San Antonio, Texas; a Military town.
The first military
airplane flew at Ft. Sam Houston.
- Eddie Rickenbacker learned how to fly at
Brooks Field in World War I.
Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Astronauts were trained for the rigors of
space flight at Brooks Air Force Base.
- Cols. Travis and Bowie,
General Houston, General
John J. Pershing ,
Generals McArthur, Patton,
and others are
part of the historical record of San Antonio.
Presidio de Bexar (be' har) served as the seat of government and headquarters of
military power in Colonial Texas, and became the focal point of the battle for
independence from Mexico through the historic
of San Antonio (Dec 1835) setting up for the siege of the Alamo (Feb 1836). A
strategic center during the epic wars between Native Americans and the U.S.
Calvary, the military presence in San Antonio is unbroken for nearly 300 years.
Regional headquarters for Conquistadors, Texas Rangers, Confederate and Yankee
troops, and serving as the recruiting and training grounds for Teddy Roosevelt’s
Rough Riders, San Antonio’s military history is a colorful as its many fiestas
earliest, San Antonio has cared for the military and their families under the six
flags of Spain, France, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, The Confederate States of America and of course,
The United States of America’s fighting forces and their families.