Department of Defense http://tpr.org en The Source: Defense Budget Cuts http://tpr.org/post/source-defense-budget-cuts <p>Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, outlined his vision for the future of the Defense Department Monday in a <a href="http://www.defense.gov/Speeches/Speech.aspx?SpeechID=1831">speech </a>to the press. A very different military is coming down the line. A different world requiring different objectives, and a different set of budget realities, have led to the proposal.</p><p>Cuts to troops, vehicles, and benefits for soldiers are all part of the outlined packaged. Several media outlets have talked about pre-1940 levels, but is there any truth to it?</p><p></p><p>Guests:</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:56:01 +0000 Paul Flahive 27422 at http://tpr.org The Source: Defense Budget Cuts DOD Awards UTHSC Exclusive Contract To Train Medevac Paramedics http://tpr.org/post/dod-awards-uthsc-exclusive-contract-train-medevac-paramedics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Texas </span>Health<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Science Center at San Antonio received a major contract to train military flight medics for more intensive paramedic certification.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The program is the first of its kind and the only one in the United States.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Army medics fly out on a call for casualties, they are in rescue mode -- wrap them up and get ‘em out of there.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:55:03 +0000 Eileen Pace 21491 at http://tpr.org DOD Awards UTHSC Exclusive Contract To Train Medevac Paramedics 502nd Air Base Wing Welcomes New Commander, Thanks Gen. Carter http://tpr.org/post/502nd-air-base-wing-welcomes-new-commander-thanks-gen-carter <p>The 502nd Air Base Wing at Joint Base San Antonio has a new commander and local political and business leaders joined military dignitaries for the change of command ceremony at the base Wednesday morning.</p><p>Brigadier General Theresa Carter took command just months after the 502nd was relocated to San Antonio after the BRAC realignment and replacing Carter is Brigadier General Robert La Brutta, who comes to the 502nd with management experience.</p><p>La Brutta was most recently the director of manpower and personnel for the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 22:08:00 +0000 Eileen Pace 12243 at http://tpr.org 502nd Air Base Wing Welcomes New Commander, Thanks Gen. Carter Army North Commander Taking Post At Georgia Military College http://tpr.org/post/army-north-commander-taking-post-georgia-military-college <p>U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston will be looking for a new commander now that <span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.arnorth.army.mil/Leaders-%281%29/Commanding-General.aspx" target="_blank">Lt. General William Caldwell IV</a> is leaving to become president of the </span>Georgia Military College.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:33:17 +0000 Eileen Pace 7377 at http://tpr.org Army North Commander Taking Post At Georgia Military College Department Of Defense Furloughs Loom At Joint Base San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/department-defense-furloughs-loom-joint-base-san-antonio <p>Joint Base San Antonio has been working with its civilian workers to communicate the military’s instructions if sequestration kicks in this Friday.</p><p>A 20 percent across-the-board cut includes furloughs of federal employees at all military bases across the country.</p><p>That’s the bad news. The good news is the furloughs are part-time.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:20:49 +0000 Eileen Pace 7003 at http://tpr.org Department Of Defense Furloughs Loom At Joint Base San Antonio Rep. Lamar Smith Says Agencies Should Decide On Sequestration Cuts http://tpr.org/post/rep-lamar-smith-says-agencies-should-decide-sequestration-cuts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With ten days until the sequestration that prompts severe cuts to the nation’s defense budget, some lawmakers in congress are speaking against the cuts that no side wants but no one can agree on how to fix.&nbsp; </span></p><p><a href="http://lamarsmith.house.gov/" target="_blank">Congressman Lamar Smith of San Antonio</a> <span style="line-height: 1.5;">wants individual agencies to decide on what is necessary and was also critical of the recently leaked White House plan on immigration.</span></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:25:03 +0000 Joey Palacios 6692 at http://tpr.org Rep. Lamar Smith Says Agencies Should Decide On Sequestration Cuts Pentagon To Offer Some Benefits To Same-Sex Couples http://tpr.org/post/pentagon-offer-some-benefits-same-sex-couples <p><strong>Update (2/11/2013):</strong> The Pentagon has now released its decision on which benefits will be extended to same-sex couples. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/11/171715350/pentagon-details-which-benefits-will-be-extended-to-same-sex-partners" target="_blank">See them in an NPR story here.</a></p><p><strong>Original Post (2/7/2013): </strong>The Pentagon is expected as early as today to announce certain military benefits for same-sex couples, but a source in the defense department said not all benefits will be offered.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:51:24 +0000 Eileen Pace 6016 at http://tpr.org Pentagon To Offer Some Benefits To Same-Sex Couples