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Sig Christenson
Award-winning longtime military reporter and journalist with nine trips to the war zone in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the invasion of Iraq; Co-founder and former president of Military Reporters and Editors Association.
Interests: Reading, writing, camping, astronomy, Houston sports, WWII history, having a great girlfriend (I do), impressionist art, space travel, rock and roll, rhythm and blues. But back to the girlfriend...
Recent Activity
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl met Wednesday with an Army officer who is investigating allegations of misconduct while he was in Afghanistan, a session one defense lawyer called a "productive exercise." Bergdahl talked with Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl for most of the day at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — The civilian lawyer for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says his profession isn't about the big cases, and the most important ones often involve obscure attorneys and fly below the public's radar. But Eugene Fidell is one of the nation's best-known military lawyers. A Harvard Law School graduate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — More than a year has passed since Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez got one of the longest prison sentences in the history of the Air Force's training command. Now, his case is being used as a training tool for recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. At the start... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl met Wednesday with an investigator who is probing allegations of misconduct while the soldier was in Afghanistan. Flanked by a military defense attorney, Capt. Alfredo Foster, and Yale Law School visiting lecturer Eugene Fidell, who is his civilian lawyer, Bergdahl sat in an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
BASTROP — Gov. Rick Perry met with Texas Army National Guard soldiers here Wednesday as they prepared to deploy to the Rio Grande Valley for a border-security mission, telling them they will stand between “narco-terrorists” and law-abiding Americans. The troops at Camp Swift, a Texas Guard training facility outside of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
CAMP SWIFT — Greeted with “hooahs” from National Guard soldiers he's about to deploy to the border, Gov. Rick Perry told the troops Wednesday they would face “narco-terrorists” who are threatening Americans in Texas and other states. “You now are the tip of the spear in protecting Americans from these... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
Condolences to Ken Murray's lovely wife, Teresa, currently serving in Afghanistan, and their family, friends and community in this great loss. A blog post I wrote seven years ago about Ken and Teresa, when they served together: Back in the United States, I’ve seen scores of command-change ceremonies. Bands play,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
The nation's oldest woman veteran, Lucy Coffey, has dreamed of making one last trip to visit her favorite monuments in Washington, D.C. Come Friday, she can check that one off her bucket list. At 108, the longtime San Antonio resident will board a commercial airliner and fly to Washington, where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio woman who is the nation's oldest female veteran wanted one last trip to Washington, D.C., and thanks to a pair of veterans groups and an Austin firm, she's going to get her wish. Lucy Coffey, 108, will fly out of San Antonio on a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has hired a high-profile attorney and may have met Wednesday with an investigator looking into allegations of misconduct while Bergdahl was in Afghanistan. Lawyer Eugene Fidell denounced leaks by government officials as “disturbing” and likened some of the accusations against his client to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONO — The Air Force said Monday it would eliminate 352 jobs in San Antonio as part of a nationwide restructuring of headquarters staffs that is expected to save $1.6 billion. All of the jobs lost here mostly likely will come from the Air Education and Training Command, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — A month after arriving in San Antonio for the third and final stage of his rehabilitation process, former prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went to work at a desk job Monday at U.S. Army North in San Antonio. He'll perform administrative duties at the headquarters on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
There's long been talk of saluting San Antonio's war heroes, but the idea moved in fits and starts until last week, when 175 people converged at the Tobin Center to dedicate the Medal of Honor River Portal. As a bugler sounded taps, seven granite pylons with brass plaques were unveiled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
NEW BRAUNFELS — Jake Hixson was to be Sgt. Thomas Spitzer's best man at his wedding, but instead gave his eulogy Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church before a crowd that spilled into a lobby, while Patriot Guard riders stood outside on a hot afternoon. The service was followed by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Lucy Coffey had left the farm in Martinsville, Indiana, spent time in Chicago and finally settled in Dallas, where she worked at an A&P supermarket. After quitting the A&P in 1943, she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, a call to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
The head of the Air Force's training command said he wasn't surprised by critical comments that instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland made last year about their leaders, working conditions and recruits under their watch. Gen. Robin Rand said it was a rough time on the base when the survey... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
The VA's inspector general confirmed last week that his office is investigating reports of patient waiting-list fraud at clinics in North San Antonio, Austin, and at a Temple hospital. In a letter to House members, the agency's acting inspector general confirmed investigators were looking into allegations of misconduct at the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — Smoke, dust and debris filled the air over the Normandy coast when Sgt. 1st Class Henry Willmann jumped out of a landing craft into neck-deep water and swam toward the beachhead. Treading slowly through the surf, he turned to see a young draftee from Kansas suddenly vanish... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson visited a San Antonio VA hospital Friday and met with members of the area's congressional delegation. His tour of the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center came a day after meeting with officials of a hospital system in Phoenix, Ariz., and revealing that 18... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson offered praise for the agency's San Antonio hospital system in a stop here Friday. After meeting with patients and member of Congress, Gibson said that, while the Audie Murphy VA Hospital had issues, among them veterans' access to health care, it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — An audit of hundreds of VA hospitals and clinics released Monday found that more than 57,400 patients had waited as long as three months for health care. The report went on to say that just two veterans in the VA's San Antonio hospital and clinic network waited... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — A VA audit released Monday revealed the vast majority of veterans had appointments to see doctors within a month, but it also found problems that included the manipulation of waiting times — a scheme that may have led to some patients' deaths. Auditors scrutinizing Department of Veteran... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — Texas lawmakers urged the Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday to build a hospital in Rio Grande Valley after the agency revealed patients there waited longer for care at two VA clinics than at any other facility in the country. VA figures show patients at its clinics in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released in a prisoner swap after being held for five years by the Taliban, is expected to arrive Friday in San Antonio after spending more than a week in Germany. “He is scheduled to arrive tomorrow,” said a defense official, who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War
SAN ANTONIO — A low-key homecoming is in store for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released in a controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban and will arrive Friday in San Antonio after two weeks in a German hospital. Defense officials said a U.S. military aircraft left Ramstein Air Base... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Clearing the Fog of War