Military

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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Government Shutdown
3:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Civilian Furloughs At Air Force ISR Agency May Affect Security Clearance

Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency is operating with just 10 percent of its civilian workforce worldwide.
USAF

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.

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Government Shutdown
12:49 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How The Government Shutdown Affects Texas National Guard And Veterans

The longer the government is shut down the more people it will have an effect on across the country.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

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.

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Federal Government
5:26 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

JBSA Civilian Personnel Could Be Indefinitely Furloughed

Without a federal budget or continuing resolution, most civilian employees at Joint Base San Antonio would be furloughed until further notice.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said support personnel -- 23,000 JBSA civilian employees -- may be looking at skipping their paychecks for a long time.

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Military
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Silent Heroes Eulogized At Lackland Ceremony

Wreath ceremony honoring "Silent Warrior" SSGT Richard Dickson, killed when his plane crashed over Kandujar, Afghanistan in April

The Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Friday honored an intelligence specialist whose plane crashed over Afghanistan earlier this year.

The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency also honored other Airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the 65 years of the organization's history.

“This morning we pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Richie Dickson and 51 other intelligence professionals who perished in the line of duty.”

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Joint Base San Antonio
11:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Joint Base San Antonio Prepares For Government Shutdown

The San Antonio Military Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio.
Joint Base San Antonio

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.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
2:58 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Lackland Photographer Charged With Sex Crimes Involving High School Students

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where the courts-martial are being conducted in cases of military training instructor misconduct.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

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Same-Sex Benefits
9:36 am
Tue September 17, 2013

ACLU Petition Seeking DOD Action In National Guard Benefit Refusals

Parade grounds at Camp Mabry, Austin.
Flickr user Eric Frierson (utheadache) cc

In response to the decision of several state National Guard posts to not process federal benefits for same-sex military couples, the ACLU has started a petition that already has thousands of signatures online.  

Once they have enough signatures, they plan to submit the petition to the Department of Defense in hopes that the DOD will take action against the Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas National Guards for their inaction on same-sex benefits.

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Military
10:53 am
Fri September 13, 2013

San Antonio Military Health System Celebrates First-Ever Change Of Authority

U.S. Army photo by Erin Perez/Released

Joint Base Fort Sam Houston saw an historic change of authority ceremony for its combined health care facilities this week.

The San Antonio Military Health System, formed two years ago under Joint Base realignment, celebrated the installation of its new director Thursday.

The San Antonio Military Health System includes San Antonio Military Medical Center and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. It was formed Sept. 15, 2011, as a way for the military in San Antonio to increase efficiencies.

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U.S. Army
4:32 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Army North Part Of Suicide Prevention Month Efforts

The Quadrangle at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
Eileen Pace TPR

Soldiers returning from multiple deployments have a greater need for assistance when they get back to their families and home life.  

Maj. Gen. Adolph McQueen, deputy commanding general of Army North, is meeting with troops at headquarters in San Antonio Thursday as part of the Army's Suicide Prevention Month.

Army North officials in San Antonio are having ongoing conversations with returning soldiers as part of the Army-wide suicide awareness effort this week.

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