Home : News : News
Archive: 2019

2019 TRICARE Open Season, Federal Benefits Open Season starts next month
October 25, 2019
TRICARE Open Season applies to anyone enrolled in or eligible for a TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan. Federal Benefits Open Season is for enrollment in a Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program dental and vision plan. Both the TRICARE and FEDVIP open seasons will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 9. The enrollment choices that you make during this period will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Sixteenth Air Force to streamline cyber weapon systems tools
October 25, 2019
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron conduct cyber operations at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Aug. 27. The 33rd NWS utilizes a cyber weapon system that employs more than 40 tools and applications. The “12N12” initiative aims to reduce this number to 12 in 12 months.

433rd AW's C-5M Super Galaxy living large at Wings Over Houston Airshow
October 25, 2019
An Air Force Reserve Command C-5M Super Galaxy assigned to the 433rd Airlift Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland sits on display at the Wings Over Houston Airshow at Ellington Airport in Houston Oct. 19.

Pilot Training Next, NASA launch collaborative research agreement
October 25, 2019
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jay Pothula, Det. 24 Pilot Training Next instructor; Derrick Ng, NASA aerospace engineer intern; and Alex Garbino, NASA extravehicular activities physiologist, monitors 2nd Lt. Gabe Cavender, PTN student, during a virtual reality sortie as part of the collaborative research agreement between Air Education and Training Command and NASA Oct. 22 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The goal of the agreement is to help both AETC and NASA collect physiological and cognitive data and leverage each organization's knowledge and skills to maximize learning potential for individual students.

Classes explore resume writing for civilian, federal jobs
October 25, 2019
Those seeking a strong resume for civilian and federal jobs can learn more in classes set for Nov. 12 and 15 at the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Military & Family Readiness Center. A resume is often called one of the most crucial steps in a job search, said Terry Wise, JBSA-Randolph M&FRC community readiness consultant.

Honduran readiness exercises provide invaluable surgical, training opportunities
October 25, 2019
(From Left) Army Spc. Abdiel Santos-Soto, Air Force Maj. Julia Nuelle and Air Force Capt. Tayt Ellison harvest bone to perform a fibular bone graft Sept. 19 during a Medical Readiness Exercise in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. A team of 19 military medical personnel from Brooke Army Medical Center and other military treatment facilities completed 128 procedures from Sept. 14-27.

City of San Antonio honors Navy's 244th birthday
October 25, 2019
Sailors from Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command, Navy Medicine Training Support Center, Navy veterans and retirees, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, and city council members after honoring the Navy’s 244th birthday during a city hall meeting. Capt. Elizabeth Montcalm-Smith, NMETLC acting deputy commander, spoke on behalf of San Antonio Navy, thanking the mayor and city council members for their commitment to the Navy and the military.

Feedback Fridays
October 25, 2019
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.

Air Force announces new officer developmental categories
October 24, 2019
The Air Force announced Oct. 21, 2019, that it formally established six distinct officer developmental groupings for active component line officers, which will take effect in March 2020 for the lieutenant colonel promotion board.

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston researchers author paper on military dental emergencies
October 23, 2019
(From left) Dr. John Simecek, Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio director of craniofacial health and restorative medicine; Dr. Sylvain Cardin, Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio chief science director; and Col. Tim Mitchener, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research public health dentist and oral maxillofacial injury epidemiologist, collaborated on a six-page research paper published in the July/August issue of Military Medicine. Their research paper reviewed and analyzed data from 30 previous studies, both published and unpublished, covering reported dental emergencies and oral- and cranio-maxillofacial injuries of U.S. military personnel serving in combat environments, who were deployed, serving in stabilization operations and training exercises and those in garrison.

Thousands turn out for JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Oktoberfest
October 22, 2019
Attendees at the 2019 Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Oktoberfest celebration get down and get funky to the music of the Air Force Band of the West's Warhawk band Oct. 19.

Dislocation allowance now available before PCS moves
October 22, 2019
Soldiers and their families can now receive dislocation allowance ahead of a permanent change of station move after the Army updated its policy in an effort to reduce the burden of moving.

344th Training Squadron Airman recognized by Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
October 22, 2019
Staff Sgt. Mykal Tanner, a 344th Training Squadron Military Handling Equipment instructor, is recognized as the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce's Air Force Active Duty Member of the Year in a ceremony Sept. 20.

Wearable tech for survival specialists now at JBSA-Camp Bullis
October 22, 2019
Air Force Capt. Logan Hawke, a pilot assigned to the 16th Airlift Squadron; Master Sgt. William Davis and Staff Sgt. Randall Moss, loadmasters assigned to the 16th Airlift Squadron, communicate with rescue forces with a radio during a survival, evasion, resistance, and escape exercise in North, South Carolina, Aug. 21. SERE specialists assigned to the 437th Operations Support Squadron conducted this exercise in order to identify potential areas of improvement in both SERE training and equipment provided to aircrew in case of a potential isolating event.

New options available for spouse employment, relicensing
October 21, 2019
Spouses network with potential employers during a career fair hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Army Community Service.

Army developing ways to improve household goods process
October 21, 2019
1st Lt. Kathryn Bailey, a Blackhawk pilot with the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, supervises the delivery and unpacking of her household items May 11 on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

Celebrate America’s Military honors Military City USA
October 18, 2019
Hosted by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Celebrate America's Military is a series of events honoring the men and women who serve in the nation's military: active duty, Guard and Reserve from all branches.

Tactical Air Control Party Formal Training Unit activates
October 18, 2019
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Kappes (left), 6th Combat Training Squadron operations officer, Camp Bullis, presents the Detachment 2, Combat Training Squadron guidon to Capt. Daniel Hill (right), incoming commander, during the activation ceremony Sept. 17, 2019, at Joint Base San Antonio-Medina Annex, Texas.

JBSA health officials urge people to be cautious around bats
October 18, 2019
According to the Texas Department of Health, approximately one percent of bats in the San Antonio area carry the rabies virus. In 2018, there were 25 cases of bats testing positive for rabies in Bexar County.

Watchful eyes of SFS ‘Pumpkin Patrols’ ready for fright night duty
October 18, 2019
Joint Base San Antonio security forces squadrons will keep careful watch on Halloween to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters as they go from door to door throughout the installation’s housing areas. “Pumpkin Patrol is a Halloween safety initiative that enhances the safety of our trick-or-treaters,” said Tech. Sgt. Antonio Wiggins, 902nd SFS NCOIC of Operations and Police Services. “Even though our number one priority is safety, the goal of the Pumpkin Patrol is to ensure that the children and parents involved in trick-or-treating festivities have a fun, eventful night.”
At JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, all housing areas will be open for trick-or-treating, said Officer Brian Mitchem of 502nd SFS police services.