Military

Lackland Courts-Martial
4:26 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lackland Trainer Convicted Of Sexual Misconduct With Trainees

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where the courts-martial are being conducted in cases of military training instructor misconduct.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A military judge has sentenced another military training instructor in the ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Senior Airman Andrew S. Lira was found guilty of having unprofessional intimate relationships -- from May 2010 through December 2011 -- with eight female trainees at Lackland, one of them a basic trainee.

He also was found guilty of adultery, and of obstructing justice by telling one of the trainees to delete all of their text messages and asking her to lie to investigators.

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Military
10:54 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Four Military Working Dogs Honored for Service to Their Country

MWD Leo, ready to enter civilian life with Staff Sgt. Rachel Lopatesky
Eileen Pace

They served a total of 32 years of faithful service to their country, and Tuesday, they retired.

Four members of the Canine Security Forces were formally honored at a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

The MWDs – or Military Working Dogs --  were awarded certificates of meritorious service. Commander of the 902d Security Forces Squadron, Major Gregory Bodenstein, says all the dogs are war heroes.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
12:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Lackland Court-Martial Another Case Of Alleged Sexual Assault

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where the military tribunals are being conducted in cases of military training instructor misconduct.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Senior Airman Christopher Oliver, a military training instructor, is facing a general court-martial today at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Oliver is charged with aggravated sexual assault and abusive sexual contact against a boot camp trainee. He also is charged with having unprofessional relationships with two other basic trainees and continuing those relationships when the trainees advanced into technical training.

Training instructors are prohibited by the Uniform Code of Military Justice from having personal relationships with trainees at any level.

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Military
9:52 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Army Providing Full Military Honors For Officer Killed By Afghan Shooter

Fort Sam Houston’s Caisson Division will be activated today to honor a decorated soldier killed in Afghanistan this month, and a contingent of Texas A&M cadets are coming in from College Station to honor the former Aggie and military leader.  40-year-old Lt. Col. Todd Clark was killed on June 8, 2013, in what the Army called a “Green on Blue” incident. An Afghan soldier being trained by Col. Clark and two others turned his gun on them, killing all three. Army North Commander, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, and his staff from Fort Sam Houston were on hand to honor Col.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
1:25 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Rodriguez Gets 27 Years In Prison, Harshest Sentence Yet In Air Force Sex Scandal

Lackland, the 'gateway' to the Air Force, has been the gateway to court-martial for instructors engaging in activities against Air Force regulations.
Eileen Pace TPR

The eight officers on the all-male jury panel handed Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez, a recruiter from Lake Jackson, which is near Houston, 27 years in prison – the harshest sentence issued in the sex scandal so far – which was two years longer than what was recommended by prosecutors.

The former military recruiter was also given a dishonorable discharge after his conviction on 29 of 30 charges involving sex crimes against women who came through his office.

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Military
9:21 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Congress Passes Military Budget Bill, Amendment Addresses Sexual Assault

Congressman Joaquín Castro has taken an active role in the House Armed Services Committee.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

An amendment to the budget bill requires a report on the fixes recommended by Air Force commanders who investigated sexual assault in their branch of the military last year.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro asked for a General Accountability Office (GAO) report on the 45 initiatives recommended by last year’s command-directed investigation.

Castro told the House before the vote that it is critical to ensure those measures would have a real effect on the problem.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
6:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Recruiter Convicted On 29 Of 30 Counts Including Aggravated Sexual Assault

Eileen Pace TPR News

A military jury has found former Air Force recruiter Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez guilty of all but the most serious charge against him.

Rodriguez was found not guilty of the rape of a woman at his recruiting office near Houston, but still faces the possibility of spending years in prison.

Rodriguez faced his accusers again on Thursday, some of whom were high school students at the time of the offenses. Lt. Col. Mark Hoover with the Judge Advocate General Office said ten of the women testified about their interactions with the recruiter.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
1:55 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Recruiter Accused of Sending Thousands of Sexting Messages to High School Students

Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez.
U.S. Air Force

An Air Force recruiter from the Houston area is being tried at a court-martial in San Antonio today. The recruiter faces charges of sexual misconduct with a dozen women, many of whom were high school students seeking careers in the Air Force.

Tech Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez is charged with sex crimes against 12 Air Force applicants and a recruiter assistant.

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Lackland Investigation
9:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Castro Calls For Accountability Recommendations In Air Force Sexual Misconduct

Eileen Pace TPR

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro has asked for a full report on Air Force commanders’ recommendations regarding sexual misconduct in the Air Force.

On Wednesday the congressman asked fellow Armed Services Committee members to support his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

With 32 boot camp instructors under investigation for the abuse of almost 60 victims, the investigation is the largest in the history of the Air Force.

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Joint Base San Antonio
5:08 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

502nd Air Base Wing Welcomes New Commander, Thanks Gen. Carter

Brigadier General Robert La Brutta takes the wing command flag from Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr.
Eileen Pace TPR

The 502nd Air Base Wing at Joint Base San Antonio has a new commander and local political and business leaders joined military dignitaries for the change of command ceremony at the base Wednesday morning.

Brigadier General Theresa Carter took command just months after the 502nd was relocated to San Antonio after the BRAC realignment and replacing Carter is Brigadier General Robert La Brutta, who comes to the 502nd with management experience.

La Brutta was most recently the director of manpower and personnel for the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

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