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NEWS | Dec. 3, 2020

Local students receive coats from JBSA partners

By Lori A. Bultman 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Students at Wilshire Elementary School, in San Antonio’s Northeast Independent School District, will be a little warmer this winter thanks to volunteers from the 502nd Force Support Group and the 106th Signal Brigade at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, who collected coats, socks and toys to give needy children.  

The gifts were presented to students as part of the Adopt-a-School program during a ceremony, held virtually due to COVID-19, Nov. 30. 

“We were donated 36 coats this year for our amazing children,” said Lisa De La Rosa, a family specialist at the school.   

The students appreciated the kind gesture as well. Myckael Gordan said he loved his new coat, and Zamya Long sent her thanks to the volunteers, Soldiers and civilians for their generosity.  

“Thank you,” she said. “I am so happy with my new pink coat.” 

The Wilshire Elementary School family sent warm wishes to the units who participated.  

“We would like to especially say, ‘Thank you’ to Col. Shane Cuellar, Loretta Belz, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Crystal Austin-Wong, and all of the 502nd Force Support Group; to Chap. (Lt. Col.) Douglas Prentice; and to Col. Tia L. Benning, Capt. Benjamin Richards, and all of the 106th Signal Brigade,” De La Rosa said. “Thanks to all who supported in this amazingly, wonderful project.” 

Any JBSA organization interested in adopting a school can contact a JBSA Child and Youth Education Services school liaison by email at:, or by calling: JBSA-Lackland, 210-671-8388; JBSA-Randolph, 210-652-3112; or JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, 210-221-2214.