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The primary mission of the Office of History and Research is the preparation and publication of an annual historical report of the 37th Training Wing for the wing commander. The office also responds to requests for information from the wing commander, members of the staff, other offices and units within the 37th Training Wing, tenant units, other DoD and government agencies, and the public. As we are the largest wing level history office in the Air Force we oversee and preserve the Gateway Collection consisting of the published histories of the 37th Training Wing and its predecessor organizations and those of Kelly Field. We have more than 80K+ photographs along with 100K+ documents in the collection.

tabLAFB Historical Documents  
tabLackland AFB History 
Lackland Air Force Base dates from July 4, 1942, when the War Department separated the part of Kelly Field lying west of Leon Creek and made it an independent installation, naming it the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center (SAACC). From its acronym many people called the base sack, sack-c, or, less affectionately, sad sack. Even with its own name, townspeople and most military leaders continued to think of it as a part of Kelly Field. The base bore three awkward and innocuous designations in the first two years after World War II, adding to the confusion. The War Department finally resolved the identity crisis on July 11, 1947, by naming the base for Brigadier General Frank D. Lackland. Lackland had originated the idea of an aviation cadet reception and training center for Kelly.

Read the entire Lackland AFB history
tab37th Training Wing History 
The history and honors of the 37th Training Wing extended prior to World War II, well before its 1953 establishment. In a major restructuring of the Air Force in 1948, wings generally replaced groups as the principal establishment commanding combat squadrons. However, the U.S. Air Force's principal combat heritage resided in the Army Air Forces combat groups active during World War II. Therefore, the Air Force extended temporary bestowal of combat group histories and honors to wings with the same numerical designations. As a consequence, the wing had bestowed upon it the history and honors of the 37th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) that was constituted on 22 Dec 1939. On 1 Feb 1940, the 37th activated at Albrook Field in the Panama Canal Zone flying P-26 "Peashooters" and P-40 "Warhawks" in defense of the zone.

Read a short history of the 37 TRW
tab37th Training Lineage, Honors and Emblems 
The unit lineage and honors statement is based on the historical facts most affecting a unit. These are found in letters from the Department of the Air Force and orders published by Major Commands directing organizational actions or awarding of unit decorations. The unit emblem is registered with the US Army Institute of Heraldry to insure the historic representation of the unit is maintained. The Organizational History Branch of the Air Force Historical Research Agency provided narrative information, Lineage and Honors Statements, and emblems included within. The wing's Chief, History and Research updated these to include the most recent actions or awards according to orders issued since the publication date of the official statement.

37th Training Lineage, Honors and Emblems
tabVideo Gallery 
tabBMT Where Were You? 
tabUSAF BMT Flight Photo Project 
The USAF BMT Flight Photograph Project is a concentrated effort to collect approximately 119,000 of USAF Basic Training flight photographs from the inception of the USAF in 1947 to the present. The collection includes photos from all bases that conducted Air Force basic training including Lackland AFB, Texas; Sampson AFB, N.Y.; Parks AFB, Calif.; Keesler Field, Miss.; Amarillo and Sheppard AFBs, Texas. This collection will also include Air Force basic training that was conducted overseas.

tabSpecial Studies 
One of the requirements of the Office of History is to complete special projects of historical significance. The studies were written to enhance wing coporate knowledge and assist wing personnel with understanding their historical role in the United States Air Force.

Warrior Week: An Evolution of Basic Field Training at Lackland AFB

The Quiet Americans: A History of Military Working Dogs

tabThat Men May Fly: Enlisted Commemorative 
A Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II

This case study captures a small part of the enlisted contribution "Ut Viri Volent" of the AAFCC, SAACC, and Kelly Field. As the squadron or unit bulletin board was the means to provide official information to the troops, the unit newspaper or newsletter was another primary means of providing information and entertainment to the enlisted personnel. Within these written pages is a treasure trove of historical perspective captured by the staffs of these papers. The reader will gain an insight into a way of life, a culture, truly unique in American military and Air Force Enlisted history.

"That Men May Fly: "Ut Viri Volent"

 Inside the 37th TRW

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tabHistory Office
37th Training Wing
Office of History & Research

2320 Ste 2 Carswell Ave
Lackland AFB, TX 78236

(210) 671-2217
DSN 473-2217

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tabThe Warhawk Historian
tabUSAF Enlisted Art Gallery
The history of the United States military aviation has been thoroughly recorded over the past century, but the predominant focus has been on pilots and planners, commanders and contingencies, leaders and luminaries. The stories and contributions made by Air Force enlisted men and women have remained in relative obscurity until recently.
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, is changing this by exhibiting paintings telling the story of our enlisted men and women.

Air Force Enlisted Art Gallery Video

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