Military

Lackland Article 32 Hearing
7:01 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Testimony: Lackland Instructor Forced Airmen To Fill Canteens With Water From Toilets

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas
U.S. Air Force

An Air force training instructor heads back into a military courtroom this morning for a second day of testimony in his Article 32 hearing.

It's the latest in the growing number of cases against military training instructors caught up in the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

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Military Holiday Performance
4:36 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Fort Sam's Own Performs Free Holiday Concert Saturday, Dec. 8

U.S. Army North Quadrangle Clock Tower, Fort Sam Houston, 2012.
Eileen Pace

If you’re looking for something special to do this weekend, you can honor military service members at a special concert Saturday night.

Fort Sam’s Own, the official band of U.S. Army North, will perform a holiday celebration free of charge to residents and visitors.

They’ll play a list of multi-cultural songs including: "Home for Christmas," "Christmas Eve at Sarajevo," "O Hanukah," and "Los Peces en el Rio."

The concert is Saturday evening at 7 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on Avenue E, and everyone gets in free.

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Lackland Investigation
9:21 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Lackland Investigation: Training Instructor Accused Of Sending Explicit Video

Lackland is known as the "Gateway to the Air Force" because all airmen pass through basic training at the San Antonio base.
Eileen Pace TPR

On Thursday the investigating officer heard from three of the alleged victims in the case against Tech Sgt. Samuel Wicks. He also received stacks of evidence -- over 30 exhibits -- including victim statements, photos, and a sexually explicit video.

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Fort Hood Shootings
9:14 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Judge in Hasan Case Removed

Bell County Sheriff's Department

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 5:48 pm

UPDATE 12/4 at 5:45pm: Army Col. Tara Osborn has been appointed to replace Col. Gregory Gross as judge in the military trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. He's charged with in the shooting rampage that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded at Fort Hood in November 2009. It's not clear when hearings will resume.

ORIGINAL STORY: A military appeals court has removed the judge in the trial of the suspect in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood. 

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Lackland Article 32 Hearings
5:53 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Another Instructor Faces Article 32 Hearing At Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson faces four allegations of developing unprofessional relationships and having sexual relations with two trainees.

One of the two women testified in the Article 32 hearing at Lackland that she viewed Jackson as a good leader and friend, and that he helped her decide to remain in the military at a time when she wanted to quit. She said it was later that she pursued a relationship with him.

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Fort Sam Leadership Change
9:55 am
Thu November 29, 2012

New High-Ranking NCO Named At Fort Sam Houston

Sgt. Major Hu Rhodes talks to reporters at the U.S. Army North Change of Responsibility ceremony.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

On Wednesday, Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes was welcomed as the new high-ranking Non-commissioned Officer at Fort Sam.

"I joined the army from here," said Rhodes. "I graduated from McArthur High School in 1971 and this is still listed as my home of record."

Rhodes' most recent assignment was in Africa, where he served citizens in 54 countries.

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Military Holidays
1:45 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Celebration Teaches Latin American Service Members About Tradition

Col. Marc Stratton, commander of the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, carves the turkey before Thanksgiving dinner with more than 200 students from Latin American countries
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A program unique to the United States Air Force and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is the Inter-American Forces Academy where servicemen and women from countries like Bolivia, Colombia and Peru take classes to learn maintenance, leadership and technical skills.

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Veteran Job Fair
9:24 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Texas Workforce Commission Helping Veterans Find Job Opportunities

A veteran talks to an employer during the Red, White and You job fair held by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of veterans filled the Freeman Coliseum’s Expo Hall this week looking for work. The Texas Workforce Commission held a job fair specially tailored to those converting military experience into civilian jobs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans who have served since 9/11 are experiencing an unemployment rate of 10 percent, slightly higher than the civilian rate.

The Texas Workforce Commission is actively trying to get these veterans back into work.

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Lackland Investigation
3:59 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lackland Investigation Continues: Article 32 Hearing In Case Involving Two Trainees

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

Air Force officials are processing evidence from an Article 32 hearing against another Military Training Instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The government is seeking to charge Staff Sgt. Donald Davis with aggravated sexual contact with a trainee, and with having a sexual relationship with a second.

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Wounded Veterans
3:34 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

San Antonio Organization Awards Dozens Of Segways To Wounded Veterans

Segs4Vets, who are based in San Antonio, presented 36 Segways on Wednesday outside the Alamo to wounded veterans (seated wearing white shirts).
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

“War is a very indiscriminate villain," said General Hal Hornburg, US Air Force Retired, going on to say that in battlefields of the past, these men and women would not have survived the severe wounds that they come home with today.

"And rather than give them a pat on the back," said Hornburg, "we try to give them mobility, which results in freedom and allows them to return to society as productive as they can possibly be."

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