Randolph Air Force Base
502 Air Base Wing, 902d Mission Support Group
555 E. Street East, JBSA Randolph, TX 78150
Randolph Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located at Universal City, Texas approximately 14.8 miles east-northeast of Downtown San Antonio. The base is under the jurisdiction of the 902d Mission Support Group, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), and is the headquarters of AETC’s Nineteenth Air Force. Major tenant units of Randolph AFB include the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC), Air Force Manpower Agency, Air Force Recruiting Service, and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Field Investigations Region 4. Opened in 1931, Randolph has been a flying training facility for the United States Army Air Corps, the United States Army Air Forces, and the Air Force during its entire existence. Randolph AFB is part of Joint Base San Antonio, an amalgamation of the United States Army Fort Sam Houston, the United States Air Force Randolph Air Force Base, and Lackland Air Force Base.
Randolph AFB is named after Captain William Millican Randolph, a native of Austin, who was on the base naming committee at the time of his death in a crash. It serves as headquarters of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) as well as the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) and is known as “the Showplace of the Air Force” because of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture in which all structures including hangars were constructed.
Air Education and Training Command’s mission is to develop America’s Airmen today, for tomorrow. AETC’s mission begins with the Air Force Recruiting Service. With 24 enlisted squadrons, three health professions squadrons and more than 1,200 recruiters assigned throughout the United States and overseas, the Recruiting Service’s mission is to inspire, engage and recruit the brightest, most competitive and diverse young men and women for service in America’s Air Force.
Air Force Personnel Center is the Air Force’s Human Resources division implementing personnel, manpower and services programs for nearly 330,000 active-duty members and 150,000 civilian employees through a worldwide network of personnel flights. AFPC carries out the programs covering all life cycles of military and civilian personnel for the Air Force, including defining resource requirements and developing and delivering Airmen for the Air Force and the joint environment. AFPC also manages the implementation of services programs for Airmen and families.
The 12th Flying Training Wing (FTW) served as the host unit at Randolph AFB for nearly 38 years. On January 31, 2010 the 502d Air Base Wing became the host unit after Randolph became a component of Joint Base San Antonio. Today, the 12 FTW provides instructor pilot training and refresher/recurrency training in the T-6A Texan II, T-38C Talon, and T-1A Jayhawk. The wing also operates the T-1A in support of Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training (SUNT). SUNT trains prospective USAF Navigators/Combat Systems Officers destined for the B-52 Stratofortress, E-3 Sentry, E-8 Joint STARS, RC-135, non-PACER CRAG KC-135 Stratotanker, and C-130 Hercules variants, as well as prospective Naval Flight Officers en route to fly land-based U.S. Navy P-3C Orion, EP-3 Aries and E-6 Mercury aircraft. The 12 FTW also provides training to numerous NATO/Allied officer students via SUNT. Advanced Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO) training is also conducted by the 12 FTW for those navigators/CSOs destined for eventual assignment as USAF EWOs.
Arriving at Randolph Air Force Base
Once you arrive at Randolph Air Force Base, report to your Commander Support Staff (CSS) with your sealed records. Upon signing in with your unit, you will be scheduled for required in processing appointments. If you or a family member needs an ID card or CAC card that will be handled through the MPS. Military members can and are encouraged to make appointments for ID cards. If you arrive after 4:30 p.m. or on a weekend or holiday, please go to Randolph’s 24-hour arrival point, the Randolph Lodging office, located in building 112. Report to your CSS the next duty day. It is our goal to make your in processing go as smoothly as possible.
There are over 15,000 Active Duty, military families, DoD personnel, and NAF personnel assigned to Randolph Air Force Base.