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Military Voting
2:33 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Texas Making Voting Easier For Deployed Military Members

Efforts to improve voting numbers for members of the military, like Sen. Leticia Van de Putte's Federal Military Overseas Empowerment Act, are encouraging better voter turnout.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas is making it easier for troops to vote by simplifying the process in a new effort dubbed 'Boots and Ballots.'

Senior Airman Brittany Bohn said last year she thought she was registered in Texas, but found out at the last minute her voter registration was in Indiana. She wants her vote to count.

"I don't want to say that voting gets put on the back burner, but it does," Bohn said.

Email ballots and simpler forms have already made voting easier.

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Military Working Dogs
8:19 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Military Dogs Showing Signs Of PTSD From Combat Deployments

Soldier dog Lex alongside his handler. The pair were featured on an Animal Planet special focusing on military working dogs.
DoD Military Working Dog Breeding Program Facebook Page

America’s wars have long taken their toll on the people who fight them, and the recent attention to post-traumatic stress disorder has helped improve treatment for those who suffer; however, nightly newscasts and newspaper headlines never mention the military working dogs who are also changed by the combat zone.

"Ultimately we want these dogs to become military working dogs and go down range and save lives,” said Tech. Sgt. Joe Null, who fosters canine companions for the first few months of their lives to socialize them.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:13 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Update: Judge Grants Defense Motion To Supress Cell Phone Evidence

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

(Update: 2/22/2013) Military Judge Don Eller ruled the government’s 77-page list of cell phone data violates the instructor’s Constitutional rights, saying investigators extracted the information without a search warrant.

He added that at some point during the investigation, somebody at Joint Base San Antonio should have had a light bulb go on that told them to find a magistrate and file affidavits to get a search warrant.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
6:40 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Another Court-Martial, Another Article 32 Hearing At Lackland

The headquarters of the 37th training wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where court proceedings are held in the ongoing investigation.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Air Force takes another military training instructor to court today in its broadening investigation of sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Tech. Sgt. Samuel Wicks is accused of committing an indecent act and having unprofessional relationships with three trainees.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
8:53 am
Fri February 15, 2013

LeBlanc Acquitted Of Sexual Assault, Sentenced For Other Charges

LeBlanc was held in pre-trial lockup for 77 days due to continued misbehavior. That time will be deducted from his 30 month sentence.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

(Update: 02/15/2013): The judge sentenced LeBlanc to prison for 30 months, reduced his rank to E-1 and issued an order for a dishonorable discharge. Seventy-seven days will be subtracted from his sentence, which LeBlanc has spent in pre-trial lockup due to continued misbehavior.

(Original Post: 02/14/2013): Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc was acquitted Thursday on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a female trainee who had just graduated boot camp, but the former military training instructor is facing punishment for 11 other offenses.

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Joint Base San Antonio
7:35 am
Fri February 15, 2013

JBSA-Lackland Hosts International DOD Journalism Competition

Mr Lance Cheung (via Skype), photographer for USDA, and Mr. Kin Man Hui, photographer for San Antonio Express News, discuss photo entries for the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs 2012 Media Contest.
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Tori Hight

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has been hosting the global Thomas Jefferson Award competition in the U.S. Air Force division for the past two weeks. The program recognizes top military and civilian employee journalists for furthering Dept. of Defense Internal Information objectives.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
5:09 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Testimony: Instructor Bragged About Being Suspected In Lackland Sex Scandal

The court-martial of Staff Sergeant Craig LeBlanc has taken several twists in the last week.
Eileen Pace TPR

Attorneys for Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland initiated a vigorous defense Wednesday, but the military judge denied the motion for a directed verdict on LeBlanc’s aggravated sexual assault charge.

The defense said the government had not proven the alleged victim was in fear of losing her military career. But the government successfully argued that the environment in which LeBlanc placed the woman conveyed fear: The room was almost completely dark and he was sitting in a chair, patting his leg to get the woman to sit on his lap.

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Military
11:20 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Navy Recruiter Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault

Bexar County Jail

Navy recruiter Juan Jose Pena has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a female enlistee. 

The 28-year-old sailor, who worked in a Navy recruiting office on Broadway, was arrested by Alamo Heights police Monday for allegedly getting drunk with a Navy enlistee and sexually assaulting her in the recruiting office.

Police told the San Antonio Express-News that Juan Jose Pena was arrested at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Monday. The enlistee’s cousin reportedly witnessed the assault.

Lackland Courts-Martial
7:04 am
Wed February 13, 2013

In Latest Court-Martial, Instructor Pleads Guilty To Nine Of 12 Charges

The headquarters of the 37th training wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where court proceedings are held in the ongoing investigation.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Testimony got underway Tuesday in the court-martial of a former military training instructor who is alleged to have sexually assaulted one trainee and had sexual relationships with two others.

Those are the most serious of 12 charges leveled against Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc, the latest military training instructor to go to trial in the growing sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

In a trial before the court, LeBlanc pled guilty to nine of the 12 charges, including having sex with one trainee from Lackland and a technical trainee from Fort Sam Houston.

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Military Unemployment
11:12 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Employers Seeking Veterans At Valentine's Day Job Fair

Recruitmilitary is holding job expos all across the country, the San Antonio event will be this Thursday, Feb. 14.
Recruitmilitary.com

Get your roses and resumés ready, a special hiring event for veterans takes place on Valentine’s Day, this Thursday, at the Alamodome. The event is being organized by RecruitMilitary and USAA.

While many people are thinking of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, many recently-returned veterans are thinking of ways they can get back to work now that they’re home.

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