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Lacklands Military Training Instructor (MTI) Monument - Lackland

Location: Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) is situated in San Antonio, (Bexar County), the seventh largest city and known as "Military City USA." Encompassing JBSA are Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base, three separate installations. Fort Sam Houston's primary mission is medical training and support and is home to Brooke Army Medical Center. See Fort Sam Houston homepage. The primary mission at Lackland AFB is training: basic military, technical, English language and technical training in Spanish to allied countries. See Joint Base San Antonio Homepage. Randolph AFB is located northeast of the city and houses several headquarters including Air Education & Training Command (AETC), Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC), and Air Force Headquarters Recruiting Services. See Joint Base San Antonio Homepage.

Cost of Living: The cost of living remains around 90, below the national average of 100 for major U.S. cities.

BRAC Status: BRAC 2005 recommended (172 Med 10) the consolidation of all inpatient and Level-One trauma care from Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC) and Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) into one medical region with two integrated campuses known as San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). Brooke Army Medical Center is now an inpatient tertiary care center providing all inpatient care as well as all trauma and emergency medical care, now referred to as SAMMC. Wilford Hall Medical Center was converted into a large ambulatory care center, called Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC). All military health care falls under the San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS). Randolph AFB gained 182 personnel.

Operator : Operator services are limited, now mostly automated.

  • Fort Sam Houston Operator : 210-221-1211 or DSN 312-471-1211
  • Lackland AFB Operator : 210-671-1110, or DSN 312-473-1110
  • Randolph AFB Operator : 210-652-1110 or DSN 312-487-1110


  • Fort Sam Houston Population: Total Force at: 161,971
  • Lackland AFB Population: Total Force: 117,994
  • Randolph AFB Population: Total Force: 15,942
  • Area Population: San Antonio: 1,990,675

Child Care:

Fort Sam Houston: There are two day care centers on Fort Sam Houston and both offer hourly care, full-time care, a preschool program and before/after school care for children between six weeks and five years of age. Family Child Care (FCC) offers age appropriate care for children 4 weeks through 12 years of age in approved homes. Phone: 210-221-5002.

Lackland AFB: There are three day care facilities on Lackland. You may pick up a list of family day care homes at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1249, or at the Family Day Care Office located in Bldg. 6629.

Randolph AFB: There are two facilities on Randolph AFB. The main Child Development Program (CDP) provides care for children, 2-5 years of age, and is located in building 1072. Phone: 210-652-4946. The Child Development Program Annex provides care for children, 6 weeks - 24 months of age, and is located in building 734. In addition, the annex offers a Part Day Enrichment Program for preschool children in the Youth Center, building 584. Phone: 210-652-1140.


Fort Sam Houston Independent School District

  • 1 Elementary
  • 1 Middle
  • 1 High School

Lackland Independent School District

  • 1 Elementary
  • 1 Junior/Senior High School

Randolph Independent School District

  • 1 Elementary
  • 1 Middle
  • 1 High School

Currently, only students whose parents physically reside on either installation have automatic right to attend the Installation ISD schools; students whose parents are assigned to either installation, but reside off-installation, can be accepted as transfer students, but the parents must provide transportation. FSH ISD and RFISD both accept transfer waiver applications in grades K-12, Lackland ISD only accepts transfer applications for grades 9-12.

Fort Sam Houston ISD, Lackland ISD or Randolph Field ISD are not part of the Department of Defense school system, they are independent school districts subject to the jurisdiction of the Texas Education Agency. As the district's boundaries are coterminous with those of JBSA-FSH, JBSA-Lackland and JBSA-Randolph, the facilities of which by law are exempt from property taxation, the district has no taxable base; thus, funding is provided from Department of Education Impact Aid funds and state public school foundation funding.

There are 23 Independent School Districts that service military families around JBSA. For further information regarding Texas Schools and their accountability, testing or ratings, please visit the Texas Education Agency.

Please contact the School Liaison Office prior to leaving your current installation to receive our welcome packet with valuable information and resources to make your move to JBSA smooth. To contact any of the JBSA School Liaison locations, please email

Youth Services:

Fort Sam Houston Youth Center offers an extensive program of activities that include sports, camps, lock-ins, dances, workshops and seminars, classes, field trips, homework center, computer lab and much more. Call 210-221-3502 In addition to the Youth Center, a Teen Center provides a number of programs designed to help teens successfully transition to adulthood and to instill character and leadership qualities in them. There are several programs associated with the new Teen Center to include: Torch Clubs, Keystone Clubs, Smarts Girls, Passport to Manhood, National Fine arts Exhibit Program and more. For information call 210-221-3630 or visit the website

Lackland AFB Youth Programs include two separate sites: Kelly Field Unit and Lackland Unit. The Youth Program is geared to children, ages 6-12. It offers a wide range of activities to include sports programs, arts and crafts, other enrichment programs, before/after school care, and summer camps. It also provides membership to the Boys and Girls Club of America for children ages 6-12. For information call 210-671-2510/210-671-2388 or visit the Force Support Squadron website .

Randolph AFB Youth Programs (YP) provides activities and programs for youth; Instructional Programs for ages 3 - 18 years and Open Recreation for ages 9 - 18 years. Our year-round, comprehensive program includes activities such as the latest games PlayStation, X-Box, computer educational programs and games, arts and crafts, billiards, foosball, board games, puzzles, basketball and volleyball. Also supporting the center programs are our state-of-the-art playground, six baseball fields, one softball field, one swimming pool (for classes only), a football field, and the use of the base Arts & Crafts Center, tennis courts, Bowling Center, Golf Course, and the base fitness center.  Call 210-652-3298

Family Readiness Centers:

  • Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center: ACS 210-221-2418/2705
  • Lackland AFB Military & Family Readiness Center: AF Community 210-671-3722 or DSN 312-473-3722
  • Randolph AFB Military & Family Readiness Center: 210-652-5321


Fort Sam Houston housing is privatized and managed by Lincoln Military Housing. Eight housing areas with 2-5 bedroom homes. Available for all ranks. Call 210-270-7638 or visit the Family Housing website.

NOTE: Visit the Air Force Housing website to find your new home with the Air Force. This website serves as a one-stop shop for Airmen and their families to obtain information about the housing options and support services available to them at Air Force bases worldwide.

Lackland AFB Housing has a waiting list and is privatized and managed by Balfour Beatty. Make sure you go to your losing base housing office to have your name added to the waiting list. You can find both the government and privatized housing numbers in the contact list. The website for privatized housing shows houses plus floor plans. The waiting list depends on rank, number of children, and type of housing. In the surrounding community, there are numerous apartments and single dwellings for rent as well as to buy. Visit their Lackland AFB Homes Facebook too.

Single military personnel without children in pay grades E1 to E3 must live in a dormitory on base. There is no housing on base for E-5 and above or for single officers. There are 12 permanent party dormitories on Lackland, Lackland Training Annex, and the Kelly Annex.

It is mandatory for all personnel storing privately owned firearms in their residence in family housing on base to register their firearms with 802d SFS Pass and Registration. This must be done within three duty days for newly assigned personnel residing in base housing.

Randolph AFB (JBSA-RND) military family housing is privatized. Hunt owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. For more information view the Randolph Family Housing website or call 210-659-9061.

The Housing Management Office (HMO) is the first building on the left as you enter JBSA-Randolph via the main gate at building 144. Counselors offer referral services to on-base privatized housing and assist with locating housing accommodations in the local community. For comprehensive information about the privatized and community housing at JBSA-RND, call 210-652-1840 or visit the Air Force Housing website.


Fort Sam Houston: Recent job growth is positive. San Antonio jobs have increased by 0.40 %. Unemployment rate 5.6%. Median household income $42,945. For information about employment log to Army, ALL or call Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at: 210-221-1425 or the Civilian Personnel Air Force at: 210-808-7577.

Lackland AFB: Employment can be accessed by going to Alamo Workforce Career Centers. There are a number of them in the San Antonio Region. To call the closest center to Lackland, call 210-436-0670. Visit the Work in Texas website to help find available jobs in Texas. Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. For more information contact the Texas Workforce at 1-800-939-6631. You can also file online.

Randolph AFB: San Antonio has a diversified economy with four primary focuses: financial services, health care, national defense, and tourism. The city is also home to one of the largest military concentrations in the United States. The defense industry in San Antonio employs over 89,000. Employment can be accessed by going to Alamo Workforce Career Centers. There are a number of them in the San Antonio Region. For information about employment opportunities on base, visit the Randolph Human Resources Office.  Or stop by their office located in Bldg 598, or contact them at 210-652-5273.

Post/Base Services:

Fort Sam Houston:

  • MWR Facilities Recreation includes bowling, golf, camping, fishing, dinner theatre, aquatic center, various fitness centers, auto craft shop, JBSA Recreation Park 830-226-5357, equestrian center, and more!
  • Commissaries: 1 commissary, 2 Shoppettes, 1 with gas station on post: 210-221-4678
  • Exchange System: 1 on post: 210-225-5566
  • Banking facilities on post: San Antonio Credit UnionBroadway Bank

Lackland AFB:

Randolph AFB:

Medical Services:

Fort Sam Houston: San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) is the Army's most modern health care facility and the Army's only Level 1 Trauma Center. There are 450 inpatient beds of which 48 are ICU beds and 40 are dedicated to the Institute of Surgical Research. The hospital includes 12 operating rooms, five oral surgery suites, four dental rooms. The hospital information: 210-916-4141, DSN 312-429-4141.

Lackland AFB: The Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC) has closed its emergency department and re-designated the area as an urgent care center (UCC). It joined with Brooke Army Medical Center to form SAMMC. There is one appointment line for any of the medical treatment facilities in the area: 210-916-9900. It is also possible to make appointments online . Lackland AFB is in the TRICARE South Region.

Randolph AFB Medical Services: The 359th Medical Group provides general outpatient medical services to active duty personnel, their family members, retirees and their family members. Dental Care - Active duty only. Dependants can enroll in United Concordia Dental Insurance and retirees can enroll in Delta Dental .Emergency Care -- It is important to note that the Randolph Clinic does not provide emergency medical care. Emergency medical care is provided at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC); formerly called Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC), formerly called Wilford Hall Medical Center. SAMMC is located 17 miles from Randolph AFB and WHASC is at Lackland AFB located 30 miles from Randolph AFB. Both SAMMC and WHASC are full service hospitals and provide extensive medical care in virtually all specialties. Additionally, Northeast Methodist Hospital (a civilian hospital) is located four miles from Randolph AFB.

The sponsor or the family member must go to the TRICARE Service Center located on the first floor of the clinic to register the family in TRICARE South and to select a Primary Care Manager. The TRICARE Office has no local inbound telephone lines. It is necessary to make a personal visit.

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

Fort Sam Houston:

When dialing DSN from a U.S. installation to a U.S. installation, it is unnecessary to dial the 312 area code. If you dial a number with the 312 and it does not work, try it again without the area code. When dialing a DSN to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The Fort Sam Houston operator may be reached by calling 210-221-1211, DSN 312-471-1211. For Brooke Army Medical Center Information Desk, call 210-916-4141, DSN 312-429-4141. The Fort Sam Houston Toll Free number 1-800-531-1114 may be used for official business (limited to 5 minutes), and the operator will transfer your call to any number on post.

The Fort Sam Houston Post Office is located in Building 368, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For additional information call 210-226-0089.

Lackland AFB: Posted base speed limits are strictly enforced. Violators who speed 15 mph over the speed limit will receive an automatic 30-day suspension of base driving privileges. Violators who speed 20 mph over the speed limit will receive an automatic 60-day suspension of base driving privileges. A suspension means that offenders are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle on Lackland AFB during the suspension period.

Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS), is being used at all gates. If personnel came from a base using this system, they still need to register again at Lackland. The DBIDS registration is in Pass and ID, Bldg 5616, Room 109. Call 210-671-7248 or 210-671-9162 for questions.

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