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Cities in Texas where our military defense attorneys represent service members at court martial and administrative separations:

Texas Army Installations where our lawyers practice:

Fort Bliss, El Paso

Fort Bliss is a US Army installation located adjacent to El Paso, Texas, covering the Doña Ana and Otero counties of New Mexico. Built in 1849 and encompassing 1,700 square miles, it is recognized as the second-largest installation of the US Army, the largest being the White Sands Missile Range.

Fort Bliss is part of the Army Force Command and is operated by the US Army Training and Doctrine Command. It is home to the US 1st Armored Division, the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigades, the 212th Fires Brigade, the 204th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Six, and the German Air Force Air Defense Center. Fort Bliss is also tasked with training and ensuring the continued operability of the US Patriot Missile Battalions.

Fort Cavazos –  Fort Hood, Killeen

Fort Cavazos – Fort Hood is a military installation in Killeen, Texas. Fort Cavazos – Fort Hood remains the largest active duty armored post in the US Army at three hundred and forty square miles. It is also the only post in the US that can support two armored divisions at full strength. At present, Fort Cavazos – Fort Hood

is home to the 1st Cavalry Division, 4th Infantry Division, Headquarters Command of the III Corps, 3d Personnel Group, 3d Signal Brigade, 13th Corps Support Command, 13th Finance Group, 89th Military Police Brigade, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, 21st Cavalry Brigade, as well as a multitude of support commands. On November 5 2009, a fatal shooting took place in Fort Cavazos – Fort Hood which claimed the lives of 13 people and wounded 30 more.

Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio

Fort Sam Houston is a US Army installation in San Antonio, Texas. It was named in honor of the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston. Its primary mission is to provide medical training for different Army units and serve as a support post. It is home to the Headquarters of the US 5th Army, the US Army 5th Recruiting Brigade, the Brooke Army Medical Center, the Institute of Surgical Research, the US Army Medical Department Center and School, the US Army Center Brigade, and the US Army Medical Command. Because it traces its history to its establishment in 1876 and continues until its current role, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1975.

Red River Army Depot, Bowie County

Red River Army Depot (RRAD) has been the target of Base Realignment and Closure reviews for the past couple of decades, but each time, it has remained open due to its proximity to nearby Fort Hood and its important role in wars of the moment. In response to each closure or realignment recommendation, RRAD has upped its efficiency, and today is one of the most efficient depots. The Depot is one of the area’s largest, if not the largest, employers. It encloses eight million square feet.

Texas Air Force Bases where our lawyers practice:

Brooks City-Base, San Antonio

Brooks AFB, now known as Brooks City-Base, is a former Air Force Base owned by the City of San Antonio, Texas. It was built in 1918 and is home to the 311th Human Systems Wing and dozens more support units. Brooks is one of the oldest Air Force installations, having been established on December 8, 1917, as Brooks Field.

It served then as an installation for the World War I Army Air Service. Brooks was originally named Gosport Field just 3 days before the name was adopted. Brooks was handed over to the Brooks Development Authority due to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s orders in 2002. It was renamed Brooks City-Base. The present owner is tasked with developing the property into a science, business, and technology center.

Dyess AFB, Abilene

Dyess Air Force Base is located in Abilene, Texas. It was built in 1942 and is currently home to the 7th Bomb Wing, which is assigned to the Twelfth Air Force of the Air Combat Command. Like the 28th Bomb Wing in Ellsworth Air Force Base, Dyess is one of only two B-1 B Lancer-equipped wings in the Air Force. Dyess is also home to the 317th Airlift Group, which flies the C-130 Hercules.

Dyess AFB was originally named Abilene Army Air Base but later adopted the present name. The name honors Lieutenant Colonel William Dyess, a Bataan Death March survivor. The base has a workforce of about 5,000 people. It has almost 200 facilities and 988 family housing units in 6,117 acres.

Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo

Goodfellow AFB is operated by the Air Education and Training Command and is located in San Angelo, Texas. It was built in the 1940s and is now home to the 17th Training Wing of the Second Air Force. The base provides intelligence and cryptologic training for elements of the US Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps and, on occasion, its allies.

Goodfellow AFB includes 150 buildings measuring 1.2 million square feet and more than 4,400 computers spread across the 1,137-acre facility. The huge number of computers is due to the importance of state-of-the-art computer-based teaching and instruction.

Lackland AFB, San Antonio

Lackland Air Force Base is located in San Antonio, Texas. It was built in 1941 and is now home to the 37th Training and 59th Medical Wing. Lackland Air Force Base is named after Brigadier General Frank Lackland, who was commissioned into the Army after serving in the National Guard for the District of Colombia.

Lackland is now under Joint Base San Antonio. The facility once shared the entry processing station process for the Air Force with the Amarillo Air Force Base before the latter’s closure in 1968. Now, Lackland acts as one of the major boot camps for the Air Force. After Kelly Field Annex’s transfer to the Lackland Air Force Base command, the base has grown, including the Kelly airstrip, Security Hill, the main Lackland base, and the old officer training base.

Laughlin AFB, Del Rio

Laughlin AFB is a military base in Val Verde County, near Del Rio, Texas. The base was established in 1943 as Laughlin Army Air Field in honor of Jack T. Laughlin, Del Rio’s first casualty of World War II. Later that year, the field was renamed Laughlin Field and designated an Army Air Force Auxiliary Field.

Laughlin AFB is home to the 47th Flying Training Wing, the largest pilot training base in the Air Force. The airfield handles the most takeoffs and landings among all airports in the US.

Randolph AFB, Universal City

Randolph Air Force Base is located in Universal City, Texas. It was established on June 20, 1930, as a flight training base and continues to fulfill that mission.

The base is home to the 12th Flying Training Wing, considered the major flying unit of Randolph Air Force Base. Randolph AFB houses 10,000 military and civilian personnel who live in the communities encompassing the base known as the Randolph Metrocom. The base has a workforce of 5,700 active-duty personnel and 6500 civilians. The base is the headquarters of the US Air Force Education and Training Command.

Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls

Sheppard AFB is operated by the Air Education and Training Command and is located in Wichita County, near Wichita Falls, Texas. The base was built in 1941 and is currently home to the 82nd Training Wing and the 80th Flying Training Wing. It is the largest and most diversified training base in the Air Education and Training Command.

Sheppard Air Force Base and Wichita Falls Municipal Airport share a single runway under a joint-user agreement. Sadly, the Air Force restructuring and downsizing in February 1992 caused a realignment and renumbering of units in the base. Some original training wings were reassigned as groups, and other technical training groups were reassigned into squadrons.

Texas Navy Bases where our lawyers practice:

JRB Fort Worth, Fort Worth

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth is a Navy air base in Fort Worth, Westworth Village White Settlement, Texas. It became the Fort Worth Army Air Field on January 2, 1942. After the relocation of units from Naval Air Station Dallas to Carswell Air Force Base due to the Base Realignment and Closure 1993, the base was redesignated as Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, the first of its kind in the US. It is currently occupied by reserve units of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and the Air National Guard.

NAS Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is a US Navy air base in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas. Corpus Christi Air Station is home to the Corpus Christi Army Depot, the Chief of Naval Air Training, US Coast Guard elements, the Drug Enforcement Agency, a Medical Naval Hospital, Mine Warfare Command, and the Defense Distribution Depot. The air station is tasked with maintaining and operating its facilities and providing services and materials to support US Navy aviation operations and the units of the Naval Training Command. Flight training in Corpus Christi emphasizes basic flight maneuvering and traffic pattern operations. This has resulted in 400,000 sorties flown from the air station annually.

NAS Kingsville, Kingsville

Naval Air Station Kingsville is a US Navy air base in Kieberg County, near Kingsville, Texas. Naval Air Station Kingsville and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi are under the Navy Region Southeast, which has headquarters at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. These bases are under the Navy organization known as Commander, Naval Installations.

Naval Air Station Kingsville complements Naval Air Station Corpus Christi by operating single-engine aircraft with higher performance. It is one of the major training bases for the US Navy’s jet aviation training. Its primary mission is to train tactical jet pilots for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. Because of this, it is now home to Training Squadron Twenty-One and Twenty-two, the Naval Branch Clinic Kingsville, and the Training Air Wing Two.

NS Ingleside, Ingleside

Naval Station Ingleside is a military base in Ingleside, Texas, next to the Coastal Bend Region encompassing Corpus Christi Bay. It is one of the newest bases of the US Navy. Naval Station Ingleside was initially intended as the homeport of the USS Lexington and the USS Wisconsin and its surface action group. However, the Navy decided to decommission these ships. In line with this, the Secretary of the Navy assigned Naval Station Ingleside as the home port for the Avenger Class mine countermeasure ships and Osprey Class coastal Mine Hunters. Because of this, the base is now designated as the Mine Warfare Center of Excellence by the US Navy.

Texas

Texas, nicknamed ‘ Lone Star State,’ is one of the constituent states of the great nation of the United States of America. This beautiful state occupies the country’s south-central region. Texas is the second largest state in the USA, the first being Alaska. The capital of Texas is Austin, consisting of 254 counties and 1216 cities.

Texas consists of numerous large regions. In the southeast, it consists of densely populated and highly fertile Coastal Plains, whereas, in the western and northwestern regions, it consists of mountains. These plains end at a place called the Balcon Escarpment. This land is earthquake-prone and extends from the Hill Country of Texas to the Central Plains in the north and the Edwards Plateau in the south. The population of Texas is quite diverse, with 43.5% Anglo people and 12.5% black. 38.6% are Hispanic and 4.5% are Asian.

Highlights of Texas

History

Spanish explorers visited these regions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and settled at Ysleta, which is near El Pasto, in 1682. In 1685, Robert Cavalier established a French colony at Matagorda Bay. In 1821, Americans began to settle near the Brazos River. During this time, Mexico controlled Texas. Texas became independent after a brief war between the Mexican government and American settlers.

Major tourist attraction

The Alamo, a white stone chapel in San Antonio, is the site where the fight for freedom from Mexico took place.
Equally popular is the Dallas World Aquarium, which features numerous endangered species of animals and information about ecological conservation. A replica of the rainforests of the Orinoco, with views of the sea world and the rainforests, is also a popular tourist spot here.

Third is the Space Center in Houston. People interested in America’s space program must visit the Space Center in Houston. This place provides a view of a huge range of equipment and spacecraft used in the American Space program. Another place worth visiting is Moody Gardens. The gardens are divided into three pyramids. One is the Aquarium pyramid, which contains seals, sharks, and penguins. The second is the Rainforest Pyramid, which contains the diverse plants and animals found in the ecosystem of rainforests.
Galveston Island and Padre Island National Seashore are prominent places, offering major tourist attractions like watching exotic birds, hiking, camping, and biking.

Education

Texas houses various universities that provide world-class education. These include the University of Houston, Texas A&M University, Lamar University, Texas State University, and Angelo State University.

Military Details

The Military Department of Texas consists of three branches of the military: the Texas State Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, and the Texas Army National Guard. The Adjutant General is appointed by the governor and is under the Governor’s command.

The Texas State Guard, consisting of a Regiment, a Medical Reserve Brigade, two Air Wings, and six regiments of Civil Affairs, assists the civil and military authorities in times of emergencies and also supports local communities and National Guard Units.
The Texas Air National Guard comprises the 149th Fighter Wing, 204th Security Forces Squadron, 254th Combat Communications Group, and 272d Engineering Installation Squadron.

The 149th Fighter Wing, which is headquartered in San Antonio, is on Lackland Air Force Base and houses F16 Pilots. The 204th Squadron is the only security force unit in the Air National Guard.

It is present at Biggs Army Airfield, El Paso. After the 9/11 attack on America, various pilots of this section were assigned to duties in places like Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia. The 254th Combat Communications Group is located at the Hensley field in Dallas.

It provides combat support, information management, C4 computer systems, and global command control. Its primary mission is to give engineers and planning to Combat Squadrons, providing the US Air Force with high-frequency satellite, radio, and telephone communications. The 272d Engineering Squadron has its headquarters in La Porte and includes the installation of control, computers, and communications and intelligence systems.

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