As we continue to follow Gov. Rick Perry's quest to stay viable as GOP 2016 White House contender, we have to wonder how he has actually convinced himself that putting a whole bunch of armed people on the border is in any way a good idea.
Just what veterans of Texas caught up in the records falsification scandal have been waiting for: a hotline. Senator Leticia Van de Putte, chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee, this week proposed a recommendation to create a special hotline to help veterans deal ... More >>
The message went out at 5:01 p.m. on Ft. Hood's Twitter account: "All personnel on post are asked to shelter in place." The message was re-tweeted more than 1,800 times and by then news spread that the army installation in Killeen had seen another deadly shooting. Three people are dead and 16 inju ... More >>
Paul Delacerda's seen it all. From traveling the road living the rocker life and having it all tumble down in the mid 1990s. He was homeless for six months, living under a bridge near Interstate 610 --- then picked himself back up--- and joined the Army. He's been back in Houston since 2010, but wi ... More >>
When health problems forced U.S. Air Force veteran to retire from his post-military job, he was unable to afford repairs to his home, which was ravaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. But on Thursday, volunteers with The Home Depot Foundation will renovate the interior and exterior of the home, which Brit ... More >>
There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>
The Texas Air National Guard decides to step in the middle of an officer's private business, tossing him after he dates an about-to-be-divorced woman.
North Korea, that mysterious country of Photoshopping experts, is once again rattling sabers. So who cares if they're shaking some ancient cavalry weapon, you ask? Well, the sabers North Korea rattles are intercontinental nuclear missles aimed at New York, LA, DC and Austin. Austin?
The 4th annual Valentines for Soldiers event is coming up on Monday, January 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., once again held at the Saint Arnold Brewery at 2000 Lyons -- and it's certainly come a long way since a few people gathered at the request of local food blogger Nishta Mehra to make cards and stuff care ... More >>
It was strange watching the Rice Owls players celebrate on the field following their 33-14 Armed Forces Bowl win over Air Force on Saturday at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium. Strange because the Owls were only 7-6 on the season and they were acting like they'd just won the mythical national championsh ... More >>
Much has been made over the last decade or two of the rise of popularity (and skill, quite frankly) in international basketball. Many trace it back to the 1992 USA Dream Team's ceremonious romp through the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Ask any international star today between the age of 30 and ... More >>
Among crime blotters in the state, two of the best belong to the Lufkin Daily News and the Wise County Messenger. But those are both private sector news sources. Our favorite "socialist" crime blotter comes from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, whose periodic Game Warden Field Notes is must ... More >>
A 21-year-old Houston woman has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for using false information to purchase at least 15 AK-47-type weapons over a two-month period. Nayely Ruby Herrera, 21, made her purchases at a Valley gun store called The Armory, located in McAllen. "During trial, th ... More >>
where's the military when the chips are down?
Kevin Corley was one of a group of men whose arrests were announced today by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, and let's just say the man makes for a good criminal complaint. It reads like a Quentin Tarantino rip-off and has guns, drugs and a murder for hire in which the killer promised to car ... More >>
Painkiller addiction is one of the largest and fastest-growing problems among today's younger veterans.
It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.
More than 200 soldiers are suing KBR for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals in Iraq, whose effects started with nose bleeds and could end with cancer. KBR says that didn't happen. But even if it did, the company isn't responsible. Taxpayers are.
These dudes know how to write a sweet contract.A KBR government contract protected the company from liability for injuries or deaths caused by willful misconduct, according to recently declassified Army documents. Although the existence of the clause was revealed as a part of a lawsuit file ... More >>
Audie Murphy, starring in the story of his own lifeOur war heroes are presented to us in different varieties. There are those we create for ourselves, in the mold of what we think a hero should be: David Crockett (nobody but Walt Disney called him Davey), astride the ramparts at the Alamo goi ... More >>
Things can go wrongNext time you go to an air show, take a look at the fine print on the ticket. Besides the usual stuff about acts of God and "Promoter not responsible if the frontman doesn't show due to injecting Drano into his balls," there's something else. It says they're really, really ... More >>
Peace outHere's a tip if you're planning on running a Liberty County weed farm: Get a rocket launcher. Apparently you're going to need one, if the operation busted by cops yesterday is any indication. Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, law enforcement authorities raided a property near Clevel ... More >>
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Today Nicholas Hall reported on a DEFCON 1 dining event that took place at 11th Street Café. The meal wasn't the best, but that was hardly the point. Said commenter Crystal: I gotta say that I love the DEFCON dining series. Not only are they pretty entertaining to read, they function as p ... More >>
Sharing plates at Giacomo'sA couple of weeks ago, I walked you guys through a DEFCON 3 dining event. Fortunately, there are a whole lot of restaurants that fit the DEFCON 3 specs, and many of them are pretty good. Even more fortunately (for me, at least), DEFCON 3 isn't an everyday occurrence ... More >>
William McRaven: Knows a pyramid lede when he sees one.Don't mess with journalism majors!! A lesson Osama bin Laden learned to his regret recently; the last thoughts through his diseased mind were no doubt about how journalism -- especially University of Texas journalism -- had triumphed aga ... More >>
Dad, get me out of this oneA Houston-area couple has been charged with smuggling arms to Colombia, and a whole lot of weaponry was seized. Federal agents arrested Patrick Regan, 40, and his wife Ximena del Pilar Echeverry Aria, 25, who was a Colombian native, on Tuesday, prosecutors announce ... More >>
Photo via The EagleThe real-looking AK-47 that set hearts racingThe student who caused a frantic shutdown of the Texas A&M campus was carrying a realistic-looking fake AK-47 he planned to use as part of a Halloween costume, an official report says. The Bryan-College Station Eagle obtained th ... More >>
Don't ask, don't tell -- but let us know what happensThe Atlantic's Marc Ambinder is reporting that the Pentagon's legal office has given guidance to recruiters saying that, thanks to a federal judge staying "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," gay applicants cannot be rejected."As of today, one can walk int ... More >>
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
You got served....by ArizonaThe squeaky wheel gets the grease, Rick Perry.Perry was famously, and surprisingly, critical of Arizona's controversial law regarding immigrants and demands to see their papers.Arizona governor Jan Brewer became a darling of the right, trumpeting about protecting ... More >>
One bad Memorial Day followed by one good oneA year ago, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Chris Stokes was tubing in New Braunfels. His vehicle, parked at the Landa Park Rec Center, was broken into while he and his wife were on the river.Among the items stolen -- Stokes' Marine honor medals. Bummer o ... More >>
Photo courtesy The BattalionSome Aggies got upset with our interpretation of President George H.W. Bush's open letter to them saying "Chill out, brosephs, when Obama comes to town."Now the President is in town, and how are they doing?You can follow along at The Battalion, the campus paper, which ... More >>
Fun Fact: On November 21, 1920, Michael Collins' squad of fighters killed 14 British Army officers, police officers and civilians, wounding five. In retaliation, members of British paramilitary group "The Auxiliaries" drove their trucks into Dublin's Croke Park during a soccer match and began random ... More >>
Watch out where you park at the Veterans Administration hospital. You never know, you might just get trounced by security. At least that’s the lesson Jimmy Claude Williams claims he learned one morning. Williams, a disabled veteran who uses a wheelchair, filed a lawsuit in federal court last wee ... More >>
Never mind the mentally ill soldiers enjoying their second and third tours in the sandbox, the astute doctors at the DeBakey VA Medical Center are tackling the most malignant crisis veterans have to deal with: whether they want to talk to a boy doctor or a girl doctor about their inability to get it ... More >>
Music for a good cause
An Air Force Staff Sergeant stationed in San Antonio has been relieved of her duties after posing in Playboy. The Chron has the story: In a six-page spread in February's issue, hitting newsstands this week, [Michelle] Manhart is photographed in uniform yelling and holding weapons under the headli ... More >>
The Air Force
A Houston-area man leads the fight against the ban on gays in the military
The Chron's embedded reporter is far from the action
Some are ready to die. Others aren't -- they just want a chance at a better life. But even the most careful of local teens who enlist in 2003 may find their plans for a desk job interrupted by war.
Paul Matthews puts his collection of military history on display
Will the Chronicle's celebration turn up the headlines of August 24, 1917?