Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Lackland Courts-Martial
10:47 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Court Martial Begins In First Case Involving Physical Assault Charges

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas
U.S. Air Force

Another court-martial began Friday of a former Air Force boot camp instructor accused of dereliction of duty, assaulting male trainees, and trying to develop unprofessional sexual relationships with female trainees.

In the Article 32 evidentiary hearing late last year, four female airmen testified that Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas found them on Facebook and began sexting them and sending them photos.

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Military Working Dogs
8:19 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Military Dogs Showing Signs Of PTSD From Combat Deployments

Soldier dog Lex alongside his handler. The pair were featured on an Animal Planet special focusing on military working dogs.
DoD Military Working Dog Breeding Program Facebook Page

America’s wars have long taken their toll on the people who fight them, and the recent attention to post-traumatic stress disorder has helped improve treatment for those who suffer; however, nightly newscasts and newspaper headlines never mention the military working dogs who are also changed by the combat zone.

"Ultimately we want these dogs to become military working dogs and go down range and save lives,” said Tech. Sgt. Joe Null, who fosters canine companions for the first few months of their lives to socialize them.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:13 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Update: Judge Grants Defense Motion To Supress Cell Phone Evidence

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

(Update: 2/22/2013) Military Judge Don Eller ruled the government’s 77-page list of cell phone data violates the instructor’s Constitutional rights, saying investigators extracted the information without a search warrant.

He added that at some point during the investigation, somebody at Joint Base San Antonio should have had a light bulb go on that told them to find a magistrate and file affidavits to get a search warrant.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
6:40 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Another Court-Martial, Another Article 32 Hearing At Lackland

The headquarters of the 37th training wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where court proceedings are held in the ongoing investigation.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Air Force takes another military training instructor to court today in its broadening investigation of sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Tech. Sgt. Samuel Wicks is accused of committing an indecent act and having unprofessional relationships with three trainees.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
8:53 am
Fri February 15, 2013

LeBlanc Acquitted Of Sexual Assault, Sentenced For Other Charges

LeBlanc was held in pre-trial lockup for 77 days due to continued misbehavior. That time will be deducted from his 30 month sentence.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

(Update: 02/15/2013): The judge sentenced LeBlanc to prison for 30 months, reduced his rank to E-1 and issued an order for a dishonorable discharge. Seventy-seven days will be subtracted from his sentence, which LeBlanc has spent in pre-trial lockup due to continued misbehavior.

(Original Post: 02/14/2013): Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc was acquitted Thursday on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a female trainee who had just graduated boot camp, but the former military training instructor is facing punishment for 11 other offenses.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
7:04 am
Wed February 13, 2013

In Latest Court-Martial, Instructor Pleads Guilty To Nine Of 12 Charges

The headquarters of the 37th training wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where court proceedings are held in the ongoing investigation.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Testimony got underway Tuesday in the court-martial of a former military training instructor who is alleged to have sexually assaulted one trainee and had sexual relationships with two others.

Those are the most serious of 12 charges leveled against Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc, the latest military training instructor to go to trial in the growing sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

In a trial before the court, LeBlanc pled guilty to nine of the 12 charges, including having sex with one trainee from Lackland and a technical trainee from Fort Sam Houston.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:21 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

LeBlanc Defense Raises Issue Of 'Unlawful Command Influence'

Civilian attorney, Joseph Jordan, arrives at Lackland courtroom with Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc. LeBlanc is accsued of aggravated sexual assault of one trainee and having sexual relationships with two others
Eileen Pace TPR

Defense attorneys in the latest court-martial of a Lackland instructor have asked for the testimony of the Commander of the 502d Air Base Wing.

The defense motion has brought to the surface the issue of "Unlawful Command Influence" and how it might affect the remaining cases.

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Military Service
5:24 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Air Force Implementing 'Early Out' Program To Reduce Enlisted Ranks

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Air Force has released a plan to shrink its numbers by 3,340 airmen this year. The "early out" program is helping the service meet congressionally-mandated numbers by the end of September.

Those who choose to accept the offers to retire early must do so in time to be separated by September 29.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
5:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Acquitted Air Force Instructor Gets Bad Conduct Discharge

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

On Wednesday, Staff Sgt. Donald Davis was found not guilty of abusive sexual contact with a trainee, but after submitting its acquittal, the military jury learned that Davis pled guilty to having an unprofessional sexual relationship with a technical trainee prior to the start of the court-martial.

On Thursday the jury deliberated for about two hours before returning with a three-pronged sentence: A reduction in rank to E-3, three months’ hard labor and a bad conduct discharge. He could have received a prison sentence instead of the discharge.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:42 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Lackland Instructor Acquitted On Reasonable Doubt

The sex scandal has rocked Lackland, and now lists 32 suspects and 59 alleged victims.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Staff Sgt. Donald Davis was charged with abusive sexual contact by touching a trainee and placing her in fear of her military career through the abuse of his authority. However, the defense argued the jury could not convict if there was reasonable doubt that the events occurred.

The military jury vote in the seventh court-martial indicated that the government had not met its burden of proof in the case.

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