Texas legislators tour JBSA-Camp Bullis
By Marilyn C. Holliday
| Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs | Feb. 14, 2013
Texas Sen. Donna Campbell shakes hand with Air Force Master Sgt. Pearl Alvarezswartz, while in back, Texas Rep. Lyle Larson, shakes hands with Air Force Tech Sgt. Jeremy Oulette after the HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer exhibition. Texas Legislative Day was hosted by the 502nd Air Base Wing and held at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis Feb. 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joel Martinez) (Photo by Joel Martinez)
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —
Senior leaders from the 502nd Air Base Wing hosted the wing's first Texas Legislative Day Feb. 8 at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis.
The event included a day-long immersion tour that included a JBSA mission briefing, and briefings and demonstrations at Combined Arms Collective Training Facilities, Combat Casualty Care Course, reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer, HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer and the Small Arms Ranges.
"This event is an opportunity for us to show the capability that's here at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis to the Texas legislators," Brig. Gen. Theresa Carter, Joint Base San Antonio and 502nd Air Base Wing commander, said. "This day allows us to feature the tremendous capability that's out here with respect to training, be it medical training, security forces training or the wide variety of training for personnel from all our military services. It is a phenomenal capability and it provides a critical training location for our military medics."
State senators and representatives attending were: Senators Leticia Van De Putte and Donna Campbell and Representatives Lyle Larson, Joe Deshotel, Nicole Collier, Ken King and Philip Cortez.
"I think it's very important that elected officials in city, county and state all come to Camp Bullis and see what exactly they're doing and how they're training America's heroes to go and fight for us and how much of the training actually starts here in Bexar County at Camp Bullis," Rep. Philip Cortez, said. "Ultimately they're protecting our country and we need to make sure that they have the proper training facilities and we're proud to have them here in Bexar County."
Camp Bullis is about 28,000 acres of land and was originally purchased and designated as Camp Bullis Sept. 17, 1917. Numerous units were organized and stationed at Camp Bullis in support of World War I.
"Camp Bullis is part of what makes Joint Base San Antonio a national asset," Army Col. John Lamoureux, 502nd Mission Support Group, said. "The training that we're demonstrating for our guests is the same training that provides realistic scenarios for our services' men and women to prepare them for deployment."