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Texas Air Force Bases (7)


  • Brooks City-Base San Antonio

  • Brooks AFB, now known as Brooks City-Base, is a former Air Force Base now owned by the City of San Antonio, Texas. It was built in 1918 and is now home to the 311th Human Systems Wing, as well as dozens more support units. Brooks is one of the oldest Air Force installations, having been established on December 8, 1917 as Brooks Field. It served then as an installation for the World War I Army Air Service. Brooks was originally named Gosport Field just 3 days before adopting the name Brooks Field. Brooks was handed over to the Brooks Development Authority due to the Base Realignment and Closure commission’s orders in 2002. It was renamed Brooks City-Base. The present owner is tasked with developing the property into a science, business, and a technology center.

  • Dyess AFB Abilene

  • Dyess Air Force Base is located in Abilene, Texas. It was built in 1942 and is currently home to the 7th Bomb Wing assigned to the Twelfth Air Force of the Air Combat Command. Like the 28th Bomb Wing in Ellsworth Air Force Base, Dyess is one of only 2 B-1B Lancer equipped wings in the Air Force. Dyess is also home to the 317th Airlift Group, which flies the C-130 Hercules. Dyess AFB was originally named Abilene Army Air Base but later adopted the present name. The name is in honor of Lieutenant Colonel William Dyess, a Bataan Death March survivor. The base has a work force of about 5,000 people. It has almost 200 facilities and 988 family housing units in 6,117 acres.

  • Goodfellow AFB San Angelo

  • Goodfellow AFB is operated by the Air Education and Training Command and located in San Angelo, Texas. It was built in the 1940s and is now home to the 17th Training Wing of the Second Air Force. The base has the mission of providing intelligence and cryptologic training for elements of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps of the United States and in some occasions, its allies. It is named after First Lieutenant John J. Goodfellow, Jr., a World War I aviator. Goodfellow AFB includes 150 buildings of 1.2 million square feet and more than 4,400 computers sprawled across the 1,137 acre facility. The huge number of computers is due to the importance of state-of-the-art computer-based teaching and instructions.

  • Lackland AFB San Antonio

  • Lackland Air Force Base is located in San Antonio, Texas. It was built in 1941 and is now home to the 37th Training Wing and the 59th Medical Wing. Lackland Air Force Base is named after Brigadier General Frank Lackland, who was commissioned into the Army after having served the National Guard for the District of Colombia. Lackland is now under Joint Base San Antonio. The facility once shared the entry processing station process for the Air Force with the Amarillo Air Force Base before the latter’s closure in 1968. Now Lackland acts as one of the major boot camps for the Air Force. After Kelly Field Annex’s transfer to the Lackland Air Force Base command, the base has grown with the inclusion of the Kelly airstrip, Security Hill, the main Lackland base, and the old officer training base.

  • Laughlin AFB Del Rio

  • Laughlin AFB is a military base in Val Verde County, near Del Rio, Texas. The base was established as Laughlin Army Air Field on 1943 in honor of Jack T. Laughlin, Del Rios first casualty of World War II. The field was renamed Laughlin Field later that year, and was designated as an Army Air Force Auxiliary Field. On October 1945, the base was closed and was later reopened barely 6 years later, on May 1, 1952. Laughlin AFB is currently home to the 47th Flying Training Wing and the largest pilot training base in the air force. The airfield handles the most takeoffs and landings among all airports in the United States.

  • Randolph AFB Universal City

  • Randolph Air Force Base is located in Universal City, Texas. It was established in June 20, 1930 as a flight training base and is still continuing that mission. The base is named in honor of Captain William Millican Randolph, of Austin and a member of the committee tasked to name bases before his death. The base is home to the 12th Flying Training Wing, considered to be the major flying unit of Randolph Air Force Base. Randolph AFB houses 10,000 military and civilian personnel who live in the communities encompassing the base known as the Randolph Metrocom. The base has a work force of 5,700 active-duty personnel and 6500 civilians. The base is the headquarters of the US Air Force Education and Training Command.

  • Sheppard AFB Wichita Falls

  • Sheppard AFB is operated by the Air Education and Training Command and located in Wichita County, near Wichita Falls, Texas. The base was built in 1941 and is currently home to 82nd Training Wing and the 80th Flying Training Wing. The facility is the largest of all training bases and the most diversified in the Air Education and Training Command. The base is named after John Morris Sheppard, former Texas Senator who was a fervent supporter of military preparations. Sheppard Air Force Base and Wichita Falls Municipal Airport share a single runway under a joint-user agreement. Sadly, Air Force restructuring and downsizing in February 1992 caused a realignment and renumbering of units in the base. Some of the original training wings were reassigned as groups, with other technical training groups reassigned into squadrons.

Texas Army Bases (4)


  • Fort Bliss El Paso

  • Fort Bliss is a US Army installation located adjacent to El Paso, Texas, covering the Doña Ana and Otero counties of New Mexico. Built in 1849 and encompassing 1,700 square miles, it is recognized as the second largest installation of the US Army, with the largest being the White Sands Missile Range. It is part of the Army Force Command and is operated by the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. Fort Bliss is home to the US 1st Armored Division, the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigades, the 212th Fires Brigade, the 204th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Six, and the German Air Force Air Defense Center. Fort Bliss is also tasked with training and ensuring the continued operability of the US Patriot Missile Battalions.

  • Fort Hood Killeen

  • Fort Hood is a military installation located in Killeen, Texas. At three hundred and forty square miles, Fort Hood remains to be the largest active duty armored post in the US Army. It is also the only post in the United States that can support two armored divisions at full strength. At present, Fort Hood is home to the 1st Cavalry Division, 4th Infantry Division, Headquarters Command of the III Corps, 3d Personnel Group, 3d Signal Brigade, 13th Corps Support Command, 13th Finance Group, 89th Military Police Brigade, 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, 21st Cavalry Brigade, as well as a multitude of support commands. On November 5 2009, a fatal shooting took place in Fort Hood which claimed the lives of 13 people and wounded 30 more.

  • Fort Sam Houston San Antonio

  • Fort Sam Houston is a US Army installation located in San Antonio, Texas and named in honor of the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston. It has the primary mission of providing medical training for different Army units and serving as a support post. It is home to the Headquarters of the US 5th Army, the US army 5th Recruiting Brigade, the Brooke Army Medical Center, the Institute of Surgical Research, the US Army Medical Department Center and School, the US Army Center Brigade, and the US Army Medical Command. Because it traces its history to its establishment in the year 1876 continuing until its role at present, it has been added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1975.

  • Red River Army Depot Bowie County

  • Red Rived Army Depot (RRAD) has been the target of Base Realignment and Closure reviews for the past couple decades, but each time it has remained opened due to its proximity to nearby Fort Hood and its important roles in wars of the moment. In response to each closure or realignment recommendation RRAD has upped its efficiency and today is one of the most efficient depots. The Depot is one of the largest, if not the largest, employers in the area. It encloses eight million square feet.

Texas Navy Bases (4)


  • JRB Fort Worth Fort Worth

  • Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth is a navy air base located in Fort Worth, Westworth Village White Settlement, Texas. It was originally designated as Tarrant Field Airdome in 1941 and became the Fort Worth Army Air Field on January 2 1942. It was redesignated as Carswell Air Force Base 6 years later in honor of Major Horace S. Carswell, Jr., who was a Medal of Honor recipient during World War II. After the relocation of units from Naval Air Station Dallas to Carswell Air Force Base due to the Base Realignment and Closure 1993, the base was redesignated as Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, the first of its kind in the United States. It is currently occupied by reserve units of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and the Air National Guard.

  • NAS Corpus Christi Flour Bluff

  • Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is a US Navy air base located in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas. It is also known as Truax Field, in honor of Lieutenant Myron Milton Truax of the US Navy. Corpus Christi Air Station is home to the Corpus Christi Army Depot, the Chief of Naval Air Training, elements of the US Coast Guard, elements of the Drug Enforcement Agency, a Medical Naval Hospital, the Mine Warfare Command, and the Defense Distribution Depot. The air station is tasked with maintaining and operating its facilities, and providing services and materials to support US Navy aviation operations and the units of the Naval Training Command. The emphasis in flight training in Corpus Christi is basic flight maneuvering and traffic pattern operations. This has resulted to 400,000 sorties flown from the air station annually.

  • NAS Kingsville Kingsville

  • Naval Air Station Kingsville is a US Navy air base located in Kieberg County, near Kingsville, Texas. Naval Air Station Kingsville together with Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, are under the Navy Region Southeast which has headquarters at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. These bases are under the Navy organization known as Commander, Naval Installations. Naval Air Station Kingsville complements the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi by operating single engine aircraft with higher performance. Naval Air Station Kingsville is one of the major training bases for the US Navy’s jet aviation training. It has the primary mission of training tactical jet pilots for the US Navy and the US Marine Corps. Because of this, it is now home to Training Squadron Twenty-One and Twenty-two, the Naval Branch Clinic Kingsville, and the Training Air Wing Two.

  • NS Ingleside Ingleside

  • Naval Station Ingleside is a military base in Ingleside, Texas, right next to the Coastal Bend Region that encompasses Corpus Christi Bay. It is one of the newest bases of the US Navy, having been established on February 20, 1988. Its construction was ordered by the Chief of Naval Operations and was officially finished more than two years later. Naval Station Ingleside was originally intended as the homeport of the USS Lexington and the USS Wisconsin together with its surface action group. However, the Navy decided to decommission these ships. In line with this, the Secretary of the Navy assigned Naval Station Ingleside as the home port for the Avenger Class mine countermeasure ships and Osprey Class coastal Mine Hunters. Because of this, the base is now designated as the Mine Warfare Center of Excellence by the US Navy.