Lackland Air Force Base

502 Air Base Wing, 802d Mission Support Group

W Military Dr., Lackland AFB, TX 78236

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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 HoustonRandolph 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.



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.

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.


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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


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.


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.


Child Care Aware:

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.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


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

The City of San Antonio

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.

Sierra Springs
6.2 miles from base

Sierra Springs is a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood with great schools and a community pool nearby.

Laura Heights
12 miles from base

Laura Heights is a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood with a large military population and plenty of amenities nearby.

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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.

The cost of living index in San Antonio is 86, which is 5% lower than the average in Texas and compared to the national average it is 14% lower. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In San Antonio, goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Texas and are 4% lower than compared to the nationwide average.
San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The area has a population of over 1.5 million people and is made up of many active-duty and retired military families. With 105 sunny days a year, San Antonio is blessed with the natural beauty of the desert to the Southwest, rolling Hill Country to the North and coast line to the South. Residents enjoy a high quality of life in a friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town. The area offers plenty of things to do, including popular attractions, museums, historic sites and recreational opportunities. Visit this page to see all of the wonderful things you can do in San Antonio! The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Following the San Antonio River, the popular miles-long River Walk is a landmark pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shops. And, don’t forget to visit the HemisFair Park’s 750-ft. Tower of the Americas that overlooks the city. The city is home to three animal attractions:  SeaWorld, the San Antonio Zoo, and the San Antonio Aquarium. San Antonio is also home to several commercial amusement parks, including Six Flags Fiesta TexasSplashtownKiddie Park, and Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park for children with special needs. San Antonio is home to the first museum of modern art in Texas, the McNay Art Museum as well as seven others. The Fairmount Hotel, built in 1906 and San Antonio’s second oldest hotel, is in the Guinness World Records as one of the heaviest buildings ever moved intact. It was placed in its new location, three blocks south of the Alamo, over four days in 1985, and cost $650,000 to move. Other notable places of interest include the San Antonio Botanical Garden, the Japanese Tea Gardens, The Woodlawn Theatre and the Magik Theatre, which is a children’s educational theater. There is also plenty to do for all of the sports fans in San Antonio on a collegiate or on a professional level. The AT&T Center is home to the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.

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