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.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been back in the U.S. for almost three weeks, has started to experience the world outside the military post where he lives.
Bergdahl, who is in reintegration treatment after spending five years in Taliban captivity, has been living on post at Fort Sam Houston while he continues treatment on an outpatient basis at Brooke Army Medical Center.
The Department of Defense is in the final phase of a major expansion of its cyber security mission in San Antonio.
The Air Force plans to place 1,100 new team members at Joint Base San Antonio and other locations around the city.
The San Antonio congressional delegation announced Wednesday an expansion of the existing cyber security mission headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, bringing in more than 400 new team members at that site alone.
Officials with Brooke Army Medical Center Friday afternoon offered a glimpse into the reintegration process that lays ahead for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been the subject of controversy since his May 31 release from the Taliban in exchange for five high-level prisoners from Guantanamo.
Bergdahl is in San Antonio for the final phase of reintegration back into a stable life, including professional, family, and community activities, with as few complications as possible.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno came to San Antonio Wednesday to visit wounded troops at the Brooke Army Medical Center, the Center for the Intrepid, and the Warrior and Family Support Center.
The general was also here to pin the Purple Heart on a soldier wounded in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday three of the nation’s top military medical commanders offered a look at the current state of military health care in San Antonio -- from advances in research to new advanced battlefield treatment.
Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Va., joined Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, director of the San Antonio Military Health System, and Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Byron Hepburn, the first director of the San Antonio Military Health System, for the panel discussion.
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.