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Chamber and USAA host Air Force Senior Leadership at the Alamo

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Council, along with the support of our partners at USAA, hosted this year’s United States Air Force Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC) for an evening reception at the Alamo. SLOC is an executive-level learning program offered annually to the newest USAF general officers (GOs), Senior Executive Service (SES) members, and Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES) members.

SLOC has a long Air Force history, beginning in 1962 at the direction of the Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) as the USAF Brigadier General Orientation Course (BGOC). In the 1980s and early 1990s, following the creation of the Senior Executive Service, the Air Force created a separate SES Orientation Course (SESOC). Then in 1994, the Air Force combined the BGOC and SESOC to create the SLOC, the first Department of Defense (DoD) joint military-civilian executive orientation program.

More than 130 guests enjoyed delicious food, beverages, lively discussions, and networking in the historic Alamo Hall. Richard Perez, Chamber President and CEO, welcomed the newly minted General Officers and Senior Executive Service members by sharing San Antonio’s great strides which are integral to the Air Force missions – including quality of life issues such as better education for our military children, active engagement in the community in solving military spouse employment challenges and reciprocity of certifications, as well as protecting our missions from encroachment and participating in vital Partnership discussions.

Steve Cochran, the Chamber’s 2019 Military Affairs Council Chair and USAA’s Assistant Vice President for Affinity Development & Operations, provided sponsor remarks, “We are honored and grateful for your service to our Nation, and USAA, as well as our Chamber membership and Military Affairs Council, stand ready to support you and your continued missions of leadership and support throughout the entire Air Force.”

“Receptions like this help to share the story of Military City USA’s success to those outside of our region and continue to provide opportunities to personally show our appreciation and support for their vital military missions, and more importantly, to bridge the military and civilian divide,” said Lori Stinson, Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development.

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