Military

Lackland Investigation
7:24 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Court-Martial Testimony: Culture Of Power Kept Trainee Silent

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

A witness in the latest court-martial of a Lackland Air Force Base training instructor told a jury Tuesday that she was afraid to tell the instructor to stop touching her because he was her superior.

The command-directed investigation last fall found that command failures and gaps in institutional safeguards allowed a culture of abuse and secrecy to grow at Lackland.

Staff Sgt. Donald Davis is the seventh MTI to go to trial in the growing sex scandal at the nation’s Air Force boot camp training facility.

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Women In Combat
4:27 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

DOD Decision 'One More Opportunity' For Women In Uniform

Air Force recruiters are not sure how the DOD decision will affect military recruiting efforts.
Eileen Pace TPR

The Air Force is now working on implementing the policy change by the Department of Defense allowing women into combat roles. Coincidentally, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of women being able to become combat pilots for the Air Force.

Christa D'Andrea is the chief of public affairs for the Air Force Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and served on active-duty for 11 years. She said the integration of women in these roles is the next logical step in the military.

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7:07 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Van de Putte Leads Charge On Veteran Issues In 83rd Legislative Session

Lead in text: 
While most of the focus on the legislature thus far has been on issues like education funding, gun control and women's rights, Texas is also faced with the growing needs of veterans who return home; the two most vital being employment and medical care.
State legislators intend to lay out their bills for the 83rd legislative session over the coming months. Veteran's organizations will be waiting to see if they are part of lawmaker's plans. Most notably they'll look for legislation that works on reducing the disability claims backlogs that are continuing to rise in Texas.
Lackland Investigation
12:03 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Congressional Panel Hears Differing Opinions In Air Force Sex Scandal

Gen. Edward Rice testifies in front of the House Armed Services Committee
C-SPAN

Air Force Top brass told a Congressional committee Wednesday that they had failed in their responsibility to maintain order and discipline among Lackland basic training instructors.

Veterans who were sexual assault victims told the committee that the culture of power abuse is the same today as it was decades ago when they served in the Air Force.

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Lackland Investigation
9:16 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Investigation Reveals Possible Male Victims, Female Suspect At Lackland

The latest batch of basic training recruits wait for transport to Lackland after arriving at San Antonio International Airport on Jan. 15, 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR

The Air Force is releasing details of the first male victims in its widening investigation of the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Air Force officials said late Tuesday that a female instructor is now under investigation for having an alleged unprofessional relationship with a male technical trainee.

In addition, another male instructor has been identified as part of the Air Force probe, suspected of abusive sexual contact of two male trainees.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
12:22 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Recruiter Faces Likely Court-Martial After Article 32 Hearing

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

Eighteen women have testified or given written statements that an Air Force recruiter committed sex crimes against them in an Article 32 evidentiary hearing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Some of the women said the events caused them to give up on their dreams of joining the Air Force.

A recruiter’s assistant testified in the final day of the hearing that she tried to push him away, but that Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez sodomized and raped her in a back room of the recruiting office he ran near Houston.

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Air Force Special Ops
2:43 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Lackland Preferred Location For Air Force Special Ops School

Pending congressional approval, Lackland will be the new site for an Air Force special operations school
Eileen Pace TPR News

On Wednesday, Congressmen Joaquín Castro and Pete Gallego made the announcement that the Air Force hopes to move its Tactical Air Control Party and the Air Officer Liaison training school to San Antonio.

Collen McGee with the 37th Training Wing at Lackland said the base currently houses the prep school for the program, which is classroom training on the history and mission of the unit.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
9:32 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Recruiter Sent Thousands Of Inappropriate Emails To Would-Be Recruits

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

An Article 32 hearing is underway at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in the case against Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez, who ran an Air Force recruiting office in Lake Jackson, Texas, south of Houston.

Rodriguez faces a possible life sentence on allegations that he made unwanted sexual contact with more than a dozen young women who once considered joining the Air Force.

The charges ranging from indecent conduct to sodomy and rape. He is accused of sending almost a thousand emails to one alleged victim, many with nude or suggestive photos of himself attached.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:04 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson Latest Instructor Convicted On Sex Charges

Airman 1st Class Christopher Jackson is no longer permitted to wear his MTI hat after his conviction this week
U.S. Air Force

Another former basic training instructor is in the brig after being court-martialed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Thursday.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson will spend 100 days in the brig and 30 days doing hard labor.  Jackson is the sixth instructor to be court-martialed in the still-growing sex scandal at Lackland.

Jackson was found guilty of having sexual relationships with two trainees, and of obstructing justice by asking one of them to lie to investigators.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:45 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Special Court-Martial Underway For Sixth Lackland Instructor

The investigation is taking a critical look at the Lackland power structure; 30 training instructors are under further investigation.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A Special Court Martial begins today for another military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.  This is the sixth trial, which begins  as two more cases are revealed.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson is charged with engaging in unprofessional relationships with two technical training students, and of obstruction of justice -- both violations of Air Force policy.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said a significant majority of the allegations are not for sexual assault -- as was the case in the other courts-martial.

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