About Lackland Air Force Base
Known to Air Force members as the "Gateway to the Air Force," Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio is home to more than 7,123 active military personnel and their families. All enlisted members of the Air Force begin their careers at Lackland AFB, making the base one of the most active military training installations in the United States. The base is home to 13 different Air Force tenant units, including the 24th Air Force and the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard. Lackland AFB boasts a two-mile-long runway that serves as a joint-use facility for Lackland AFB and civilian use by the city of San Antonio. Acquired after the closure of nearby Kelly AFB, the Lackland AFB/Kelly Field Annex serves five different Air Force flying units and is home to several major defense contractors including Lockheed Martin and Boeing. www.lackland.af.mil
Hotel Near Lackland AFB in San Antonio.
Military personnel and their families are welcome at the brand new SpringHill Suites hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Located just six miles from Lackland AFB, SpringHill Suites was designed to help our guests relax and unwind after a long day of business or pleasure in San Antonio. Our upscale all-suites hotel features luxuries like modern décor, innovative studio design, complimentary breakfast, and a mineral-based swimming pool. Stay at the SpringHill Suites for modern and comfortable hotel lodging the next time you visit Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. [Top]
Lackland AFB History.
Constructed in 1941, Lackland Air Force Base was named after Brigadier General Frank Lackland. The Korean War brought big changes to Lackland, establishing major training operations to the base, and in 1966 the base adopted a standard six-week basic training program for its new Air Force, National Guard and Reserve recruits. Lackland AFB expanded its military training and housing facilities during the late 1960's and 1970's, adding six dormitories, new classrooms, dining halls, and recreational facilities. Many of the specialized training programs at Lackland were relocated to other military installations during the base closures of the 1990's. [Top]
Lackland Air Force Base Tours.
Lackland AFB once offered impromptu tours of its facilities, however the base is now closed to spontaneous visitors. Those wishing to explore the base without prior notice must be sponsored by active military with a valid military ID. Lackland AFB does offer two-hour monthly public tours on the second Tuesday of each month. Groups or individuals wishing to tour the base on public tour days must contact the 37th Training Wing Public Affairs office at least one week before the scheduled tour date. Valid ID is required for all visitors to Lackland AFB. For more information or to reserve your tour space, contact the Public Affairs office at Publicaf@lackland.af.mil or (210) 671-2907. [Top]