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Lackland AFB

Welcome to Lackland AFB, “The Gateway to the Air Force.”  Lackland AFB’s primary mission is to provide enlisted basic military training (BMT) for all incoming Airmen of the Air Force, Air National Guard, and the Air Force Reserve.   Lackland is part of Joint Base San Antonio, 502 ABW, headquartered at Fort Sam Houston. 

LACKLAND AFB: THE FACTS

Since its inception in 1941, Lackland AFB has always been associated with training.  During World War II, it became a preflight school and classification center.  In 1942, the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center (as it was then known), provided aviation cadets with the mechanics, physics, and applied dynamics of flight; graduates were designated as aviation cadets and sent to flight schools for pilot training.  After the war, it was designated and given the sole basic military training mission for the Army Air Force, earning Lackland its nickname as “The Gateway to the Air Force.”  Over the years, Lackland gained a number of advanced training programs and English language programs. Today, Lackland’s importance to the Air Force has greatly increased with the addition of Wilford Hall Medical Center, 24 AF, AF ISR, JIOWC, AFSVA, AFMOA and many additional Units.  Lackland serves a daily population of more than 33,000 people.