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JBSA-Randolph hosts Retiree Appreciation Day

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Pruitt | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Sept. 5, 2019

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —

Since 1997, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph has been hosting a Retiree Appreciation Day. This year, the Retiree Activities Office is hosting the event from 8-11 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Kendrick Enlisted Club.

“Our whole mission is to provide assistance to retirees and help solve their problems,” said Jon Lindgren, Retirees Activities Office director. “Retiree Appreciation Day allows them to interface with about 50 exhibitors who may present something to help them make their life easier.”

At this event spectators can expect an open ceremony with posting of colors by the Randolph High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, the playing of the national anthem and service melodies and remarks by Brig. Gen. Laura L. Lenderman, 502nd Air Base Wing and JBSA Commander. Attendees will them be able to browse the exhibits.

The Retiree Activities Office and its volunteer committee work to bring various vendors to promote their services to retirees. Some of these vendors include the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the commissary, Pass and ID Office representatives, the 359th Medical Group with flu shot immunizations, the Texas Veterans Commission, TRICARE, the Air Force Association and many more. 

“Most of our vendors come back every year,” said Ramona Orum, Retiree Activities Office volunteer counselor. “We try to get as much information as we can out to our retirees.”

This event is open to active duty, Reserve and National Guard members of all military services, retirees, and dependents with an ID card. Registration is not required.

“Retirees are retirees – no matter the service,” Lindgren said.

In addition to this event providing an abundance of help and information to JBSA retirees, Retiree Appreciation Day offers a casual forum for veterans to mingle and reminisce with each other, current and future military members.

“We encourage active duty folk to come,” Lindgren said. “It gives them an opportunity to talk to the ‘old folks’ like us, hear our stories and learn the difference between today’s Air Force and ours.”

For more information about Retiree Appreciation Day, call 210-652-6880.