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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 11, 2018) — The U.S. Air Force decision to activate the Special Warfare Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is a big win for the City, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said today.
“San Antonio was one of eight locations competing for this crucial mission, and the selection of JBSA is a huge vote of confidence for Military City, USA,” Mayor Nirenberg said. “The mission brings 135 new jobs and significantly enhances to the military value of JBSA.”
The City of San Antonio’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs led the effort to advocate San Antonio as the location for the consolidation of Battlefield Airman Training at JBSA. The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, Mayor Nirenberg, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, other city officials and local business leaders met with Pentagon leaders in February to urge that the mission be located at JBSA.
“San Antonio is known as Military City, USA for good reason,” City Manager Sculley said. “The military is the number one employer in the region and Joint Base San Antonio has a significant impact on the local economy with more than 180,000 military and civilian employees.”
San Antonio’s Congressional delegation and state officials also advocated for bringing the new mission to JBSA-Lackland.
"This new wing will help us provide additional oversight and advocacy for the complex, high-risk and demanding training that's necessary to produce Airmen to meet the requirements of the joint force," said Col. James Hughes, Special Warfare Training Wing commander.
Special Warfare Airmen are the critical ground link between air assets and ground forces.
“Yesterday’s announcement by the Secretary of the Air Force selecting Joint Base San Antonio as the new home of the Special Welfare Training Wing is yet another example of the importance of our City to the military, and to our national defense,” said Major General Juan G. Ayala (USMC ret), Director of the City’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Our City strongly advocated to host this mission, and this announcement is a tangible illustration of the community’s support of the men and women who serve our nation. We look forward to supporting the Wing, and our military.”
Ayala noted that the new Wing’s mission will be to select, train and equip a new generation of Air Force warriors to conduct operations worldwide in combat and other environments.
The wing will also focus on increasing retention rates and improving training through the Human Performance Support Group.