Military

Melissa Evans / Band of the West

“We always try to give a little bit of something for everyone,” says SrA Jennifer Daffinee, a clarinetist with the Mission Winds, one of many smaller ensembles that make up the larger U.S. Air Force Band of the West, stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. “Everyone that attends our concerts can find something they can gravitate to.”

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio welcomed CBS News reporter and producer Mary Walsh to their distinguished lecture series on May 17, 2016. Click the audio link above to hear her speech. 

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StoryCorps

“Being a teenager is tough, in and of itself,” says Marcus Barnes. “But struggling with my sexuality and not being comfortable with it… I went through some tough times as a teenager. I [am] also a person of color. I was so uncomfortable with myself for whatever reason.”

Barnes saw the Marines as a way to maybe, just maybe, fix all of that.

“You drive down the street, you see a billboard of a Marine… you see the uniform, and this steely-eyed look on their face, and I just thought, ‘I want that.’”

Elena Souris

Major General Angela Salinas joined the U.S. Marine Corps for all the right reasons. She wanted to serve her country. She wanted to be a part of something big. Also, the recruiter was very attractive. 

A Close Call Over Hanoi

Feb 26, 2016
StoryCorps

“The biggest hazard is trying not to hit other airplanes,” says Dwight “Crow” Wilson, 78.

Wilson, an Air Force veteran, visited the StoryCorps Mobile Booth with his daughter, Anne Savidge, 49, to talk about flying missions during the Vietnam War. The low altitude led to some dangerous situations. “You’re watching all the time. Your head’s on a swivel and your eyes are everywhere,” Wilson explains. 

In the audio above, Wilson talks about the time he was almost shot down by a fellow service member, and what happened when he met the man later on.

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