Military

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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Lackland Investigation
9:16 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Air Force Announces Results Of Investigation Into Lackland MTI Sexual Assault Cases

Gen. Edward Rice leads the Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and it is now in his hands to fix the problems at the base.
U.S. Air Force

On Wednesday, Air Force investigators announced the findings of their probe into cases of sexual assault by military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Since January 1, 2012, dozens of cases have been uncovered; five instructors have been convicted, one was punished for military violations, and General Edward Rice, Commander of the Air Education Training Command, said dozens of other charges are being considered.

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Joint Base Economic Impact
4:23 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Economic Study Finds Joint Base San Antonio Accounts For $27.7 Billion

SABÉR Research Institute

The Deputy Commander for the Joint Base San Antonio network of installations said the city and military are connected in ways that cannot be counted. A recently released study showed the military had an economic impact of $27.7 billion in 2011.

Leaders say it’s only the statistical side of the equation, and when examining the social side of the issue, Dr. Steve Nivin of the SABÉR Research Institute, who studied the fiscal impact, said the overall impact seems immeasurable.

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Vietnam Veterans
3:23 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Welcome Home Parade For Vietnam Veterans At Fort Sam Houston

Service members from all four branches of the military get organized on Tuesday afternoon for today's event.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Joint Base San Antonio is getting ready to honor America’s Vietnam veterans today; 3 million veterans are long overdue for a proper “welcome home.”

About 40 years ago, veterans who served in Vietnam came home in a trickle, wounded and suffering, but there was virtually no one there to greet them.

Members of all four branches of the U.S. military gathered on a Fort Sam Houston parade field Tuesday to rehearse and prepare for hundreds of guests to the 50th Anniversary Welcome Home Ceremony.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearings
11:07 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Another Lackland Training Instructor Accused in Sex Scandal

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

Another Air Force instructor under investigation is headed to an Article 32 hearing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland this morning.

Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto of the 323rd Training Squadron is accused of rape and sexual assault in the case of one former trainee and of sexual assault against another. He also is accused of lying to officials and committing adultery, violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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