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Many U.S. Troops Serving Overseas During the Holidays
December 22, 2017
Members of the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron participate in a white elephant gift exchange Dec. 25, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The mission continued over the holiday, but service members took time to celebrate the holiday by talking with their families and spending time with their units.

President Trump Announces New Whole-of-Government National Security Strategy
December 22, 2017
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, center, and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff listen as President Donald J. Trump announces a new National Security Strategy, Dec. 18, 2017, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington.

Local Air Force Reserve doctor leads life-saving medevac mission
December 21, 2017
Dr. (Maj.) Jeffrey DellaVolpe, an Individual Mobilization Augmentee, works to place a Navy explosive ordnance disposal technician on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy, or ECMO for short. The procedure, which artificially oxygenates the blood, stabilized the sailor's body, allowing him to be transported directly from Baghdad to the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

Army South Soldiers spread holiday cheer with toy ruck march
December 21, 2017
Soldiers from the U.S. Army South Headquarters Support Company gathered early Dec. 14 at the MacArthur Parade Field and stuffed lots of toys and goodies into their ruck sacks before heading off on a three-mile road march Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Child Development Center.

Navy Recruiting District San Antonio kicks off district training with operational stress control class
December 20, 2017
Navy veteran Michael Lindsey, a facilitator assigned to the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor office in Norfolk, Va., speaks with second class petty officers of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio about operational stress control during a district training meeting held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Austin Dec. 19. More than 250 recruiters, support personnel and their spouses attended the training where they were provided with support networks, programs, resources, training, and skills needed to overcome adversity and thrive.

Holiday hours around JBSA
December 19, 2017
Be sure to plan for holiday hours and closures.

U.S. Army North commander relates lessons learned during 2017 hurricane season
December 19, 2017
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commander, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, speaks with civil engineer Airmen from the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., at a communication tower located in the mountains of Pugnado Adentro in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Nov. 8, 2017. Several civil engineer Airmen were assisting local contractors repair the communication tower that works as a main communication radio hub for the island.

Blended Military Retirement System to Take Effect Jan. 1
December 19, 2017
This graphic represents service members from around the world who participate in the Blended Military Retirement System.

TransCarotid Artery Revascularization procedure used for first time at Brooke Army Medical Center
December 19, 2017
Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Shane McEntire, a vascular surgeon at Brooke Army Medical Center, shows the device used to perform the TransCarotid Artery Revascularization procedure to Air Force Maj. (Dr.) William Harris, vascular surgeon, and DeAnn Yanez, a nurse in the vascular surgery clinic, Dec. 12, 2017. Surgeons must be specially trained or assisted by someone who has been trained on the device used during the TCAR procedure before they can do this surgery.

Crime, punishment at Joint Base San Antonio
December 18, 2017
Crime and punishment at Joint Base San Antonio.

San Antonio Police Department presents certificate of appreciation to 502nd Security Forces Squadron
December 18, 2017
Members of the 502nd Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston received a certification of appreciation for their participation in National Night Out activities during the City of San Antonio National Night Out 2017 Awards Ceremony Dec. 13 at Plaza de Armas. The certificate was awarded to the 502nd SFS by the San Antonio Police Department. Standing, from left to right, are Lt. Steven Dews, 502nd SFS crime prevention officer; Capt. James Flavin, San Antonio Police Department assistant chief; Mark Allen, 502nd SFS director; and Senior Airman Terrance Howard, 502nd SFS support staff commander.

Houston-Area Navy Junior ROTC Students Wowed by Visit to Navy Medicine San Antonio
December 18, 2017
Retired Navy Capt. Scott Evertson, senior naval science instructor for the George Bush High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit near Houston, Texas, speaks to his NJROTC cadets following a Navy Medicine overview presentation from Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Gentry. Forty-two students visited Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) in San Antonio, Texas, to receive a basic orientation to the Navy and to represent the more than 200-member George Bush High School NJROTC unit in the Sea Dragon Classic Drill Meet at Southwest High School in San Antonio.

Commander of Mission and Installation Contracting Command pins on brigadier general
December 18, 2017
Phyllis Perdue (left) and Linda Boruff (right) add shoulder boards reflecting the new rank of Brig. Gen. Bill Boruff during a promotion ceremony Dec. 15 in San Antonio. Linda is the wife of the commanding general for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and Perdue is his sister.

Free U.S. Army All-American Bowl tickets available at ITT locations
December 18, 2017
Free tickets are available at JBSA ITT locations.

JBSA security forces squadrons dominate AETC annual awards
December 18, 2017
Outstanding Security Forces Company Grade Officer

Influenza activity increasing, but flu shot a key step in prevention
December 18, 2017
Visit your local clinic if you are still in need of this annual vaccine.

Warrior Reception honors deploying service members and their families
December 15, 2017
'Warrior Reception'

Band of the West and 'Fort Sam's Own' team up for holiday music performances
December 15, 2017
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, U.S. Army North commanding general, introduces the U.S. Air Force Band of the West and the 323rd Army Band "Fort Sam's Own" as they team up for a "Holiday in Red, White and Blue" concert Dec. 9, 2017 at the Edgewood Performing Arts Center, 402 Lance St., in San Antonio. The annual performance is free and open to the public and is a holiday tradition.

VIPER clinic: Taking care of future Airmen
December 15, 2017
559th Medical Group's Versatile Injury Prevention and Embedded Reconditioning Clinic. The VIPER team writes individualized exercise prescriptions to help patients maintain some level of fitness during the healing and recovery process.

Alamo Wing answers Angel Tree requests
December 15, 2017
Over 100 presents were given for the sponsored families by 433rd AW Citizen Airmen and donations valued at more than $2,000.