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TRICARE open enrollment gives plan choices to beneficiaries
November 13, 2018
Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, said the TRICARE Open Season enrollment period gives beneficiaries a choice in what they want to do with their health care coverage. Bono spoke about the new enrollment period process during a news conference in San Antonio Nov. 10.

Public turns out to honor veterans at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
November 11, 2018
Hundreds of supporters ignored chilly temperatures and rainy conditions to honor veterans of the past and present during the annual Veterans Day memorial at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Nov. 11. The event included a number of musical interludes from the Texas Children's Choir, a naturalization ceremony for eight ne U.S. citizens, readings of the service creeds and singing of the service songs. The ceremony ended with three volleys of rifle fire from the Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment and the playing of "Taps."

Feedback Fridays
November 9, 2018
Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum that aims to connect the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander's calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week. If you have a question or concern, please send an email to RandolphPublicAffairs@us.af.mil using the subject line "Feedback Fridays." Questions will be further researched and published as information becomes available.

Veterans honored during Brooke Army Medical Center ceremony
November 9, 2018
Retired Master Sgt. Walter Taylor, a former Brooke Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier, was the guest speaker during the 3rd annual Veterans Day Celebration at BAMC Nov. 2. The former combat engineer was seriously injured in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was struck in the face by a rocket-propelled grenade. As he healed, he continued to serve his fellow veterans and their families within the WTB in uniform and as a civilian.

Brooke Army Medical Center achieves ‘Most Wired’ title for seventh consecutive year
November 9, 2018
Gina Brown uses to wireless hands-free integrated communications system contact another staff member Nov. 1. The Brooke Army Medical Center Information Management Division at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston  implemented the WHICS last October, but the system was fully employed Oct. 5 to allow alarms from patient monitors to automatically contact the appropriate personnel through the device.

JBSA Cyber Team keeps a watchful eye on security
November 9, 2018
Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston will undergo a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection, or CCRI, from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2. An inspection team from the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, will conduct a thorough evaluation of all network systems for the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston area of responsibility.

Randolph HS student receives full scholarship to UTSA
November 9, 2018
Courtesy Photo

Celebrate America’s Military 2018: Honoring those who serve
November 9, 2018
Since 1970, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has organized Celebrate America’s Military, or CAM, an annual tribute to the military. The two-week celebration during the month of November features events presented with community partners, making it the largest event of its kind nationwide.

Veterans Day: ‘A day to remember, acknowledge and share gratitude’
November 9, 2018
Brig. Gen. Laura L. Lenderman
Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio

Training prepares Air Force members to confront interpersonal violence, suicide
November 8, 2018

502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle operators support those who serve
November 8, 2018
Vehicle Ops

Joint Base San Antonio hosts German Armed Forces Badge Competition
November 8, 2018
Almost 400 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen from Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Hood in Kileen, Texas; and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, competed in the 2018 German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, or GAFPB, competition hosted by the collaboration of JBSA units at JBSA-Lackland, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Randolph and JBSA-Camp Bullis Oct. 26-28.

1st Cavalry Division Soldiers launch convoy from JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
November 7, 2018
Soldiers from the 289th Quartermaster Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, launch a convoy Nov. 5 from Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in support of U.S Northern Command. USNORTHOM is providing military support to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the southern border of the United States.

NAMRU-SA project developing tools to detect harmful bacteria in wounded warfighters
November 7, 2018
Joseph Spano, Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio Craniofacial Health and Restorative Medicine Directorate research engineer, works on a portable Raman spectrometer that is being utilized for a research project at NAMRU-SA focused on the development of diagnostic platforms that can better identify bacterial pathogens in wounded service members. The portable spectrometer is a user-friendly, ruggedized device that is field-deployable and capable of obtaining surface-enhanced Raman scattering, or SERS, spectra which are characteristic to individual bacterial strains. The portable Raman offers superior performance to handheld spectrometers as well as increased spatial resolution when coupled to a microscope.  The device is being used for method and platform development as well as to characterize bacteria, build representative spectral libraries and assess classification capabilities.

Staying safe in the kitchen: the most perilous room during Thanksgiving
November 7, 2018
The U.S. Fire Administration, or USFA, estimates 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential structures occur yearly in the United States. The leading culprit in these fires is cooking. These unattended fires most commonly transpire during the afternoon hour’s noon to 4 p.m. Twenty percent of the time during Thanksgiving smoke alarms were not present or not operational in an occupied home.

Joint Chiefs chairman discusses military's support to DHS
November 7, 2018
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford (left), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Peter Feaver, a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University, during a discussion with students in Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy in Durham, N.C., Nov. 5.

Lone Star Gunfighters train future warfighters
November 7, 2018
Maj. Thomas Werner, an instructor pilot assigned to the 149th Fighter Wing, Air National Guard, performs air-to-air drills in an F-16 Fighting Falcon June 25 near Čáslav Air Base in the Czech Republic during Sky Avenger 2018.

BAMC maintains long-standing accreditation from Commission on Cancer
November 7, 2018
Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Lauren Lee examines Faunia Rodriguez at the Brooke Army Medical Center Hematology/Oncology Clinic Nov. 6.

Commentary: ‘Tis the season to be resilient
November 7, 2018
Building resiliency is one of the best ways we maintain our commitment to delivering Trusted Care, Anywhere.

JBSA members give input on quality of life issues at Armed Forces Action Plan forum
November 6, 2018
Brandon Greenwood (right), Exceptional Family Member Program System Navigator, leads a discussion about family support with program delegates during the Armed Forces Action Plan held at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center Oct. 28.  The event brings people together to discuss issues that concern military families living on post.