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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. For more, click here.
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 Lackland Gateway Archive 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.
Researchers: the current collection index can be accessed via the following links; the information is topical in nature - please contact us for more information:
LACKLAND ARCHIVES KELLY ARCHIVES
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. For more, click here.
The Former Lackland Air Force Base, now Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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 11 July 1947, by naming the base for Brig. General Frank D. Lackland. Lackland had originated the idea of an aviation cadet reception and training center for Kelly. For more, click here.
The Lackland Decade Series are pamphlets depicting events on the installation from that particular decade.
1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010-2019
The Eager Beaver was the second newspaper published by the enlisted men of the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center (later known as Lackland). The run began in mid-1943 and lasted through April 1944 when it combined with the newspaper published by the Cadets called the "Talespinner".
Volume I: #2 Volume I: #3 Volume I: #4 Volume I: #5
Volume I: #6 Volume I: #7 Volume I: #8
This guestbook comes from the "Chief's Suite" at the Lackland Gateway Inn. Browsing the pages, you will see a number of names that standout in Air Force History, many that you may be familiar with including the first Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul W. Airey!
All of the names represent a proud piece of History of the worlds greatest Air Force!
Gateway Inn Chief's Suite Guest Book 1989 - 2003
This is a collection of 573 historical data sheets on Air Fields, Air Stations and Air Force Bases. Information on the files include locations of the stations, controlling lineage and additional historical information on each location.
The collection is divided by the name of installation in six files:
Abilene Army Airfield to Bushnell Army Air Field [A through B -- 89 files]
CAA Field to Dunnellon Army Air Field [C through D -- 83 files]
Eagle Pass Field to Gunter AFB [E through G -- 62 files]
Half Moon Bay Flight Strip to Hyannis Municipal [ H - 52 files]
Idlewild Airport to Lunkin Airport [I through L --68 files]
MacDill AFB to Ozuna Municipal Airport [M through O --101 files]
Paducah Municipal to Zepherhills Army Air Field [P through Z --170 files]
This Historic Project connects U.S. Army Air Corps training with routine accidents in locations around the San Antonio, Texas area and beyond. History records from the Air Force Historical Research Agency (Maxwell AFB, AL) proved useful in identifying information about these incidents as early American military aviators earned their wings. This project highlights some of the great and sometimes sad factual stories of early Pioneers in flight history. This project focuses on Texas and the Joint Base San Antonio Area ( Kelly Field, Brooks Field, Randolph Field and Fort Sam Houston). Some of the reported locations are an estimate or best guess with information gathered from the reports. In some instances the reports reflected road names that are no longer there and measurements of aircraft incidents were not always accurate. We are currently working on an addendum to this project that will provide an additional link so that the actual incident report will be viewable.
AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS & CRASHES IN THE SAN ANTONIO AREA 1921-1933
This collection of posters come from the Air Force Public Affairs offices from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. Once a month the AF put out a poster of an aircraft, fighters, bombers, cargo and often times with really nice backgrounds such as Mount McKinley or Summit Alaska and other scenic venues.
The jpgs are all high enough resolution so you can print out a poster size for your wall!
History Office Welcome Video!
37th Training Wing
Office of History & Research
37TRW Historian Office
2320 Ste 2 Carswell Ave
Lackland AFB, TX 78236
37th Training Wing Archivist
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, and overseas.
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. Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is changing this by exhibiting paintings telling the story of our enlisted men and women.
Air Force Enlisted Art Gallery Video
A collection of officer training class photos from Lackland AFB.
These will include Aviation Cadets, Officer Candidate School and Officer Training School class photos from 1941 through 1993 (when the OTS mission left Lackland for Maxwell AFB, Alabama).