Laughlin Air Force Base

Updated: October 5, 2023
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    Laughlin Air Force Base in southern Texas is home to the 47th Flying Training Wing and the 96th Flying Training Squadron. The training facility develops combat-ready airmen, leaders, and pilots.

    Base Operator:

    561 Liberty Drive
    Laughlin AFB, TX 78843

    What Kind of Base is Laughlin Air Force Base?

    Positioned east of Del Rio, Laughlin AFB boasts the title of the U.S. Air Force’s largest pilot training base and is renowned for its intense flight activity and a fleet including the T-6A Texan II, T-38C Talon, and T-1A Jayhawk.

    Laughlin Air Force Base History

    Established in 1943 and named after WWII casualty Jack T. Laughlin, the base has evolved from training B-26 Marauder crews during WWII to playing a critical role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and now specializes in comprehensive pilot training programs, marking its significance in military history and modern defense operations.


    Laughlin Air Force Base Housing

    Laughlin AFB offers on-base housing options. Hunt Companies manages and operates the housing options on the base. There are also dorms or barracks for unaccompanied service members.

    Off-base housing is also available in the surrounding areas of Val Verde Park and Del Rio.

    How to Apply For Housing

    To apply for housing at the military base, the first step is to contact the Military Housing Office (MHO) at 830-298-5732. The office is closed on weekends and holidays.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    At the military base, temporary lodging options are available for both Temporary Duty (TDY) and Permanent Change of Station (PCS) personnel. On Laughlin AFB, lodging is at Laughlin Manor. To make reservations, call 830-298-5731.


    What is the BAH for Laughlin Air Force Base?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Laughlin Air Force Base 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: TX278

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,179 $885
    E02 $1,179 $885
    E03 $1,179 $885
    E04 $1,179 $885
    E05 $1,302 $978
    E06 $1,725 $1,293
    E07 $1,812 $1,359
    E08 $1,905 $1,428
    E09 $2,043 $1,533
    W01 $1,746 $1,311
    W02 $1,854 $1,392
    W03 $1,965 $1,536
    W04 $2,076 $1,746
    W05 $2,211 $1,833
    O01E $1,827 $1,371
    O02E $1,947 $1,485
    O03E $2,094 $1,719
    O01 $1,359 $1,050
    O02 $1,722 $1,362
    O03 $1,962 $1,569
    O04 $2,256 $1,812
    O05 $2,463 $1,863
    O06 $2,481 $1,944
    O07 $2,499 $1,974

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

    Laughlin Air Force Base Surrounding Area

    Laughlin Air Force Base is located east of Del Rio, Texas. The base is surrounded by a rich blend of cultural and historical sites, including the Del Rio International Airport, which is about 10 minutes away.

    The nearby town of Del Rio offers a variety of outdoor and recreational attractions, such as the Amistad National Recreation Area known for its clear, cool waters and scenic landscapes. The region is also home to unique features like the San Felipe Springs.


    The 47th Medical Group operates a clinic on the Laughlin AFB. It offers outpatient primary and specialty care to TRICARE beneficiaries. 

    Note: Emergency services are unavailable at this clinic, but Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio provides emergency care.


    Laughlin AFB offers childcare options are provided through its two Child Development Centers (CDCs). The facilities offer full-day, part-day and hourly care. These programs are designed to accommodate children of various age ranges, ensuring that each child receives age-appropriate care and education.


    For families living on Laughlin AFB are in the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District. If you live off-base, other school districts in the area include Comstock Independent School District and Brackett Independent School District.

    To learn more about education options, contact the School Liaison at 830-298-4788 for specific registration requirements and procedures.

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