Your San Antonio Chamber of Commerce began its USAA Military Reception Series with a very special gathering to celebrate Joint Base San Antonio’s selection as a finalist for the esteemed Commander-in-Chief Installation of Excellence Award. JBSA was selected from over 70 installations and is in the running to receive the award along with fellow joint base finalist, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.
Former President Ronald Reagan instituted the CINC IEA in 1985. The presidential award recognizes innovation and superior operation of military installations that have best used their resources to support the mission.
“We are excited to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of JBSA, as well as highlight the community partners who support the Military Missions, the Service Members and their Families,” said Lori Stinson, Chamber Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development.
Our honored guests included members of the Installation Excellence Survey Board and Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, Commander, 502d Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, as well as other 502 ABW Leadership and Staff. Military Affairs Council business members and community leaders joined in recognizing the innovative ways that Joint Base San Antonio provides their mission through community partnerships, setting them aside as a vital economic driver in San Antonio, as well as a source of an invaluable and talented workforce.
“Being a passionate advocate for the military is at the heart of USAA’s mission and being headquartered here in Military City USA with JBSA affords us the opportunity to serve many of our members directly,” said Steve Cochran, USAA’s Assistant Vice President for Affinity Development and Operations and 2020 Chamber Military Affairs Council Chair. “It continues to be our privilege to support events such as this, where we can bring awareness to the ways our community and our organizations work together to improve the lives of military members, veterans, and their families.”
As a finalist, JBSA receives a $750,000 prize to put towards quality-of-life improvements across the installation. The Installation Excellence Award winner stands to receive an overall $1.25 million toward furthering those goals, as well. The results of the award are expected to be released in early spring.