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Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base
Lackland Air Force Base is located southwest of San Antonio, off Highway 90 at SW 36th Street from the west, and General Hudnell exit from the east. San Antonio is in Bexar (pronounced bear) County in south-central Texas. Lackland AFB is one of three installations comprising Joint Base San Antonio as part of the 502nd Air Base Wing. Base support functions and services are managed by the 802nd Mission Support Group. Businesses actively court the military by offering discounts. Although the summers are hot, overall the climate is relatively mild and offers opportunities to be active year-round. The cost of living remains around 90, below the national average of 100. No matter what your interests are, there is undoubtedly something here for you.
Lackland AFB is named after Brigadier General Frank Lackland, who was commissioned into the Army after serving in the District of Columbia National Guard. Construction on the base began on June 15, 1941, and was originally part of Kelly Field. One year later, it became an independent organization called the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. On February 3, 1948, the facility became Lackland AFB, Gateway to the Air Force.
Lackland's mission is to:
- Provide basic training for all non-prior service airmen of the regular Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve.
- Provide modern technical training in the fields of security and law enforcement, military working dog handling, combat arms, recruiting, supply, transportation, services, food preparation, and social actions.
- Provide students from 117 countries the opportunity to increase their proficiency in the English language through its Defense Language Institute English Language Center.
- Provide technical training in Spanish for military allies from Central and South America.
- Provide medical training programs at Wilford Hall Medical Center.
In response to the Joint basing initiative, Lackland activated the 802nd Mission Support Group on February 2, 2010, and realigned under the new 502nd Air Base Wing at Ft. Sam Houston. Several 37th Training Wing staff agencies were realigned in a move to maximize operation training and support missions throughout the base. The 37th TRW retained positions in agencies that were specific to the training mission, while mission support roles reorganized under the 502nd.