Military

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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Army Cassion Platoon
7:55 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Army North Caisson Featured In Western Heritage Parade

U.S. Army North's Caisson team Sept. 10, 2012, for the interment of retired Lt. Gen. Johnny Johnston at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson, Army North PAO US Army

It’s a tradition for the solemn U.S. Army Caisson Platoon to march in local events, even ones as festive as the parade that signals the beginning of rodeo season in San Antonio.

Lt. Col. Wayne Shanks at Fort Sam Houston said the platoon’s appearance helps keep the Army connected to the community.

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Military Benefits
6:46 am
Fri February 1, 2013

New Bill Extends Benefits For Spouses Of Military Members Killed In Action

The state capitol has been busy in the new legislative session.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte has introduced a bill to extend homeowner tax exemptions to spouses of military members killed in action.

If it is approved and becomes a law, it would be considered a constitutional amendment for voters to decide.

In 2009, legislation was passed allowing veterans who are fully disabled to get a property tax exemption. In 2011, legislation was passed allowing that exemption to be passed on to surviving spouses if that veteran passed away.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
5:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Acquitted Air Force Instructor Gets Bad Conduct Discharge

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

On Wednesday, Staff Sgt. Donald Davis was found not guilty of abusive sexual contact with a trainee, but after submitting its acquittal, the military jury learned that Davis pled guilty to having an unprofessional sexual relationship with a technical trainee prior to the start of the court-martial.

On Thursday the jury deliberated for about two hours before returning with a three-pronged sentence: A reduction in rank to E-3, three months’ hard labor and a bad conduct discharge. He could have received a prison sentence instead of the discharge.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:42 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Lackland Instructor Acquitted On Reasonable Doubt

The sex scandal has rocked Lackland, and now lists 32 suspects and 59 alleged victims.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Staff Sgt. Donald Davis was charged with abusive sexual contact by touching a trainee and placing her in fear of her military career through the abuse of his authority. However, the defense argued the jury could not convict if there was reasonable doubt that the events occurred.

The military jury vote in the seventh court-martial indicated that the government had not met its burden of proof in the case.

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