Military

Military Bases
12:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Military Strategists Say Communities Should Plan Now For BRAC In 2017

REBIRTH, by Artist Luis Lopez, now hangs at Port San Antonio. It depicts the new life given to Kelly AFB after 1995 BRAC
Eileen Pace

Military defense strategists from around the country are touring San Antonio’s military installations today including those that were shuttered during the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) in 1995. 

The group is meeting here Friday to strategize protecting regional military presence in the face of future budget cuts. Members of the six-state Southwest Defense Alliance are watching those budgets and seeking ways communities in the region can protect their military presence. 

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Sexual Assault In The Military
3:20 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Military Sexual Assault Bill Could Remove Chain Of Command From Legal Process

The investigation of sexual assault cases at Lackland has sparked calls for more overreaching action from Congress.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Military members around the country are watching today as the U.S. Senate takes up legislation aimed at curbing military sexual assault cases. The controversial bill would remove the chain of command in the legal system in such cases.

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Veteran Employment
9:15 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Local Veterans Find More Than 100 Companies Eager To Hire At Job Fair

Eileen Pace TPR News

Hundreds of veterans and military members turned out for a big job fair at the Live Oak Civic Center Thursday. 

A packed parking lot sent applicants to find spots in the grassy areas around the Live Oak Civic Center, where dozens of companies competed to get first shot at the best veteran candidates.

Master Sgt. Terry Ceasor will leave the Army in two years and is looking for a position where he can use skills he has gained as a recruiter.  

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Veteran Employment
11:40 am
Thu November 14, 2013

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Honors USAA For Hiring Veterans

USAA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has bestowed an award on San Antonio-based insurance giant USAA and several other local companies for their strength in hiring veterans. 

The third annual Hiring Our Heroes Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award recognizes the global insurance company for its proven dedication to recruiting and helping to transition veterans and exiting military service members.

The award also honors the company for hiring spouses of military members.

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Texas Veterans
4:57 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Geekdom Seminars Show Veterans The Reality Of Entrepreneurship

At one of the Geekdom veteran's entrepeneurship seminars.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

As people across the country honor military veterans for their service, San Antonio's Geekdom is providing many of them a path to entrepreneurship.

From the history of San Antonio's technology leadership to a seminar asking the question, "Can military professionals make great entrepreneurs?" members of the military past and present are learning the options they have when it comes to business opportunities in the civilian world.

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Texas Veterans
2:34 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Veterans Get Needed Services At 16th Stand Down

American GI Forum

San Antonio veterans down on their luck lined up to take advantage of free services available at the 16th annual Veterans Stand Down.

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Military
4:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

DOD Awards UTHSC Exclusive Contract To Train Medevac Paramedics

Panel discussion on medevac missions and training.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received a major contract to train military flight medics for more intensive paramedic certification.

The program is the first of its kind and the only one in the United States.

When Army medics fly out on a call for casualties, they are in rescue mode -- wrap them up and get ‘em out of there.

But the Department of Defense was seeking a higher level of training for its medics, and the UTHSC responded with a pilot program that has now turned into a five-year commitment.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:37 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Lackland Facilities Carry Name Of Most Decorated U.S. Airman In Air Force History

Airmen Training Complex #2 is named after Chief Master Sergeant Duane Hackney, the most decorated U.S. Air Force airman in history.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A new generation of airmen and leaders will enjoy a new training facility and residence hall at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Leaders there dedicated the building Wednesday, already in use, as the Airmen Training Complex #2. It is now named the Chief Master Sergeant Duane D. Hackney building.

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Military
4:06 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Red Cross Invites Community To Send Holiday Cards To Service Members

Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan joins fellow officers in signing holiday cards for the troops overseas
Eileen Pace TPR News

The San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross has joined hands with Joint Base San Antonio to kick off this year’s Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign.

The two-week drive invites local military personnel and civilians to take a minute to write their name or thoughts on a Christmas card for an active-duty service member or veteran.

Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, praised the Red Cross for the project and for keeping military members connected

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Military Dogs
11:05 am
Wed October 30, 2013

National Monument Honors Military Working Dogs

MWD demonstration at Lackland 10-28-13
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

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