos/forthood/12505735923/
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD

Sharing his insights on the Fort Hood shooting, a peer-to-peer counselor who specializes and also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder said the biggest obstacle for soldiers suffering from PTSD is pride.   

Craig Lacey served in the Army for 23 years and experienced combat firsthand, coming home where he was eventually diagnosed with PTSD. He said soldiers coming back no longer know what normal is; they have a new definition of the term.

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Fort Hood Shooting
6:24 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Fort Hood Shooter Identified As Iraq War Veteran Undergoing Evaluation For PTSD

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley gave an update at 9:40 p.m. April 2 on the Fort Hood shooting incident to press at the Fort Hood main gate.
Fort Hood Press Office

The gunman that shot and killed three members of the military at Fort Hood and injured 16 others has been identified as Spc. Ivan Lopez. Officials say the 34-year-old Iraq veteran was being treated for anxiety and depression and undergoing an evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Lackland Investigation
12:08 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Witnesses Detail Maltreatment By Former Lackland Instructor

Administrative building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where legal proceedings are held.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A military judge late Friday handed down a sentence for a former military training instructor who pled guilty to charges of maltraining and cruel and oppressive treatment of her basic trainees.

Judge Donald Eller sentenced Staff Sgt. Annamarie Ellis to eight months in confinement, a reduction in rank to Airman basic and a bad conduct discharge. 

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland spokeswoman Lt. Samantha Degnan said the offenses occurred over a 22-month period from 2009 to 2010 and involve the whole flights, instead of individuals.

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Military In San Antonio
11:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

San Antonio Military Health System Positions Itself For The Future

The San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Joint Base San Antonio

On Tuesday three of the nation’s top military medical commanders offered a look at the current state of military health care in San Antonio -- from advances in research to new advanced battlefield treatment.

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Va., joined Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, director of the San Antonio Military Health System, and Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Byron Hepburn, the first director of the San Antonio Military Health System, for the panel discussion.

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