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The military has had a significant presence in San Antonio for many years. The first military flight, for instance, took place at Fort Sam Houston in 1910; the Air Intelligence Agency is located at Lackland Air Force Base; Brooke Army Medical Center is the leading treatment center for burn victims in the military and Fort Sam Houston is the home of Army medicine, among many other major missions present in San Antonio.

Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) has a substantial impact on the local economy in San Antonio and in Texas. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and JBSA registered an impact estimated at $48.7 billion overall. In fact, JBSA contributes 65% of Texas’ total military GDP and generates an annual disposable personal income of approximately $17 billion. With one in eight people in Bexar County associated with JBSA, the Alamo Region’s military employment accounts for 3.4% of the area’s total employment and 64% of Texas’ total military population.

It is also worth noting that the military in San Antonio provides many other benefits to the local community beyond the economic, such as the world-class medical care provided by the military healthcare facilities to many San Antonio citizens.

Click here for a Military Snapshot of JBSA.

Source: The City of San Antonio – Office of Military Affairs

Military Labor Force at a Glance

San Antonio has four military locations, all part of Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)

JBSA – Randolph AFB – Headquarters for Air Education and Training Command and the Air Force Military Personnel Center.

JBSA – Fort Sam Houston (Army) – Brooke Army Medical Center, Institute of Surgical Research, Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute.

JBSA – Lackland Air Force Base – Air Force Basic Training and headquarters for Air Force Intelligence Agency.

JBSA – Camp Bullis – Provides Base Operations Support and Training Support to JBSA.