Department of Defense

The Source - February 26, 2014
4:56 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

The Source: Defense Budget Cuts

The Pentagon
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Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, outlined his vision for the future of the Defense Department Monday in a speech 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.

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?

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Military
4:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

DOD Awards UTHSC Exclusive Contract To Train Medevac Paramedics

Panel discussion on medevac missions and training.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio received a major contract to train military flight medics for more intensive paramedic certification.

The program is the first of its kind and the only one in the United States.

When Army medics fly out on a call for casualties, they are in rescue mode -- wrap them up and get ‘em out of there.

But the Department of Defense was seeking a higher level of training for its medics, and the UTHSC responded with a pilot program that has now turned into a five-year commitment.

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Joint Base San Antonio
5:08 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

502nd Air Base Wing Welcomes New Commander, Thanks Gen. Carter

Brigadier General Robert La Brutta takes the wing command flag from Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr.
Eileen Pace TPR

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.

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.

La Brutta was most recently the director of manpower and personnel for the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

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Army North
2:33 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Army North Commander Taking Post At Georgia Military College

U.S. Army North (5th Army) Commander Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston
Army North

U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston will be looking for a new commander now that Lt. General William Caldwell IV is leaving to become president of the Georgia Military College.

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.

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Military Spending
10:20 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Department Of Defense Furloughs Loom At Joint Base San Antonio

Federal furloughs at Joint Base San Antonio require 22 days over the course of six months.
Eileen Pace TPR

Joint Base San Antonio has been working with its civilian workers to communicate the military’s instructions if sequestration kicks in this Friday.

A 20 percent across-the-board cut includes furloughs of federal employees at all military bases across the country.

That’s the bad news. The good news is the furloughs are part-time.

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.

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Federal Government
12:25 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Rep. Lamar Smith Says Agencies Should Decide On Sequestration Cuts

Congressman Lamar Smith speaks on the mandatory cuts to the federal government if congress does not come up with a budget by March 1.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

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. 

Congressman Lamar Smith of San Antonio wants individual agencies to decide on what is necessary and was also critical of the recently leaked White House plan on immigration.

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Military Benefits
12:51 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Pentagon To Offer Some Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

Department of Defense

Update (2/11/2013): The Pentagon has now released its decision on which benefits will be extended to same-sex couples. See them in an NPR story here.

Original Post (2/7/2013): 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. 

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