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Randolph AFB, TX

Randolph AFB, TX 78150  |  Base Operator: DSN: 487-1110, (210) 652-1110

Randolph AFB: Overview

Randolph Air Force Base is one of the few Air Force bases that conducts instructor pilot training. It houses the headquarters of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC), the Air Force Headquarters Recruiting Centers, and the Nineteenth Air Force (19AF). The host wing of Randolph Air Force Base is the 502d Air Base Wing (502d ABW), and the major flying unit is the 12th Flying Training Wing (12 FTW).

Today, Randolph AFB still serves the same purpose that it was intended for on the day of its dedication on June 20th, 1930. Randolph was built as the solution to the insufficient training facilities at both Kelly Field and Brooks Field. Originally named “Randolph Field”, the base was named after Captain William Millican Randolph, a native of Austin who served on the base naming committee and had contributed largely to the advancement of aviation. Captain Randolph had recently died when his plane crashed during landing at Kelly Field, also in Texas, so officials felt it was fitting to name the new base after him.

Randolph AFB: Education

Online schools provide programs that will allow you to earn your degree while stationed at Randolph AFB, on deployment, TDY, or even if you PCS to another duty station. You will be able to complete coursework when it is convenient for you no matter where you are through an online school. You may want to request information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

Randolph AFB: Location

Randolph Air Force Base is located northeast of San Antonio, in University City, Texas. It is still, however, considered part of the San Antonio metropolitan area. Specifically, it is located between IH-35 and I-10. San Antonio is known to be a very “military friendly” town because there are three different military installations that call it home.

Randolph AFB: Interesting Facts

  • Because of its historic landmarks and remarkable Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture, Randolph AFB is known as “The Showplace of the Air Force”.
  • At the time it was built, it was considered to be the largest construction project taken on by the Army Corps of Engineers since the building of the Panama Canal.
  • The Air Force officially became a separate service of the military in 1947, and as a result, Randolph Air Field became “Randolph Air Force Base” in 1948.
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