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.
Joint Base San Antonio continues to watch the action in Washington, D.C., preparing for the possibility that civilian workers will be staying home from work the rest of the week.
With no fiscal 2014 budget and no continuing resolution, it was touch-and-go whether thousands of active-duty military personnel would be paid. But the Senate passed a bill late Monday providing for pay for military members.
With Congress waffling on whether it will adopt a budget or issue a continuing resolution by next Tuesday, the Pentagon is preparing for the worst.
Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said Joint Base San Antonio officials are following Department of Defense orders that were issued by the office of management and budget to plan for an orderly shutdown.
Bexar County has been selected by the state legislature to test a pilot program for email voting. For the first time next year, ballots will be sent and returned by email from 200-300 military members.
Voters eligible for the program will be able to cast ballots by email for the first time in the 2014 primary elections.
Several area museums are offering military members free admission this summer as part of the Blue Star Families program.
Now through Labor Day, active-duty personnel including National Guard andArmy Reserve members are invited to visit the Alamo, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Villa Finale, The San Antonio Museum of Art, and the McNay Art Museum at no charge for general admission.
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.
Paseo del Rio has announced its plan for the second America’s Armed Forces River Parade to salute veterans and members of the country’s military following last year's first event that attracted thousand of visitors.
Paseo del Rio Association Executive Director Nancy Hunt said 25 professionally decorated floats will include one for each branch of military and businesses that serve veterans and the military.