Air Force

Lackland Investigation
4:57 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

New Charges At Lackland On 20-Year-Old Case

Administrative building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where legal proceedings are held.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The latest Air Force sexual assault case might have stayed "cold" forever had it not been for a deeper investigation into older, unreported cases. An Article 32 hearing was presented Monday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on new cases stemming from the 1990s.  

The 34 sexual misconduct cases that have played out in Lackland courtrooms for the past two to three years prompted investigators to look back 10 years to see if other cases remained unreported.

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The Two-Way
11:03 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Air Force Cheating Scandal Widens; 92 Nuclear Officers Linked

The launch-key mechanism at the deactivated Delta Nine Launch Facility near Wall, S.D., in 2002.
AP

Nearly 20 percent of the officers in the U.S. Air Force's nuclear weapons corps have now been implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal, the secretary of the Air Force said Thursday.

Deborah Lee James told reporters that 92 individuals in the 500-member force are now thought either to have shared information about the answers to the test or to have known that others had done so, The Associated Press reports.

The wire service adds that:

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Military
8:31 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Court-Martial Postponed For Airman Accused Of Improper Acts Against High School Students

Eileen Pace TPR News

The court-martial of an Air Force photographer accused of sexual misconduct with several O'Connor High School students was postponed today at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Airman 1st Class Nathan Wilson-Crow, formerly a photographer with Lackland’s 3rd Combat Camera Squadron, is charged with sexual misconduct with three students -- one of them a minor -- on an ROTC camping trip, and of rape in a separate incident.

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Military
11:24 am
Thu January 2, 2014

No BRAC In 2014, But Local Leaders Prepare For Possibility Of Future Closures

Members of the San Antonio Military Transformation Taskforce meet in 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Although San Antonio was treated kindly in the recently-signed budget bill, local officials are starting now to prepare for possible base closures later this decade.

Mark Frye serves on the City of San Antonio Military Transformation Taskforce, a group that advocates for the local military at the national level. He said the budget bill just signed into law after Christmas only protects bases through the next budget year.

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Military
11:58 am
Mon December 23, 2013

For Air Force Trainees Who Don't Make Active Duty, The Journey Back To Civilian Life Begins

Trainees at graduation commemorate their hard work during a graduation ceremony. Those who don't complete their goal go to a transition flight for help adjusting back to civilian life.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the military, you either have what it takes, or you don't.

Those who don't often face ridicule, embarrassment and shame when they leave training, but unlike days  past, now there's a little bit more compassion for this group of forgotten trainees transitioning back to civilian life.

Life inside the gates at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is a microcosm of the world outside, but training is an ongoing ritual. Trainees march in step with one another, and are required to make their commutes in pairs.

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Holidays
12:17 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

WATCH: U.S. Air Force Band Stages A 'Holiday Flash Mob'

Col. Larry H. Lang conducts the Band's first-ever flash mob at the National Air and Space Museum on Dec. 3.
U.S. Air Force

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 9:26 am

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Air Force Basic Training
2:24 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Are Changes Making A Difference At Lackland? Air Force Begins Surveys To Find Out

Gen. Edward Rice (now retired), here testifying at a congressional hearing, is hoping changes in how the Air Force deals with abuse claims will help change things at Lackland.
C-SPAN

Air Force officials in San Antonio have begun the Beta phase of a new sexual misconduct survey that is now part of the program in basic military training.

The survey was created in response to the sexual assault scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland over the last three years.

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Military Bases
12:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Military Strategists Say Communities Should Plan Now For BRAC In 2017

REBIRTH, by Artist Luis Lopez, now hangs at Port San Antonio. It depicts the new life given to Kelly AFB after 1995 BRAC
Eileen Pace

Military defense strategists from around the country are touring San Antonio’s military installations today including those that were shuttered during the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) in 1995. 

The group is meeting here Friday to strategize protecting regional military presence in the face of future budget cuts. Members of the six-state Southwest Defense Alliance are watching those budgets and seeking ways communities in the region can protect their military presence. 

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Sexual Assault In The Military
3:20 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Military Sexual Assault Bill Could Remove Chain Of Command From Legal Process

The investigation of sexual assault cases at Lackland has sparked calls for more overreaching action from Congress.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Military members around the country are watching today as the U.S. Senate takes up legislation aimed at curbing military sexual assault cases. The controversial bill would remove the chain of command in the legal system in such cases.

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Joint Base San Antonio
4:37 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Lackland Facilities Carry Name Of Most Decorated U.S. Airman In Air Force History

Airmen Training Complex #2 is named after Chief Master Sergeant Duane Hackney, the most decorated U.S. Air Force airman in history.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A new generation of airmen and leaders will enjoy a new training facility and residence hall at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Leaders there dedicated the building Wednesday, already in use, as the Airmen Training Complex #2. It is now named the Chief Master Sergeant Duane D. Hackney building.

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