Randolph Airpower Community Council - Rapco

Randolph Airpower Community Council - Rapco Non-profit to support and enhance the relationship between Randolph AFB and the local community

JANUARY 13, 2020📽< ▏Military Aviation HistoryOnce known as the "Showplace of the Air Force", Randolph Air Force Base is ...
Military Aviation History

JANUARY 13, 2020

📽< ▏Military Aviation History

Once known as the "Showplace of the Air Force", Randolph Air Force Base is located in the northeast corner of San Antonio. Gary Boyd, command historian, and Bill Manchester, director of the Airman Heritage Museum, gave a tour the base and shared the history of military aviation in the area.

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2020 LCV Cities Tour” in San Antonio, Texas, from January 11-15, 2020, to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Spectrum cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2.


Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio was once known as the 'Showplace of the Air Force'. Gary Boyd, Command Historian, and Bill Manchester, Director of the Airman Heritage Museum, give a tour the…

▃🏯▃  Bldg 100, the 𝑻𝒂𝒋 𝑴𝒂𝒉𝒂𝒍.

▃🏯▃ Bldg 100, the 𝑻𝒂𝒋 𝑴𝒂𝒉𝒂𝒍.

☲✪☲ 𝐓𝐎𝐃𝐀𝐘 𝐈𝐍 𝐀𝐈𝐑 𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘 ➣ Friday, 17 March 1961Air Training Command received its first T-38A (serial number 59-1954) .A...
Northrop T-38 Talon - Wikipedia

☲✪☲ 𝐓𝐎𝐃𝐀𝐘 𝐈𝐍 𝐀𝐈𝐑 𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘 ➣ Friday, 17 March 1961

Air Training Command received its first T-38A (serial number 59-1954)

A lone T-38 Talon streaked over Austin, Texas, headed for Randolph Air Force Base (AFB) near San Antonio. After signaling his approach to Randolph with a sonic boom, pilot Lt. Col. Arthur W. Buck flew low over the base and landed Air Training Command's (ATC's) first supersonic jet trainer. This aircraft was the first of over 1,000 T-38s the U. S. Air Force would order to upgrade its pilot training programs. The Talon derived from a military aircraft that Northrop Corporation's Norair Division had developed as a private venture in the early 1950s, a lightweight, supersonic aircraft featuring advanced avionics and structural innovations. Later in the decade, the Air Force became interested in a trainer version of the same aircraft to replace its aging T-33, so the arrival of the T-38 at Randolph, headquarters for Air Training Command, was long awaited. The T-38 would bridge a "performance gap" in the T-33 that limited the ability of Air Training Command to train fighter pilots for the growing inventory of supersonic aircraft in the U.S. Air Force. The Talon, equipped with two jet engines capable of speeds up to 805 mph, arrived at Randolph with great promise. As Lt. Col. Buck, T-38 project officer for Air Training Command, wrote later: We believe that as a result of the new ATC pilot training program the first-line units will get a man who can become combat-ready in any weapon system with less training and with a higher degree of flying safety than has ever been possible before. This should reduce the units' training time, costs, and the number of two-seat combat-type aircraft that are required. Training on the T-38 started only after months of testing, as flight instructors developed a new training regimen and worked out bugs associated with the new aircraft. Meanwhile, phase-in of the T-38s continued over the next few years as ATC included more of the supersonic trainers in its several flying training wings located at other bases, mainly in the Southwest. By January 1967 the Talon had logged 1,000,000 training hours in Air Training Command. At about the same time, the air war in Vietnam had begun to escalate, creating a demand for more pilots.

During the 11-year production period, ATC took delivery of 1,114 T-38s.


The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainer. It was the world's first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced. The T-38 remains in service as of 2019[update] in several air forces.

Fallen San Antonio soldier is home
Fallen San Antonio soldier is home

Fallen San Antonio soldier is home

Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, one of two soldiers killed more than a week ago in Afghanistan in what the military has described as an "insider" attack, arrived home Thursday in San Antonio. Flown to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, he was greeted with a ramp ceremony and taken by hearse pa...

Order of Daedalians

Order of Daedalians

President Calvin Coolidge authorized construction of a new Army Air Corps training facility in San Antonio on Feb. 15, 1928. The innovative circular design allowed squadrons to fly, train and work close to each other in different quadrants. The facility was subsequently christened Randolph Field.

USAF Band of the West

USAF Band of the West

This weekend's Holiday in Blue concerts will feature a very special guest: Lieutenant General Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command! We're honored to be sharing the stage with our senior leadership! For information and tickets: https://bit.ly/2rWUSUU

Video by Sy Pinthong/502 ABW Public Affairs

AETC Command Team

AETC Command Team

Got to speak to the San Antonio City Council (and Mayor Nirenberg) last week on the mission, vision and priorities of AETC and how Military City USA can continue to lead in their excellent support for airmen, sailors, soldiers and marines

AETC Command Team

AETC Command Team

The best part of my job is spending time with our Airmen doing the mission! Chief, Robb, Dawna & I had a great first day visiting the incredible 502nd ABW team at Joint Base San Antonio led by 502d Air Base Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman & Command Chief Christopher Lantagne! Getting to see some of the wing's 49 installation support functions & 266 mission partners that enable the largest Joint Base in the DoD to support 80,000 personnel & a local community of 250,000+ retirees was inspiring! We had a great look at dorms where we got to see the pride our Navy partners have in their "ships," as well the Army's Caisson horse stable, and lunch with the wing's Airmen that really gave us the chance to learn what matters to them! We even got the chance to meet our great community partners at the The Chamber (Schertz/Cibolo/Selma) - we can't recruit, train & educate exceptional Airmen without their support! Can't wait to see what's up tomorrow in the heart of "Military City U.S.A."
- bw r/Lt. Gen. Brad Webb

✪ TODAY IN AIR WAR HISTORY ➣ Tuesday 27 May 1913

✪ TODAY IN AIR WAR HISTORY ➣ Tuesday 27 May 1913

1913: Under General Order No. 39, Army officers who qualified as military aviators received a Mili-tary Aviator’s Certificate and badge. At the time, 24 officers qualify.

Air Force chief, crowd of 1,000 salute the last Doolittle Raider
Air Force chief, crowd of 1,000 salute the last Doolittle Raider

Air Force chief, crowd of 1,000 salute the last Doolittle Raider

The memorial service for Dick Cole, who helped lead the 1942 raid on Japan as Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot, saw remarks from Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and a ‘missing man’ flyover featuring two vintage B-25 Mitchell bombers.

Tommy Calvert, Bexar County Commissioner, Pct. 4
Tommy Calvert, Bexar County Commissioner, Pct. 4

Tommy Calvert, Bexar County Commissioner, Pct. 4

As Chair of the Randolph Joint Land Use Study, I am proud to report that Randolph Air Force Base, our 6th largest employer, will be saved because of our team effort to keep encroaching development from the base. Thanks to Gov. Abbot for helping us with a grant to purchase land and the citizens who voluntarily sold their property. We attained about 75 acres near the base across 19 properties. The program for acquisition is now complete and we are looking forward to Randolph's continued mission to educate those who defend our freedom.


27 April 1911 - This Day in Aviation
27 April 1911 - This Day in Aviation

27 April 1911 - This Day in Aviation

27 April 1911: At Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the Aeronautical Division of the Signal Corps, United States Army, accepted its second airplane, a Curtiss Model D Type IV. The airplane was built by Glenn H. Curtiss’ Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company at Hammondsport, New York. It was known as a “Cur...

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Port San Antonio
Port San Antonio

Port San Antonio

JBSA Air Show – November 4-5

See below for information on public parking, visitor entrances and Uber/Lyft pick-up & drop-off.

6 reasons to check out the 2017 JBSA Air Show & Open House website
6 reasons to check out the 2017 JBSA Air Show & Open House website

6 reasons to check out the 2017 JBSA Air Show & Open House website

With the base is prepared to host more than 250,000 guests Nov. 4 and 5, you can improve your chances of enjoying the air show by visiting the official JBSA Air Show and Open house website at

━━┯✛┯━━  RPA Training Squadron Receives More Simulators in Push To Train More PilotsThe Air Force’s undergraduate remote...
Growing to Meet Current and Future AF RPA Training Demands

RPA Training Squadron Receives More Simulators in Push To Train More Pilots

The Air Force’s undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training squadron recently received its 16th and final new flight simulator, part of the service’s push to ramp up training of new RPA pilots and sensor operators. The 558th Flying Training Squadron at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, took the new simulator as part of its growth, from a detachment to a full squadron, to face the need for RPA operators. “There aren’t many growth industries in the Air Force these days but remotely piloted aircraft certainly is one,” Lt. Col. Jason Thompson, 558th FTS commander, said in a release. The Air Force in 2015 developed a “get well” plan for its remotely piloted aircraft community, which included tasking Air Education Training Command to double the amount of RPA pilots it trains. In 2017, about 600 pilot and sensor operator students accumulated 16,248 hours on simulators, up from 330 students and 6,805 hours in 2015, the release states. This year, the squadron is on pace to train 338 pilots, up from 277 in 2016.



Earlier this month the 558th Flying Training Squadron took delivery of its sixteenth and final new flight simulator from the 502nd Air Base Wing’s Trainer Development Squadron. It is the latest

Veteran Tributes
Veteran Tributes

Veteran Tributes

Ralph Parr was born on July 1, 1924, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve on November 4, 1942, and he was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program on February 2, 1943, earning his pilot wings and commission as a 2d Lt in the U.S. Army Air Forces at Maxwell Field, Alabama, on…

2015 Joint Base San Antonio Air Show and Open House

2015 Joint Base San Antonio Air Show and Open House

Grab your friends and family and head over to the 2015 Joint Base San Antonio Air Show and Open House. The first in San Antonio since 2011. The...

✯✯✯ Roberson Tapped to Lead AETCLt. Gen. Darryl Roberson is the nominee to take charge of Air Education and Training Com...

✯✯✯ Roberson Tapped to Lead AETC

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson is the nominee to take charge of Air Education and Training Command at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, announced the Air Force on Tuesday. Roberson would remain at his current rank for the position since the Air Force is changing AETC's command billet from a four-star post to a three-star position as it elevates Air Force Global Strike Command's leadership position from a three-star post to a four-star billet. Roberson received his third star in May 2014 when he became commander of 3rd Air Force at Ramstein AB, Germany. He would replace Gen. Robin Rand at AETC; Rand has led the command since October 2013. President Obama in February nominated Rand to take over AFGSC, becoming the first four-star general in that role. The Senate in March confirmed Rand for the position. Filling 3rd AF's command slot would be Maj. Gen. Timothy Ray, whom Obama nominated for a third star as part of this assignment. Since February 2014, Ray has been director of Global Power Programs in the Air Force Secretariat's acquisition office.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson is Commander, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Third Air Force is U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s and 17th Expeditionary Air Force is Air Forces Africa’s numbered air force for U.S.,

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Since 1970, your San Antonio Chamber has organized an annual tribute to our nation’s military called "CAM". CAM is a unique two-week celebration where our community expresses appreciation to the men and women who serve, and have served our nation. Stay up to date on all of the CAM events by liking Celebrate America's Military!

≋ ☆ ≋ Listen-in live to MILITARY CITY--USA radio ≋ ☆ ≋ ...this week featuring the man who lead JBSA-Lackland BMT out of ...
KLUPAM Listen Live

≋ ☆ ≋ Listen-in live to MILITARY CITY--USA radio ≋ ☆ ≋
...this week featuring the man who lead JBSA-Lackland BMT out of the worst sexual scandal in USAF history.

Broadcasting Live throughout the KLUP footprint in south-central Texas and internationally on your computer/smart-Phone on KLUP's App' ...or, directly at the station's URL below.

KLUP streaming audio:

Saturday, 22 February 2014 on KLUP, 930 ㎑, AM talk radio.
-♞- 0805–0900 hrs (CT) -♞-

Hosted by Greater S.A. Chamber of Commerce members:

✭-Mr. Mark Frye
Military Affairs Committee, SA Greater Chamber

✭-Colonel Kelly Crooks, USAF (Ret.)
Regional VP-*AFCEA


Brigadier General (s) Mark Camerer
37th Training Wing
Air Education and Training Command

Biography/Podcast replay:


*The Alamo Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association [AFCEA] is the proud title sponsor of "Military City USA Radio"

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≡✪≡ Want to make a difference? Want to contribute to OUR Air Force navigating through tough-times? Want to discuss the c...
SECAF Pentagon Town Hall Briefing 1/9/2014


Want to make a difference? Want to contribute to OUR Air Force navigating through tough-times? Want to discuss the current issues on FB & in your social-circles ...based upon a toolkit of 'facts' Vs. the FB 'opinions' of others?

Listen to the USAF Senior Leadership Team town-hall podcast(s) replay.

Take-away what you will, mold your own thoughts/views/angles and share within your own spheres-of-influence.

Bob Laymon

Ps: Figure it out on your own? ...or, ask some old crusty AF retirees who successfully navigated "The Hollow Air Force" [post-Vietnam] ...compounded by profound distractions such as hardcore drug abuse in the ranks [on & off base] and deplorable race-relations resulting in riots and seizing/holding buildings [dining hall, barracks, etc.] until someone in their chain-of-command would listen to, and address real/perceived injustices.

For your thoughtful consideration.


Making her first public appearance as Air Force Secretary, Deborah Lee James testified before the final public hearing of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, telling the panel more work must still be done to better tie the Air Force's Active Duty and Reserve components together. James, who served in the Pentagon in the 1990s as the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, said the Fiscal 2013 budget tensions reminded her of similar Active-Reserve component service issues in the aftermath of the Cold War. But just a few weeks into her new position, James told the commission she believes USAF has made "enormous progress" on the differences between the components. She said a lot of that credit must be given to the Total Force Task Force, set up by Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. TF2 helped discover a capability and cost "starting point" on which USAF can base future force shaping initiatives, she added. "It's a lot better than I thought it would be," James said of the state of Total Force relations. She said the Air Force has since stood up the "total force continuum" in the Air Staff's strategic plans division, which is charged with continuing the task force's work on the Air Staff.

—Marc V. Schanz


Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, discusses the state of the force at a Pentagon town hall briefing.


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