The nation’s top military commanders watched the flags from each branch of the service unfurl over the new U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National monument, placed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in honor of the training site as well as the canine trainees.
About 3,000 Military Working Dogs are serving around the world right now, providing services from protection for Secret Service assignments to sniffing out I.E.D. bombs in Afghanistan. About 900 dogs are in training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland at any given time.
Most federal workers around San Antonio were told to go home today, including most of the civilian personnel involved in military operations. That includes military intelligence, which is based in San Antonio.
Two associations tied to federal agencies say the government shutdown could jeopardize the lives of millions of Texas military families.
According to federal government, active military personnel will continued to be paid during the government shutdown, but Ray Linder with the National Guard Association of Texas said that doesn’t include the National Guard.
Joint Base San Antonio continues to watch the action in Washington, D.C., preparing for the possibility that civilian workers will be staying home from work the rest of the week.
With no fiscal 2014 budget and no continuing resolution, it was touch-and-go whether thousands of active-duty military personnel would be paid. But the Senate passed a bill late Monday providing for pay for military members.
With Congress waffling on whether it will adopt a budget or issue a continuing resolution by next Tuesday, the Pentagon is preparing for the worst.
Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said Joint Base San Antonio officials are following Department of Defense orders that were issued by the office of management and budget to plan for an orderly shutdown.
An investigating officer is hearing the government build a case against a Lackland airman accused of sex crimes with local ROTC students. The Article 32 hearing could result in a charge of rape against the airman.
Airman First Class Nathan Wilson-Crow of the 3rd Combat Camera Squadron is accused of playing inappropriate "truth or dare" games with O’Connor High School students who were on an ROTC camping trip in Rocksprings last April.