Military

Military Appreciation
8:50 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Second Armed Forces River Parade Highlighting Nonprofits That Serve The Military

The U.S. Army Band float in the 1st America's Armed Forces River Parade in 2012
Paseo del Rio Association

Paseo del Rio has announced its plan for the second America’s Armed Forces River Parade to salute veterans and members of the country’s military following last year's first event that attracted thousand of visitors.

Paseo del Rio Association Executive Director Nancy Hunt said 25 professionally decorated floats will include one for each branch of military and businesses that serve veterans and the military.

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Returning Veterans
9:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

San Antonio A "Welcoming" Airport For Returning War Fighters

Sailors welcome Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Buehler from Afghanistan duty
Eileen Pace

On the day after Easter, Petty Officer Kevin Bruehler arrived at the San Antonio Airport at 11:15 a.m. from Afghanistan, and was greeted by American flags, banners, and the waiting arms of about 50 people, including 25 of his shipmates.

"I did expect something, but this is, this is incredible and inspiring. I appreciate it very much. It’s good, it’s good to know that you’re appreciated. I mean, you always know what you do is appreciated, but to see it shown so visibly, it’s just amazing. Just amazing," Bruehler said.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
10:35 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Cross-Cultural Expert Brought In For Lackland Court-Martial

Eileen Pace TPR News

A Lackland judge is hearing the case against a former Air Force instructor accused of rape.

Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto, formerly with the 323rd Training Squadron, pleaded guilty to five of the charges against him, including sexual assault, wrongful sexual contact, lying to officials, and having unprofessional relationships with trainees.

Soto’s court-martial opened in January with a request from the government to postpone the proceedings so it could bring in a cross-cultural expert. 

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Military Budget Cuts
2:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Thanks To Sequestration Cuts, No Air Show At Randolph This Year

U.S. Air Force

Joint Base San Antonio has canceled plans for a November air show at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.  The Air Force Thunderbirds were scheduled to headline the event that included other military aircraft.

According to JBSA, Air Force aviation support to public events has been canceled to save flying hours to support readiness needs. 

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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:45 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Deraas Pleads Guilty, Gets Bad Conduct Discharge

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas
U.S. Air Force

A former military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has been sentenced following his court-martial that began Monday morning.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Derass pleaded guilty to charges of pursuing sexual relationships with five female trainees in another training class and to charges of dereliction of duty for forcing the recruits in his training class to fill their canteens with water from the toilet.

The case marks the first time an instructor was charged in connection with both male and female trainees.

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Army North
2:33 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Army North Commander Taking Post At Georgia Military College

U.S. Army North (5th Army) Commander Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston
Army North

U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston will be looking for a new commander now that Lt. General William Caldwell IV is leaving to become president of the Georgia Military College.

Caldwell has submitted his retirement paperwork to the Department of Defense and has announced to friends that he will leave Texas to become the next president of the military college in Milledgeville, Georgia.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
10:47 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Court Martial Begins In First Case Involving Physical Assault Charges

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas
U.S. Air Force

Another court-martial began Friday of a former Air Force boot camp instructor accused of dereliction of duty, assaulting male trainees, and trying to develop unprofessional sexual relationships with female trainees.

In the Article 32 evidentiary hearing late last year, four female airmen testified that Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas found them on Facebook and began sexting them and sending them photos.

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Military Spending
10:20 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Department Of Defense Furloughs Loom At Joint Base San Antonio

Federal furloughs at Joint Base San Antonio require 22 days over the course of six months.
Eileen Pace TPR

Joint Base San Antonio has been working with its civilian workers to communicate the military’s instructions if sequestration kicks in this Friday.

A 20 percent across-the-board cut includes furloughs of federal employees at all military bases across the country.

That’s the bad news. The good news is the furloughs are part-time.

Joint Base San Antonio Spokesman Brent Boller said the sequester will cut $1.2 trillion from government spending, and about half of that will be cuts in Department of Defense spending.

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Military Voting
2:33 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Texas Making Voting Easier For Deployed Military Members

Efforts to improve voting numbers for members of the military, like Sen. Leticia Van de Putte's Federal Military Overseas Empowerment Act, are encouraging better voter turnout.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas is making it easier for troops to vote by simplifying the process in a new effort dubbed 'Boots and Ballots.'

Senior Airman Brittany Bohn said last year she thought she was registered in Texas, but found out at the last minute her voter registration was in Indiana. She wants her vote to count.

"I don't want to say that voting gets put on the back burner, but it does," Bohn said.

Email ballots and simpler forms have already made voting easier.

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Military Working Dogs
8:19 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Military Dogs Showing Signs Of PTSD From Combat Deployments

Soldier dog Lex alongside his handler. The pair were featured on an Animal Planet special focusing on military working dogs.
DoD Military Working Dog Breeding Program Facebook Page

America’s wars have long taken their toll on the people who fight them, and the recent attention to post-traumatic stress disorder has helped improve treatment for those who suffer; however, nightly newscasts and newspaper headlines never mention the military working dogs who are also changed by the combat zone.

"Ultimately we want these dogs to become military working dogs and go down range and save lives,” said Tech. Sgt. Joe Null, who fosters canine companions for the first few months of their lives to socialize them.

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