Contact: Alex Rubio, (210) 207-2098 Alex.Rubio@sanantonio.gov
SAN ANTONIO (JUNE 19, 2017)—Today, the City of San Antonio unveiled the registered trademark of Military City, USA® and accompanying logo celebrating the City’s deep-rooted history with the military. San Antonio is home to Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) the largest joint base in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) comprised of four primary locations; Randolph Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air force Base and Camp Bullis.
The Alamo City has a history with the military spanning more than three centuries, because of this deep rooted relationship the Office of Military Affairs worked to make the title Military City, USA® official. The Military Affairs team worked directly with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. for year to obtain the stamp. This past March the City received the official notification of San Antonio Military City, USA® as a registered trademark, this summer the logo was approved and reviled to the community.
“For years many have referred to San Antonio as Military City, USA and now we are officially a registered trademark, a name that no other city can claim. Our relationship with the military is one of the many reasons our City continues to prosper and we are proud to celebrate this historic announcement,” said Mayor-Elect Ron Nirenberg. “Thank you to the entire military community, their families, and the service men and women who call San Antonio home.”
JBSA contributes $48.7 billion to the Texas economy and supports about 283,000 Texans in some capacity, contributing about $17 billion in disposable personal income and employing about 804,000 Texans. Texas’ military bases are responsible for $136.4 billion in total output and an annual contribution of $81.3 billion to gross domestic product.
“The military presence in San Antonio alone contributes $48 billion to our economy and is the largest single employer in the area,” said Sen. Jose Menendez. “It’s natural for San Antonio to officially be Military City, USA considering our active and retired military population that help make this city unique and prosperous.”
San Antonio has a 300-year history with the military, including the first U.S. military aviation flight at Ft. Sam Houston in 1910. Almost every military personnel has a connection to JBSA. Every medic in the DoD is trained at JBSA; every airman in the Air Force completes basic military training in San Antonio; Lackland Air force Base hosts the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency; and Fort Sam Houston has the DoD’s largest hospital and only level one trauma center in the country. More than 250,000 retirees, including approximately 425 retired general officers call the San Antonio home.
“As a city we must protect our military installations and sustain military mission readiness for the future of San Antonio and the protection of our country,” said Rep. Roland Gutierrez. “The military community provides so much for San Antonio we are proud they call Military City, USA home.”
The City of San Antonio works with a number of military-related organizations that support San Antonio’s active duty, retirees and veterans. The Office of Military Affairs serves as the formal link between the City and the military community with organizations such as City’s Commission on Veterans Affairs; the City’s Military Transformation Task Force (MTTF). Recently, the City’s Office of Military Affairs initiated the Hidden Heroes program, which raises awareness of the untold stories of military caregivers and the challenges and long-term needs veteran caregivers face.
For more information on the Office of Military Affairs and Military City, USA® please visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/oma.