SAN ANTONIO, Texas –
In support of the City of San Antonio’s annual World Heritage Festival, service members from Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, the Army’s San Antonio Recruiting Battalion, Marine Corps Recruiting Station San Antonio, Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command, Navy Medicine Training Support Center, the Marine’s 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, and the Air Force’s 383rd Training Squadron participated in Mission Pachanga held at Mission Park Pavilion Sept. 7.
Mission Pachanga celebrates San Antonio’s unique heritage and culture, past and present.
Events began with the Tour de Las Misiones Bike Ride Tour, Walk and Run which afterwards participants and the surrounding community enjoyed music, food and refreshments as well as interact with members of the military.
According to Debe Clark with the City of San Antonio’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, prior festivals didn't involve the military, however the National Park Service and the Heritage Office, in cooperation with her office, wanted military and veterans to be a central theme for this year’s event which was largely centered around the missions.
“This is Military City USA and we wanted to highlight the military in city-hosted events,” said Clark, a retired Army veteran. “This has been a great experience and a great way for the citizens and military veterans of the city to engage with today’s military men and women.”
Petty Officer 2nd Class Shomari Cooper and Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Hambrick, both recruiters assigned to Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, attended the event to spread Navy awareness and provide career opportunities in America’s Navy to those both young and old.
“Our primary mission is to recruit the best and brightest into the Navy,” Cooper said. “We also have a mission to enhance and maintain relationships with our communities. For some areas, recruiters are the only face of the Navy and we must provide the Navy with visibility as good community citizens.”
NRD San Antonio’s area of responsibility includes more than 34 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 144,000 square miles of Central and South Texas territory.