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San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base Arrival



From San Antonio International Airport

If you drive from the airport, take Loop 410 west to the Valley Hi/Lackland AFB exit. Turn left on Valley Hi Drive and continue straight to the Airman’s Gate.


Once arriving at Lackland, report to your commander’s support staff to sign in. There you will receive a schedule of required inprocessing appointments, including the date you are to attend the Newcomers Orientation briefing. Important documents to hand carry include at least 15 copies of your orders; copies of all insurance policies; immunization records for all children and pets; school records for children and high school and college transcripts for adults; certified copies of birth certificates, adoption papers, marriage licenses, divorce papers, etc.; Social Security cards; purchase agreements for your vehicles, showing state sales tax paid; vehicle registrations and titles; and current driver’s licenses.

Newcomers Orientation

The Newcomers Orientation briefing is mandatory (except for first term airmen). During the orientation, you will turn in your medical and dental records. A number of mandatory briefings will be completed that day.

First Term Airmen

All first-term airmen must attend the First Term Airman Center for five days of orientations and briefings. They are not required to attend Newcomers Orientation. Each first-term airman should wear the uniform of the day and bring at least five copies of orders.


Gateway Inn

1750 Femoyer St…………………………………210-924-7201

The Gateway Inn provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for incoming personnel and their families who are being assigned to JBSA-Lackland. Amenities include cable TV, coffee makers, microwaves and refrigerators. Pet-friendly units are available. For current rates and booking information, visit the DOD lodging website.

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