Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

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The military is taking steps to protect its assets before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey. 

There’s a new commander at Joint Base San Antonio. 

Brigadier General Bob LaBrutta passed command of the 502nd Air Base Wing and largest military joint base in the country to Brigadier General Heather Pringle in an emotional ceremony Friday.

“What a great day for the 502nd Air Base Wing Joint Base San Antonio,” LaBrutta told the crowd, “But a melancholy day for me and my family.”

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Nerves were rattled inside and outside Lackland Air Force Base as law enforcement looked for an active shooter. Those trying to enter Lackland sat in a quarter-mile line of cars stopped at the entrance. Jacob Trevino waited almost three hours before a lockdown was lifted and he could get to work.


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U.S. Air Force officials are reporting that an apparent murder-suicide at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland that left two men dead was the result of "workplace violence." Officials are not identifying the two airmen by name, their ranks, nor their relationship to one another until after they notify the men's families.

The bodies of the two men were found Friday morning along with two handguns, according to a release from Air Force Public Affairs.

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The death of a trainee at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland remains under investigation.

Nineteen-year-old Air Force basic trainee Kelani Thomas died Monday morning after collapsing during routine physical fitness training.

According to a statement from the base, “Following her collapse, on-scene medical personnel began immediate resuscitation efforts until Emergency Medical Response personnel arrived. Thomas was then transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center where a medical team was unable to revive her.”

Thomas was in her first week of Basic Military Training assigned to the 322nd Training Squadron.

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