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Eight military families who claim they were sickened by mold, vermin and other toxins while living in privately-managed housing at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and Laughlin Air Force Base are now upping the ante in court. 

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The military is taking steps to protect its assets before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey. 

The Air Force Monday announced a cutback of 429 positions at Joint Base San Antonio. The reductions are part of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s orders a year ago for a 20% reduction in management across the Department of Defense by the year 2019.

U.S. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Erika Yepsen at the Pentagon said the jobs are being eliminated from the Air Education and Training Command at JBSA-Randolph.

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Joint Base San Antonio has canceled plans for a November air show at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.  The Air Force Thunderbirds were scheduled to headline the event that included other military aircraft.

According to JBSA, Air Force aviation support to public events has been canceled to save flying hours to support readiness needs. 

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The Air Force has released a plan to shrink its numbers by 3,340 airmen this year. The "early out" program is helping the service meet congressionally-mandated numbers by the end of September.

Those who choose to accept the offers to retire early must do so in time to be separated by September 29.

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The Air Force is now working on implementing the policy change by the Department of Defense allowing women into combat roles. Coincidentally, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of women being able to become combat pilots for the Air Force.

Christa D'Andrea is the chief of public affairs for the Air Force Recruiting Service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and served on active-duty for 11 years. She said the integration of women in these roles is the next logical step in the military.