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Lackland Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
Lackland Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome CenterLackland Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center

Lackland Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Lackland Air Force Base, “Gateway to the Air Force.” Part of Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland AFB is an enclave inside the city of San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas. The base encompasses 4.23 square miles of land, with a population of around ten thousand as of the 2010 census. Lackland AFB was originally built during World War II and is now home to Air Force Basic Training and operated by Air Education and Training Command. During the day, over thirty thousand people can be found working inside the base. The installation is home to numerous training and rec facilities, offices, and housing quarters. Lackland AFB houses a 3,529 meter runway that it shares jointly with the city of San Antonio.

Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Lackland AFB to help aid you in your transition to your new base home.

  1. Where Is Lackland Air Force Base?
  2. Google Map View
  3. Getting There – Directions to the Base
  4. Entering Lackland Air Force Base and Base Amenities
  5. Where Should I Live Near Lackland Air Force Base?
  6. What Schools are Near Lackland Air Force Base?
  7. What’s the Weather Like in Lackland Air Force Base?
  8. Things to Do Near Lackland Air Force Base

Where is Lackland Air Force Base?

Lackland AFB Visitor Center
2602 Luke Blvd
Lackland AFB, TX 78236
Phone: 1 (210)-671-1110

Lackland Air Force Base Installation Map

Lackland Air Force Base Installation Map

Lackland Air Force Base Directions

Lackland is a quick twenty minute drive from downtown San Antonio.

Public Transportation

The Greyhound bus station in San Antonio is twenty minutes away as well.

San Antonio International Airport

From the San Antonio International Airport, a cab from the terminal can get you there in under a half hour.

Amtrak

If you’re arriving by Amtrak train, the San Antonio station serves many cities, and features the Texas Eagle, a train with daily routes from Chicago, Austin, and Dallas.

Driving Directions from the North

  1. Take I-35 South to I-10
  2. Continue onto US-90 W
  3. Take the exit toward Texas 13 Loop/Military Dr/Lackland A.F.B
  4. Merge onto U.S. 90 Access Rd
  5. Continue onto Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy/W US Hwy 90
  6. Turn left onto W Military Dr

Driving Directions from the East

  1. Take I-10 W to US-90 W
  2. Follow steps 2-6 above

Driving Directions from the West

  1. Take TX-55 S to US-90 E
  2. Take the exit toward TX-13Loop/Military Dr/Lackland AFB
  3. Merge onto U.S. 90 Access Rd/W US Hwy 90
  4. Turn right onto W Military Dr

Entering Lackland Air Force Base and Base Amenities

Entering Lackland Air Force Base and Base Amenities

To enter Lackland AFB, you’ll need your military ID. Your spouse will need their dependent ID card. If you don’t have those, you’ll have to show your driver’s license. And be prepared with your vehicle registration and insurance, because you may be asked for those as well. If you’re arriving in a rental car, then the rental paperwork will do the trick.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

Report to your Commander’s Support Staff to sign in to the base.

Visitors Reception Center – Airmans Gate – Lackland AFB
2602 Luke Blvd
Lackland AFB, TX 78236
Phone: 1 (210) 671-6174

Lackland Air Force Base Visitor Center

Family and friends visiting for graduation or other events must stop here first to pick up their passes. Make sure to follow the procedure and fill out JBSANANTONIO Form 7 to obtain permission for sponsored visitors to enter the base. You can find Form 7, as well as the base firearm policy, here.

Lackland Air Force Base Visitor Center
2602 Luke Blvd
Lackland AFB, TX 78236
Phone: 1 (210) 671-6174

Lackland Air Force Base DEERS Office

Check your ID status or get a dependent ID card renewal. Make an appointment online or use their walk-in service.

Lackland Air Force Base DEERS Office
1561 Stewart
Lackland AFB, TX 78236
Phone: 1 (210) 671-6006

Lackland Air Force Base DEERS Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0930 – 1600

Lackland Air Force Base Gate Hours

  • Luke East Gate: 24/7
  • Luke VCC: CLOSED
  • Valley Hi Gate: 24/7
  • McMullen Gate: 24/7
  • Chapman Annex Gate: 24/7
  • Selfridge West Gate: CLOSED
  • Selfridge East Gate: CLOSED
  • Luke West Gate: CLOSED
  • Security Hill Gate: Monday – CLOSED. Tuesday through Friday – 0600 – 1800.
  • Growdon Gate/Commercial: Monday – CLOSED. Tuesday through Friday – 0500 – 1800.

Lackland Air Force Base Commissary

Shop for groceries, pick up prescriptions, or place special orders for parties or events. Check out their bi-weekly sales flyer for current deals.

Lackland Air Force Base Commissary
2250 Foulois Street
Bldg. 8400
JBSA Lackland, TX 78236-1039
Phone: 1 (210) 671-2837

Lackland Air Force Base Commissary Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-2000
  • Saturday – 0800-1800
  • Sunday – 0900-1800

Lackland Air Force Base Exchange
Stop by for the food court, barbershop, tactical gear from the largest military clothing store in the Air Force, and much more.

Lackland Air Force Base Exchange

1385 Reese Street
Building #1385
JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236-0000
Phone: 1 (210) 674-6465

Lackland AFB Exchange Hours

  • Monday through Thursday – 0900-1800
  • Friday and Saturday – 0900-1900
  • Sunday and Holidays – 1000-1800

Lackland Air Force Base Barber Shops

Lackland Air Force Base Barber Shops

Barber Shop Locations & Hours

Main Exchange
1385 Reese Street
Bldg. 1385
Phone: 1 (210) 673-5252
Hours:

  • Monday through Saturday – 0800-1900
  • Sunday – 1000-1800

Hair Studio
1385 Reese Street
Bldg. 1385
Phone: 1 (210) 674-1341
Hours: Monday through Sunday 1000-1700

Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center
Bldg. 4554
Phone: 1 (210) 674-1019
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 1000-1400
  • Saturday and Sunday – Closed

Services Bldg. 7025 South
Phone: 1 (210) 673-2110
Hours: Monday through Sunday 1000-1700

Exchange Troop Services-North
Bldg. 10345
Phone: 1 (210) 673-4018
Hours: Monday through Sunday 1000-1800

Stylique Salon
Exchange Troop Services-North
Bldg. 10345
Phone: 1 (210) 670-9956
Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday – 1430-1800
  • Friday through Sunday – 1000-1800

Security Hill Services
Bldg. 2017
Phone: 1 (210) 923-9405
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0900-1500
  • Saturday through Sunday – CLOSED

Lackland Air Force Base Post Office

Lackland Air Force Base Post Office

Mail letters and packages, access your PO Box, buy stamps, or renew your passport. Whatever your mailing needs, the USPS at Lackland can help.

Lackland AFB Post Office
2261 Hughes Ave.
JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236
Phone: 1 (210)-671-0952
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0830 to 1630
  • Saturday – 0930 to 1430
  • Sunday – Closed

Lackland Air Force Base Finance Office

Let the on-base finance office help you with planning for your future. Don’t wait until retirement to start saving. Professional financial advice is available to you and your family whenever you need it.

Lackland AFB Finance Office
1561 Stewart Street
Bldg. 5616
JBSA-Lackland, TX 78236-0000
Phone: 1 (210) 652-1851

Lackland AFB Finance Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 0800 – 1500
  • Wednesday – 0800 – 1400

At the AFB Legal office, legal advice is available to all Airmen and their spouses and families. Here, the Judge Advocate can assist with aspects of military law, civil law, contract law, and more. Walk-ins available for notary and powers of attorney: Monday through Friday – 0830 to 1630.

Lackland AFB Legal Office
1701 Kenly Ave., STE 134
Lackland AFB, TX 78236
Phone: 1 (210) 671-3362
Hours: By Appointment Only

Lackland Air Force Base Library

Lackland Air Force Base Library

The library at Lackland offers all the services you can expect from a civilian library, including book lending and story time for children. In addition, a library edition of Ancestry.com is available, as well as online brain training, entrepreneurial and business guides, subscriptions to consumer reports and other magazines, homework help services, and countless other resources.

Lackland AFB Library
1930 George Ave
JBSA Lackland Air Force Base, Tx 78236
Phone: 1 (210) 671-3610
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 1100 – 1600
  • Saturday and Sunday – CLOSED
  • Storytime – Tuesdays at 1000

Lackland Air Force Base Hotels

Travelodge by Wyndham San Antonio Lackland AFB
120 Rustleaf and SW Military Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78242
Phone: 1 (210) 645-1561

OYO Hotel San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base West
100, Valley Hi Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78227
Phone: 1 (210) 319-5660

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lackland AFB (San Antonio), TX
6502 Enrique M Barrera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78227
Phone: 1 (210) 678-0444

Download MyBaseGuide’s Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby

Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide’s Lackland Air Force Base Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Where Should I Live Near Lackland Air Force Base?

Where Should I Live Near Lackland Air Force Base?

There are many factors that go into a decision about where to live. You and your family will have to weigh the pros and cons, such as proximity to base, cost of entry for a particular city or neighborhood, the available amenities, schools, and so on.

Cities Near Lackland AFB

The base resides inside the city of San Antonio and therefore is smack dab in the middle of a major American metropolis. There are several areas and neighborhoods around the city just outside the base and beyond. The surrounding area includes multiple smaller cities and satellite communities within easy commute of Lackland. For a home with a small-town feel, check out one of the census-designated communities around the base.

Best Places to Live Near Lackland Air Force Base

San Antonio

San Antonio was founded in 1718 and is the city with the seventh-largest population in the U.S. The city is divided into many diverse neighborhoods, each with its own feel. Downtown San Antonio is bustling with nightlife and popular hangouts for the more city focused singles, whereas North Central is home to many middle class and upper class enclaves. Some of the best places to look first in terms of price and amenities are Oakland Estates, Northeast Inner Loop, and Helotes.

Universal City
Adjacent to Randolph Air Force Base, Universal City is under forty minutes from Lackland and home to a diverse population of around twenty thousand people. There are multiple schools to choose from, including a community college for higher ed., parks, golf courses, and more.

Somerset
Just a twenty minute drive from base, Somerset is a former oil boom town-turned-city with a population under two thousand. The two square miles that encompass Somerset contain a school district, a city pool, and multiple options for affordable housing.

La Vernia
To escape the hustle and bustle of the base and Greater San Antonio, consider settling down in a place like La Vernia. Technically a city, La Vernia has just under a thousand residents and just over three hundred households. It’s home to a cultural museum offering exhibits on the history of the area, its own school district, and a handful of large employers. La Vernia is a forty minute drive east of Lackland AFB.

Castroville
The city of Castroville is a straight shot on US-90 W, thirty minutes from Lackland. A rich cultural history comes from the original Alsatian immigrants who settled the area. The city is full of unique architecture due to its heritage, and recreation options like picnicking and hiking are available at Castroville Regional Park. On hot days, take the family for a swim in Paradise Canyon. Museums and historic houses like the Landmark Inn and Steinbach house offer a wealth of culture for everyone to enjoy.

Look for homes and apartments for rent or sale on AHRN.com

Hot Tip: Look for Lackland Air Force Base homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at AHRN.com.

Lackland Air Force Base Schools

Lackland Air Force Base Schools

Lackland Independent School District is home to Lackland Elementary School, serving grades Pre-K through five, and Stacey Junior-Senior High School, serving grades six through twelve. Special education needs are served in coordination with Ft. Sam Houston and Randolph Field school districts. San Antonio Independent School District includes several closeby schools and neighboring districts include Northside Independent School District, Medina Independent School District, and Edgewood Independent School District. Options for daycare around Lackland include HOP TOTS Daycare and Gateway Child Development Center, both in San Antonio.

Lackland Air Force Base Weather

Lackland Air Force Base Weather

San Antonio is hot for most of the year and barely goes below the 50s except in winter. The humidity is usually high and cloud coverage is often sparse. The sun is very strong on most days, so make sure to apply loads of sunscreen. You can find a full weather breakdown here.

Things to Do on Lackland AFB

Things to Do on Lackland AFB

Lackland is a paradise for those with fitness on their minds. The base is home to six fitness centers. From aquatics to weight lifting, you’ll find everything you need to keep in shape. Close by Fort Sam Houston Outdoor Recreation Center is home to all of your camping, fishing, and other outdoor needs. The San Antonio metro is packed full of culture to take in, with its many museums and historic places such as the Alamo. Shopping-wise, there are also tons of options, like the Shops at Rivercenter in San Antonio itself.

For all the best things to find around Lackland, check out this guide on 31 of the Best Things to do on Lackland AFB.

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Hot Tip: Connect with military-trusted businesses and deals exclusively for Lackland Air Force Base at MyBaseGuide.

Conclusion

Lackland AFB inside the San Antonio metro area is packed full of things to do and experience. Inside this major American city, one can find almost anything available to them. From affordable to upscale dining, housing, entertainment, and urban to rural living options, one really can carve out whatever kind of lifestyle they could possibly want. Before moving, make sure to keep up with any travel restrictions that may affect you.

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