JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas –
“Be thoughtful about what you saw here today,” said Lt. Gen. John Evans Jr., U.S. Army North’s commanding general. He looked out across MacArthur Parade Field, speaking to more than 1,500 servicemembers, civilians and families after a fun run supporting U.S. Army North’s 2023 Warrant Officer Symposium as well as Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, May 4, 2023.
Evans’ comments followed displays of traditional Pacific Islander dances performed by natives of their respective areas and he encouraged the audience to understand what brought people together on this day.
“I listened to everyone’s stories, their heritage and background, brought together here in a land where we value freedom more than anything,” Evans said.
The fun run was only the start of the U.S. Army North Warrant Officer Symposium; a professional development forum targeting mentorship and team building for the more than 150 warrant officers based out of Joint Base San Antonio.
More than 100 East Central High School Hornets Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets also participated in the in the morning event, fostering a community outreach element to the day.
“Our group of JROTC cadets here are working on becoming better citizens,” Evans said. “Many of them will answer the call of our nation. We’re looking for young men and women that come and represent the best of what America is and who we are.”
East Central High is US. Army North’s warrant officer sponsored school within the community.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg also participated in the run and expressed his appreciation for the Joint Base San Antonio team as a whole.
“We are the heart and soul of our nation’s defense because of what you all do every day, so thank you,” Nirenberg said.