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1:16 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Military Families Get Health Boost From Greater San Antonio YMCA

YMCA

The Greater San Antonio YMCA is offering complimentary memberships to military families living in the metro area as part of their Military Outreach Initiative.

The YMCA has gyms and programs for all ages, and is offering the free memberships at locations in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Boerne.

The complimentary memberships are available to:

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Lackland Reform
4:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

AETC Commander Says Fixes Are Working To Stop Assaults At JBSA-Lackland

Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., Commander of the Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.
USAF

The Air Force has put into place most of the institutional safeguards recommended to end the sexual assault problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., commander of the Air Education and Training Command, said the remaining changes are more long-term, and will be added over the next two years.

The 45 recommendations came out of the commander’s investigation last fall, and Rice said 35 safeguards have been put into place over the past nine months that are already proving successful.

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U.S. Army
5:51 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Army Looking For A Few Good Singers In Vocal Competition

2012 Operation Rising Star finalists at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre.
U.S. Army

Army Entertainment is launching the ninth season of "Operation Rising Star," a singing competition based on the "American Idol" format. The program is open to active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members and their adult family members.

The Army Installation Management Command is encouraging garrisons to collaborate with their food and beverage facilities, recreation programs, marketing teams and Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers programs to get a program going for local contestants.

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Military
10:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Fort Sam Virtually Shuts Down To Complete Sexual Assault/Harassment Training

Maj. Jose Collado asks a question at ARMY NORTH's recent SHARP training at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.
Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos, Army North PAO

Military orders from top brass in Washington D.C. are being carried out for sexual harassment and assault training at Joint Base San Antonio.

Local military officials say the Army’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program (SHARP)  was ordered by General Ray Odiernio, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, around the time the Senate Armed Services Committee held their heated, marathon hearing on sexual assault in June.

More than 600 Fort Sam Houston personnel, both military and civilian, turned out for the SHARP training. Other branches conducted their own programs. 

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Military
2:22 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

First Day of Jury Selection in Fort Hood Trial Complete

Brigitte Woosley, sketch artist

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 4:44 pm

Update: Six of the first 20 potential panelists in the trail of Major Nidal Hasan were dismissed today in the first day of jury selection. The court will resume tomorrow and split the remaining panelists into groups for individual questioning. The first group will begin at 9 a.m. and the second group will be questioned at 2:30 p.m. Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 in a shooting at the Fort Hood army post in 2009. 

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Military
11:06 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Defense Furloughs Mean 20 Percent Pay Cut For Affected Employees

Air Force Thunderbirds
U.S. Air Force

  Furloughs began Monday for 23,000 Department of Defense employees at Joint Base San Antonio as part of the government’s sequestration measure to tighten the federal budget.

About 700,000 total Department of Defense employees will be taking one day a week off for the next 11 weeks -- the government reduced the furloughs from the original 22 days.

Joint Base San Antonio’s Brent Boller said the military could not avoid the cutbacks entirely, despite other efforts to reduce military expenses:

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Air Force
9:12 am
Fri July 5, 2013

General Rice, Commander Of Air Education And Training Command, To Retire

Gen. Edward Rice testifies in front of the House Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the Air Force investigation.
C-SPAN

General Edward Rice Jr. will be recorded as the commander who led the investigation into the worst sex scandal in Air Force history, having ordered the investigation of sexual misconduct by military training instructors at Lackland.

Rice and Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward announced the results of the investigation last November, finding a laundry list of policy characteristics that the report said allowed a climate of abuse to occur.

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Returning Veterans
6:06 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Former NATO Commander Brings Veteran Entrepreneur Opportunity To San Antonio

100 of these Grilled Cheese Trucks are reserved for San Antonio veterans. The trucks will serve food for corporate lunches and conventions.
Eileen Pace TPR

A former NATO commander is in San Antonio to promote a new business opportunity for veterans. The Grilled Cheese Truck, a company from Los Angeles, has announced it is expanding its veteran-owned businesses to the Alamo city.

General Wesley Clark commanded thousands of troops from Vietnam to Fort Hood. He was a Rhodes Scholar, has received the Silver Star and the Bronze Star, and held the position as the NATO Supreme Allied Commander.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:12 am
Wed July 3, 2013

24th Court-Martial Sends Another Training Instructor To Jail

Lackland, the 'gateway' to the Air Force, has been the gateway to court-martial for instructors engaging in activities against Air Force regulations.
Eileen Pace TPR

Another military training instructor from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is headed to prison after his sentencing on charges of sexual misconduct.

In a special court-martial this week, Tech Sgt. Brian Hickingbottom, Jr., pleaded guilty to charges of having unprofessional relationships with three trainees in tech school, and of obstructing justice

Military Judge, Col. Donald Eller, Jr. sentenced Hickingbottom to four months confinement, hard labor without confinement for 45 days, and reduction in rank to Senior Airman.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:26 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lackland Trainer Convicted Of Sexual Misconduct With Trainees

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

A military judge has sentenced another military training instructor in the ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Senior Airman Andrew S. Lira was found guilty of having unprofessional intimate relationships -- from May 2010 through December 2011 -- with eight female trainees at Lackland, one of them a basic trainee.

He also was found guilty of adultery, and of obstructing justice by telling one of the trainees to delete all of their text messages and asking her to lie to investigators.

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