NEWS | Sept. 1, 2021

JBSA accepting 2022 Military Ambassadors applications

By Kathleen Salazar 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The Air Force is seeking two Airmen, one male and one female, from Joint Base San Antonio to represent the service as military ambassadors at events throughout the local community, with San Antonio's Fiesta being the highlight of the program.

Ambassadors participate in the annual 11-day celebration, with more than 50 activities associated with Fiesta San Antonio, recognizing and celebrating San Antonio’s rich diverse cultures.

The Military Ambassador Program promotes the military’s commitment and relationship with the local communities around the installation.

All E-4 to E-7 Air Force members, 21 and older, assigned to JBSA are eligible to apply to become military ambassadors. Nomination packages have been distributed to public affairs offices across JBSA as of Sept. 1.

Nominations are due to the 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston at usaf.502.pao@mail.mil by close of business Oct. 20. Nominees must provide a letter of recommendation from their unit commander.

Once nominated, candidates appear before a selection panel of chief master sergeants. The selection panel will review applications, conduct interviews and select the ambassadors.

The application packet can be found here. Call 210-221-0546 for more information.

“This is a great opportunity for our Airmen to not only learn about San Antonio’s rich culture, but the connection that brings the city and the military together,” said Brig. Gen. Caroline M. Miller, 502d Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander.

"I am humbled and grateful to have been selected to represent the Air Force as the Fiesta 2021 Military Ambassador,” said Tech. Sgt. LaTeshia T. Burgess, 2021 Air Force Ambassador and 59th Medical Operations Squadron clinic patient advocate. “It has been such an amazing opportunity to gain more insight on San Antonio’s traditions, vast heritage, and culture that is shared throughout Military City USA.

“I'm first-generation military, and what drew me to the opportunity was that I could give back to my community,” said Tech. Sgt. Arturo Gomez Jr., 2021 Air Force Ambassador and 318th Training Squadron aircraft technical instructor.