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Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)


posted Jul 27, 2012

The merger officially took effect in October of 2010. JBSA is one of a kind; not only is it the largest installation in the military, it is also the only joint base that features two Air Force bases and one Army post. Most of the other joint bases established by the BRAC feature one of each branch. JBSA encompasses Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB and Fort Sam Houston, which span an area measuring 67 square miles. Over 80,000 civilian and military personnel call this Joint Base home, as well as about 138,000 students.

502nd Air Base Wing (502 ABW)—"Partnership in Excellence"

This wing has the important mission of supporting all three installations by forging them together and finding ways to induce cooperative situations between the installations. Even though it is headquartered at Fort Sam, the 502 ABW provides equal support to Lackland and Randolph. The 8,000-member wing is headed by AF Brig. Gen. Theresa Carter, who will provide oversight of the joint base’s basic services, including housing, financial and legal matters, emergency services, security, and community service.

The wing focuses on new techniques to support the people of the installations by ways of IT integration. The innovative strategies that are being imposed now pave the way for the success of new joint bases. Building an integrated military center as well as promoting a balanced family life for service members is essential to the success of Joint Base San Antonio. 

Fort Sam Houston—“Home of Army Medicine”

Constructed in 1870, Ft Sam is one of the oldest US Army posts. The end of World War II marked the beginning of Ft Sam's new mission: medical training. This post is home to many key essential Centers and Schools, as well as Commands. Those that call this their home include:

  • Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)—24-hour care and a level 1 trauma center
  • Army North (ARNORTH)—Also known as the 5th Army; focuses on defense
  • Army South (ARSOUTH)—Detecting and deterring transnational threats
  • Institute of Surgical Research (ISR)
  • Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDCS)
  • Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)
  • 502d Air Base Wing (502 ABW)
  • San Antonio Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)
  • Medical Education and Training Campus (METC)

Lackland Air Force Base—“Gateway to the Air Force”

Though it was originally constructed in 1941 as part of Kelly AFB, Lackland became an independent base in 1942. This base is the training hub of the Air Force and is home to numerous training squadrons, including the largest training wing: the 37th TW.  Air Force basic training for the enlisted personnel is conducted here. Those that call this their home include:

  • 802nd Mission Support Group (802 MSG)
  • 37th Training (37 TW)
  • 737th Training Group (737 TG)
  • Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA)
  • Defense Language Institute (DLIFLC)
  • Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AF ISR)

Randolph Air Force Base—"The Showplace of the Air Force"

Constructed in 1927 as an Air Corps Training Center, Randolph became a pilot training center for the Army Air Forces in 1941. The layout of the base was designed by a former architect who was an officer in the Army Air Corps. He drew out the circular design of the base and lined the outside with the runways.  Units or Commands that call Randolph AFB home include:

  • Air Education Training Command (AETC)
  • Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC)
  • Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS)
  • 12th Flying Training Wing (12 FTW)
  • 902nd Mission Support Group (902 MSG)
  • 19th Air Force (19 AF)
  • 340th Flying Training Group (340 FTG)