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History

San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base History

 

Originally known as the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Lackland Air Force Base was created from a portion of Kelly Field in 1942. It was named for Brig. Gen. Frank Lackland. As a consequence of the Korean War, training populations at Lackland soared. Temporary facilities, including the “I” dormitories, were hastily erected as a quick fix to house the new recruits. During Vietnam, resourceful leaders split training shifts, increased flight sizes and compressed training from 30 to 24 days to satisfy the urgency for military readiness. Training requirements also grew to include teaching English to allied military members from foreign countries. Today, the base continues to prepare new airmen with the knowledge and skills they need to go on as successful, contributing military specialists.

JBSA-Lackland is under the jurisdiction of the 502nd Installation Support Group. It provides communications, logistics readiness, airfield operations, trainer development and legal support. Lackland also lays claim to Kelly Field, the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, the Defense Language Institute English Language Center and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, the Department of Defense’s largest outpatient ambulatory surgical center. Other major units include the 37th Training Wing and 24th Air Force. For a full list of mission partners at JBSA, visit www.jbsa.mil/Mission-Partners.

HISTORY

The nation’s mobilization after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor swamped U.S. military installations with inductees. The next summer, the War Department took the advice of its Brig. Gen. Frank Lackland and peeled off Kelly Field’s west side for what became the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. Lackland had believed, correctly, it turns out, that consistent aircrew training in one spot would produce higher-quality aircrew graduates faster.

The military already had a cadet training center on Kelly’s Security Hill, and with the U.S. suddenly in a shooting war, the Air Corps replacement training center there became a processing and preflight school for thousands of cadets. Kelly Field’s mission, though, was to meet the nation’s urgent demand for bomber pilots, and the numbers and needs of so many green cadets next door tested that mission. In June 1942, the adjutant general separated Security Hill from Kelly Field and made it an independent Army military installation, the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center.

The Gulf Coast Army Air Forces Training Center shifted its classification center, preflight school, station hospital, several other units and even an Army Air Force band to the new center, which activated on Independence Day 1942. Ultimately, 90,000 candidates for flight training passed through the preflight school; early on they mostly lived in tents because there hadn’t been time to build accommodations.

Missions for the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center were adjusted or added throughout WWII. As the war ended in 1945, the center began taking in returning U.S. overseas fighters and either reassigning or separating them from service. In early 1946, the Army decided to use the center for all its Army Air Force basic training and for its officer candidate school as well, which was transferred from Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1993, that school, by then known as Officer Training School, was returned to Maxwell Field.

Numerous designation tweaks over the years had reflected the facility’s changing uses, but on July 11, 1947, the War Department named it for Brig. Gen. Lackland, whose vision created it. Two months later, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act to make the U.S. Air Force, formerly part of the Army, an independent service equal to the Army and U.S. Navy; thus Lackland Air Force Base got its final christening.

The base is known, justifiably, as “Gateway to the Air Force.” Except for three limited occasions, since 1946 all enlisted airmen have begun their Air Force careers at Lackland.

The decades since have been marked by constant infrastructure upgrades and replacements of the 1,400 buildings hastily thrown together during World War II, as well as wholesale repairs and replacements to crumbling roads, water mains, sewers and sewage treatment plants.

Starting in 1953, Lackland AFB began teaching English to military personnel from foreign countries, a program that became the USAF Language School in 1960 and the Defense Language Institute English Language Center in 1976.

In 1956, Lackland was given charge of all Air Police training. A year later, training in cryptographic equipment maintenance came to the base. The same year, a new, nine-story, 500-bed hospital, Wilford Hall Medical Center (now Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center), opened.

The U.S. Air Force Marksmanship Center arrived in 1958, as did the Sentry Dog Handler School, now the U.S. Military Working Dogs Training School, which trains drug- and bomb-detection dogs, patrol dogs, dogs skilled at finding land mines, specialized search dogs and dogs that protect visiting dignitaries. Breeds favored for their intelligence, temperament and athleticism are the German shepherd, Dutch shepherd and Belgian Malinois, and after their careers (usually 10 to 12 years) most are adopted as pets.

Lackland’s parent and neighbor, Kelly Air Force Base, closed in 2001. Lackland, along with the city of San Antonio, inherited the 2-mile-long runway between them as a joint-use facility — Kelly Field — which supports flying operations for the Air Force Reserve’s 433rd Airlift Wing and the Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing. The civilian side of the former Kelly AFB is now known as Port San Antonio and run by the Greater Kelly Development Authority, a state entity. It is occupied by more than 70 tenants in the fields of professional services, transportation, warehousing and aerospace, among them defense contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin, though the Air Force has leased back 200 acres for Air Force agencies.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, cybersecurity received new emphasis at Lackland, which hosts the 24th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), a military consolidation of cyberspace combat and support forces.

The National Security Agency uses the Texas Cryptologic Center at Lackland’s Medina Annex as a satellite campus. The NSA also set up a data-mining complex at a former San Antonio Sony microchip plant; both are intended to identify and quash threats to national security, and most information about either is classified.

Lackland’s heritage is celebrated by dozens of historic aircraft like the B-17 Flying Fortress and the P-82 Twin Mustang on display around the base, and visitors and military personnel alike will enjoy the Airman Heritage Museum and Enlisted Character Development Center.

For more than seven decades, Lackland has responded to the nation’s changing needs, but its primary responsibility has remained preparing new airmen with the knowledge and skills they need to go on as successful, contributing military specialists.

Organizations

San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base Organizations

 

502ND INSTALLATION SUPPORT GROUP

Under the Air Force’s 502nd Air Base Wing, mission support group squadrons keep JBSA running smoothly with their services but under slightly different names and with slightly different responsibilities on each of the three installations. At Lackland, the 502nd Installation Support Group consolidates and furnishes civil engineering, communications and operations support across JBSA. Its airfield operations support is confined to Lackland.

24TH AIR FORCE

The 24th Air Force is the Air Force component of U.S. Cyber Command. Its warfighting domain is cyberspace, and one of its missions is to supply secure communications wherever needed. It also guarantees Air Force personnel, wherever they may be, the highest levels possible of network support and cybersecurity.

37TH TRAINING WING

The 37th Training Wing is the Air Force’s largest training wing. It provides Air Force basic military training, technical training, medical courses, English language training for international military personnel, specialized maintenance and security training, and the International Squadron Officer School and International Non-Commissioned Officer Academy for Latin American students attending the Inter-American Air Forces Academy. It also carries out joint service training for the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines in security and law enforcement and the military working dog programs, among multiple other courses. The 37th Training Wing consists of five training groups and graduates more than 80,000 students annually.

DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER

Lackland’s Defense Language Institute English Language Center, part of the Department of Defense, is divided into three sections — general English, specialized English and instructor development — to teach English to military students from more than 100 countries. The training may be as brief as nine weeks or last a full year. The center also brings U.S. service members who speak a primary language other than English to proficiency in English.

INTER-AMERICAN AIR FORCES ACADEMY

The Inter-American Air Forces Academy conducts technical, professional and management courses in Spanish each year for nearly 1,000 military and governmental students from Latin American countries. The academy provides military education and training to military personnel of the Americas and other eligible partner nations. The academy’s mission is to strengthen international partnerships through education and training, while promoting peace, democratic values and respect for human rights in the Western Hemisphere.

Arrival

San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base Arrival

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From San Antonio International Airport

If you drive from the airport, take Loop 410 west to the Valley Hi/Lackland AFB exit. Turn left on Valley Hi Drive and continue straight to the Airman’s Gate.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

Once arriving at Lackland, report to your commander’s support staff to sign in. There you will receive a schedule of required inprocessing appointments, including the date you are to attend the Newcomers Orientation briefing. Important documents to hand carry include at least 15 copies of your orders; copies of all insurance policies; immunization records for all children and pets; school records for children and high school and college transcripts for adults; certified copies of birth certificates, adoption papers, marriage licenses, divorce papers, etc.; Social Security cards; purchase agreements for your vehicles, showing state sales tax paid; vehicle registrations and titles; and current driver’s licenses.

Newcomers Orientation

The Newcomers Orientation briefing is mandatory (except for first term airmen). During the orientation, you will turn in your medical and dental records. A number of mandatory briefings will be completed that day.

First Term Airmen

All first-term airmen must attend the First Term Airman Center for five days of orientations and briefings. They are not required to attend Newcomers Orientation. Each first-term airman should wear the uniform of the day and bring at least five copies of orders.

TEMPORARY LODGING

Gateway Inn

1750 Femoyer St.......................................210-924-7201

http://af.dodlodging.net 

The Gateway Inn provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for incoming personnel and their families who are being assigned to JBSA-Lackland. Amenities include cable TV, coffee makers, microwaves and refrigerators. Pet-friendly units are available. For current rates and booking information, visit the DOD lodging website.

Getting Settled

San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base Getting Settled

 

HEALTH CARE

59th Medical Wing..........................................210-292-7412

Appointments................................................210-916-9900

Dental Appointments......................................210-292-8850

www.59mdw.af.mil 

The 59th Medical Wing provides a full spectrum of health care services to more than 240,000 beneficiaries in the San Antonio metropolitan area. It serves as the Air Force functional medical command for JBSA.

The wing’s new Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center is the DOD’s largest outpatient ambulatory surgical center. It features four wings, on four floors, and houses more than 25 outpatient clinics and clinical services. For a full list of clinic addresses, visit the wing’s website.

The 59th Medical Wing’s En-Route Patient Staging Facility is the Midwest regional aeromedical evacuation hub for wounded, ill and injured service members from around the world. The wing is also home to the Critical Care Air Transport Team Pilot Unit, which has executive management over 118 active-duty, Guard and reserve teams. The wing also has the Defense Department’s largest blood donor center, a Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center and extracorporeal life support capability. Extracorporeal life support offers the only global transport option that provides partial heart-lung bypass to eligible adults, infants and children suffering from severe cardiopulmonary failure.

HOUSING

Housing Management Office

Building 1524, 2525 Fairchild St.
.............................................................210-671-1840

www.housing.af.mil/Units/Joint-Base-San-Antonio 

The Lackland Housing Management Office is ready to help you transition to your new home and community. Use its resources to become familiar with available housing options and support services. When you arrive at JBSA-Lackland, visit the office for valuable information, counseling and guidance before signing any lease or sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

Building 1524, 2525 Fairchild St.
............................................................210-671-0090

www.housing.af.mil/Units/Joint-Base-San-Antonio 

Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than three years of service. Each service member is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Room arrangements may vary depending on location. Unaccompanied members in the rank of E-4 with more than three years of service will move into housing in the local community.

Permanent-party unaccompanied housing consists of 2+2 corridor-style rooms. Amenities include free basic cable TV, free Wi-Fi, theater leather chairs in day rooms, and washers and dryers. Restrictions include a no-pets policy except for goldfish in a 30-gallon tank or smaller.

Lackland Family Homes

2254 Brian McElroy Drive.......................866-517-4413

www.lacklandfamilyhomes.com 

Lackland Family Homes, professionally managed by Balfour Beatty Communities, owns the family housing and maintains, repairs and manages the community. An on-site maintenance team is available around the clock to resolve problems. Military personnel can opt to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease with Lackland Family Homes, though they may also rent or purchase housing in the local community.

The Lackland Family Homes community is comparable to housing off base but offers many amenities and support services, such as the award-winning LifeWorks program that provides residents of all ages with free, fun and educational events and activities. There are no application or deposit fees, and most utilities are included.

Community features include tot lots, playgrounds, a resort-style pool, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, parks and green spaces, illuminated jogging trails, covered pavilions with barbecue grills and a community center.

Those who choose to live in the community will sign a tenant lease agreement, typically for a one-year term, that includes a military clause and a lease termination clause. You pay your monthly rent by authorizing an allotment of your BAH to be paid directly to the Community Management Office. If you move before the allotment start date, you will pay a prorated amount directly to the office. The tenant lease agreement will spell out the rent payment terms and conditions.

MAIL

Post Office

2261 Hughes Ave...............................210-671-0952

www.usps.com 

The full-service post office on base provides window service on weekdays and Saturday.

There are two temporary mail facilities on Lackland. Permanent-party military assigned to Lackland should send their mail to:

Your Name and Rank

PSC 3

1320 Truemper St., Unit 369401

JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236

Pick up mail at Building 9122 (210-671-9476/9477) near the intersection of Carswell and Truemper avenues.

Members assigned to Security Hill or any of its associated tenants should address their mail to:

Your Name and Rank

PSC 6

2261 Hughes Ave., Unit 623201

JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236

To pick up your mail from PSC 6, go to Building 2017 at 105 Hall Blvd. (210-977-2820). All incoming mail will be held as general delivery; newcomers are assigned temporary box numbers when they pick up their mail the first time. Anything that comes in after that date as general delivery mail will automatically be placed in the assigned box.

If it will be more than 30 days before you arrive, ask your sponsor to take a copy of your orders to the appropriate location.

RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE

After-hours Emergency Pastoral Needs

JBSA Command Post.........................210-221-9363

Airmen Memorial Chapel

Building 5432, Barnes Avenue............210-671-2911

Freedom Chapel

Building 1528, 2200 Truemper St.
......................................................210-671-4208

Gateway Chapel

Building 6300...................................210-671-2911

Global Ministry Center

Building 7452, 2235 Andrews Ave.
.......................................................210-671-2927

www.jbsa.mil/Resources/Chaplain-Services/JBSA-Lackland-Chaplain 

The U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps is dedicated to preserving your right to worship. It provides, or finds a way to provide, for a broad spectrum of worshipers. If you are seeking spiritual support for any denomination or faith group, it will do its best to assist you.

The Lackland chaplain offers various types of counseling and seminars covering premarital, marital, religious, stress, grief and loss issues. All counseling sessions are covered by privileged communication.

Serving You

San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base Serving You

 

DINING

Amigo Inn

Building 7532........................................210-671-5112/5113

Flight Kitchen

Building 1650, Kelly Field Annex
............................................................210-925-8350/1488

Gateway Club

Building 2490.................................................210-645-7034

Greenside Grill (Golf Course)

1800 Dimsted Place........................................210-671-2006

Lackland Training Annex Dining Facility

Building 124..........................................210-671-4818/4819

Li’l Mary’s (Bowling Center)

Building 6476................................................210-671-1224

Live Oak Inn

Building 10810..............................210-671-4827/4720/4721

Mesquite Inn

Building 10175......................................210-671-1939/4940

Port San Antonio Dining

3515 S. General McMullen Drive

Bistro 171.....................................................210-923-3677

North Lounge................................................210-923-3677

Rickenbacker’s..............................................210-923-3677

For hours, menus and special event information, visit https://jbsatoday.com/Dining%20Facilities and www.jbsa.mil/Resources/DiningFacility.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Air Force Federal Credit Union

Building 1298, 2250 Kenly Ave.......................210-673-5610

https://goaffcu.com 

Bank of America

Building 1285, 2180 Reese St.........................210-674-6266

www.bankofamerica.com 

Security Service Federal Credit Union

Building 2066, Security Hill............................800-527-7328

www.ssfcu.org 

RECREATION

For information about the recreational programs at JBSA-Lackland, visit the 502nd Force Support Squadron at https://jbsatoday.com.

Aquatic Centers

Skylark Aquatic Center

Building 6482..............................................210-671-3780

Warhawk Pool

Building 2502..............................................210-671-3445

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Aquatic-Centers 

Lackland has two pools: the indoor, year-round Skylark Aquatic Center and the seasonal Warhawk Pool. For information on recreational swimming, water aerobics, swim lessons, lifeguard training and the youth swim team, visit the centers’ website.

Auto Hobby Shop

Building 7245.............................................210-671-3549

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Auto-Hobby-Shop 

The Auto Hobby Shop features a full-service station and self-help area. A number of services are offered such as tune-ups, charging and starting system tests, oil changes, CV axles, struts, clutches and state inspections to ensure your vehicle is running efficiently and safe.

Bowling Center

Building 6476.............................................210-671-1234

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Bowling-Center 

Bowlers can enjoy 32 lanes and the latest automatic scoring technology at the renovated Skylark Bowling Center, which also features cosmic bowling, bands, bowling events and guest DJ entertainment. League and open bowlers alike are welcomed. The pro shop has top brands of balls, bags and shoes for purchase. The center’s silver- and bronze-level certified coaches can give your game an edge. Li’l Mary’s Kitchen is open for lunch or dinner, and after a hard day’s work, Primo’s Lounge is a great place to unwind.

Community Centers

Arnold Hall Community Center

Building 5506..............................................210-671-2619

Skylark Community Center

Building 6576..............................................210-671-3191

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Community-Centers 

The community centers are places to eat, drink and have fun. Activities include escape rooms, karaoke nights, dancing, tournaments, concerts and theater performances.

Fitness Centers

Chaparral Fitness Center

Building 7346......................................210-671-2401/2361

Gateway Fitness Center

Building 10330....................................210-671-1348/2565

Gillum Fitness Center

Building 2086..............................................210-977-2353

Kelly Fitness Center

Building 210, Port San Antonio......................210-925-4848

Medina Fitness Center

Building 199...............................................210-671-4477

Warhawk Fitness Center

Building 2418.............................................210-671-2016

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Fitness 

Lackland has six fitness centers to meet your needs. The centers offer strength and cardio equipment, aerobics rooms, group exercise classes, personal trainers, locker rooms, saunas and more. There are also basketball, racquetball, tennis, volleyball and wallyball courts, sports fields, and running trails and tracks. Amenities vary by location. Visit the fitness website for more information on each center.

Frame Shop

Building 7245..............................................210-671-5503

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Frame-Shop 

The Frame Shop can build many different sizes and designs of frames as well as custom flag boxes for retirements and 3D memorabilia boxes for keepsakes such as swords or guns. The shop also offers minor restoration and preservation services to maintain the quality and life of your item. Select from among more than a thousand different moldings, acid-free and specialty mats, and a selection of glass. Bring in your artwork for a free quote.

Golf Course

1800 Dimsted Place..............................210-671-3466/2517

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Golf-Course 

Laid out on 200 acres with extreme elevation changes, the Gateway Hills Golf Course overlooks San Antonio. It has a driving range, bunker, green, lob wedge practice green and two practice putting greens. The course also features the Greenside Grill and a pro shop. For information on pricing, lessons and events, visit the course’s website.

Outdoor Recreation

FamCamp

Building 2804..............................................210-671-5179

Outdoor Adventure Center

Building 871........................................210-925-5532/5533

Paintball Park

Building 871................................................210-925-2998

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Outdoor-Rec 

The Outdoor Adventure Center schedules off-base trips such as motorcycle rides, skydiving, fishing trips and zip lining. The center offers rental equipment like camping gear, party items and boats. It also takes park and pavilion reservations and handles administrative paperwork for the auto resale lot, the RV storage lot, FamCamp and the horse stable. The grounds surrounding the center are laced with more than 5 kilometers of walking and running trails and include a paintball course.

Saddle Club

Building 2954.....................................210-925-5532/5533

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-Saddle-Club 

The Saddle Club is a self-care boarding stable that offers quality accommodations and amenities for your horse at a fraction of the cost you would pay to board off base. The 24-hour facility has stalls with outside runs, mare and gelding pastures, tack and feed rooms, two lighted riding arenas, a round pen, a hot walker and access to trails.

Travel Resources

Information, Tickets & Travel

Building 5506............................................210-671-3059

https://jbsatoday.com/LAK-ITT 

JBSA Travel

Building 5506.............................................210-671-7111

www.jbsatravel.com 

Information, Tickets & Travel is the place to get discounted tickets to major theme parks, water parks, sporting events, festivals and theater. JBSA Travel serves the military community with discounts and specials on cruises and vacation packages, airline tickets, rental cars and hotels.

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SHOPPING

Exchange

1385 Reese St...........................................210-674-6465

www.shopmyexchange.com 

Food Court

Anthony’s Pizza.........................................210-674-6465

Arby’s......................................................210-674-6465

Charleys Philly Steaks................................210-674-6465

Manchu Wok.............................................210-674-6465

Qdoba.....................................................210-674-6465

Starbucks................................................210-674-6465

Subway...................................................210-674-6465

Services

Barbershop..............................................210-673-5252

Beauty Salon...........................................210-674-1341

Claire’s Boutique......................................210-675-9404

Enterprise Car Rental................................210-670-1104

Eyebrow Threading..........................................no phone

Floral Shop..............................................210-674-7661

GameStop...............................................210-645-6051

GNC.......................................................210-675-0079

Laundry and Dry Cleaners.........................210-674-8943

Mobile Center..........................................210-645-9820

Nail Salon...............................................210-645-1571

Optical Center.........................................210-673-8601

Tactical Gear...........................................726-444-8124

UPS Store...............................................210-675-3230

Wandering Cowboy..................................210-675-3342

Building 2306

Express with Class Six.............................210-674-0848

Firestone Auto Care........................210-645-1837/1843

Popeyes................................................210-674-1427

BMT Mini-Mall Facilities

Building 7025

Alterations............................................210-673-8819

Barbershop...........................................210-673-2110

Domino’s..............................................210-599-6060

Jershan Tactical.....................................210-673-9423

Mini-mall..............................................210-670-8093

Popeyes...............................................210-670-9136

Starbucks.............................................210-670-0976

Subway................................................210-670-0984

T-Shirt Shop.........................................210-670-8541

Security Hill Express Facilities

Building 2017

Barbershop..........................................210-923-9405

Cinthia’s Corner....................................210-924-7711

Express...............................................210-924-7654

Subway...............................................210-927-4462

Troop Mall North Facilities

Building 10345

Anthony’s Pizza...................................210-645-1229

Barbershop.........................................210-673-4018

Baskin-Robbins....................................210-645-1229

Beauty Salon.......................................210-670-9956

Burger King.........................................210-645-1229

Custom Military Rings...........................210-675-2490

Mobile Center......................................210-670-4849

Shoe Shine.........................................210-673-9264

Subway..............................................210-645-1229

T-Shirt Shop.......................................210-670-8541

Tactical Gear.......................................210-276-0758

Troop Mall Retail and Gas.....................210-645-1264

Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center Facilities

Building 4550

Barbershop........................................210-292-4763

Branch Store......................................210-674-8942

Starbucks..........................................210-292-7727

Subway.............................................210-292-7727

Other Facilities

Burger King, Building 1286..................210-670-2766

Military Clothing Store, Building 7037
........................................................210-674-0190

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