Things to Know About San Antonio Before You PCS, JBSA, Joint Base San Antonio

Things to Know About San Antonio Before You PCS


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The San Antonio River Walk

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The first of “Great things to know about San Antonio before you PCS” is the San Antonio River Walk. It is an oasis that winds through Downtown San Antonio, lined with beautiful cypress trees, lovely paved paths, stone bridges, and lush landscapes.  Millions of tourists and locals each year visit the River Walk due to its beauty and easy access to the city’s cultural hot spots, historic sites, famous restaurants, and other attractions. It rests in the middle of the 3 Joint Base San Antonio installations, making it a convenient place to visit and relax. 


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Traveling less than 5 miles northeast from the heart of the city ( The River Walk), you’ll venture to the first of the 3 joint military installations, Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) – Fort Sam Houston.

On this post you’ll find the the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), also called Brooke Army Medical Center. Additionally, the AMEDD Medical Corps School and AMEDD Medical Museum, as well as the National Armed Forces Physical Rehabilitation Center, also called the Center for the Intrepid are located here. These amazing facilities offer state of the art healthcare options for our military community.

Further northeast, you can find Joint Base San Antonio- Randolph. Serving as headquarters of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), as well as the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC). It is known as “the Showplace of the Air Force” due to the Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture. All  structures including hangars were constructed in this style.

Just Southwest of  Downtown San Antonio , you will find Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland. Lackland is the Air Force’s only site for enlisted basic military training for all non-prior service Airmen of the regular Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve. Also included here, at Lackland, is the introduction of young puppies to the military working dog program.

Lackland additionally provides students from 117 countries. This allows them the opportunity to increase their proficiency in the English language, through its Defense Language Institute English Language Center.

Finding a Home In San Antonio

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Some military families choose to live in the suburban neighborhoods ranging from 15 to 20 minutes away, from each of the military installations. Even with the freeway traffic, life in the suburbs may offer more home, and better schools, for less money.

In the suburbs you’ll be surrounded by active duty, veterans, and friends and family of the military. There is plenty of military pride in each community, making you feel at home , even miles away from JBSA. Thank you for reading our blog and we hope you enjoy it here in San Antonio as much as we have. Welcome to Joint Base San Antonio! 

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