MAJ. GEN. JUAN G. AYALA USMC (RETIRED)
DIRector Of MILITARY AFFAIRS
Mr. Ayala retired as a Major General in the United States Marine Corps after 36 years of service. He comes to the City of San Antonio with a proven record of success in leading people and commanding large, complex organizations. Prior to his retirement, he commanded all 24 Marine Corps installations worldwide and was selected to lead the Department of Defense’s 2015 Warrior Games assisting the nation’s wounded, ill and injured warriors in their recuperative efforts. His service includes 4 combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, to include a year as a Senior Advisor, embedded with the 1st Iraqi Army Division.
Past assignments include: Coordinating humanitarian assistance programs in 50 countries throughout Africa, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Baltic’s, and the former Soviet Union, Chief of Staff at United States Southern Command leading a staff in the implementation of U.S. national security objectives in 31 countries throughout Central/South America, and the Caribbean to include detainee operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, leading a Marine Logistics Group that supported combat operations throughout Iraq, and humanitarian relief operations during the Haiti Earthquake of 2010, supporting Haitian/Cuban refugee operations in Cuba, and supporting law enforcement’s counterdrug efforts along the U.S. Southwest Border.
Mr. Ayala received an MBA from Campbell University, a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. A native of El Paso, Texas, Mr. Ayala’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with “V” Combat Distinguishing Device, the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He received the 2007 Excellence in Military Service Award from the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
Karen Rolirad USAF (RETIRED)
Deputy Director of Military Affairs
Ms. Rolirad retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel with 22 years of service. She has proven success in leading people and managing complex organizations. Prior to her retirement, she developed and conducted global Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operations at the 625th Operations Center, Headquarters 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland Air Force Base, TX.
As senior intelligence officer, Ms. Rolirad supported global flying operations, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, cyber operations/intelligence and planning, programming and budgeting at the squadron, major command, Joint Task Force and National level. She is the former commander of the 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, TX. She led and trained over 3,000 ISR Airmen. Her operational experiences includes deployments in support of Operations PROVIDE COMFORT, PROVIDE PROMISE, ALLIED FORCE, NORTHERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, JUNIPER SHIELD and JUNIPER NIMBUS. She is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.
Ms. Rolirad attended the United States Air Force Academy where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and received a Masters Degrees in Engineer Systems, St. Marys University, Texas (Distinguished Graduate); Strategic Studies at the Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama and Strategic Intelligence at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Washington D.C (Distinguished Graduate). She is a graduate of the United States Air Force Weapons School, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ms Rolirad is a native of San Antonio. She is an active member of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Military Officers Association of America, 2016 Alamo Region Woman are FIRST, San Antonio Women in Technology and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).