Joint Base San Antonio Community


See the Getting To & Around San Antonio and South Texas chapter on Page 52 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at San Antonio International Airport, about 156 miles from the base. Transportation is not provided to the base.


Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable before your arrival at Laughlin AFB.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Laughlin AFB. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.

If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 830-298-5620.


Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.

Bus Service from San Antonio

Bus service is available from San Antonio (downtown bus station) to the Del Rio bus terminal. Travel time is about three and a half hours. Call Greyhound at 210-270-5868 or Kerrville Bus Co. at 800-256-2757 for schedules and costs, or coordinate travel arrangements with your sponsor.

Driving from Central Texas

For the route through central Texas, take U.S. Highway 277 southwest from San Angelo to Del Rio, then U.S. Highway 90 east to the base. Laughlin is 8 miles east of Del Rio. The front gate on U.S. 90 is open 24/7.

Driving from the West

The best route from the west is Interstate 10 east through El Paso to Van Horn, then drop southeast on U.S. Highway 90 from Van Horn to Laughlin AFB. The front gate on U.S. 90 is open 24/7.

From San Antonio International Airport

Laughlin AFB is 156 miles west of San Antonio via U.S. Highway 90. The front gate on U.S. 90 is open 24/7.


Military Personnel Section

Building 246, 427 Liberty Drive………………………………….830-298-5276

When you arrive at the base, you must inprocess with Military Personnel Section customer service office. Bring all personnel, medical and financial records with you. When you inprocess with the Military Personnel Section, you will be given an appointment to attend the Newcomers Orientation. If you arrive during nonduty hours, on a weekend or holiday and need assistance, go to the 24-hour arrival point at Laughlin Manor in Building 454.

Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training or Awaiting Pilot Training students, as well as reserve, Guard and foreign exchange student pilots must take their inprocessing documents to the transition office before inprocessing at the Military Personnel Section. This is to ensure student inprocessing has been completed before Laughlin inprocessing. The transition office is in Building 320, Room A133. Call 830-298-5211 for more information.

Newcomers Orientation

The Newcomers Orientation ensures new personnel and their spouses obtain personal assistance through welcome and relocation services. The orientation provides inprocessing briefings and information about the base and community. The event is mandatory for military members; spouses and new civilian employees are also encouraged to attend.


Laughlin Manor

Building 454, Fourth Street and Arnold Boulevard……………830-298-5741

Laughlin Manor provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for incoming personnel and their families who are being assigned to Laughlin AFB. 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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