JBSA-Randolph AFB

Joint Base San Antonio Randolph AFB


Nestled in the northeast corner of San Antonio lies Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph or the “Showplace of the Air Force.” The breathtaking Spanish colonial architecture on display could be one reason for the flashy nickname, or it could also be the almost constant displays of air superiority occurring overhead. JBSA-Randolph is the Air Force’s premier base for pilot instructor training and combat systems officer training. It’s also one of their busiest airports— JBSA-Randolph sees almost 15 times more take-offs and landings than nearby San Antonio International Airport.

As with JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and JBSA-Lackland, the other components of the Joint Base San Antonio conglomerate, training takes center stage for JBSA-Randolph’s mission. Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and the 12th Flying Training Wing call JBSA-Randolph home. Pilots train on the T-6A Texan II, the T-38C Talon, and the T-1A Jayhawk at Randolph, and the skies are buzzing with drone training as well.

Base housing is available at JBSA-Randolph, but inventory is limited, and you’ll likely encounter a lengthy wait for an open home. There are several communities near the base that offer easy commutes, well-rated schools, and affordable homes. The base is adjacent to Universal City, but the areas of Converse, Schertz/Cibolo, and the rest of Northeast San Antonio are also popular areas for military families.

Those used to the aviation life will know to consider the “sound of freedom” overhead when living near a runway, but there are other factors to consider near JBSA-Randolph. The city is pressing ever closer to the boundaries of JBSA-Randolph with commercial and residential development. While living nearer to the base may be appealing, the Air Force is urging caution. Accidents are thankfully rare, but this is a training base, and a crash is something to always to take into account. Not only are aircraft crashes near the runways on the radar, so to speak, but urban encroachment has also driven birds from their habitats and onto the base – hazardously close to the aircraft. Use caution when considering property on either end of the two parallel runways.

Base Services:

JBSA-Randolph Housing Office

JBSA-Randolph Housing Office
Location: 610 Harmon Dr.
JBSA-Randolph, TX 78150
Hours: M - F: 0800 to 1600

JBSA-Randolph Military & Family Readiness Center

Location: 555 F St. West
Bldg. 693
JBSA-Randolph, TX 78150
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630
Closed Federal and AETC Family holidays

Hunt Companies

Hunt Companies
Location: 205 New B St.
East Universal City, TX 78148
Hours: M - F: 0800 to 1700

JBSA-Randolph School Liason Office

Location: 555 F St. West
Randolph AFB, TX 78150
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630

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San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
23 minutes
Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
1 hour 11 minutes
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Dallas – 4 hours 30 minutes

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*22 MINS
Selma 10 MINS
*24 MINS
Schertz 10 MINS
*15 MINS
Cibolo 12 MINS
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Universal City 6 MINS
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New Braunfels 30 MINS
*55 MINS
Alamo Heights 22 MINS
*45 MINS
Stone Oak 26 MINS
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Hollywood Park 22 MINS
*50 MINS
Downtown San Antonio 24 MINS
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Helotes 40 MINS
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Leon Valley 30 MINS
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