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NEWS | May 5, 2023

NAMRU San Antonio takes part in Fiesta San Antonio activities

By Burrell Parmer Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio Public Affairs

Personnel assigned to Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio, were joined by senior leaders from throughout Joint Base San Antonio, attending numerous events during Fiesta San Antonio 2023 from April 20-30.

On April 24, NAMRU San Antonio Executive Officer Capt. Ewell Hollis and Chief Petty Officer Joseph Redmann attended the Texas Cavaliers King’s Council Reception held at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

One of the highlights of the reception was meeting former NASA Astronaut, retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Brig. Gen. Charles M. Duke Jr., who is the youngest astronaut to walk on the moon at the age of 36 during the Apollo 16 mission in April of 1972.

Apollo 16 was the first scientific expedition to inspect, survey, and sample materials and surface features in the Descartes region of the rugged lunar highlands of the moon.

On April 27, Capt. Gerald DeLong, commanding officer of Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio, and staff, attended Navy Day at the Alamo.

The keynote address was delivered by Rear Adm. Cynthia Kuehner, commander, Naval Medical Forces Support Command.

Hosted by Naval Technical Training Center Lackland, Navy Day at the Alamo honors the history of the Alamo and raises awareness of America’s Navy in Military City USA.

Fiesta San Antonio is a 11-day annual celebration featuring parades, exhibits, music, entertainment, and family-friendly fun - all benefitting local, non-profit causes.

NAMRU San Antonio’s mission is to conduct gap-driven combat casualty care, craniofacial, and directed energy research to improve survival, operational readiness, and safety of Department of Defense personnel engaged in routine and expeditionary operations.

It is one of the leading research and development laboratories for the U.S. Navy under the DOD and is one of eight subordinate research commands in the global network of laboratories operating under the Naval Medical Research Command in Silver Spring, Maryland.