Joint Base San Antonio

Updated: August 31, 2023
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    In San Antonio, Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) provides essential services like training, healthcare, and security cooperation for the Department of Defense. It’s one of the largest U.S. military installations. Fort Sam Houston, Randolph Air Force Base, and Lackland Air Force Base formed JBSA in 2010.

    Base Operator:

    2330 Stanley Road
    Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

    What Kind of Base is Joint Base San Antonio?

    The U.S. Air Force 502d Air Base Wing oversees JBSA. It emerged from merging Fort Sam Houston, the massive training wing at Lackland Air Force Base, and Randolph Air Force Base, home to the Air Education and Training Command. This combined base spans 67 square miles.


    Joint Base San Antonio Housing

    The military base offers a variety of housing options both on-base and off-base. On-base housing information is broke up into the three installments:

    JBSA Fort Sam Houston

    • Family Housing: Managed by Hunt Military Communities. For housing application, viewings, and floor plans, reach out to the housing management office.
    • Unaccompanied Housing (E-4 +3 years and below): Mandatory and governed by the Air Force. Features 1+1 configuration: individual bedrooms with shared kitchenette and bathroom. Furnished rooms. For off-post living permissions (E-5 or below), request a Certificate of Non-Availability at 210-221-1840. Approval overseen by the Chief of Military Housing for JBSA.

    JBSA Lackland

    • Family Housing: Owned and managed by Balfour Beatty. Visit Lackland Family Homes for details.
    • Housing Assistance: The Military Housing Office at B 1215, 2525 Fairchild provides referral services for on-base housing and community accommodations.
    • Unaccompanied Housing (E-4 +3 years and below): Mandatory and controlled by the Air Force with 1+1 configuration. Fully furnished. For hardship requests, contact 210-671-5008. The Chief of Military Housing for JBSA grants approval.

    JBSA Randolph

    • Family Housing: Constructed in 1930 and managed by Hunt Military Communities. For more info, check Randolph Family Housing or call 210-659-9061.
    • Housing Assistance: The Housing Management Office at Building 144 offers referrals to on-base and community housing. Reach out at 210-652-1840 or visit Air Force Housing.
    • Unaccompanied Housing (E-4 +3 years and below): Managed by the Air Force with individual bedrooms, kitchenette, and bathroom. Fully furnished. For hardship inquiries, contact 210-652-3600. Approval is determined by the Chief of Military Housing for JBSA.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    Temporary lodging options are available at JBSA. These include the Temporary Lodging Facilities (TLF) at Lackland AFB, Visiting Airmen’s Quarters (VAQ) at Lackland AFB, Visiting Officers Quarters (VOQ) at Lackland AFB, Lodging (Billeting) Office at Randolph AFB, and the IHG Army Hotels at Fort Sam Houston. Reservations can be made via phone, with operating hours varying between facilities.

    • TLF at Lackland AFB: 210-671-4277, open 24/7
    • VAQ at Lackland AFB: 210-671-3622, open 24/7
    • VOQ at Lackland AFB: 210-671-2556, open 7:00 am- 10:00 pm
    • Lodging (Billeting) Office at Randolph AFB: 210-652-1844, open 24/7
    • IHG Army Hotels at Fort Sam Houston: 210-357-2705, open 24/7

    What is the BAH for Joint Base San Antonio?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Joint Base San Antonio varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Texas state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.



    Military Housing Area: TX285

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,803 $1,353
    E02 $1,803 $1,353
    E03 $1,803 $1,353
    E04 $1,803 $1,353
    E05 $1,956 $1,524
    E06 $2,163 $1,659
    E07 $2,184 $1,806
    E08 $2,193 $2,004
    E09 $2,220 $2,055
    W01 $2,181 $1,761
    W02 $2,190 $2,001
    W03 $2,202 $2,064
    W04 $2,241 $2,160
    W05 $2,331 $2,166
    O01E $2,187 $1,953
    O02E $2,196 $2,043
    O03E $2,253 $2,154
    O01 $1,989 $1,644
    O02 $2,160 $1,905
    O03 $2,199 $2,085
    O04 $2,358 $2,163
    O05 $2,490 $2,169
    O06 $2,508 $2,172
    O07 $2,523 $2,184

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.


    Joint Base San Antonio Surrounding Area

    JBSA neighbors historical San Antonio areas, offering cultural and entertainment experiences. Attractions include the Alamo, San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio Museum of Art, the Witte Museum, San Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.


    Joint Base San Antonio is a combination of three installments. Because of that, each have their own healthcare options. Below is the information on each healthcare option:

    JBSA – San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC)

    SAMMC is the Army’s premier modern healthcare facility and is the sole Level 1 trauma center. Located in the eastern sector of Fort Sam Houston, it boasts:

    • 450 inpatient beds (expandable to 651 for wartime).
    • 48 intensive care beds.
    • 40 beds dedicated to the Institute of Surgical Research.
    • 12 operating rooms, five oral-surgery suites, four dental rooms, a diagnostic radiology center, and same-day surgery suite.

    For general information, contact: 210-916-4141.

    JBSA – Lackland: Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC)

    WHASC, situated at Lackland Air Force Base, is the Air Force’s largest medical facility. It includes:

    • A Family Emergency Center is open 24/7.
    • Comprehensive outpatient specialties.
    • Family health, internal medicine, and pediatric services.

    For appointment and services:

    • Central appointment line: 210-916-9900.
    • Access approved urgent care centers via TRICARE online. (Note: Active-duty members should visit FEC or SAMMC ED for urgent needs).

    Dental Services: Dunn Dental Clinic and Air Force Post Graduate Dental School offer dental care for active duty members. There is no routine dental care for family on-site, only emergencies.

    JBSA – Randolph Air Force Base

    The 559th Medical Squadron delivers general outpatient services to active-duty personnel, their families, and retirees. Services include:

    • General outpatient medical services.
    • Dental care (active duty only).
    • Note: No on-site emergency care. For emergencies, visit SAMMC (17 miles away) or WHASC (30 miles away).


    Joint Base San Antonio is home to several Child Development Centers (CDCs). As Joint Base San Antonio is a combination of three bases, there are three separate areas offering CDCs. They include Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and Fort Sam Houston. The centers offer full-day care from early morning until evening, with all centers closed on weekends and federal holidays. They provide services for children as young as infants, to school aged.


    Similar to the childcare situation, Joint Base San Antonio offers school options depending on which of the three bases a family lives on or lives close to. There are 49 public schools in the greater San Antonio area. Because of the amount, it is encouraged to reach out to the JBSA School Liaison Offices before moving to the region. Below is their contact information:

    JBSA Fort Sam Houston ([email protected])
    2380 Stanley Road, Bldg. 124, 78234
    210-221-8782 (DSN:471-8782)

    JBSA Lackland AFB ([email protected])
    2310  Kenly Ave., Bldg. 8210,78236
    210-671-8388 (DSN:473-8388)

    JBSA Randolph AFB ([email protected])
    555 F Street West, 78150
    210-652-3081 (DSN:487-3081)

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