The primary mission at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) is hosting basic military training for all Air Force enlisted personnel, which is provided by the 37th Training Wing. The installation also is home to more than 70 other tenants, including the 59th Medical Wing (Wilford Hall Medical Center), the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, the 433rd Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserves), and 149th Fighter Wing (Texas Air National Guard). Lackland AFB, Lackland Training Annex, and Kelly Field Annex comprise 8,860 acres located in both the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and Fort Sam Houston became Joint Base San Antonio in October 2010.
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations) nominated Lackland AFB, including Lackland Training Annex and Kelly Field Annex, as a candidate for the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) program in 2008. Due to expanding missions at Lackland, the Air Force was concerned about the adverse impacts from urban development upon military operations. Continuous and increasing urban development was moving west and south from downtown San Antonio, particularly along the Loop 410 and U.S. Highway 90 corridors.
The installation and the community both wanted to identify strategies to mitigate existing compatibility issues and provide an ongoing framework to enhance compatibility around the base and improve the public safety and quality of life for the surrounding community. The collaborative study included Bexar County, Joint Base San Antonio, Port San Antonio, and the City of San Antonio. Critical issues related to noise, light, land use, and transportation were identified during the JLUS planning process, with specific goals and actions detailed for follow up implementation. Bexar County, with support from the City of San Antonio Office of Military Affairs, serves as the project sponsor. The JLUS was completed in September 2011.
The community is in the process of discussing likely implementation efforts based on the JLUS recommendations. The most critical implementation issues appear to be: (1) communication and coordination, (2) noise and light, and (3) future land uses.
The key recommendations of the study include:
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