Wednesday's Soldier Show at the Alamo is one of the unique military Fiesta events, and visitors to this year's event found both the Commanding General of Army North, Lt. Gen. Bill Caldwell, and the second in command, Major Gen. Perry Wiggins dancing the electric slide to the tunes of Fort Sam's Own, a band made up of members of the 323rd Army Band.
Officers handed out Army Fiesta medals during the show, and soldiers lined up to shake the hands of citizens who wanted to say "thank you" for their service.
U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston will be looking for a new commander now that Lt. General William Caldwell IV is leaving to become president of the Georgia Military College.
Caldwell has submitted his retirement paperwork to the Department of Defense and has announced to friends that he will leave Texas to become the next president of the military college in Milledgeville, Georgia.
The existing Fort Sam Houston Museum was built in 1905 and takes visitors through the history of the Army in San Antonio from establishment of the post in 1845 to present day JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.
Much like other areas of the rapidly-growing military presence in San Antonio, the museum has outgrown its space, and the building was old and deemed not up to standards. The U.S. Army Center of Military History said to shut it down, but Army North invited the museum to relocate to the historic Quadrangle.
Rear Admiral Anatolio B. Cruz, who graduated from Antonian High School, returns to his native San Antonio as the first ever liaison between the local community and the Navy.
“In chatting with him, his primary purpose is to ensure that the community is aware of a significantly higher naval presence here, but also to assist if there are ever any issues between the community and the Navy here," said Brigadier General Robert Murdock, U.S. Air Force retired.