• U.S. Army South hosted a tent for the Fort Sam Houston's Fiesta celebration held here April 18. Fiesta is the San Antonio's biggest festival, with an economic impact of $284 million for the Alamo City. More than three million people take part in Fiesta. (U.S. Army photo by Ms. Arwen Consaul, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    U.S. Army South participated in Fiesta

    U.S. Army South hosted a tent for the Fort Sam Houston's Fiesta celebration held here April 18. Fiesta is the San Antonio's biggest festival, with an economic impact of $284 million for the Alamo City. More than three million people take part in...

  • A Fiesta attendee studies photos of U.S. Army South's mission while visiting the command tent during the Fort Sam Houston Fiesta celebration held here April 18.  Fiesta began in 1891 when a group of ladies paraded in front of the Alamo in decorated horse-drawn carriages and threw flowers at each other. This tradition continues today and Fiesta's Battle of Flowers parade is now one of the nation's largest, second only to the Tournament of Roses. (U.S. Army photo by Ms. Arwen Consaul, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    U.S. Army South participated in Fiesta

    A Fiesta attendee studies photos of U.S. Army South's mission while visiting the command tent during the Fort Sam Houston Fiesta celebration held here April 18. Fiesta began in 1891 when a group of ladies paraded in front of the Alamo in decorated...

  • A Fiesta attendee studies photos of U.S. Army South while visiting the command tent during the Fort Sam Houston Fiesta celebration held here April 18.  (U.S. Army photo by Ms. Arwen Consaul, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    U.S. Army South participates in Fiesta

    A Fiesta attendee studies photos of U.S. Army South while visiting the command tent during the Fort Sam Houston Fiesta celebration held here April 18. (U.S. Army photo by Ms. Arwen Consaul, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

  • Air Force Tech Sgt. Gerardo Jaime, with Army South weather, explains the weather mission and equipment to Fiesta attendees. (U.S. Army photo by Ms. Arwen Consaul, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

    U.S. Army South participates in Fiesta

    Air Force Tech Sgt. Gerardo Jaime, with Army South weather, explains the weather mission and equipment to Fiesta attendees. (U.S. Army photo by Ms. Arwen Consaul, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

Fort Sam Houston, Texas (April 19, 2010) - U.S. Army South joined other commands to celebrate Fiesta during the Fort Sam Houston Fiesta celebration held here April 18.

Fort Sam Houston opened its doors to the public, allowing visitors to learn about the Army in a fun-filled environment. Despite the fact that Army South is currently deployed as the headquarters element to Joint Task Force - Haiti for Operation Unified Response, the command felt it was important to participate in this year's event.

"Army South is part of the community in San Antonio," said Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Manuel Ortiz. "As a tenant command on Fort Sam Houston we wanted to participate in the open house and Fiesta and share our story with the public."

Attendees to the Army South tent had the opportunity to learn that the command is the Army Service Component Command of U.S. Southern Command and conducts operations and Theater Security Cooperation to detect, deter and disrupt transnational threats in order to protect the United States of America and to enhance Hemispheric security.

While walking through the flags of 31 nations, visitors entered the tent and were greeted by Soldiers and civilians eager to tell the Army South story.

"Most people don't know about the command," said Air Force Tech Sgt. Gerardo Jaime, with the Army South weather department. "This is a venue to tell people about all the great things we do, from medical exercises to humanitarian missions in Haiti."

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