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Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Air Force Base
Randolph AFB, located between IH-35 and I-10, is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Area, just northeast of San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio is considered to be a "military-friendly" town: home to three large military installations. Randolph houses several headquarters including Air Education & Training Command (AETC), Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC), Air Force Headquarters Recruiting Services, and Nineteenth Air Force (19AF).
Randolph Field was dedicated on June 20, 1930, as a flying training base and continues in this mission today. The idea for Randolph began soon after the establishment of the Air Corps Act in 1926, which changed the name of the Army Air Service to the Army Air Corps. General Frank P. Lahm was placed in charge of all flying training and established the Air Corps Training Center and set up its headquarters at Duncan Field, next to Kelly Field, TX. After deciding the facilities at Kelly and Brooks Fields were not sufficient for proper training, the Air Corps soon decided an additional training field was needed. Randolph Field was named after Captain William Millican Randolph, who crashed his AT-4 on takeoff returning to duty at Kelly. He contributed immeasurably to the progress of aviation and served on the base name selection committee. After the Air Force became a separate service on September 18, 1947, Randolph Field was officially named Randolph Air Force Base on January 14, 1948.
Randolph AFB is home to numerous Department of Defense units, including Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Personnel Center and the host unit, the 12th Flying Training Wing.
Air Education and Training Command's mission is to develop America's Airmen today...for tomorrow. They take America's sons and daughters - young men and women who have volunteered to serve their country in a time of war - and develop them into Airmen. 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 is the Source of America's Airpower, delivering unrivaled airpower leaders for the future of the U.S. Air Force. The wing, which is headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, consists of three flying groups and a maintenance directorate spanning more than 1,600 miles. The 12th FTW is responsible for four single-source aviation pipelines. These pipelines include combat systems officer training, pilot instructor training, as well as remotely piloted aircraft pilot indoctrination, and basic sensor operator qualification. The wing manages all airmanship programs for the U.S. Air Force Academy and serves as the single screening point for all hopeful aviators to include pilots, RPA pilots, and CSOs. The wing also hosts the introduction to fighter fundamentals program as well as conducts electronic warfare training for the U.S. Air Force and multi-national forces. Each year, the wing graduates more than 850 instructor pilots, 350 combat systems officers, 500 remotely piloted aircraft pilots and sensor operators, and trains more than 2,500 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets and 2,200 undergraduate flight training candidates.