Department of Government and Public Affairs

About

Office

Physical Address:
506 Dolorosa 
San Antonio, TX 78205

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283-3966

Phone/TTY:
210.207.7234

Fax:
210.207.0291

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Staff

  • MAJ. GEN. JUAN G. AYALA USMC (RETIRED)
    Director
  • Tim Woliver (LT col USAF Retired)
    Assistant to the Director
  • Debe Clark
    Senior Management Analyst
  • Annette Carrillo
    Executive Secretary
    210.207.7234

mission

The Office of Military & Veteran Affairs is an inclusive department that works with a number of military-related organizations that support San Antonio’s military community and partners with Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) to engage and sustain JBSA’s mission readiness and ensure the long-term protection of San Antonio’s Military bases. The department works with all military families, active duty, retirees and approximately 250,000 veterans; and spearheads the City’s Commission on Veterans Affairs; the City’s Military Transformation Task Force (MTTF), is a designated Hidden Hero’s program and San Antonio’s register trademark of Military City, USA®.

Director

biography

Mr. Ayala retired as a Major General in the United States Marine Corps after 36 years of service. He has a proven record of success leading large, complex organizations. He is currently the Director, Office of Military and Veteran Affairs for the City of San Antonio. In this capacity, he serves as the City’s liaison to the military supporting the Mayor, City Council and city departments. In addition, he works closely with military and civilian partners to ensure military missions and installations continue to thrive and grow in the region.

Prior to his retirement, Major General Ayala 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. He is the former Inspector General of the Marine Corps, and his service includes 4 combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, to include a year as the Senior Advisor of a Military Transition Team, embedded with the 1st Iraqi Army Division.

Past assignments include: Coordinated humanitarian assistance programs in 50 countries throughout Africa, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Baltic’s, and the former Soviet Union, served as the Chief of Staff at United States Southern Command leading a staff in the implementation of U.S. national security objectives in 31 countries throughout the Western Hemisphere, to include coordinating detainee operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, led a Marine Logistics Group that supported combat operations throughout Iraq, supported humanitarian relief operations after the Haiti Earthquake of 2010, supported Haitian/Cuban refugee operations in Cuba, and coordinated civilian law enforcement 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, Major General Ayala’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with “V” Combat Distinguishing Device, the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (4 stars), and the Combat Action Ribbon. He is the recipient of the 2007 Excellence in Military Service Award from the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

Mr. Ayala currently serves on the Governor of Texas’ Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs and is a board member of Visit San Antonio and the National Veterans Outreach (GI Forum). He is also the President of the Texas Mayors of Military Communities representing the 16 communities that host military installations in the state of Texas.

An avid cyclist, runner and reader, Mr. Ayala is married to the former Diane K. Reyes of El Paso, Texas. They have 3 daughters, a son, and 3 grandchildren.

Assistant to the Director

Biography

Mr. Woliver retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force after 24 years of service. He is currently the Assistant to the Director, Office of Military and Veteran Affairs for the City of San Antonio. Mr. Woliver comes to the City of San Antonio with a strong record of success in leading people and commanding or leading organizations, small-to-large.

Before coming to the City of San Antonio, Mr. Woliver worked as a defense contractor applying his 24 years of experience as an intelligence officer in writing policy and action plans for the professional development of the Air Force’s analyst workforce and, he was an instructor of two Applications in Critical Thinking courses that taught structured analytical methodologies.

In his last three assignments prior to his retirement, Lt Col Woliver served in key leadership roles. He was Commander, 9th Intelligence Squadron (Beale Air Force Base, California) from 2009-2011, Deputy Commander, 57th Adversary Tactics Group (Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada) from 2011-2013, and finished his career as Deputy Inspector General, 25th Air Force (Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas) from 2013-2017.

During his military career, Lt Col Woliver served in a variety of assignments at the squadron, wing, Center levels and Numbered Air Force, Major Command, and Joint airborne staffs. He deployed numerous time to include a combat tour with Joint Special Operations Command to Iraq in 2006 and a combat tour to Afghanistan on the headquarters staff of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in 2012.

Mr. Woliver received a Master’s of Arts (with honors) in Strategic Intelligence, from American Military University, Joint Military Intelligence College’s Post-graduate Intelligence Program diploma (with honors), and a Bachelor’s of Arts (Geography major/Russian minor) from Bowling Green State University. He also completed all three levels of Air Force officer Professional Military Education: Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer School.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Lt Col Woliver’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Aerial Achievement Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Air Force Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (gold border), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Valor device and two oak leaf clusters), Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, National Defense Service Medal (service star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Iraq Campaign Medal (service star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (gold border), NATO Medal, Article 5.

Mr. Woliver currently serves on the Governor of Texas’ Governor’s Committee on Military Support, and is active in municipal affairs in his city of residence, Cibolo, Texas.

He is married to the former Deana J. Osbourne of Evansville, Indiana. They have two sons, Maxwell (Max) and Isaac (Ike).

Senior Management Analyst

Biography

Debe Clark served 10 years in the United States Army before transitioning from the service as a Captain. She is currently the Senior Management Analyst with the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs for the City of San Antonio.

Debe is from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and her Army career began after graduation from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. While at Wilson, she received the John D. Rose award for independent research before graduating with a Bachelorette in Science for Environmental Science with dual minors in Biology and Film Studies.

After commissioning from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2009, Debe completed the Quartermaster Basic Officer Leaders Course and later the Logistics Captain Career Course. Debe’s first military assignment was to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division where she served as a Supply Platoon Leader, Distribution Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Deputy Brigade S4, and Brigade Resource Officer. While assigned to 1st Calvary Division, Debe deployed to Mosul, Iraq from 2010-2011 and Gamberi, Afghanistan from 2012-2013. Following her Ft. Hood assignment, Debe served as the 8th Army G4 Material Readiness Branch Maintenance Officer in Youngsan, Republic of Korea. Later stationed at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas Debe first was an Operations Officer in U.S. Army North’s Contingency Command Post, Task Force 51 before taking Command of Alpha Company, HHBn, U.S. Army South. Debe’s final assignment was as a Readiness Officer in U.S. Army South’s ACofS G3 prior to starting her new career with the City of San Antonio in 2019.

Debe enjoys volunteering with numerous organizations but is particularly devoted to her efforts as a foster parent with San Antonio Pets Alive (SAPA) where she provides temporary homes for young puppies at risk of euthanasia.

Executive Secretary

Annette Carrillo, Executive Secretary