Military

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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Military Schools
10:42 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Military School Districts Struggle To Survive Sequestration

Cole High School cheerleaders and football players under the Friday night lights.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A recent Fort Sam Houston ISD Cole High School game found the cheerleaders, pep squad, and band all out in support of their team running plays on the field.  And it's likely none of these kids had any idea that their education programs are being threatened by a governmental body that school officials say is not doing its job.

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Same-Sex Benefits
9:40 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Van De Putte And House Dems See National Guard Refusal In Opposite Ways

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte says she understands Gen. Nichols' reasons for approaching the matter with caution.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

With Attorney General Greg Abbott now advising the Texas National Guard about the legal side of their refusal to process federal same-sex couple benefits, a group of House Democrats are urging Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the head of the Texas National Guard, to rescind his decision and start processing the benefits.

But the issue is more complex than you might imagine.

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Same-Sex Benefits
1:40 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Texas National Guard Getting Legal Help From Abbott

Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has formally announced he will provide the Texas National Guard a legal opinion regarding the group’s decision to not process federal benefits for same-sex families.

This month sections of the Defense of Marriage Act were repealed for same-sex couples in the military and working for the federal government. The Texas National Guard cited the state Constitution as their reason for not processing these families and asked Abbott for his help on the issue.

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Texas Veterans
11:21 am
Thu September 5, 2013

VFW Post 76 Holding First Golf Tournament To Raise Money For Veterans

Flag Day at VFW Post 76.
VFW Post 76

Chartered in 1917, VFW Post 76 , the oldest VFW post in Texas, has served hundreds of veterans over the years, and its website says thousands have passed under the arches to the post along the San Antonio River.

Charles Zambrano, the golf tournament chairman, said more veterans who need services are returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and the economic downturn is affecting veterans. The post decided to start a golf tournament to increase its coffers for emergency relief for veterans.

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U.S. Army
9:17 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Army North Gets New Commander, Moves Toward North American Military Collaboration

Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins receives new star on his promotion Sept 4, 2013, Ft. Sam Houston Quadrangle.
Jack Morgan TPR News

As of Wednesday afternoon, Army North has a new commander. Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins took the helm at 5th Army Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, immediately after receiving his promotion.

The lengthy list of dignitaries included Gen. Edward Rice of the Air Education and Training Command, along with commanders from numerous major command centers around the country, and commanders from Sedena, the Mexican Army.

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Same-Sex Benefits
12:35 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Same-Sex Military Couple Denied Federal Benefits By Texas National Guard

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

This week the U.S. Supreme Court’s repeal of sections of the Defense Of Marriage Act kicked in for same-sex federal employees and military personnel, which allows gay and lesbian couples to register for federal benefits.

So Austin attorney Alicia Butler and her wife, who is an Army nurse that served during the Iraq War, set out to register at the Army National Guard post at Camp Mabry.

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