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Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Johnny Saldivar / 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Coronavirus has prompted the Air Force to lessen the number of trainees who report to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for Basic Military Training, raising concerns about whether the service will be able to maintain its end strength.

Carson Frame / TPR News

Joint Base San Antonio is taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus on the installation and in the wider community. Base leaders held an hour-long virtual town hall Wednesday night to answer questions about force protection. More than 31,000 viewers tuned in.

JBSA-Lackland is home to the Air Force's only enlisted recruit training program—graduating about 40,000 new airmen each year. Because those trainees live and work in close quarters, they are especially vulnerable to coronavirus transmission.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The coronavirus drama returned to San Antonio when U.S. health officials announced that some passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship docked in Oakland, California, would be flown to Lackland Air Force Base to undergo testing and a quarantine. Some of the evacuees are Texas residents.

Fort Bend Confirms ‘Presumptive Positive Case’ of COVID-19

Mar 4, 2020
NEXU SCIENCE COMMUNICATION VIA REUTERS

 Last updated 7:53 p.m. CT

Fort Bend County health officials said they have confirmed Texas’ first “presumptive case” of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, outside of quarantine.

The county Health & Human Services department said test results on a 70-year-old Fort Bend man who had been traveling abroad, and who was currently hospitalized and in stable condition, were being verified by the CDC.

Eileen Pace | Texas Public Radio

Dozens of men, women and children -- all American evacuees from China -- landed in a privately charted plane at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Friday. U.S. health officials were prepared to house and monitor the passengers, who may have been exposed to the coronavirus outbreak. They will be quarantined at an on-base hotel for two weeks.

A Feb. 2, 2020 photo of empty lodging facilities at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
DoD Housing Support

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland announced on Saturday it had been selected by the Department of Health and Human Services to house people arriving from China who are at risk of being infected with coronavirus.

Port San Antonio on the city's southwest side will invest $50 million in a new building targeting cyber security companies. The port is trying to keep up with strong corporate demand to be near government cyber security and intelligence assets owned by the Air Force.

Inside of a permanent party dorm at JBSA-Lackland, workers rip up carpet as part of their mold remediation efforts.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland became the focus of national media attention in late July after a Facebook page, amn/nco/snco, shared photos of rampant mold growth in its technical training dormitories. 


Jacob Laven-Pursell

The Weekend is here and you can check out a variety of hot music, or watch  a film following an Iraq War vet. First off, if you head down to the Cove Friday, you're in for a treat. The Laven family, fronted by Rachel Laven will be playing from 6:30-9 p.m.


Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Perolio during a deployment.
Courtesy of AETC Public Affairs

A special warfare training instructor assigned to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland received the nation’s third highest medal for gallantry Thursday. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Perolio saved lives during an unexpected attack in eastern Afghanistan last year. 


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