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U.S. Air Force

The Air Force is now investigating 28 basic training instructors for improper relationships and abuse of power involving 54 alleged victims from Lackland Air Force Base.

The latest Article 32 hearing marks the first time an instructor has been charged with assault and battery against male trainees.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas is charged with pursuing sexual relationships with five female trainees in a brother flight, and with maltreatment and assault and battery of seven male trainees in his own flight.

U.S. Air Force

An Air force training instructor heads back into a military courtroom this morning for a second day of testimony in his Article 32 hearing.

It's the latest in the growing number of cases against military training instructors caught up in the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Eileen Pace

If you’re looking for something special to do this weekend, you can honor military service members at a special concert Saturday night.

Fort Sam’s Own, the official band of U.S. Army North, will perform a holiday celebration free of charge to residents and visitors.

They’ll play a list of multi-cultural songs including: "Home for Christmas," "Christmas Eve at Sarajevo," "O Hanukah," and "Los Peces en el Rio."

The concert is Saturday evening at 7 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on Avenue E, and everyone gets in free.

Lackland Gateway walkway
Eileen Pace / TPR

On Thursday the investigating officer heard from three of the alleged victims in the case against Tech Sgt. Samuel Wicks. He also received stacks of evidence -- over 30 exhibits -- including victim statements, photos, and a sexually explicit video.

UPDATE 12/4 at 5:45pm: Army Col. Tara Osborn has been appointed to replace Col. Gregory Gross as judge in the military trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan. He's charged with in the shooting rampage that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded at Fort Hood in November 2009. It's not clear when hearings will resume.

ORIGINAL STORY: A military appeals court has removed the judge in the trial of the suspect in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood. 

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