City Unveils 'Military City USA' Welcome Signs

The City today unveiled signs which are being erected on all of the highway entrances to San Antonio, as well as at the airport, declaring 'Welcome to Military City USA,' News radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The City trademarked that designation two years ago, a process that MajGen Juan Ayala, USMN (ret), who is the city's Military and Veterans Affairs Director, says wasn't easy.

"We were in competition with other great cities across the USA that host miltiary installations," he said.

Ayala says one in eight Bexar County residents has ties to the military, as a member, retiree, contractor, family member of a member or a veteran, or a civilian employee of Joint Base San Antonio.

Northeast side Councilman Clayton Perry, who is a retired civil engineer with the U.S. Air Force, says the military has a strong role in maintaining the city's growth.

"I came here in '91, and, like so many people in the military, coming through either being assigned here or TDY ('temporary duty') here, you turn to this city and you love it," the Giddings native said. "I stayed here."

The City says the signs are 'symbols of military pride, honoring the community's deep-rooted history with the military tat spans more than three centuries.'

PHOTO: USAF BrigGen Laura Lenderman, the Commander of Joint Base San Antonio, shows off the new 'Welcome to Miitiary City USA' signs