San Antonio is officially known as Military City USA and home to four major military installations. In 2005, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and Camp Bullis, joined forces and became Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA). Each JBSA military base has its own history and mission.
Fort Sam Houston – “Home of Army Medicine”
Fort Sam Houston is the oldest military installation, dating back to 1845 with more than 900 historic buildings. Its oldest structure, the Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle, houses the commanding general and staff of U.S. Army North, and the Fort Sam Houston Museum, and Clock Tower.
Located just north of downtown, this Army military base houses more than 150,000 military members (active, DOD civilians, military families, and retirees), and is known as “Home of Army Medicine” and “Home of the Combat Medic.” Within Fort Sam Houston are Brooke Army Medical Center and the San Antonio Military Medical Center, which is the largest Department of Defense medical treatment and training facility. Through its mission, it maintains academic affiliations with major universities such as University of Texas at San Antonio and Baylor University.
Lackland AFB – “Gateway to the Air Force”
Known as the “Gateway to the Air Force”, Lackland AFB is home to the only U.S. Air Force enlisted Basic Military Training (BMT). The 7.5-week-long training graduates approximately 40,000 Airmen annually. Aside from BMT, Lackland supports and headquarters various National security and cyber security commands and units.
Located in central San Antonio, Lackland houses over 46,000 military members (active, DOD civilians, military families, and retirees).
Randolph AFB – “Showplace of the Air Force”
Located in the northeast side of San Antonio, Randolph AFB is home to the Air Education and Training Command, providing flying training and support to thousands of flight training students annually. The base is known as the “Showplace of the Air Force” thanks to the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture that characterizes most of its buildings and structures. The command’s headquarters, building 100, has come to be known as the Taj Mahal of the Air Force.
The 27,000 acres U.S. Army training camp located northwest of San Antonio provides training support to Joint Base San Antonio for military combat maneuvering campaigns, and medical field training. An array of training opportunities are offered within its state-of-the-art facilities: maneuver grounds, firing ranges, calvary camps, simulation facilities, and more.
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