A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 28, 2007
Military City, USA (San Antonio nickname)

San Antonio is home to the Alamo (one of the most famous of all Texas battles). San Antonio is also home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Brooks Field, and has Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley just outside the city. “Military City” has long been an unofficial nickname for San Antonio.

In the early 1970s, San Antonio was being called “Military City USA.” This unofficial city nickname is still popular today.

Wikipedia: San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio (pronounced /ˌsænænˈtoʊnioʊ/) is the second-largest city in the state of Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States of America. Located in the northern part of South Texas, the city is a cultural gateway into the American Southwest. San Antonio is the seat of Bexar County with a population just under 1.3 million as of the 2006 U.S. Census estimate, as well as the 4th fastest growing large city in the nation from 2000-2006. Its metropolitan area has a population of over 1.9 million and is the 29th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

San Antonio was named for the Italian Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day it was (June 13) when a Spanish expedition stopped in the area in 1691. The city has a strong military presence—it is home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base, with Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley right outside the city. San Antonio is home to the South Texas Medical Center, the largest and only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region.

Famous for its River Walk, the Alamo, Tejano culture, and home to the SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks, the city is visited by 20 million tourists per year. San Antonio is also home to the first museum of modern art in Texas—the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, as well as one of the most successful National Basketball Association teams in league history, the San Antonio Spurs. 

Military City USA - San Antonio
From the early days of the Spanish exploration of the West to providing the cutting edge in battlefield health care training, the history of San Antonio is closely linked to military history.  The Presidio de Bexar 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 Battle of the Alamo.  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.  Occupied by Conquistadors, Texas Rangers, Confederate and Union 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 and festivals.  The first military airplane flew at Ft. Sam Houston, Eddie Rickenbacker learned how to fly at Brooks Field in World War I, and the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Astronauts were trained for the rigors of space flight at Brooks Air Force Base.  From Korea to Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm to Operation Iraqi Freedom, San Antonio has trained, equipped, and cared for America’s fighting men and women as they defend our way of life. 

Read the history of these San Antonio Military Landmarks:

City of San Antonio - Economic Development Department
Welcome to the City of San Antonio Economic Development Department (EDD) portal. We are excited to share with you a few highlights and links that will help you stay connected to economic development in San Antonio. To stay abreast of the latest press releases, studies, reports, notices, and opportunities to comment please complete this contact form and we will send all the latest directly to your inbox.

The Military Transformation Task Force recently released an economic impact of all Department of Defense activities in our great city further confirming our status as “Military City USA”. Our department was commissioned to complete the study that required months of work to make this the most comprehensive economic impact study ever done on the military in San Antonio. For press coverage of the study and other noteworthy media please see our “SA in the Spotlight” section. 

18 August 1898, San Antonio (TX) Daily Express, pg. 5:


Now that the war is over the time has come to begin work to secure the establishment of military headquarters at Fort Sam Houston.

Google Books
The Fighting South
by John Temple Graves
New York, NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Pg. 184:
We’ll go down to San Antonio, the military city, where Mexican tiles make such bright walls and the little river goes shopping downtown.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: San Antonio, the history of a military city, 1865-1880 /
Author(s): Fleming, William Foster. 
Year: 1983, 1963
Description: xx, 425 leaves.
Dissertation: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 1963.
Language: English

16 November 1973, San Antonio (TX) Light, pg. 4A, col. 2:
Military organizations in San Antonio during the fiscal year ended last June 30 paid more than $799-million in combined military and civilian salaries and spent in excess of $93-million in local purchases, it was disclosed by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
“In a year of federal military reductions, San Antonio netted near across-the-board increases in Department of Defense personnel and salaries,” Ralph Langley, chamber vice president and officer in charge of military affairs, told a press conference at a Thursday meeting in the chamber’s Briefing Center.

Referring to San Antonio as “Military City USA,” an appellation he said was gaining widespread use, Langley continued:...

5 May 1976, San Antonio (TX) Light, pg. 10E, col. 1 ad:
San Antonio Light
Souvenir Edition
Sunday, May 9

San Antonio (TX) Express-News
SUNDAY EDITORIALS Saluting military is easy in S.A. (May 17, 1992)
San Antonio Express-News
Page ED1 (485 Words)

Some cities take a yawning pause to note Armed Forces Day. Other places, where the military has a more significant role, do it with some hoopla.

However, in San Antonio, “Military City USA,” where the city’s fabric is so closely interwoven with the armed forces’ mission and has been for more than a century, a day is not enough. San Antonio celebrates…

San Antonio (TX) Express-News
EDITORIALS ‘Military City’ not just slogan (May 16, 1993)
San Antonio Express-News
Page ED1 (449 Words)

Military City USA is more than a Chamber of Commerce slogan when it comes to San Antonio. It is reality, and that is the reason San Antonio salutes its men and women in uniform with a week of activities, not just a day, as in most cities with ties to the armed services.

Armed Forces week kicked off here Saturday and continues through the week.

Long before there was a United States, San Antonio was a…

Google Groups: alt.radio.networks.npr
Newsgroups: wny.wbfo, alt.radio.networks.npr, buf.general, sunyab.announce.events
From: “WBFO 88.7 FM—David Benders, Program Director”
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 1995 22:07:36 GMT
Local: Wed, Feb 1 1995 5:07 pm
Subject: 2/1 FA rundown,"Save public b’casting”,CPB LETTER-long list of Q’s

And with that demise would go the programs which no one would broadcast; programs which we run because it’s the right thing to do: Desert Storm news conferences only covered on PUBLIC RADIO (this was very popular in San Antonio, military city USA) , important confirmation hearings, state of the union addresses and responses.

Google Groups: soc.veterans
Newsgroups: soc.veterans
From: (Christian L. Wilson)
Date: 1996/05/17
Subject: Air Force News 17May96

Armed forces praised in special ceremony
by Master Sgt. David P. Masko
Air Force News Service Features

SAN ANTONIO—One way or another, each member of the armed forces plays a important role in the defense of our country.  But, this vigilance is sometimes forgotten in a hurried world.

During Armed Forces Week, May 10-18, the services and civilian communities take time out to recognize the unique courage, vision and actions of individual military members. For example, at the annual ceremony opening the special week here in “Military City U.S.A.,” Under Secretary of the Air Force Rudy de Leon described the armed forces as having “patriotism, service and heart”

Military Money
Military City, USA
By Sarah J. Schmidt
Summer 2005

It’s little wonder that so many military families covet an assignment to one of San Antonio’s four premier military installations - Brooks City-Base, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base or Randolph Air Force Base. Each installation is located in one of the most beautiful and attraction-laden cities in the country, and each combines an impressive history with a modern-day mission that endows it with special significance in today’s military.
With so many extraordinary military facilities in its midst and so much to offer military families, San Antonio certainly lives up to its nickname as “Military City, U.S.A.”

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