Military Relocation

Military City USA

San Antonio is often referred to as “Military City, USA” and we are proud to wear that title! This nickname dates back to World War II, and was made an official city phrase in March of 2017. With a registered trademark and city logo, this name indicated pride in Joint Base San Antonio, the largest joint base in the U.S. Department of Defense. Today our military bases include Camp Bullis Military Reservation, Randolph Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Martindale AAF, Texas Army National Guard, Brooks City Base, Port SA/Kelly Field, Lackland Air Force Base, and Lackland Training Annex. San Antonio’s storied military history goes back approximately 300 years, and in 1910 included the first U.S. military aviation flight at Fort Sam Houston. 

With Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® corporate headquarters located in San Antonio, we often look for ways to honor and recognize our many hardworking military residents. One way our company currently gives back to this community is through our Coldwell Banker®  Real Estate Military Rewards Program. Through this program, military families may be eligible to receive cash back or rewards when they buy or sell a home.  

With a pulse on San Antonio’s economy, we recognize that San Antonio’s relationship with the military is one of the reasons our city has experienced such growth and prosperity throughout its history. Providing exceptional service and a financial rewards program seems the very least we can do to pay it forward after all the military has done to enrich, bless, and protect San Antonio.


JBSA - Fort Sam Houston

Fort Sam Houston is one of the military posts operated by the US Army in San Antonio. The name is given in the memory of the first president of Texas, Sam Houston. The missions vary widely. It first of all hosts the headquarters of the Army North and the Army South. The same goes for the Medical Command headquarters, not to mention about the recruiting brigades and training schools. In 2010, as a result of the famous 2005 commission that merged not less than 24 bases, this fort was also united with two other bases operated by the Air Force. These days, the new formation – Joint Base San Antonio – is run by the Air Force.


JBSA - Randolph Air Force Base

Nestled in the northeast corner of San Antonio lies Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph or the “Showplace of the Air Force.” The breathtaking Spanish colonial architecture on display could be one reason for the flashy nickname, or it could also be the almost constant displays of air superiority occurring overhead. JBSA-Randolph is the Air Force’s premier base for pilot instructor training and combat systems officer training. It’s also one of their busiest airports— JBSA-Randolph sees almost 15 times more take-offs and landings than nearby San Antonio International Airport.
As with JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and JBSA-Lackland, the other components of the Joint Base San Antonio conglomerate, training takes center stage for JBSA-Randolph’s mission. Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and the 12th Flying Training Wing call JBSA-Randolph home. Pilots train on the T-6A Texan II, the T-38C Talon, and the T-1A Jayhawk at Randolph, and the skies are buzzing with drone training as well.
Base housing is available at JBSA-Randolph, but inventory is limited, and you’ll likely encounter a lengthy wait for an open home. There are several communities near the base that offer easy commutes, well-rated schools, and affordable homes. The base is adjacent to Universal City, but the areas of Converse, Schertz/Cibolo, and the rest of Northeast San Antonio are also popular areas for military families.


JBSA - Lackland Air Force Base

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland serves as the “Gateway” for many Air Force careers. Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT) is the main reason for the moniker, and the installation’s primary mission is training. In 1941, Lackland AFB began as a small parcel of land carved out of Kelly Field, a nearby Army airfield. Kelly Field (later Kelly Air Force Base) has since closed, and the Kelly Field Annex now belongs to JBSA-Lackland. In 2010, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission combined Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and Fort Sam Houston, forming Joint Base San Antonio. The 802nd Mission Support Group calls Lackland home and aligns with the 502d Air Base Wing at Fort Sam Houston. Language and technical training are other principal missions at JBSA-Lackland.
Located in southwest San Antonio, JBSA-Lackland is roughly a 20-minute drive to downtown. Base housing is available and in pretty high demand. Because of the well-rated Lackland Independent School District (Kindergarten through high school) and relatively new housing, you’ll likely encounter a wait-list for base housing. Don’t start booking temporary lodging for months-on-end just yet! There are many great (affordable) communities to choose from off post. The base and its training areas straddle the southwestern quarter of the I-410 loop, providing easy access to the communities in Northwest San Antonio.


Port San Antonio

Port San Antonio is the Alamo City’s large and dynamic technology and innovation campus—a place that provides connected solutions in an increasingly connected world.
Our 1,900-acre platform just southwest of downtown San Antonio is home to leading global industries: Aerospace, Defense, Global Logistics, Manufacturing, Cybersecurity and Education.
Over 80 tenant customers employ nearly 16,000 people on our unique air-, rail- and highway-served property. Together, they generate over $5 billion in annual economic activity in our region.
Thanks to a vast and growing array of highly specialized commercial and industrial spaces—combined with strategic business and talent development support our team and our stakeholders provide—industries based here are connecting with one-another as they deliver technological innovations that are transforming mature industry sectors in our region, across the country and around the world.

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