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BMT ceremony acknowledges “Fiesta San Antonio”

David Lackland (Left) and his wife Eileen are greeted by Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast (Right), Commander of the Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. David is the cousin of Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland, the namesake of JBSA-Lackland. Today is the first time David and Eileen have viewed a BMT graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

David Lackland (Left) and his wife Eileen are greeted by Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast (Right), Commander of the Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. David is the cousin of Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland, the namesake of JBSA-Lackland. Today is the first time David and Eileen have viewed a BMT graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast (Left), Commander of the Air Education and Training Command salutes at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast (Left), Commander of the Air Education and Training Command salutes at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

David Lackland (Inside Left) and his wife Eileen take a group photo at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas after a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. David is the cousin of Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland, the namesake of JBSA-Lackland. Today is the first time David and Eileen have viewed a BMT graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

David Lackland (Inside Left) and his wife Eileen take a group photo at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas after a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. David is the cousin of Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland, the namesake of JBSA-Lackland. Today is the first time David and Eileen have viewed a BMT graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, Commander of the Air Education and Training Command address the crowd at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, Commander of the Air Education and Training Command address the crowd at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

David Lackland (Center) and his wife Eileen take a group photo at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas after a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. David is the cousin of Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland, the namesake of JBSA-Lackland. Today is the first time David and Eileen have viewed a BMT graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

David Lackland (Center) and his wife Eileen take a group photo at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas after a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. David is the cousin of Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland, the namesake of JBSA-Lackland. Today is the first time David and Eileen have viewed a BMT graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Military and civilian personnel stand at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a Basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Military and civilian personnel stand at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a Basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

David Lackland (Left) and his wife Eileen take a group photo at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas after a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. David is the cousin of Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland, the namesake of JBSA-Lackland. Today is the first time David and Eileen have viewed a BMT graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

David Lackland (Left) and his wife Eileen take a group photo at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas after a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. David is the cousin of Brig. Gen. Frank D. Lackland, the namesake of JBSA-Lackland. Today is the first time David and Eileen have viewed a BMT graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Military and civilian personnel stand at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a Basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Military and civilian personnel stand at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a Basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, Commander of the Air Education and Training Command address the crowd at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, Commander of the Air Education and Training Command address the crowd at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas during a basic military training graduation ceremony April 20, 2018. The ceremony also acknowledged the beginning of “Fiesta San Antonio,” the city’s annual festival held to honor the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ismael Ortega / Released)

2018 Air Force Basic Training Fiesta Graduation Parade
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Col. Roy Collins, 37th Training Wing commander, prepares to present Fiesta Medals to 2018 Fiesta Royalty, from left, Bill Mitchell, Fiesta San Antonio Commission president, Richard Sparr, Texas Cavaliers King Antonio XCVI, and Ken Flores, El Rey Feo LXX, April 20, 2018, 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.

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Col. Roy Collins, 37th Training Wing commander, presents a Fiesta medal to 2018 Fiesta Royalty, Richard Sparr, Texas Cavaliers King Antonio XCVI, April 20, 2018, 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.

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Col. Roy Collins, 37th Training Wing commander, presents a Fiesta medal to 2018 Fiesta Royalty, Ken Flores, El Rey Feo LXX, April 20, 2018, 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.

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Col. Roy Collins, 37th Training Wing commander, presents a Fiesta medal to 2018 Fiesta Royalty, San Antonio Fiesta Commission president Bill Mitchell, during the Air Force Basic Military Training Fiesta graduation Parade April 20, 2018, 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. Service members from around JBSA participate in Fiesta San Antonio activities representing the progression of the United States military.

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Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, addresses the Basic Military Training graduation trainees, families and visitors during the Air Force BMT Fiesta graduation Parade April 20, 2018, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The full-scale BMT 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.

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Members of the 2018 Fiesta Court attend the Air Force Basic Training Fiesta Graduation Parade April 20, 2018, at JBSA-Lackland, Texas. They 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.

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Members of the 2018 Fiesta Court stand during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner at the 2018 Air Force Basic Training Fiesta Graduation Parade April 20, 2018, at JBSA-Lackland. They 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.

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U.S. Military and civilians attending the 2018 Air Force Basic Training Fiesta Graduation Parade stand during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner April 20, 2018, at JBSA-Lackland, Texas. They 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.