Lackland Air Force Base
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).
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.
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.
The San Antonio International Airport is located in northeast San Antonio and is about 21 miles from Lackland. By car, it is about a 25-minute drive depending upon traffic.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
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FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Lackland Independent School District
The Lackland ISD is made up of two schools: Lackland Elementary and the Virginia Allred Stacey Jr-Sr High School.
Randolph Field Independent School District
Students who do not live on JBSA-Randolph are considered “non-resident transfer students” and must have an approved transfer application in order to enroll in RFISD schools.
Non-Resident Transfer information is available here.
Registration information is available here.
Learn more about the JBSA schools here. Or, contact the JBSA School Liaison Office at (210) 671-8388 for more information about the schools offered in the area.
The highly-rated Northside Independent School District is the largest school district in the San Antonio area and the fourth largest in the State of Texas.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Bexar County Human Resources (210) 335-2545
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (512) 438-4800
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
San Antonio Humane Society (210) 226-7461
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (210) 207-8780
Bexar County Sheriff Office (210) 335-6000
Base Operator (210) 671-1110
JBSA-Lackland Visitor Center (210) 671-6174
JBSA-LAK Housing Office (210) 671-1840
ID/CAC Card (210) 671-4178
Base Defense Operation Center (210) 671-2018
Gateway Chapel (210) 671-2911
Education Office (210) 671-8711
Family Advocacy Program (210) 395-9090
Airman Family Readiness Centers (210) 671-3722
Wilford Hall Medical Information Desk (210) 292-7412
Dunn Dental Clinic (210) 292-0123/0495
WHASC Pharmacy (210) 292-7970/7000
JBSA-Lackland Housing Office (210) 292-1840
Legal/JAG (210) 671-3362
Base Exchange (210) 674-6465
Commissary (210) 674-2838
On-base housing is available at Joint Base San Antonio.
In some cases, where you live and work at Joint Base San Antonio may not be at the same installation. For example, if an unaccompanied Service Member is assigned to live at JBSA-Lackland, but works at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, he/she may voluntarily choose to live at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston if there is space available. If this applies to you, contact your unit commander or the appropriate housing office for more information.
JBSA-Lackland Housing Office (210) 671-1840/DSN 473
Lackland Air Force Base Housing has a waiting list and is privatized and managed by Balfour Beatty. Go to your base housing office to have your name added to the waiting list, which is dependent on rank, number of children, and type of housing.
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San Antonio’s climate is classified as warm and temperate. There is a great deal of rainfall in San Antonio, even in the driest month.
Normally every day from April to October in San Antonio is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, as are most days in winter months. Summer temperatures top 79 degrees every day and remain above 69 degrees most nights. San Antonio sees an average of eight days a year with 100-plus degree temperatures. In August, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 94.7°F.
The coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 38.6°F. San Antonio receives about a dozen subfreezing nights each year, typically seeing snow, sleet, or freezing rain about once every two or three winters, but accumulation and snow itself are very rare.
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