Military

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Lackland Gateway walkway
Eileen Pace / TPR

A delegation from the House Armed Services Committee visited San Antonio Tuesday. The group is touring the nation’s troubled basic training headquarters at Lackland Air Force Base.

The congressional delegation is meeting the new commanders in charge of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland to learn how the sex scandal at the base began and how it was allowed to continue.

The Navy celebrated a milestone Friday when its point of accountability for all Navy Medicine training relocated to Fort Sam Houston from its former headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla..

The relocation stems from the Navy Surgeon General’s vision of streamlining Navy Medicine into a more efficient and responsive organization.

Initially, 12 military and civilian personnel will be assigned to N-METC’s new location. The opening of the facility comes a year after the Navy’s ‘A’ School, the Hospital Corps School, relocated to Fort Sam as part of the 2005 BRAC order.

Headquarters to the 37th Training Wing
Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

Staff Sgt. Jason Manko is accused of violating Air Force regulations by developing a relationship with a female trainee. He came to court this morning prepared to enter a guilty plea on the charges against him.

Manko admitted to developing the relationship with a woman over a period of several months during the spring and summer of 2011, until he finally invited her to his home.

Gen. Edward Rice
U.S. Air Force

Gen. Edward Rice, who leads the Air Education and Training Command in San Antonio, has met with select members of Congress in the ongoing sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Rice said unprofessional relationships at basic military training will not be tolerated.

Rice promised to establish and maintain an environment that he says is consistent with the high standards of professional conduct that the Air Force demands of instructors.

Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

Like any other four-legged friend, she’s pretty happy and lovable, but Layka, a Belgian Malinois, is more than man’s best friend. She is literally a life-saver.

As the ceremony began, a serviceman read the award aloud to the crowd gathered to celebrate Layka.

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