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433rd TRS Reserve MTI STEPS to master sergeant
October 19, 2020
STEP to master sergeant

502nd Air Base Wing hosts '5-0-2 Who?' competition
October 16, 2020
Graphic By: Alejandra Zier

149th Fighter Wing celebrates redesignation anniversary
October 16, 2020
Twenty-five years ago Oct. 16 in Gunfighter history, the 149th Fighter Group was redesignated as the 149th Fighter Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Today, the 149th FW trains combat-ready F-16 pilots for worldwide operations.

JBSA holds events, activities in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 16, 2020
With displays of purple ribbons and buildings lit up in purple, Joint Base San Antonio is showing its support for survivors and victims of domestic abuse in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Taj Mahal at JBSA-Randolph and the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at JBSA-Lackland have been lit up in purple each night since Oct. 1 and will remain so until the end of October.

Activation ceremony heralds new chapter in trainer aircraft maintenance story
October 16, 2020
Ruben Pesina,12th Maintenance Group, repairs a panel from a T-38C Talon aircraft during a phase inspection at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. A trainer aircraft maintenance training center in Hangar 62 at JBSA-Randolph will soon be producing a new generation of trainer aircraft technicians to serve Air Education and Training Command.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Foreign affairs specialist provides diverse skill set
October 16, 2020
Andy Smith, far left, applied for a position through Schedule A, a hiring authority which allows federal agencies to hire individuals with disabilities directly into the workforce. Smith, who is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy, now works as a foreign affairs specialist.at the Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron.

Maintaining positive social media interactions important during COVID-19
October 16, 2020
Although a great communication tool with friends and family, service members need to be mindful of the pitfalls of social media.

Feedback Fridays
October 16, 2020
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.

Commentary: Cake with persistence
October 15, 2020
A nut torte.

Campbell Memorial Library dedicates Community of Kindness Quilt
October 15, 2020
Patrons and staff members of the Campbell Memorial Library at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston have come up with a creative way to promote kindness.

CSA: ‘The time is now’ to transform the Army
October 15, 2020
Soldiers assigned to 1st Armored Division learn about the importance of strong and trustworthy leadership from Gen. James C. McConville during his visit to Fort Bliss, Texas, July 22, 2019.

MICC contract enhances IMCOM emergency response communications
October 15, 2020
Hurricane Delta damage

Hurricane Hunters fly Delta missions from Joint Base San Antonio
October 15, 2020
Staff Sgt. Tyler, 502nd Operations Support Squadron airfield management, looks up information for C-130 air crews in support of hurricane evacuation operations during hurricane Delta Oct. 7, 2020, at Joint San Antonio-Kelly Field, Texas.

JBSA retirement offices assist with gaining, maintaining benefits
October 15, 2020
Joe Silvas Jr., military retirement services officer, 802nd Force Support Squadron, meets with a client to discuss available services at the Retirement Services Office on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Oct. 15, 2020.

Naval Medical Forces Support Command celebrates Navy birthday virtually
October 15, 2020
Cake cutting ceremony

Hispanic Heritage Month: A time to pay tribute
October 15, 2020
Chief Master Sgt. Joe G. Gonzalez Jr., 433rd Mission Support Group, group superintendent, holds a picture of his father, Joe G. Gonzalez Sr., in front of the Joske’s Department Store building, Oct. 9, 2020 in San Antonio. Gonzalez stated that his father, a welder, worked on the steel décor between the building’s columns. The building is part of the National Register of Historic Places-listed and City of San Antonio Alamo Plaza Historic District and is a City of San Antonio local landmark (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Iram Carmona)

Keesler Air Force Base, AETC keep BMT pipeline going
October 15, 2020
Basic military training graduates from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, exit a commercial aircraft at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Sept. 29, 2020. BMT graduates used to be transported by bus from Lackland, but ever since COVID-19, they transitioned to being transported by aircraft to reduce the risk of infection among the students to keep the training pipeline going. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Suzie Plotnikov)

TRICARE Open Season runs Nov. 9 to Dec. 14
October 15, 2020
With the 2020 TRICARE Open Season coming soon, now is the time to start thinking about your and your family’s health care needs.

Army secretary announces people as top priority
October 14, 2020
National Guard Soldiers with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team conduct training in the Boise National Forest, Idaho, Oct. 3. 2020. Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy announced Oct. 13, 2020, that "people" will now be the Army's top priority, as the force works to give junior leaders more time to build cohesive teams.

Operation Warp Speed makes swift progress
October 14, 2020
Airman 1st Class Kokou Dekadjevi, 96th Medical Group, administers a COVID-19 test Aug. 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Dekadjevi and the medical group’s diagnostic testing center employees administered more than 330 tests in a two-day span to 7th Special Forces Group Soldiers returning from a deployment.