Air Force

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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Government Shutdown
3:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Civilian Furloughs At Air Force ISR Agency May Affect Security Clearance

Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency is operating with just 10 percent of its civilian workforce worldwide.
USAF

Most federal workers around San Antonio were told to go home today, including most of the civilian personnel involved in military operations. That includes military intelligence, which is based in San Antonio.

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Military
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Silent Heroes Eulogized At Lackland Ceremony

Wreath ceremony honoring "Silent Warrior" SSGT Richard Dickson, killed when his plane crashed over Kandujar, Afghanistan in April

The Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Friday honored an intelligence specialist whose plane crashed over Afghanistan earlier this year.

The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency also honored other Airmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the 65 years of the organization's history.

“This morning we pay tribute to Staff Sgt. Richie Dickson and 51 other intelligence professionals who perished in the line of duty.”

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:38 am
Wed July 10, 2013

JFK's Day In San Antonio 24 Hours Before His Assassination

JFK visited four Airmen participating in a space exploration experiment at then-Brooks Air Force Base, now Brooks City-Base, on Nov. 21, 1963.

On November 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy stopped in to see four airmen inside an oxygen chamber in San Antonio.

The men, who were from Lackland Air Force Base, were involved in experiments on space exploration.

Rudy Purificato, an Air Force historian, said because of Kennedy's deep interest and push for space discovery, NASA was catching up on research the Air Force had already been conducting.

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Military
11:06 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Defense Furloughs Mean 20 Percent Pay Cut For Affected Employees

Air Force Thunderbirds
U.S. Air Force

  Furloughs began Monday for 23,000 Department of Defense employees at Joint Base San Antonio as part of the government’s sequestration measure to tighten the federal budget.

About 700,000 total Department of Defense employees will be taking one day a week off for the next 11 weeks -- the government reduced the furloughs from the original 22 days.

Joint Base San Antonio’s Brent Boller said the military could not avoid the cutbacks entirely, despite other efforts to reduce military expenses:

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Air Force
9:12 am
Fri July 5, 2013

General Rice, Commander Of Air Education And Training Command, To Retire

Gen. Edward Rice testifies in front of the House Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the Air Force investigation.
C-SPAN

General Edward Rice Jr. will be recorded as the commander who led the investigation into the worst sex scandal in Air Force history, having ordered the investigation of sexual misconduct by military training instructors at Lackland.

Rice and Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward announced the results of the investigation last November, finding a laundry list of policy characteristics that the report said allowed a climate of abuse to occur.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:26 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lackland Trainer Convicted Of Sexual Misconduct With Trainees

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where the courts-martial are being conducted in cases of military training instructor misconduct.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A military judge has sentenced another military training instructor in the ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Senior Airman Andrew S. Lira was found guilty of having unprofessional intimate relationships -- from May 2010 through December 2011 -- with eight female trainees at Lackland, one of them a basic trainee.

He also was found guilty of adultery, and of obstructing justice by telling one of the trainees to delete all of their text messages and asking her to lie to investigators.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
12:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Lackland Court-Martial Another Case Of Alleged Sexual Assault

The 37th Training Wing Building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where the military tribunals are being conducted in cases of military training instructor misconduct.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Senior Airman Christopher Oliver, a military training instructor, is facing a general court-martial today at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Oliver is charged with aggravated sexual assault and abusive sexual contact against a boot camp trainee. He also is charged with having unprofessional relationships with two other basic trainees and continuing those relationships when the trainees advanced into technical training.

Training instructors are prohibited by the Uniform Code of Military Justice from having personal relationships with trainees at any level.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
1:25 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Rodriguez Gets 27 Years In Prison, Harshest Sentence Yet In Air Force Sex Scandal

Lackland, the 'gateway' to the Air Force, has been the gateway to court-martial for instructors engaging in activities against Air Force regulations.
Eileen Pace TPR

The eight officers on the all-male jury panel handed Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez, a recruiter from Lake Jackson, which is near Houston, 27 years in prison – the harshest sentence issued in the sex scandal so far – which was two years longer than what was recommended by prosecutors.

The former military recruiter was also given a dishonorable discharge after his conviction on 29 of 30 charges involving sex crimes against women who came through his office.

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