Military

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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Joint Base San Antonio
5:32 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Fort Sam Houston Museum Gets New Home At Quadrangle

Quadrangle will provide new home for Fort Sam Houston Museum
Eileen Pace TPR

The existing Fort Sam Houston Museum was built in 1905 and takes visitors through the history of the Army in San Antonio from establishment of the post in 1845 to present day JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

Much like other areas of the rapidly-growing military presence in San Antonio, the museum has outgrown its space, and the building was old and deemed not up to standards. The U.S. Army Center of Military History said to shut it down, but Army North invited the museum to relocate to the historic Quadrangle.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:21 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

LeBlanc Defense Raises Issue Of 'Unlawful Command Influence'

Civilian attorney, Joseph Jordan, arrives at Lackland courtroom with Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc. LeBlanc is accsued of aggravated sexual assault of one trainee and having sexual relationships with two others
Eileen Pace TPR

Defense attorneys in the latest court-martial of a Lackland instructor have asked for the testimony of the Commander of the 502d Air Base Wing.

The defense motion has brought to the surface the issue of "Unlawful Command Influence" and how it might affect the remaining cases.

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Military Budget Cuts
6:42 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Joint Base San Antonio Prepping For Federal Budget Cuts

Members of the city's Military Transformation Task Force discuss the economics of military installations in San Antonio
Eileen Pace TPR

As the White House warns of impending damages due to sequestration, local military spending may offer clues about what to expect from Congress. San Antonio’s military presence is not expected to decrease significantly, even though budget cuts are likely.

At a quarterly meeting of the Military Transformation Task Force, the deputy commander of Joint Base San Antonio told the group that sequestration is not the problem here.

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Military Benefits
12:51 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Pentagon To Offer Some Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

Department of Defense

Update (2/11/2013): The Pentagon has now released its decision on which benefits will be extended to same-sex couples. See them in an NPR story here.

Original Post (2/7/2013): The Pentagon is expected as early as today to announce certain military benefits for same-sex couples, but a source in the defense department said not all benefits will be offered. 

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U.S. Navy In San Antonio
7:05 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Navy Rear Admiral Taking Post In San Antonio

Rear Admiral Anatolio B. Cruz
U.S. Navy

Rear Admiral Anatolio B. Cruz, who graduated from Antonian High School, returns to his native San Antonio as the first ever liaison between the local community and the Navy.

“In chatting with him, his primary purpose is to ensure that the community is aware of a significantly higher naval presence here, but also to assist if there are ever any issues between the community and the Navy here," said Brigadier General Robert Murdock, U.S. Air Force retired.

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Military Service
5:24 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Air Force Implementing 'Early Out' Program To Reduce Enlisted Ranks

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Air Force has released a plan to shrink its numbers by 3,340 airmen this year. The "early out" program is helping the service meet congressionally-mandated numbers by the end of September.

Those who choose to accept the offers to retire early must do so in time to be separated by September 29.

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