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New ambassadors to serve as face of Lackland

By Brian Hansberry | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office | Jan. 18, 2008

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — Two Lackland Airmen were recently chosen as the new faces for the base. They will serve as goodwill ambassadors at numerous community events in 2008, including the 10-day Fiesta celebration.

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Bruton, a military training instructor with the 737th Training Support Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Marsha Patin, a contracting administrator at the 37th Contracting Squadron, were two of 11 applicants interviewed by a seven-person panel Dec. 11.

New ambassadors are chosen every year to represent Lackland at numerous community events and to promote the military's commitment and relationship with the local communities around southern Texas.

To be the face of a community as large as Lackland is a huge responsibility that takes the most dedicated, poised and charismatic individuals.

The enormity of that responsibility is not lost among the newly chosen ambassadors.

"I am humbled to be selected as Lackland's ambassador," said Sergeant Bruton. "I'm grateful to my squadron, group and wing leadership for trusting me with the responsibility of representing the Military Training Instructor Corps, Team Lackland and the United States Air Force to the local community of South Texas and San Antonio."

Because charisma and an outgoing personality are essential characteristics needed in their ambassadorial duties, the ambassadors' jobs also provide a great deal of satisfaction and fun.

"As an ambassador, I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet and interact with a community which has tremendously supported Lackland Air Force Base and its mission over the years," said Sergeant Patin.

Lackland's newest ambassadors, besides being primary participants in San Antonio's Fiesta celebration, will participate in parades and ceremonies through the year in the surrounding communities of Helotes, Canyon Lake, Seguin and New Braunfels, and more.