Lackland Air Force Base
502 Air Base Wing, 802d Mission Support Group
W Military Dr, Lackland AFB, TX 78236
Lackland Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in Bexar County, Texas as an enclave of San Antonio. The base is under the jurisdiction of the 802d Mission Support Group and Air Education and Training Command (AETC). Lackland AFB is part of Joint Base San Antonio, an amalgamation of Fort Sam Houston, Randolph Air Force Base, and Lackland Air Force Base. Additionally, the Air National Guard maintains a base at Lackland Air Force Base.
Lackland AFB is home to the 37th Training Wing (37 TRW) which operates a variety of training squadrons. Within the 37th TRW is the 37th Training Group (37 TRG) which oversees the 5 technical training schools on the base, and the 737 TRG which oversees the Basic Military Training squadrons.
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 Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. BMT is organized into nine basic training squadrons, each with their own training site on the base. Each squadron is equipped with either a dining facility or a medical clinic. Some BMT squadrons share dining facilities if they are located close enough together and the same is true for medical clinics. Each squadron also has a specific exercise area where basic trainees conduct physical readiness training (PRT). Also, AFOSI anti-terrorism teams are trained here.
Lackland, under the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), trains enlisted airmen out of basic training in a specific specialty by way of various “tech schools.” Lackland currently has six technical training squadrons on base which train multiple airmen in various Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs).
Arriving at Lackland Air Force Base
The official newcomer’s orientation at Lackland AFB takes place at Right Start. The orientation is presently every other Wednesday in the Gateway Club from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the summer PCS season, Right Start will be weekly. When you in-process, you will be given your appointment. Attendance is mandatory for the active duty member. Spouses are cordially invited to attend. PCS Childcare is available and must be arranged through the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
Shuttle service is available to 21 locations on base. Buses run every 15-20 minutes and shuttle stops are clearly marked. Technical school students are the primary customer base, but others can ride on a space available basis. Schedules are available in billeting, base libraries, and Bldg 5008 on Gary Avenue.
There are 46,577 people assigned to Lackland Air Force Base. Of these, 24,702 are active duty members and another 10,131 are DoD civilian employees. The remaining 11,744 are contract employees, and family members.