Your San Antonio Chamber’s Military Affairs Council welcomed Vice Admiral Luke McCollum, a Native Texan and Commander of the Navy Reserve Force, along with members of the USS San Antonio crew for a reception to honor their service to our Nation and to thank them for their great contributions in San Antonio. Other guests included Military Affairs Council Members, representatives from the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, and students competing in this year’s Cyber Patriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program competition. Additionally, Rear Admiral Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, Commander of Navy Medicine and Education Training and Logistics, attended as well as our gracious sponsors from USAA, represented by Greg Pratt, Navy Retired Force Master Chief and current Military Affairs Relationship Director for Sea Services.
VADM McCollum’s visit was part of San Antonio’s Navy Fleet week events that included other Navy assets such as Navy Divers and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams; Navy Band performances; the Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team; Sailors from USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat; Navy Medicine personnel; Navy History and Heritage Command historians and displays; and the Navy’s new virtual reality simulator. Across the city, engagements spanned from local schools, businesses and even at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. San Antonio is one of only 14 cities selected to host a Navy Week this year.
Navy Fleet Week is designed to give area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.
The Chamber continues to enjoy supporting events that bring together our nation’s military and our area business members, community leaders, veterans, and family members to truly show why San Antonio is Military City USA.