MAJ. GEN. JUAN G. AYALA USMC (RETIRED)
DIRector Of MILITARY & Veteran 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).