April 26, 2018 —
Sailors from several local commands, to include the “Destroyers” of Navy Band Southwest from San Diego, Calif., gathered at the Alamo to participate in Navy Day during Fiesta San Antonio.
The year's celebration marks the 127th Anniversary of Fiesta San Antonio which coincides with the city’s Tricentennial.
Hosted by Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Lackland, Navy Day at the Alamo honors the history of the Alamo and raises awareness of America’s Navy in Military City USA.
El Paso, Texas native, Capt. William Bindel, officer-in-charge, Navy Element, Joint Information Operations Warfare Center located on Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland served as the keynote speaker.
“Today, many of the military operations conducted at Joint Base San Antonio are both unique and essential. Every year, over 132,000 service men and women from all branches of the military train at multiple San Antonio installations,” said Bindel, a native Texan. “The U.S. Navy has been in existence for 242 years and continues to protect and defend America on the world’s oceans, the battlefield, and shore stations around the world.”
According to Bindel, approximately 10 percent of Navy personnel are recruited from Texas.
At the conclusion of Bindel’s remarks, he administered the oath of enlistment to 20 young men and women who will serve in the world’s greatest Navy.
Following the swearing in ceremony, Cmdr. Jeffrey Reynolds, commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District (NRD) San Antonio, joined by Command Master Chief Eric Mays and other recruiters, presented Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship checks to four high school seniors of Smithson Valley High School totaling $720,000.
Other activities conducted during Navy Day were a display of Navy Corpsmen from Navy Medicine Training Support Center and why they are called “Doc”, a demonstration from the funeral honors detail of Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) San Antonio, along with the national anthem and color guard provided by Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Texas.
Sailors from the Master-at-Arms "A" school provided demonstrations that show how the Navy stays proficient through vigorous training evolutions.
The first demonstration was an oleoresin capsicum (OC) confidence course, conducted by staff and students.
The final demonstration involved the Military Working Dog (MWD) program in which MWDs and their handlers conducted controlled aggression techniques such as the field interview, escort and search, the "bite" exercise.
“We want to thank the public for attending Navy Day at the Alamo,” said Cmdr. Bob Arias of Moriarty, N.M. and NTTC commanding officer. “This was a great event, not only to showcase a portion of what the Navy does, but also to provide an opportunity for our public to meet and know our Sailors.”