New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy speaks as race remains too close to call
Incumbent New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy addressed a crowd from his campaign headquarters just after midnight Wednesday. He has not yet locked down what was expected to be a relatively easy win in the New Jersey gubernatorial race.news.yahoo.com
How the 'Village' mission tests Air Force trainees at boot camp
We got an inside look at the "Village" mission, one of the final tests of the United States Air Force's 7.5-week basic military training program at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Trainees have three minutes to locate and "rescue" a mannequin representing an injured airman from inside a hostile village. Instructors acting as opposing forces, both hostile and nonthreatening, as well as the simulated sounds of IED explosions and gunfire create an intimidating environment. Trainees must utilize their prior Expeditionary Skills and Tactical Combat Casualty Care training, and are evaluated on their ability to demonstrate sound judgement and self-control when dealing with opposing forces.news.yahoo.com
What new Air Force recruits go through in boot camp
We got an inside look at the United States Air Force’s 7.5-week basic military training, or BMT, program. Insider spent five days at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, observing different squadrons at various stages of training. Trainees are instructed in marksmanship, drill, and battlefield first aid. The program culminates in week six with an event known as BEAST (Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training). During BEAST week, trainees live in a simulated combat environment and are tested in various field training exercises and scenarios. We talked to trainees and members of Air Force leadership about the lessons taught in Air Force BMT, along with the humorous nickname bestowed on the Air Force by members of other branches: “Chair Force.”news.yahoo.com
Glitter Political: Councilwoman Rocha Garcia Keeps Her Distance but Stays in Touch With Constituents Near Lackland
click to enlarge Jade Esteban EstradaIts St. Patricks Day, and Im sitting six feet away from Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia in the sparsely populated Plaza de Armas. I need to make sure that you all are advocating for the right thing to do in San Antonio. Yeah, we should be doing this.The next phase in addressing the crisis is outreach and messaging, says Rocha Garcia, a marketing professor at Our Lady of the Lake University. Because maybe youre asymptomatic, or because maybe you think you are a little bit younger, you dont think it could affect you. Maybe, eventually, after we see that the disease is gone, maybe well get back handshakes and then eventually, hugs ... or something.sacurrent.com
Nirenberg Aims to Calm Coronavirus Fears But Calls for More Local Tests
There have been Americans caught in boats or overseas in places where theyre at high-risk situations, Nirenberg said at a press conference Monday. If a quarantine is done successfully, that will keep any exposure from the public, Nirenberg said. The person was quarantined again after the positive test. Nirenberg assured people that stricter protocol for releasing evacuees will keep coronavirus out of the local community. Texas officials said last week that the largest public health lab could handle a maximum of 26 tests per day.therivardreport.com
100 Cruise Passengers Heading to San Antonio for Coronavirus Quarantine
Roughly 100 passengers from a cruise ship that was carrying roughly 20 people infected with the new coronavirus are headed to Lackland Air Force Base for quarantine, the San Antonio Express-News reported Sunday. Passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship being sent to the base are currently asymptomatic. The newspaper reported that San Antonio officials were informed about the news in a Saturday call with the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. The ship has been docked off the California coast for days, with roughly 3,000 people stuck on board. These passengers will not be released into the general public, Abbott spokesperson John Wittman said in a statement.therivardreport.com
Patient Briefly Released in SA Has Weakly Positive Coronavirus Test
A person in the San Antonio area had a weakly positive test result for the new coronavirus after being released from federally managed quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base, local health officials said Sunday. The person has since been placed back in quarantine, according to a statement from San Antonio Metro Health. Following the patients release, results of a subsequent sample were received, and determined to be weakly positive, the statement said. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a statement Sunday that it was unacceptable that CDC allowed the patient flown from Wuhan to leave isolation. The official tally in Texas remains at 11 all of them in the San Antonio area.therivardreport.com
SA couple under quarantine at JBSA-Lackland concerned about coronavirus spreading
The two new cases were confirmed as an evacuee from Wuhan, China, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. First coronavirus evacuees leave JBSA-Lackland after quarantine; 1 patient ‘treated and transferred’A total of 329 Americans were evacuated off the ship, which remains docked at a Japanese port, because they were at risk of contracting the virus. Messonnier said five evacuees transported to Travis tested positive, and another 11 passengers who tested positive are being treated at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s quarantine unit in Omaha. Thursday marked the end of the 14-day quarantine for the first group of coronavirus evacuees at Lackland from China. This week, local officials called for coronavirus evacuees to stay on a military base instead of being transported to local hospitals.
Two More Coronavirus Cases Surface Among Lackland Evacuees
Two people evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and quarantined at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in San Antonio to three, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Friday. CDC officials said they expect additional cases of the virus will be confirmed among the group of cruise ship evacuees, 144 of whom arrived in San Antonio Monday from Japan for the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. So far, 18 Americans repatriated from the ship have tested positive for the virus, according to the CDC. Our residents should know that the federally ordered quarantine is functioning as it should, San Antonio Metro Health Director Dawn Emerick said in a written statement. Those evacuees, who are in quarantine on Lackland Air Force Base, who test positive for COVID-19 remain in isolation from the general public and other evacuees.Ninety evacuees who completed their quarantine period at Lackland were released Thursday.therivardreport.com
More Coronavirus Evacuees Arrive at San Antonio's Lackland AFB for Quarantine
click to enlarge TripAdvisorLackland Air Force BaseA charter flight carrying coronavirus evacuees previously quarantined aboard a cruise ship has landed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.The plane, which departed from Tokyo, landed at the base at 3:55 a.m. local time. Reports indicate the plane carried American citizens who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, previously docked in Yokohama, Japan. They were isolated from the other travelers, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Medical experts say the virus can still be spread if a person isn't showing symptoms. "The health and safety of the men, women and families living and working on JBSA-Lackland and in the San Antonio community is our number one priority," JBSA-Lackland officials saidsacurrent.com
Department of Defense extends JBSA-Lackland quarantine zone availability to mid-March
SAN ANTONIO – Update:The Department of Defense has announced Joint Base San Antonio -Lackland’s coronavirus quarantine zone will remain available to patients through mid-March. The citizens will be housed in two existing federal quarantine sites - one at the Travis Air Force Base in California and the other at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland. It’s currently unknown how many of those people will come to San Antonio after stopping in California. A city source confirmed to KSAT 12 on Saturday that Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland is anticipating an unknown number of people to arrive. The risk to the public remains low, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Thursday.
Lackland Ushers in New Cyber Warfare Era with Activation of 16th Air Force
The 24th and 25th Air Forces have been deactivated and folded into a new Numbered Air Force command known as the 16th Air Force, which will make information warfare its mission. Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, the commander of the 25th Air Force, has taken the reins of the 16th Air Force and been promoted from a two-star to a three-star general in the process. Air Forces Cyber has played a role in connecting cyber warfare with other domains, including land, sea, air, and space. He will lead about 32,000 military and civilian Air Force members assigned to the 16th Air Force. The time has come to strengthen our Air Forces information warfare capabilities, Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said at a ceremony last week as the new Air Force unit was activated.therivardreport.com
About 550 feral hogs removed from San Antonio military bases per year, officials say
Officials with Joint Base San Antonio said in a statement that hogs have been observed damaging vegetation, fencing and equipment. In fact, an average of 550 hogs are removed from JBSA locations annually. Retired military dogs in San Antonio up for adoption"Within the last year, approximately 175 feral hogs have successfully been removed from Camp Bullis. For Lackland and the Medina Training Annex, an average of 375 feral hogs have been removed each year," said JBSA-Lackland's public affairs specialist Lemitchel King. wild boar caught near San Antonio golf courseFeral hogs are an invasive species largely introduced to Texas decades ago by hunters.
Retired military dogs in San Antonio up for adoption
SAN ANTONIO - There has been a recent decline in the number of people interested in adopting retired military K-9s, according to officials at Lackland Air Force Base. Most dogs that come up for adoption at Lackland are young dogs who failed to meet training standards and they're adopted out rather quickly. 3-year-old's lemonade stand makes more than $700 for police K-9 unitRetired military working dogs are usually 10 to 12 years old and common breeds include German shepherds, Labrador retrievers and Belgian malinois. Country band Florida Georgia Line donates new K-9 to policeAlthough most retired military working dogs are adopted by former handlers, some still need a forever home. If you're interested in adopting a retired military working dog, email MWD.Adoptions@us.af.mil.