Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX

Located on the west side of San Antonio, Lackland Air Force Base is operated by the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). Named after Brigadier General Frank Lackland, the base is part of Joint Base San Antonio and is operated by the 502d Air Base Wing. Lackland is best known for its role in being the sole location for U. S. Air Force enlisted Basic Military Training (BMT) for the Active Duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. BMT is organized into 9 basic training squadrons, each with their own training site on the base.

Lackland AFB is the only entry processing station for Air Force enlisted Basic Military Training (BMT). With the closing of Kelly AFB in 2001, Lackland gained a number of flying units; the Air Force Reserve Command’s (AFRC) 433d Airlift Wing, an Air Mobility Command (AMC) unit flying the C-5 Galaxy and the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard, an AETC unit flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

This portion of the former Kelly AFB is now known as the Lackland/Kelly Field Annex. The civilian side has been renamed Port San Antonio and is host to many major Department of Defense (DoD) contractors such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Along with the closure of Kelly AFB, Lackland gained the section of base known as Security Hill. Security Hill is home to the Air Combat Command’s 67th Network Warfare Wing and the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency.

In the winter of 2009, BRAC decided to combine Lackland AFB with Randolph AFB and Fort Sam Houston/Camp Bullis. The combined base will be called Joint Base San Antonio. The 37th MSG and its occupying squadrons will become the 802nd. With the addition of Randolph, Lackland will also become part home to AETC Command, the 2nd Air Force.

Lackland AFB is also home to a stunning collection of vintage military aircraft on static display on its parade grounds, including a B-52 Stratofortress, F-4 Phantom II, SR-71 Blackbird, C-121 Constellation, B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-25 Mitchell.

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