Built in 1941 and named after Brigadier General Frank Lackland, Lackland Air Force Base provides basic military training for Air Force recruits, and is best known as being the only base that offers enlisted Basic Military Training for the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and the Active Duty Air Force. By 2011, many if not all of military personnel and employees of the base will transfer to Fort Sam Houston per the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure program, or BRAC.
Located within the San Antonio metro area, residents and personnel of Lackland AFB can easily commute to the center of the city for fine dining and shopping, and to fulfill all of their entertainment, recreational, and cultural needs.
School-aged children living in Lackland Air Force Base are given the option to attend schools in the Lackland Independent School District (ISD). Accredited by the Texas Education Agency and located on base, the schools of Lackland ISD include Lackland Elementary School, which serves pre-K students to the sixth grade, and Stacey Junior/Senior High School. Currently, over 850 students are enrolled within Lackland ISD. Colleges and universities outside the base include St. Mary’s University and Our Lady of the Lake University, both of which are in San Antonio. Students and military personnel wishing to obtain a college degree can also do so at the base where a number of universities such as Webster University, St. Mary’s University, and Park University offer satellite courses.
Attractions & Points of Interest
If you’re a bit of a history buff, whether it’s for military or local area history, then you’re in luck; Lackland AFB has exactly what you’re looking for. The History and Traditions Museum provides visitors with more than just a glimpse of weapons, artifacts, aircraft and engines that date as far back as World War I. Or, if you’re more interested in the weapons and artifacts used by security forces, check out the Security Police Museum. Lackland AFB itself houses a number of permanent displays and exhibits of airplanes, such as the P-38 Lightening, P-82 Twin Mustang, and the B-17 Flying Fortress. Are you more of an appreciator of the arts? Not to worry as Lackland AFB is also home to the Enlisted Art Gallery.
Be sure to also check out the Fort Sam Houston Museum located at Fort Sam Houston. Featuring exhibits that date as far back as 1845, the exhibits are displayed during the ten most important periods of the fort and include weaponry, uniforms, photos, and other documents. And be sure to check out the National Historic Landmark District as it houses close to 900 structures—the most on any Department of Defense base.
Parks & Recreation
Residents and military personnel looking to enjoy some time out on the links don’t have to go very far. The Lackland Golf Course is an 18-hole course that caters specifically to military personnel and is managed by the U.S. Air Force Services Agency. This facility is located in the Gateway Hills Golf Course, which is a private non-equity par-72 golf course. Lackland Golf Course’s hilly terrain makes for a challenging play for both novice and advanced players. Other golf courses in the area include Gateway Valley Golf Course, Kelly Golf Course, Hyatt Regency-Hill Country Resort, Fort Sam Houston Golf Course, Riverside Golf Course, and Brackenridge Golf Courses, among others.
Residents looking to take part in a few community-wide classes or personal/professional development programs can head on over to one of three community centers located on base: the Arnold Hall Community Center, Skylark Community Center, and Kisling Community Center. It’s there that residents and military personnel can host banquets, seminars, retirement ceremonies, wedding receptions, birthday parties, Commander Calls, and other special functions. The community centers even offer fully-equipped cyber cafes where residents can surf the web or take part in some online gaming.
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