IMCOM, JBSA commanders celebrate Fiesta San Antonio: "The Party With a Purpose"

By Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)April 12, 2011

Bill Drain is crowned "El Rey Feo." Drain is charged with raising money for the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC's college scholarship throughout the year.
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Bill Drain is crowned "El Rey Feo." Drain is charged with raising money for the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC's college scholarship throughout the year. (Photo Credit: Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fiesta San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event, but now features more than 100 events with an economic impact of almost $284 million for the city. Every event during Fiesta, known as "The Party With a Purpose," raises money for a different charity in the city. 

Fiesta started as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, and still does, but has grown into a celebration of San Antonio's rich culture. One of the cherished traditions includes exchanging and collecting medals from different organizations, clubs and royalty. 

2011 marks the 120th anniversary and the 175th Battle of the Alamo.
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Fiesta San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event, but now features more than 100 events with an economic impact of almost $284 million for the city. Every event during Fiesta, known as "The Party With a Purpose," raises money for a different charity in the city. Fiesta started as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, and still does, but has grown into a celebration of San Antonio's rich culture. One of the cherished traditions includes exchanging and collecting medals from different organizations, clubs and royalty. 2011 marks the 120th anniversary and the 175th Battle of the Alamo. (Photo Credit: Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of IMCOM, Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, commander of U.S. Army South, Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, commander of U.S. Army North, El Rey Feo and King Antonio board Humvees to pass and review the troops representing units at Fort Sam Houston during the Military Ceremony April 10.
3 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of IMCOM, Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, commander of U.S. Army South, Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, commander of U.S. Army North, El Rey Feo and King Antonio board Humvees to pass and review the troops representing units at Fort Sam Houston during the Military Ceremony April 10. (Photo Credit: Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
La Noche del Rey Feo, or "night of the ugly king" in Spanish, is one of the first events during San Antonio's 11-day Fiesta. Every year, a member of the community is coronated "the People's King" in front of the San Fernando Cathedral downtown. 

This year, Bill Drain was chosen as El Rey Feo, or "the ugly king" in Spanish. He is charged with raising money for the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC's college scholarship throughout the year.
4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – La Noche del Rey Feo, or "night of the ugly king" in Spanish, is one of the first events during San Antonio's 11-day Fiesta. Every year, a member of the community is coronated "the People's King" in front of the San Fernando Cathedral downtown. This year, Bill Drain was chosen as El Rey Feo, or "the ugly king" in Spanish. He is charged with raising money for the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC's college scholarship throughout the year. (Photo Credit: Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
This year, William Mitchell was crowned King Antonio. Since 1927, this ceremony marks the reign of the new king and honors the memory of the courageous defenders of the Alamo. During his reign throughout the year, King Antonio visits schools, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses and other groups throughout the community. 

The Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation support children's charities in the San Antonio community. The Cavaliers have also donated over 1,000 free Fiesta River Parade tickets to military Families and host a pre-River Parade party with food, drinks and free Fiesta medals. Their distinctive red and blue uniforms was inspired by those worn by French Foreign Legion and French officers' corps of World War I.
5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – This year, William Mitchell was crowned King Antonio. Since 1927, this ceremony marks the reign of the new king and honors the memory of the courageous defenders of the Alamo. During his reign throughout the year, King Antonio visits schools, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses and other groups throughout the community. The Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation support children's charities in the San Antonio community. The Cavaliers have also donated over 1,000 free Fiesta River Parade tickets to military Families and host a pre-River Parade party with food, drinks and free Fiesta medals. Their distinctive red and blue uniforms was inspired by those worn by French Foreign Legion and French officers' corps of World War I. (Photo Credit: Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Following the military ceremony, commanders, Fiesta royalty, government officials, and retired Army general officers attended a reception at the Quadrangle, Ft. Sam Houston's original establishment.

Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, commanding general of U.S. Army North, gave remarks at the ceremony. He and Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of IMCOM and Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, commander of U.S. Army South gave prints of Ft. Sam as it appeared in 1862 to El Rey Feo, King Antonio and the Fiesta San Antonio Commission President Sam Bell Steves. In return, the kings and Steves gave military commanders gift baskets to demonstrate the good will and spirit of friensdhip that has long existed between the military and San Antonio community. 

The 82nd Airborne Chorus from Ft. Bragg, NC also gave an a capella performance.
6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Following the military ceremony, commanders, Fiesta royalty, government officials, and retired Army general officers attended a reception at the Quadrangle, Ft. Sam Houston's original establishment. Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, commanding general of U.S. Army North, gave remarks at the ceremony. He and Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of IMCOM and Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, commander of U.S. Army South gave prints of Ft. Sam as it appeared in 1862 to El Rey Feo, King Antonio and the Fiesta San Antonio Commission President Sam Bell Steves. In return, the kings and Steves gave military commanders gift baskets to demonstrate the good will and spirit of friensdhip that has long existed between the military and San Antonio community. The 82nd Airborne Chorus from Ft. Bragg, NC also gave an a capella performance. (Photo Credit: Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Given San Antonio's storied military past, marked by the Battle of the Alamo, several Fiesta events in particular pay tribute to military heroes past and present. On Sunday, April 10, JBSA hosted its own Fiesta and Fireworks event at Ft. Sam Houston, as well as a formal military ceremony recognizing the many commands and units in "Military City, U.S.A." 

The Fife and Drum Corps played marching music of armies past as Soldiers from various JBSA commands and units stood in formation. Installation Management Command CSM Ciotola led the IMCOM formation.
7 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Given San Antonio's storied military past, marked by the Battle of the Alamo, several Fiesta events in particular pay tribute to military heroes past and present. On Sunday, April 10, JBSA hosted its own Fiesta and Fireworks event at Ft. Sam Houston, as well as a formal military ceremony recognizing the many commands and units in "Military City, U.S.A." The Fife and Drum Corps played marching music of armies past as Soldiers from various JBSA commands and units stood in formation. Installation Management Command CSM Ciotola led the IMCOM formation. (Photo Credit: Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
LTG Lynch, his wife, Mrs. Sarah Lynch, Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, and his wife, Mrs. Beth Ciotola first represented the Installation Management Command at La Noche del Rey Feo the evening of Friday, April 8. 

Mariachi bands and flamenco dancers celebrated the coronation and honored San Antonio's Mexican culture and community.
8 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – LTG Lynch, his wife, Mrs. Sarah Lynch, Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, and his wife, Mrs. Beth Ciotola first represented the Installation Management Command at La Noche del Rey Feo the evening of Friday, April 8. Mariachi bands and flamenco dancers celebrated the coronation and honored San Antonio's Mexican culture and community. (Photo Credit: Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of Installation Management Command, his wife, Mrs. Sarah Lynch, Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, and his wife, Mrs. Beth Ciotola represented IMCOM at the Investiture of King Antonio Saturday evening, April 9th. 

Every year during Fiesta, King Antonio is chosen from the ranks of the Texas Cavaliers, a patriotic and civic organization, and his public investiture takes place at the sunset in front of the Alamo Saturday evening. Since 1927, this ceremony marks the reign of the new king and honors the memory of the courageous defenders of the Alamo. During his reign throughout the year, King Antonio visits schools, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses and other groups throughout the community.
9 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of Installation Management Command, his wife, Mrs. Sarah Lynch, Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola, and his wife, Mrs. Beth Ciotola represented IMCOM at the Investiture of King Antonio Saturday evening, April 9th. Every year during Fiesta, King Antonio is chosen from the ranks of the Texas Cavaliers, a patriotic and civic organization, and his public investiture takes place at the sunset in front of the Alamo Saturday evening. Since 1927, this ceremony marks the reign of the new king and honors the memory of the courageous defenders of the Alamo. During his reign throughout the year, King Antonio visits schools, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses and other groups throughout the community. (Photo Credit: Ms. Shayna E Brouker (IMCOM)) VIEW ORIGINAL