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San Antonio Military’s Rich History
The United States Military is part of the very fabric of San Antonio. It is interwoven into the city’s culture, economy, industry, way of life and, most importantly, its people. The two are inextricably linked throughout history, with the military helping to shape San Antonio and San Antonio helping to shape the military. An understanding of the military’s history and current presence in the city is pertinent, not only to people in the armed forces, but to anyone who plans to call San Antonio home. After all, the city bears the patriotic nickname of Military City U.S.A.

The military has enjoyed an unbroken history in San Antonio. The military’s future in the city looks strong, as the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 is well underway. The BRAC involves closing numerous military facilities around the country and relocating much of the personnel and operations to San Antonio. Unprecedented growth is expected by 2011.

In 2006, the Military Transformation Task Force commissioned the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department to measure the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) economic impact. This study concluded the DoD registered an impact of $13.3 billion. By 2011, the BRAC recommendations will drastically increase this number.

The impact the BRAC will have on San Antonio is staggering. Recent estimates indicate the BRAC will generate an additional $8.3 billion in positive economic impact through 2011. This marks a significant increase from the 2006 estimate of $5.6 billion. Not included in this estimate is the expected economic impact following 2011, which is estimated at an additional $2.9 billion annually. The BRAC recommendations will transform all of San Antonio’s major military facilities including Fort Sam Houston (FSH), Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) and Randolph Air Force Base (AFB). In addition, the BRAC recommendations will close San Antonio’s Brook City Base by 2011, making way for a new master-planned research and technology center.

Fort Sam Houston
— History

Since 1845, the U.S. Army has utilized San Antonio as a headquarters, logistical base, mobilization and training site, garrison and provider of medical support. Initially, the Army leased facilities from the city, including the historic Alamo. In 1876, the city donated 92 acres of land known as Government Hill. Shortly thereafter, the Army moved its facilities and began construction on what would become FSH.

By 1885, a 10,830 square-foot commander’s home, named the Pershing House, and a permanent post hospital were constructed. Another 60 buildings were added between 1885 and 1891. In 1890, the military post at San Antonio was named after the first President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston.

From 1910 until World War II, “Fort Sam” was the largest Army post in the U.S. In 1910, it fathered military aviation and, by 1917, developed the first Aeromedical evacuation strategy. Following World War II, FSH became the Army’s principal medical training facility. Today, it is the largest and most important medical training facility in the world. It is widely known as the “Home of Army Medicine” and the “Home of Combat Medic.” Soldiers from FSH have participated in every American war since its inception.

By 1928, 500 new structures had been built on FSH. In 1938, a new hospital, the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), was constructed. During the Korean War, its Medical Field Service School became a major training facility. By 1949, FSH had 1,500 buildings, 3,300-plus acres and was the headquarters of the Fourth United States Army.

In 1975, FSH was designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is home to more than 900 historic structures including the FSH Quadrangle. The Quadrangle is the oldest structure at the post and once held Geronimo, the Apache Indian leader, while the government determined his sentencing. Today, FSH often renovates and reuses significant historical buildings like the Quadrangle for various purposes.

— General Information
FSH is located in Northeast San Antonio. Three major roadways provide access to the fort, including Loop 410, Interstate 35 and U.S. 281. FSH is home to the Fifth U.S. Army, U.S. Army South, Fifth Recruiting Brigade, 12th ROTC Brigade, U.S. Navy Regional Recruiting, the San Antonio Military Entrance and Processing Station and the U.S. Naval School of Health Sciences, Bethesda Detachment. Medical facilities at FSH include the BAMC, the Great Plains Regional Medical Command, Headquarters Dental Command, Headquarters Veterinary Command, the Institute for Surgical Research (trauma/burn center), the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute and the Army Medical Department Non-commissioned Officer Academy.

FSH supports 35 Army, two Air Force, five Navy/Marine, two joint service, seven DoD, five federal, three state and five private organizations. FSH is the fourth-largest employer in San Antonio. The current work force consists of approximately 35,900 military personnel (including active, reserve and National Guard), approximately 8,500 civilians as well as an additional 3,000 contract employees and other workers. Approximately 47,200 Army members reside at FSH. The current number of family members residing on the post is approximately 8,000 and about 113,300 military retirees and family members also live in the area.

FSH has its own school district, the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District (FSHISD), which was created in 1951. The FSH Elementary School was originally constructed as an 18-room building but has since been renovated and expanded. Today, the school has an enrollment of approximately 750 in early childhood through fifth grade. The Robert G. Cole Junior/Senior High is the post’s other school. During the 2008-2009 school year, it had an enrollment of 650 students in grades 6-12. For more information on FSHISD visit www.fshisd.net.

Transient lodging on FSH consists of 523 rooms which are primarily used to house students attending classes at FSH or other personnel visiting the post. In 2009, Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) took effect, bringing the first branded hotels to FSH. Visitors to the post now enjoy first-rate lodging that is tailored for soldiers, their families and guests. For more information on lodging availability contact:

IHG Army Hotels - Fort Sam Houston
Phone: (210) 357-2705
Reservations: (877) 711-8326

General questions about Fort Sam Houston should be directed to the Public Affairs Office:

Public Affairs Office
1212 Stanley Road, Building 124
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-5004
(210) 221-1151
FAX: (210) 221-1198
www.samhouston.army.mil

— Relocation

There are several resources available to relocating soldiers and their families. Army OneSource (www.myarmyonesource.com) provides information on services including family programs, health care, soldier and family housing, child, youth and school services as well as education, career, library, recreation, travel and community programs. Army Housing OneStop (https://onestop.army.mil) provides information about Military Family Housing (MFH), Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH) and community (Off-Post) housing. Army Housing OneStop also provides community and civilian employment information. Fort Sam Houston Housing (www.fortsamhoustonhousing.com) is also a good resource. Alternately, you can contact the Post Housing Office directly:

Post Housing Office:

Lincoln Military Housing, Building 367
P.O. Box 341088
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-5000
(210) 270-7638

Housing at FSH was privatized in 2005 in an effort to eliminate sub-par housing and provide soldiers and their families with high-quality communities and amenities. The privatization was the result of the partnership between the Department of the Army and Lincoln Military Housing known as Fort Sam Houston Family Housing, LP (FSHFH). As part of this partnership, FSHFH agreed to improve and maintain housing at FSH for 50 years.

U.S. Army Civilian Personnel (http://cpol.army.mil/) provides extensive information on civilian employment and opportunities to join the Army as a civilian. The DoD is America’s “oldest, largest, busiest and most successful ‘company.’” It currently employs over 250,000 civilian employees. Job opportunities are also available at the Fort Sam Houston Moral Welfare and Recreation Web site (http://jobs.fortsamhoustonmwr.com/).

Camp Bullis
— History
Established in 1917, Camp Bullis is a 27,994-acre Army training camp. It is located on IH-10 and Loop 1604, northwest of San Antonio. Together with Camp Stanley, Camp Bullis comprises the Leon Springs Military Reservation. There are approximately 130 military personnel stationed at Camp Bullis. Camp Bullis is frequently used by Army units stationed at FSH as well as the Army Medical Department Center and School, Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute and Air Force Ground Combat Skills School.

— Future
As mentioned in the beginning of this chapter, the BRAC will transform FSH, Camp Bullis and its surrounding communities. By 2011, an additional 23 Army, six Air Force and seven Navy organizations will be supported by FSH. During 2006-2008, 1,656 personnel moved to the post. An additional 10,000 new personnel will arrive in 2010-2011, many of whom will be accompanied by their families. To accommodate this dependant population growth, $20 million in funds have been allocated for the construction of a middle school, gymnasium, media center and technology center.

All military medical training will be consolidated at FSH with the opening of the Military Education and Training Campus (METC) in 2011. The Navy will move its medical training from three locations and the Air Force will move its training from the Sheppard Air Force Base to FSH. This is expected to increase the student body population by 9,000 and will require an additional support staff of 4,000.

The Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC) and BAMC will be consolidated into one medical region with two integrated campuses known as the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). The BAMC will become the SAMMC – North and the WHMC will become the SAMMC – South. At Camp Bullis, a new Armed Forces Reserve Center has recently been completed at a cost of $36.9 million. Also by spring 2010, an $18.9 million METC Field Maintenance Facility is scheduled to be completed.

According to a study conducted by the Military Transformation Task Force, published in 2009, the BRAC will generate $1,589,142,347 in additional consumer and operating expenditures. It will create $305,797,204 in new local contracts and there will be a $6,708,877,333 economic impact resulting from BRAC construction. The additional sales tax revenue from construction is estimated at $10,413,318. The study also estimates the potential additional employment supported by BRAC construction at the fort to be 61,785 while the on-going increased employment is estimated to be 28,403.

Earning potential, as a result of the BRAC, is approximately $3.5 billion during 2005-2011 and on-going earnings are estimated at $1.3 billion annually. Mission growth data reported by the San Antonio Joint Program Office in 2008, indicated that the BRAC increased the Army Modular Force by 2,419, the Medical Education and Training Command by 4,600, the San Antonio Military Medical Center by 2,130, Battlefield Health and Trauma by 230, the Directed Energy Lab by 123 and other personnel by 3,000. This will result in a combined growth of 12,502 people.

Lackland Air Force Base
— History
Lackland Air Force Base originated in 1942, when the War Department separated a part of Kelly Field and made it into an independent installation. The base was originally named the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. In 1947, it was renamed after Brigadier General Frank D. Lackland. General Lackland was the first to propose an aviation cadet reception and training center at Kelly Field.

Following Pearl Harbor, the demand for aircrews grew and in 1942 the War Department re-designated the replacement training center as a preflight school and established a classification center. In 1946, rather than close this “wartime training camp,” it was again re-designated as the Army Air Force Military Training Center. This re-designation gave it the sole basic military training mission for the Army Air Force.

After 1946, Lackland became known as “The Gateway to the Air Force,” as it was where all enlisted airmen began their careers. In 1957, a new nine-story hospital was added to the northern area of the base. The hospital added an additional 500-bed wing in 1961. This original 59th Medical Wing now operates the Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC). WHMC is the largest medical center in the U.S. Air Force.

In 2001, when the Kelly Air Force Base closed, Lackland gained a two-mile-long runway. The portion of the former Kelly AFB still under Air Force control is now known as Lackland AFB/Kelly Field Annex. Its flying units include the Air Force Reserve Command’s (AFRC) 433d Airlift Wing and the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard.

In 2005, the BRAC recommended a major realignment of Lackland AFB. By 2009, the BRAC made its decision to combine Lackland AFB with Randolph AFB and FSH/Camp Bullis. The combined base will be called Joint Base San Antonio.

— General Information
Lackland AFB encompasses 9,797 acres southwest of San Antonio. It is located off of Highway 90 from the east and 410-West from the north or south. Lackland is home to the 37th Training Wing which provides training to enlisted people entering the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, government agencies and allies. The four primary training functions are basic military, professional, technical and English language proficiency. More than 86,000 students graduate each year and more than seven million airmen have completed training since 1946.

Of the 120 units stationed at Lackland, only 36 are assigned to the 37th Training Wing. The Command’s 433rd Airlift Wing accounts for 22 units. Another 18 units are under the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency and the 67th Network Warfare Wing. An additional 18 Air Combat Command units are also stationed at Lackland. The remaining units are within the 59th Medical Wing, the Texas Air National Guard’s 149th Fighter Wing and other tenant units, agencies and centers.

The population of the AFB is approximately 46,000, of which 20,300 are military and 7,800 are civilians. Approximately 17,900 are dependants. Among military personnel, approximately 48% live off-base and 52% live on-base. Lockland consists of 2,105 facilities, 1,300 buildings, 431 family housing units, 731 privatized housing units and 1,315 vehicles. In 2008, the base had an estimated economic impact of $1,913,825,043.

The Lackland Independent School District (LISD) was created in 1953. LISD enrollment consists of the children of the families at Lackland AFB, including those living in the Temporary Lodging Facility. The number of students who attend Lackland Elementary School is 630 (early childhood through sixth grade). An additional 223 students (grades 7-12) attend Lackland’s Stacey Jr./Sr. High School. For more information on LISD visit www.lacklandisd.net.

The Child Care for PCS is a significant program for many Air Force personnel with dependents. The program allocates up to 20 hours of free childcare per child in a base-certified family day care home. This service is offered up to 60 days after arriving and up to 60 days before departing an installation.

Access to Lackland AFB is restricted to military members, retirees, dependents and government civilians with valid military ID cards. Visitors to the base are only allowed if they are sponsored and they must first report to one of the visitor’s centers before gaining access. The visitor’s centers are located off of the Gateway East entrance on Luke Boulevard and the Valley Hi Gate off of 410-South. On-base temporary lodging is available to service members at the Air Force Inn – Inns of Lackland. For more information on availability and rates visit www.dodlodging.net or call (210) 671-4277. Non-military visitors can refer to Air Force Travel Online at www.lackland.af.mil for assistance with lodging arrangements.
General questions about Lackland AFB should be directed to the 37th Training Wing Public Affairs office at (210) 671-2907.

— Relocation

Relocation Assistance is a congressionally mandated program that provides DoD personnel and their families with relocation information, education and skills to help manage and adjust to military life. At Lackland, the Airman Family and Readiness Center (AFRC) provides tailored information and relocation assistance to meet each family’s needs. Upon their arrival at Lackland, all newcomers must participate in the Right Start orientation program. All spouses are welcome to attend the orientation.

The AFRC assists DoD employees and family members with information and referrals to help resolve any issues that they may encounter as a result of military life. It is an exceptional resource offering one-on-one appointments, Heart Link (an orientation for all spouses new to Lackland or the Air Force), as well as information on finding scholarships, loans, grants for college and other financial assistance programs. The center also provides transition assistance to help people transfer from military life to civilian life. Included in the transition assistance services is the Pre-separation Counseling program. The program is mandatory for all military personnel separating or retiring and must be completed at least 90 days prior to departing the base. For more information on the programs and services offered by the AFRC visit www.lacklandfss.com or contact:

Airman and Family Readiness
2160 Kenly Avenue, Building 1249
(210) 671-3722
Fax: (210) 671-5206
E-mail: 37MSS.DPF@Lackland.af.mil

There are many other resources designed to help you and your family relocate to Lackland AFB. The Air Force’s AF Move Web site (http://afmove.hq.af.mil/) provides useful information on topics such as moving tips, non-temporary storage and shipping your privately owned vehicle. Armed Forces Crossroads (www.afcrossroads.com) also has an extensive relocation center designed to support the military community during the relocation process.

As of 2008, Lackland Family Housing became 100% privatized. Military housing is managed by the Lackland Air Force Base Capital Asset Management Office, formerly the Lackland Military Family Housing Office. New arrivals to the base should visit the Capital Asset Management Office, which is located in Building 1524 on the corner of Fairchild and Truemper Street. Capital Asset Management will also help you locate off-base housing and provide referral services to local rental properties. In some circumstances, the government will even pay for your move, including having your household items packed and delivered to your on-base residence. For more information contact:

Capital Asset Management Office
2525 Fairchild Street
Lackland AFB, TX 7823
(210) 671-1840

There are two Spouses’ Clubs located on the AFB, the Lackland Officer’s Spouses’ Club and the Lackland Enlisted Spouses’ Club. The Lackland Officer’s Spouses’ Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Lackland Air Force families and the local community. The Lackland Enlisted Spouses’ Club is an organization of enlisted members, their spouses, retired military, DoD personnel, civilian employees and their spouses. The club meets once a month to make decisions, socialize and entertain. Both clubs were designed to create a more positive atmosphere for people residing at Lackland. For more information visit the Lackland Officer’s Spouses’ Club at: www.lacklandosc.org or the Lackland Enlisted Spouses’ Club at: www.lacklandesc.org.

— Future

As previously mentioned, the BRAC has recommended a major realignment of Lackland AFB that will combine it with Randolph AFB and FSH/Camp Bullis, thus creating the Joint Base San Antonio. As part of this realignment, the 37th MSG and occupying squadrons will become the 902nd. Lackland will become part-home to the 2nd Air Force. The base will also gain the Air Force Center for Environment and Engineering, four Med Admin units and the Air Force Wide Support Element from Brooks City-Base. The Air Force Real Property Agency will also be moved to Lackland. In turn, Lackland’s munitions missions, F110 Engine Intermediate Mx and Repair and its correctional mission will be relocated elsewhere.

The WHMC will become the SAMMC-South and serve as a large, full-service ambulatory care center with selected medical and surgical outpatient specialties. It will house a new Eye Center of Excellence. The Level 1 Trauma Unit will be consolidated to the BAMC resulting in a loss of 1,439 personnel at Lackland.

The scheduled construction projects at Lackland include the Airfield Maintenance Technical Training Complex for the inter-American Air Forces Academy. The complex is slated to be completed, in the fall of 2010 for $18.5 million. An equipment warehouse for the Tops in Blue Air Force Entertainment Unit is slated to be completed in the spring of 2010 for $2.6 million. Finally, by late summer 2010, a $10.2 million Intelligence Operations Center will be constructed on the base.

Randolph Air Force Base
— History
Randolph AFB was designated in 1930 as a flight training base. Dubbed the West Point of the Air, Randolph was the largest construction project undertaken by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers since the building of the Panama Canal. The base was named after William Millican Randolph, a native of Austin, Texas, who made significant contributions to aviation during his career.

In 1931, the School of Aviation Medicine from Brooks Field and the first cadets from the Air Corps Flying School at Duncan Field relocated to Randolph for basic flying training. In 1943, the Central Instructors School took over and for the following two years trained instructors for the Air Corps’ primary, basic and advanced flying programs.
From 1945-1948, the Army Air Force Pilot School, which specialized in transition training for B-29 bomber pilots, occupied the base. By 1948, the 3510th Pilot Training Wing was the host unit at Randolph.

During the 1960s, the T-33 and T-38 brought jet training aircraft to the base and the Air Force Instrument Pilot Instructor School arrived. In 1963, the Air Force Military Personnel Center was added. By 1965, the Air Force Recruiting Service had also been added. During 1972, the 3510th Flying Training Wing was replaced by the 12th Flying Training Wing. In 1993, joint training programs with Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard student navigators and instructors began at Randolph. In 2001, Randolph was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.

— General Information
Randolph AFB is located in Universal City, approximately 30 minutes northeast of San Antonio. It is accessible from the IH-35 and I-10 roadways. Randolph is the headquarters of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) and the 12th Flying Training Wing (12 FTW). The 12 FTW headquarters is known throughout the Air Force as “The Taj” because of its similarities in appearance to the Taj Mahal. The 12 FTW is also the host wing for Randolph. Additonally, the AFB is home to the Air Force Manpower Agency, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Field Investigations Region 4 and the Air Force Recruiting Service. Randolph is known as “the Showplace of the Air Force” because of its Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture.

The base employs over 5,700 military personnel and 6,500 civilians. Its economic impact region spans a 50-mile radius and nearly $224 million associated with indirect jobs is generated by the base. Furthermore, it accounts for a total annual payroll of nearly $648 million that is spent in the local community.

Dependent children of Randolph AFB military personnel attend the Randolph Field Independent School District (IDS). The district, which is comprised of an elementary, middle and high school, has been serving military children since 1952. Approximately 600 students attend Randolph Elementary, which instructs children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Approximately 275 children attend Randolph Middle School which includes grades 6-8. Randolph High School has a student body of approximately 300 children in grades 9-12. For more information on Randolph Field IDS visit: www.rfisd.net.

Similarly to Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB has an Air Force Inn where military members can obtain temporary lodging. Reservations for the Randolph Inn can be made by calling (210) 652-1844. All other visitors to the base should visit Military-Hotels US (http://military-hotels.us/texas/randolph-afb-tx.html) for more information on lodging in the vicinity.

Randolph AFB has a noteworthy Health and Wellness Center that encompasses the Rambler Fitness Center. Services provided by the Health and Wellness Center include nutrition, fitness and tobacco cessation. People interested in the center should contact:

Health and Wellness Center
1751 1st Street East, Suite 2
(Rambler Fitness Center-South End)
Randolph AFB, TX 78150
(210) 652-2300
E-mail: Randolph.HAWC@randolph.AF.Mil

All additional questions about Randolph AFB should be directed to the Public Affairs Office at (210) 652-4410.

— Relocation
The Randolph Airman and Family Readiness Flight (A&FRF) services single or married active duty, guard, reservist, retired military members, DoD civilians and their families. The A&FRF is designed to help people acclimate to military life and improve quality of life on Randolph AFB. The Relocation Assistance Program offers assistance before, during and after your move. The A&FRF services include information and referral programs with agencies both on and off-base to help align military members with the appropriate resources. The Family Readiness Programs provide assistance, education and support during mobilization and deployments, evacuations, local/national emergencies and disaster response.

The Air Force Aid Society and Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) offers information, education and personal financial counseling. In addition, the PFMP offers information on grants for educational assistance and a food pantry. The A&FRF Career Focus Program provides spouses and other family members with increased employment opportunities through education, information and personal interviews. Finally, when it is time to transition to civilian life the A&FRF Transition Programs offer information and provide Pre-separation Counseling.

There are several resources available to help locate housing both on and off-base. Automated Housing Referral Network (www.AHRN.com) is sponsored by the DoD and is designed to assist military members find housing at Randolph AFB. The AETC II, Privatized Housing LLC, a joint venture between Hunt and Pinnacle homebuilders with the U.S. Air Force, developed The Landings at Randolph. The Landings provides three and four bedroom homes to families stationed at the AFB. For more information on The Landings visit https://randolph.pinnaclefamilyhousing.com.

Randolph AFB Housing’s Web site provides information on both off and on-base housing. Off-base housing information includes rental homes, apartments for rent and homes for sale. The Web site’s lenders and mortgage brokers can pre-qualify you for financing when you purchase a home using your VA eligibility. The site also provides information on storage units, hotels and pet services in the area. For more information visit http://randolphhousing.com.

Air Force civilian employment information at Randolph AFB can be found at https://ww2.afpc.randolph.af.mil/resweb/. Employees of the Department of the Air Force enjoy affordable health and life insurance plans, paid vacation and sick leave, transferable retirement plans, possible student loan repayment, annual pay increases and numerous other benefits. An alternate source for civilian job opportunities is The Air Force Personnel Center (http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/).

— Future
BRAC recommendations will result in a dramatic realignment of Randolph AFB. Included in this realignment is the relocation of the USAF Advanced Instrument School (AIS) which could result in a potential reduction of 29 jobs between 2006-2011. In addition, the Undergraduate Navigator Training program will be relocated to Florida. This recommendation could result in a potential reduction of 1,079 jobs during 2006-2011. The BRAC also calls for the realignment of FSH and Randolph AFB by relocating the installation management functions to Lackland AFB. This recommendation could result in a potential reduction of 382 jobs during 2006-2011.

In turn, Randolph AFB will gain the Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals Undergraduate Instructor Pilot training from Moody AFB, which affects 129 personnel and 29 students. The base will also become home to the consolidated Air Force Civilian Personnel Office, which affects 178 personnel and will bring onboard new administrative faculty. Finally, it will gain the Air Force Audit Agency from Brooks City-Base, which will affect 75 personnel. BRAC construction projects underway at Randolph include the $4 million Hanger 6 renovation and the new $9.7 million Administration Center. Both projects are slated to be completed in 2010.

Brooks City-Base
As mentioned in the beginning of this chapter, the BRAC has recommended the closure of the Brooks City-Base site. Essentially, this means that there will be a permanent military departure from the base. However, a master-planned research and technology center is now in development at the Brooks City-Base. The development is the result of a unique partnership between the United States Air Force and the City of San Antonio. The Brooks Development Authority is the new owner, operator and developer of Brooks City-Base. Brooks City-Base comprises approximately 1,250 acres, with more than 300 acres available for immediate development. More than two million square-feet of laboratory and office space, light industrial facilities and recreation areas already exist. There are currently more than $170 million in projects being planned and constructed at Brooks City-Base. For more information on Brooks City-Base contact:

Brooks City-Base
1 B.D.A. Crossing, Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78235
(210) 678-3300
www.brookscity-base.com

Military City U.S.A.
It is evident that the BRAC will bring many changes to Military City U.S.A, but changes like this are nothing new to San Antonio and Texas as a whole. The change will result in a net gain of approximately 8,500 military personnel across San Antonio’s bases. Additionally, numerous civilian jobs will be generated, as it is estimated that less than one third of civilian employees from other areas will relocate to San Antonio to keep their jobs. This will provide a great boost to San Antonio’s local economy and reduce the current unemployment rate significantly.

The BRAC has already made a significant impact on the San Antonio economy. During the height of construction in 2009, there were more than 2,200 local construction workers employed across the bases. BRAC work accounted for $1.2 billion in the 2008 fiscal year. In 2009 more than $700 million in construction contracts were awarded and another $300 million are expected in 2010.

From its rich history to its exciting future, the military presence in San Antonio is significant. It is part of the city’s culture, economy, industry, way of life and people. All that is required to realize this significance is a walk down one of the city’s streets. For only in San Antonio can you marvel at military members in full military regalia, explore historic military sites, gaze at historic military buildings and mingle with such a vast population of service members, retirees and their families. Indeed, there is only one true Military City U.S.A.
 
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