By Rod Powers
Lackland AFB is located in the southwest quadrant of San Antonio(SA)at the intersection of IH 410 and US Hwy 90. It is easily accessible from any of the major highways.
AIRPORT ARRIVAL: An information kiosk with base information is available at both terminals. Terminal 1 kiosk is located in baggage area near the escalator. Terminal 2 kiosk is located at the Military Reception Area.
There are several modes of transportation from the airport to the base. The 37 LRS sends a shuttle bus to the airport twice each day. It leaves Terminal 2 at 1245 and again at 1745. Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pets are not allowed.
There are also other shuttle services that have booths outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Taxi service is readily available at both terminals. Although it will cost $35-$40 for fare and tips, the cost is reimbursable. Payment can be made by cash or credit card.
Lackland Air Force Base has ten gates. All gates require 100% ID check. During daylight hours, the driver of the car must show military ID. After dark, all passengers will be required to show some form of picture ID. Two of the gates to the main base are open 24 hours a day. Both have visitors' reception centers and are in the contact list. Be sure to have your driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance, car registration, or vehicle rental papers available. Plan to use Map Quest or some other mapping link to determine the location of the appropriate lodging facility. This will assist you with deciding which gate to use.