Hollywood wants to feature the stories of airmen based in San Antonio. Thirty-five entertainment industry leaders from Los Angeles flew in recently for a firsthand look at the everyday lives and training of local airmen.
The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee and the 37th Training Wing hosted independent studios, screenwriters, directors, producers, executive producers, story concept developers, publicists and CEOs from some of the nation’s largest film studios who are interested in the stories of our Air Force heroes. Brigadier General Arthur C. Haubold, Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force coordinated their trip to the Alamo City.
The group got to experience refueling mid-air en route to Lackland Air Force Base, a basic training graduation, and visits to missions located on Lackland AFB. Committee Chairman Don Taylor, President of TEAM Integrated Engineering, encouraged the group to meet the basic training graduates and their families, in order to find out their personal stories and the pride they have as young airmen.
The entertainment industry and the military benefit mutually from the exchange. The Air Force understands that the military has been a lucrative topic for the entertainment industry. Many times, what children and teenagers see in films and on television is the first, and sometimes the only, vision of the military. By facilitating an educational trip, the Air Force hopes to provide realistic scenarios and experiences which will inspire the artists in connecting to the civilian population.
For more information on The Greater Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee and how to get involved, please contact Lisa O’Briant at Lobriant@sachamber.org or (210)229-2190.