JBSA-Lackland AFB

Joint Base San Antonio Lackland AFB


Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland serves as the “Gateway” for many Air Force careers. Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT) is the main reason for the moniker, and the installation’s primary mission is training. In 1941, Lackland AFB began as a small parcel of land carved out of Kelly Field, a nearby Army airfield. Kelly Field (later Kelly Air Force Base) has since closed, and the Kelly Field Annex now belongs to JBSA-Lackland. In 2010, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission combined Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and Fort Sam Houston, forming Joint Base San Antonio. The 802nd Mission Support Group calls Lackland home and aligns with the 502d Air Base Wing at Fort Sam Houston. Language and technical training are other principal missions at JBSA-Lackland.

Located in southwest San Antonio, JBSA-Lackland is roughly a 20-minute drive to downtown. Base housing is available and in pretty high demand. Because of the well-rated Lackland Independent School District (Kindergarten through high school) and relatively new housing, you’ll likely encounter a wait-list for base housing. Don’t start booking temporary lodging for months-on-end just yet! There are many great (affordable) communities to choose from off post. The base and its training areas straddle the southwestern quarter of the I-410 loop, providing easy access to the communities in Northwest San Antonio.

Base Services:

JBSA-Lackland Housing Office

JBSA-Lackland Housing Office
Location: 2525 Fairchild St.
Bldg. 1524
JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630
Closed on holidays

JBSA-Lackland Military & Family Readiness Center

Location: 2160 Kenly Ave.
Bldg. 1249
JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630
Closed 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 1400 to 1600 (in-service training)
Closed Federal and AETC Family Holidays

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty
Location: 2254 Brian McElroy
San Antonio, TX 78236
Hours: M, T, Th, F: 0800 to 1700
W: 0800 to 1900
S, Su: 1000 to 1600

JBSA-Lackland School Liason Office

Location: 2100 Kenly Ave.
Bldg. 1249
Lackland AFB, TX 78236
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630

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Base Location

By Plane
San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
27 minutes
Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
1 hour 35 minutes
By Bus
500 N. St. Mary’s St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Drive Times
Austin – 1 hour 40 minutes
Houston – 3 hours 10 minutes
Dallas – 4 hours 45 minutes

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