Military

Fort Sam Houston
2:42 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Cracking Down On Items Left At Grave Sites

While floral arrangements are acceptable, items like balloons, pinwheels, glass items, vigil lights, candles, statues and stuffed animals are not allowed.
Gary Cooper

The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking families of the nation’s deceased military heroes to cooperate in its policy regarding mementos placed at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.  

The VA has posted a reminder effective March 1, and the National Cemetery Administration has a floral policy on its website that is also given to families.

Aubrey David, the assistant director of Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, said the policy expressly prohibits items other than floral arrangements.

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JBSA Lackland
4:22 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Bat Colony Discovered In Lackland Dorm

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Bat experts have determined a bat colony has established itself inside the walls of a 45-year-old dorm building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. 

More than 200 Lackland recruits are on a rabies vaccine regimen after several bats were discovered in their dorm a couple of weeks ago. But the building is huge, and although the dorms were secured and entrances sealed off, it took experts a longer time to find the bat colony that was discovered over the weekend.

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Joint Base San Antonio
10:45 am
Wed January 22, 2014

JBSA-Lackland Trainees Vaccinated For Rabies

Sign entering Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where a handful of bats were removed from a basic training dorm last week
Eileen Pace TPR News

Update (1/22 1045 a.m.): The following statement was released this morning in regard to the bat that was caught and tested for rabies:

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Military
8:31 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Court-Martial Postponed For Airman Accused Of Improper Acts Against High School Students

Eileen Pace TPR News

The court-martial of an Air Force photographer accused of sexual misconduct with several O'Connor High School students was postponed today at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Airman 1st Class Nathan Wilson-Crow, formerly a photographer with Lackland’s 3rd Combat Camera Squadron, is charged with sexual misconduct with three students -- one of them a minor -- on an ROTC camping trip, and of rape in a separate incident.

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NPR News Investigations
4:27 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders

NPR interviewed dozens of current or former soldiers who said they have struggled under toxic leaders.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 10:15 am

Top commanders in the U.S. Army have announced publicly that they have a problem: They have too many "toxic leaders" — the kind of bosses who make their employees miserable. Many corporations share a similar problem, but in the Army's case, destructive leadership can potentially have life or death consequences. So, some Army researchers are wondering if toxic officers have contributed to soldiers' mental health problems.

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Military
2:39 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Commission Deciding The Future Of Military Compensation & Retirement

Leadership of all branches of armed s ervices testified at Monday's hearing: [Left to Right] CMSgt Brian O'Mullan, CMSgt Craig Recker, Maj. Gen. Margaret Poore, Lt. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins, Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, and CMSgt Rhonda Buening
Eileen Pace TPR News

Local military leaders are testifying before a congressional commission in San Antonio today in advance of modernizing the way the military -- and all uniformed services -- is compensated.

The Military Compensation and Retirement Commission was created in the recent National Defense Authorization Act, the annual bill that authorizes and funds the military. The commission is gathering comments from service members online and at public hearings around the country.

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Military
11:24 am
Thu January 2, 2014

No BRAC In 2014, But Local Leaders Prepare For Possibility Of Future Closures

Members of the San Antonio Military Transformation Taskforce meet in 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Although San Antonio was treated kindly in the recently-signed budget bill, local officials are starting now to prepare for possible base closures later this decade.

Mark Frye serves on the City of San Antonio Military Transformation Taskforce, a group that advocates for the local military at the national level. He said the budget bill just signed into law after Christmas only protects bases through the next budget year.

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Military
11:58 am
Mon December 23, 2013

For Air Force Trainees Who Don't Make Active Duty, The Journey Back To Civilian Life Begins

Trainees at graduation commemorate their hard work during a graduation ceremony. Those who don't complete their goal go to a transition flight for help adjusting back to civilian life.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the military, you either have what it takes, or you don't.

Those who don't often face ridicule, embarrassment and shame when they leave training, but unlike days  past, now there's a little bit more compassion for this group of forgotten trainees transitioning back to civilian life.

Life inside the gates at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is a microcosm of the world outside, but training is an ongoing ritual. Trainees march in step with one another, and are required to make their commutes in pairs.

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Air Force Basic Training
2:24 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Are Changes Making A Difference At Lackland? Air Force Begins Surveys To Find Out

Gen. Edward Rice (now retired), here testifying at a congressional hearing, is hoping changes in how the Air Force deals with abuse claims will help change things at Lackland.
C-SPAN

Air Force officials in San Antonio have begun the Beta phase of a new sexual misconduct survey that is now part of the program in basic military training.

The survey was created in response to the sexual assault scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland over the last three years.

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Joint Base San Antonio
9:17 am
Mon November 25, 2013

JBSA Chaplains Reflect On Helping Those In Need During Thanksgiving Feast

Joint Base San Antonio Col. Chaplain Terry Whiteside leads prayer before the chaplains' Thanksgiving meal at JBSA.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Military chaplains at Joint Base-Fort Sam Houston kicked off their holiday giving this year with a family-style dinner for all the chaplains and their staff members on the post.

Col. Chaplain Terry Whiteside volunteered to be the turkey for the day, bringing some light-hearted fun to the chaplains' pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

"This is a great opportunity to let our hair down, what little we have, and just enjoy life and each other," Whiteside said.

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