Military

Lackland Courts-Martial
3:29 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Court Martial Postponed While Defense Dept. Inspects Cell Phone Messages

Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc walking into the courtroom Tuesday morning at Lackland.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

An Air Force judge has postponed the sixth court martial in a series of cases against basic military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland.

The judge is allowing time for the Department of Defense to analyze cell phones messages between the Instructor and one of his trainees.

Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc is accused of crimes from aggravated sexual assault of two female trainees, to lying to military officials about his AWOL status after he was arrested in Comal County while he was partying with a trainee and didn’t make it back to the base.

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Reforming Lackland
10:59 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Members of House Armed Services Committee tour Lackland

Since all airmen must pass through training at Lackland to become full service members, the base is considered the "Gateway to the Air Force."
Eileen Pace TPR

A delegation from the House Armed Services Committee visited San Antonio Tuesday. The group is touring the nation’s troubled basic training headquarters at Lackland Air Force Base.

The congressional delegation is meeting the new commanders in charge of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland to learn how the sex scandal at the base began and how it was allowed to continue.

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Fort Sam Houston
9:39 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Navy Relocates Medicine Education and Training to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

The Navy celebrated a milestone Friday when its point of accountability for all Navy Medicine training relocated to Fort Sam Houston from its former headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla..

The relocation stems from the Navy Surgeon General’s vision of streamlining Navy Medicine into a more efficient and responsive organization.

Initially, 12 military and civilian personnel will be assigned to N-METC’s new location. The opening of the facility comes a year after the Navy’s ‘A’ School, the Hospital Corps School, relocated to Fort Sam as part of the 2005 BRAC order.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
5:42 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Manko Court-Martial - Col. Deborah Liddick Takes Control of Training Wing

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The courts-martial are being held inside this building, where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Staff Sgt. Jason Manko is accused of violating Air Force regulations by developing a relationship with a female trainee. He came to court this morning prepared to enter a guilty plea on the charges against him.

Manko admitted to developing the relationship with a woman over a period of several months during the spring and summer of 2011, until he finally invited her to his home.

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Reforming Lackland
10:05 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Gen. Edward Rice Meets With Congress to Discuss Lackland Scandal and Reform

Photo of Gen. Edward Rice
U.S. Air Force

Gen. Edward Rice, who leads the Air Education and Training Command in San Antonio, has met with select members of Congress in the ongoing sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Rice said unprofessional relationships at basic military training will not be tolerated.

Rice promised to establish and maintain an environment that he says is consistent with the high standards of professional conduct that the Air Force demands of instructors.

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Military Awards
3:06 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Military Working Dog Awarded Certificate of Heroism for Bravery in Combat

Layka, who is now retired, rests comfortably even though she is missing her front leg.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Like any other four-legged friend, she’s pretty happy and lovable, but Layka, a Belgian Malinois, is more than man’s best friend. She is literally a life-saver.

As the ceremony began, a serviceman read the award aloud to the crowd gathered to celebrate Layka.

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Reforming Lackland
4:58 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Fixing Problems: General Rice Meets With Service Women’s Action Network

Gen. Edward Rice leads the Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph
U.S. Air Force

In light of the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, General Edward Rice has met with the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) to find ways to better educate trainers and support women in the Air Force.

More than a dozen instructors have been convicted or are under investigation for sexual misconduct involving about 30 female trainees.

SWAN’s mission is to support, defend and empower women in the military, as well as female veterans, through advocacy and initiatives.

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Reforming Lackland
11:17 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Leadership Shakeup At Lackland: Palmer Out And Axelbank Reassigned

Col. Glenn Palmer out as man in charge of enlisted basic training for the U.S. Air Force.
U.S. Air Force

Colonel Glenn Palmer oversaw the 737th Training Group, where all the enlisted men and women in the Air Force train, since July of last year.

According to Air Force leaders, a loss of confidence in Palmer led to the decision to remove him from his duties, as the investigation into more than a dozen training instructors accused of sexual misconduct with trainees continues.

The Air Force said Colonel Eric Axelbank, the leader of the 37th Training Wing that encompasses the 737th, made a deliberate effort to fit the right leadership with the group.

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Military
10:00 am
Fri April 10, 2009

Burial Program Ensures Homeless Vets Not Forgotten

TexasAndroid Wikimedia Commons

Despite an increase in awareness and services, the number of homeless veterans across the country remains high. While many programs try to give these vets a new life off the streets, some never make it back to stability. An effort by the military community strives to ensure the sacrifices these men have made will never be forgotten.

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