Air Force

Air Force Times / courtesy, Air Force Research Lab

The Air Force is getting very close to high-powered laser weaponry on its fighter planes, both for defensive and offensive operations.  

It’s all very “War of the Worlds,” but, the military may be able to mount lasers on its fighters by the year 2020.

Joey Palacios

The Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph welcomed its 32nd commander during a ceremony steeped in military tradition this morning. 

Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh presided as Lieutenant General Darryl Roberson assumed command and General Robin Rand relinquished command.  Rand says he's fond of San Antonio. 

The Air Force Monday announced a cutback of 429 positions at Joint Base San Antonio. The reductions are part of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s orders a year ago for a 20% reduction in management across the Department of Defense by the year 2019.

U.S. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Erika Yepsen at the Pentagon said the jobs are being eliminated from the Air Education and Training Command at JBSA-Randolph.

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Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is trading out some of its C5-series cargo planes as part of the military downsizing occurring around the globe.

When the force restructure cutbacks were announced in 2012, the 433rd Airlift Wing learned its C-5A aircraft would be part of that reorganization.

"We're getting the C-5M models," said Public Affairs Officer Maj. Timothy Wade. He said San Antonio’s 433rd is trading out its big cargo jets in exchange for a smaller fleet of newer models.

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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.