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El Rey de Barrio King Steve Duran (right) chats with Queen Virginia Duran (center) and Joint Base San Antonio Air Force Ambassador Tech. Sgt. Marie Sarabia (left) during a reception at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

El Rey de Barrio King Steve Duran (right) chats with Queen Virginia Duran (center) and Joint Base San Antonio Air Force Ambassador Tech. Sgt. Marie Sarabia (left) during a reception at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan (left) and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl (right) Visit together during a reception at the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23. Buchanan is commanding general of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and Dahl is commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, both of which are headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan (left) and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl (right) Visit together during a reception at the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23. Buchanan is commanding general of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and Dahl is commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, both of which are headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle (center), commander of Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command, is flanked by King Antonio Michael A. Casillas  (left) and El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes (right) during a reception for Fiesta and Fireworks at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle (center), commander of Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command, is flanked by King Antonio Michael A. Casillas (left) and El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes (right) during a reception for Fiesta and Fireworks at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Lt. Gen. Daryl Roberson (left), commander of Air Education and Training Command, pins a Fiesta medal on William Van Cleave at a reception for Fiesta and Fireworks at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Lt. Gen. Daryl Roberson (left), commander of Air Education and Training Command, pins a Fiesta medal on William Van Cleave at a reception for Fiesta and Fireworks at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Fiesta royalty joins Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston leaders at the Fiesta and Fireworks event April 23. From left are El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes, King Antonio Michael A. Casillas, Fiesta San Antonio president Ernest J. De Luna, U.S. Army North commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan and ARNORTH Command Sgt. Maj. Roland Orosz.

Fiesta royalty joins Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston leaders at the Fiesta and Fireworks event April 23. From left are El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes, King Antonio Michael A. Casillas, Fiesta San Antonio president Ernest J. De Luna, U.S. Army North commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan and ARNORTH Command Sgt. Maj. Roland Orosz.

El Rey de Barrio King Steve Duran (right) chats with Queen Virginia Duran (center) and Joint Base San Antonio Air Force Ambassador Tech. Sgt. Marie Sarabia (left) during a reception at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

El Rey de Barrio King Steve Duran (right) chats with Queen Virginia Duran (center) and Joint Base San Antonio Air Force Ambassador Tech. Sgt. Marie Sarabia (left) during a reception at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan (left) and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl (right) Visit together during a reception at the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23. Buchanan is commanding general of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and Dahl is commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, both of which are headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan (left) and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl (right) Visit together during a reception at the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23. Buchanan is commanding general of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and Dahl is commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, both of which are headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.

Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle (center), commander of Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command, is flanked by King Antonio Michael A. Casillas  (left) and El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes (right) during a reception for Fiesta and Fireworks at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle (center), commander of Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command, is flanked by King Antonio Michael A. Casillas (left) and El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes (right) during a reception for Fiesta and Fireworks at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Lt. Gen. Daryl Roberson (left), commander of Air Education and Training Command, pins a Fiesta medal on William Van Cleave at a reception for Fiesta and Fireworks at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Lt. Gen. Daryl Roberson (left), commander of Air Education and Training Command, pins a Fiesta medal on William Van Cleave at a reception for Fiesta and Fireworks at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Fiesta royalty joins Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston leaders at the Fiesta and Fireworks event April 23. From left are El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes, King Antonio Michael A. Casillas, Fiesta San Antonio president Ernest J. De Luna, U.S. Army North commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan and ARNORTH Command Sgt. Maj. Roland Orosz.
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Fiesta royalty joins Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston leaders at the Fiesta and Fireworks event April 23. From left are El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes, King Antonio Michael A. Casillas, Fiesta San Antonio president Ernest J. De Luna, U.S. Army North commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan and ARNORTH Command Sgt. Maj. Roland Orosz.

Col. Roy Collins, 37th Training Wing commander, presents a gift to 2017 Fiesta Royalty, Fernando Reyes of the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation, April 21, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The full-scale Basic Military Training Graduation Parade is the only military graduation incorporated into Fiesta San Antonio, the city's 10-day celebration to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Over the past century, Fiesta has grown into a celebration of San Antonio's rich and diverse cultures. Military representatives from throughout San Antonio participate in receptions, parades, pilgrimages and memorials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)
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Col. Roy Collins, 37th Training Wing commander, presents a gift to 2017 Fiesta Royalty, Fernando Reyes of the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation, April 21, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The full-scale Basic Military Training Graduation Parade is the only military graduation incorporated into Fiesta San Antonio, the city's 10-day celebration to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Over the past century, Fiesta has grown into a celebration of San Antonio's rich and diverse cultures. Military representatives from throughout San Antonio participate in receptions, parades, pilgrimages and memorials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The members of the 2017 Fiesta Court stand during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner at the 2017 Air Force Basic Training Fiesta Graduation Parade April. 21, 2017, at JBSA-Lackland. The ladies attended the graduation as part of an annual tradition of Fiesta San Antonio, a 10-day celebration of military history to honor the life and memory of the members who died in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Beginning in 1891 as a one-day parade event, Fiesta San Antonio has evolved into a 10-day festival celebrating the heritage and history of San Antonio and the vast military community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)
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The members of the 2017 Fiesta Court stand during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner at the 2017 Air Force Basic Training Fiesta Graduation Parade April. 21, 2017, at JBSA-Lackland. The ladies attended the graduation as part of an annual tradition of Fiesta San Antonio, a 10-day celebration of military history to honor the life and memory of the members who died in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Beginning in 1891 as a one-day parade event, Fiesta San Antonio has evolved into a 10-day festival celebrating the heritage and history of San Antonio and the vast military community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The Joint Base San Antonio Military Fiesta Ambassadors are pictured at the Air Force Basic Training Graduation Parade April. 21, 2017, at JBSA-Lackland. The servicemembers from each branch of the military across JBSA will represent their respective services at events associated with Fiesta San Antonio such as participating in parades, visiting schools and nursing homes and retirement facilities. Fiesta San Antonio is a 10-day celebration of military history to honor the life and memory of the members who died in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Beginning in 1891 as a one-day parade event, Fiesta San Antonio has evolved into a 10-day festival celebrating the heritage and history of San Antonio and the vast military community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)
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The Joint Base San Antonio Military Fiesta Ambassadors are pictured at the Air Force Basic Training Graduation Parade April. 21, 2017, at JBSA-Lackland. The servicemembers from each branch of the military across JBSA will represent their respective services at events associated with Fiesta San Antonio such as participating in parades, visiting schools and nursing homes and retirement facilities. Fiesta San Antonio is a 10-day celebration of military history to honor the life and memory of the members who died in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Beginning in 1891 as a one-day parade event, Fiesta San Antonio has evolved into a 10-day festival celebrating the heritage and history of San Antonio and the vast military community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

Col. Roy Collins, 37th Training Wing commander, give San Antonio Fiesta Commission president Erwin De Luna a gift during the Air Force Basic Military Training Fiesta graduation Parade April 21, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Each year, members of the Fiesta Royalty Court conduct the Royal Review of a BMT graduation during Fiesta San Antonio, a 10-day celebration of military history to honor the life and memory of the members who died in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Servicemembers from around JBSA participate in Fiesta San Antonio activities representing the progression of the United States military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)
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Col. Roy Collins, 37th Training Wing commander, give San Antonio Fiesta Commission president Erwin De Luna a gift during the Air Force Basic Military Training Fiesta graduation Parade April 21, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Each year, members of the Fiesta Royalty Court conduct the Royal Review of a BMT graduation during Fiesta San Antonio, a 10-day celebration of military history to honor the life and memory of the members who died in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Servicemembers from around JBSA participate in Fiesta San Antonio activities representing the progression of the United States military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes delivers remarks during the Fiesta and Fireworks reception at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.
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El Rey Feo LXIX Fred Reyes delivers remarks during the Fiesta and Fireworks reception at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

A few service people get vertical on a ride during the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.
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A few service people get vertical on a ride during the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Army Soldiers fire off the caissons during the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.
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Army Soldiers fire off the caissons during the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

Members of the U.S. Air Force band of the West get their groove on for the crowd at the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.
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Members of the U.S. Air Force band of the West get their groove on for the crowd at the Fiesta and Fireworks event at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 23.

502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)
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502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)

502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)
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502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)

502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)
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502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)

502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)
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502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)

502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)
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502nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland demonstrated their equipment and methods of bomb disposal during San Antonio’s Fiesta 2017 Air Force Day at the Alamo April 24. Fiesta originated in 1891 as a tribute to the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew C. Patterson)

Airmen from Joint Base San Antonio place memorial wreaths during the 2017 Pilgrimage to the Alamo as part of Fiesta San Antonio April 24, 2017. The Pilgrimage to the Alamo includes a march through downtown San Antonio and ends with a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those who fought in the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Servicemembers from around JBSA participate in Fiesta San Antonio activities representing the progression of the United States military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew Patterson)
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Airmen from Joint Base San Antonio place memorial wreaths during the 2017 Pilgrimage to the Alamo as part of Fiesta San Antonio April 24, 2017. The Pilgrimage to the Alamo includes a march through downtown San Antonio and ends with a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those who fought in the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Servicemembers from around JBSA participate in Fiesta San Antonio activities representing the progression of the United States military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew Patterson)

Airmen from Joint Base San Antonio place memorial wreaths during the 2017 Pilgrimage to the Alamo as part of Fiesta San Antonio April 24, 2017. The Pilgrimage to the Alamo includes a march through downtown San Antonio and ends with a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those who fought in the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Servicemembers from around JBSA participate in Fiesta San Antonio activities representing the progression of the United States military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew Patterson)
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Airmen from Joint Base San Antonio place memorial wreaths during the 2017 Pilgrimage to the Alamo as part of Fiesta San Antonio April 24, 2017. The Pilgrimage to the Alamo includes a march through downtown San Antonio and ends with a wreath laying ceremony in honor of those who fought in the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Servicemembers from around JBSA participate in Fiesta San Antonio activities representing the progression of the United States military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrew Patterson)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas --


Members of the Joint Base San Antonio community are celebrating this year’s Fiesta San Antonio which began on April 20 and ends April 30.

Fiesta San Antonio is an annual festival that has expanded to 11 days and honors the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.

“In 1836, something significant happened in our country right here at the Alamo in San Antonio,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command. “To the last full measure, Americans gave their lives in the defense of the Alamo to try and preserve what we held so dear.”

What began as a one-time parade in 1891, has grown into a celebration of San Antonio's rich and diverse cultures. Military representatives throughout San Antonio participate in receptions, parades, pilgrimages and memorials.

“There is something very special about working alongside people who desire to remember the heroes of the past through the acts of good deed, charity and civic duty,” said Roberson. “Events like Fiesta are what make San Antonio ‘Military City, USA’. Our military members and families appreciate what you do for us. We could not succeed in our daily business without the support of the local community.”

This year’s Fiesta coincides with Air Force’s 70th anniversary and AETC’s 75th anniversary.