Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Lackland Article 32 Hearing
12:22 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Recruiter Faces Likely Court-Martial After Article 32 Hearing

Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez
U.S. Air Force

Eighteen women have testified or given written statements that an Air Force recruiter committed sex crimes against them in an Article 32 evidentiary hearing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Some of the women said the events caused them to give up on their dreams of joining the Air Force.

A recruiter’s assistant testified in the final day of the hearing that she tried to push him away, but that Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez sodomized and raped her in a back room of the recruiting office he ran near Houston.

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Air Force Special Ops
2:43 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Lackland Preferred Location For Air Force Special Ops School

Pending congressional approval, Lackland will be the new site for an Air Force special operations school
Eileen Pace TPR News

On Wednesday, Congressmen Joaquín Castro and Pete Gallego made the announcement that the Air Force hopes to move its Tactical Air Control Party and the Air Officer Liaison training school to San Antonio.

Collen McGee with the 37th Training Wing at Lackland said the base currently houses the prep school for the program, which is classroom training on the history and mission of the unit.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
9:32 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Recruiter Sent Thousands Of Inappropriate Emails To Would-Be Recruits

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

An Article 32 hearing is underway at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in the case against Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez, who ran an Air Force recruiting office in Lake Jackson, Texas, south of Houston.

Rodriguez faces a possible life sentence on allegations that he made unwanted sexual contact with more than a dozen young women who once considered joining the Air Force.

The charges ranging from indecent conduct to sodomy and rape. He is accused of sending almost a thousand emails to one alleged victim, many with nude or suggestive photos of himself attached.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
4:04 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson Latest Instructor Convicted On Sex Charges

Airman 1st Class Christopher Jackson is no longer permitted to wear his MTI hat after his conviction this week
U.S. Air Force

Another former basic training instructor is in the brig after being court-martialed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Thursday.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson will spend 100 days in the brig and 30 days doing hard labor.  Jackson is the sixth instructor to be court-martialed in the still-growing sex scandal at Lackland.

Jackson was found guilty of having sexual relationships with two trainees, and of obstructing justice by asking one of them to lie to investigators.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
9:45 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Special Court-Martial Underway For Sixth Lackland Instructor

The investigation is taking a critical look at the Lackland power structure; 30 training instructors are under further investigation.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A Special Court Martial begins today for another military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.  This is the sixth trial, which begins  as two more cases are revealed.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson is charged with engaging in unprofessional relationships with two technical training students, and of obstruction of justice -- both violations of Air Force policy.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said a significant majority of the allegations are not for sexual assault -- as was the case in the other courts-martial.

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Lackland Investigation
6:05 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Lackland Probe Turns Up More Cases Of Abuse Among Instructors

The "Gateway to the Air Force" has been under strict scrutiny as more and more abuses of power are uncovered.
Eileen Pace TPR

More cases have come to light in the ongoing Air Force inquiry of military training instructors at Joint Base Lackland. The investigation that unofficially began 18 months ago has revealed an overall problem with abuses of power by instructors.

The first case of sexual assault was reported in June of 2011, and a year later the air education and training commander ordered a command investigation into allegations against more than a dozen training instructors.

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Military
3:01 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Haircuts At Joint Base Lackland Never Go Out Of Style

Lester J. West cuts hair of trainees as he has for 51 years at the base barbershop at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Haircuts are a routine part of life for most, but for members of our Armed Forces they are a symbol of uniformity and commitment.

Inside Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s base barbershop, the black lines on the floor are where men like 26-year-old Orlando Navarro line up, waiting to get their head shaved.

"I'm used to having a bald head anyway," said the New Jersey native.

Navarro is a college graduate and is much older than the average 20-year-old Air Force recruit, but he said he finally got the support from his family and his fiancé to enlist.

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Holiday Surprise
9:19 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Clydesdales Bring Christmas Cheer To Wounded Warriors

Clydesdales at the Warrior and Family Support Center .
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Some local members of the military got a treat at the Warrior and Family Support Center Wednesday when Budweiser brought in its famous Clydesdale horse team to visit with the soldiers and their families.

These horses meet millions of people each year, and a gentle disposition is a key characteristic.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
8:35 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Lackland Instructor Charged With Assault And Battery Of Male Trainees

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas
U.S. Air Force

The Air Force is now investigating 28 basic training instructors for improper relationships and abuse of power involving 54 alleged victims from Lackland Air Force Base.

The latest Article 32 hearing marks the first time an instructor has been charged with assault and battery against male trainees.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas is charged with pursuing sexual relationships with five female trainees in a brother flight, and with maltreatment and assault and battery of seven male trainees in his own flight.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearing
7:01 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Testimony: Lackland Instructor Forced Airmen To Fill Canteens With Water From Toilets

Staff Sgt. Ryan Deraas
U.S. Air Force

An Air force training instructor heads back into a military courtroom this morning for a second day of testimony in his Article 32 hearing.

It's the latest in the growing number of cases against military training instructors caught up in the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

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