Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Lackland Investigation
9:21 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Lackland Investigation: Training Instructor Accused Of Sending Explicit Video

Lackland is known as the "Gateway to the Air Force" because all airmen pass through basic training at the San Antonio base.
Eileen Pace TPR

On Thursday the investigating officer heard from three of the alleged victims in the case against Tech Sgt. Samuel Wicks. He also received stacks of evidence -- over 30 exhibits -- including victim statements, photos, and a sexually explicit video.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearings
5:53 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Another Instructor Faces Article 32 Hearing At Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson faces four allegations of developing unprofessional relationships and having sexual relations with two trainees.

One of the two women testified in the Article 32 hearing at Lackland that she viewed Jackson as a good leader and friend, and that he helped her decide to remain in the military at a time when she wanted to quit. She said it was later that she pursued a relationship with him.

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Military Holidays
1:45 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Celebration Teaches Latin American Service Members About Tradition

Col. Marc Stratton, commander of the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, carves the turkey before Thanksgiving dinner with more than 200 students from Latin American countries
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A program unique to the United States Air Force and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is the Inter-American Forces Academy where servicemen and women from countries like Bolivia, Colombia and Peru take classes to learn maintenance, leadership and technical skills.

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Lackland Investigation
3:59 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lackland Investigation Continues: Article 32 Hearing In Case Involving Two Trainees

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

Air Force officials are processing evidence from an Article 32 hearing against another Military Training Instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The government is seeking to charge Staff Sgt. Donald Davis with aggravated sexual contact with a trainee, and with having a sexual relationship with a second.

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Lackland Investigation
9:16 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Air Force Announces Results Of Investigation Into Lackland MTI Sexual Assault Cases

Gen. Edward Rice leads the Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and it is now in his hands to fix the problems at the base.
U.S. Air Force

On Wednesday, Air Force investigators announced the findings of their probe into cases of sexual assault by military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Since January 1, 2012, dozens of cases have been uncovered; five instructors have been convicted, one was punished for military violations, and General Edward Rice, Commander of the Air Education Training Command, said dozens of other charges are being considered.

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Community Giving
10:27 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Blankets A Source Of Warmth For Grieving Family And Those In Need

Sgt. Nicolas Esparza and soldiers from JBSA-Lackland load blankets into trailer for "Nicci Covers the Cold" drive
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

It’s been nearly three years since Sandi and Owen Carlson lost their daughter, Nicci, in a tragedy that can only be described as unthinkable; their daughter, who was in her twenties, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in her Austin apartment.

Nicci always wanted to do good deeds for others, and especially when the typical blistering weather turned cold. Before her death, she talked about a blanket drive that would “cover the cold.” Since her passing, her parents have collected blankets for distribution throughout the state in honor of their late daughter’s memory.

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Lackland Article 32 Hearings
11:07 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Another Lackland Training Instructor Accused in Sex Scandal

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

Another Air Force instructor under investigation is headed to an Article 32 hearing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland this morning.

Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto of the 323rd Training Squadron is accused of rape and sexual assault in the case of one former trainee and of sexual assault against another. He also is accused of lying to officials and committing adultery, violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
3:29 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Court Martial Postponed While Defense Dept. Inspects Cell Phone Messages

Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc walking into the courtroom Tuesday morning at Lackland.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

An Air Force judge has postponed the sixth court martial in a series of cases against basic military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland.

The judge is allowing time for the Department of Defense to analyze cell phones messages between the Instructor and one of his trainees.

Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc is accused of crimes from aggravated sexual assault of two female trainees, to lying to military officials about his AWOL status after he was arrested in Comal County while he was partying with a trainee and didn’t make it back to the base.

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Reforming Lackland
10:59 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Members of House Armed Services Committee tour Lackland

Since all airmen must pass through training at Lackland to become full service members, the base is considered the "Gateway to the Air Force."
Eileen Pace TPR

A delegation from the House Armed Services Committee visited San Antonio Tuesday. The group is touring the nation’s troubled basic training headquarters at Lackland Air Force Base.

The congressional delegation is meeting the new commanders in charge of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland to learn how the sex scandal at the base began and how it was allowed to continue.

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Lackland Courts-Martial
5:42 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Manko Court-Martial - Col. Deborah Liddick Takes Control of Training Wing

The headquarters to the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The courts-martial are being held inside this building, where the base's legal offices and courtroom are housed.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Staff Sgt. Jason Manko is accused of violating Air Force regulations by developing a relationship with a female trainee. He came to court this morning prepared to enter a guilty plea on the charges against him.

Manko admitted to developing the relationship with a woman over a period of several months during the spring and summer of 2011, until he finally invited her to his home.

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