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.
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 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.
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.
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.
REBIRTH, by Artist Luis Lopez, now hangs at Port San Antonio. It depicts the new life given to Kelly AFB after 1995 BRAC
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Tower at the Quadrangle at Joint Base-Fort Sam Houston. Thanks to quick work by community leaders, San Antonio was able to rescue the city's military presence after BRAC
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Civilian crew that worked on planes at Kelly AFB. The base was closed after the 1995 BRAC decision, but nimble action by community leaders resulted in a new purpose and new life for the former military installation
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.
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.