JBSA Reserve Citizen Airmen participates in 2023 Fiesta Flambeau Parade

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  • By Senior Airman Brittany Wich
  • 433rd Airlift Wing

SAN ANTONIO – Reserve Citizen Airmen with the 433rd Airlift Wing, the 960th Cyberspace Wing and the 340th Flying Group participated in the 75th Fiesta Flambeau Parade, one of the many events and programs conducted during fiesta week, in San Antonio, on April 29. 

Beginning in 1948, the Fiesta Flambeau Parade is the largest illuminated parade in the United States according to the Fiesta San Antonio website.

This year’s theme was “75th Diamond Jubilee” commemorating their 75th year, similarly, the Air Force Reserve Command celebrated their 75th anniversary. The theme was represented on the float through a Tower of Americas’ model labeled with a 75.

“Our float is here to showcase the wing’s involvement with the community,” said Staff Sgt. Jenny Sowienski, 433rd Operational Support Squadron intelligence analyst and the AF Reserve parade float coordinator. “The entire process from beginning, bare bones, to today was about a month and a half long and we’ve had a lot of volunteers. It’s been a collaborative effort.”

One of the volunteers was a 433rd AW honorary commander, Roy Elizondo, who worked on the construction of the float over two Saturdays and participated in the parade.

“What I really enjoyed about it is I learned so much about the scope of the 433rd mission; I’m just amazed by the teamwork,” said Elizondo. “It was a great experience; I wouldn’t miss it for the world even though it is way past my bedtime.”