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On Nov. 9, 2005, President George W. Bush endorsed the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) and signed them into law.  One of the recommendations called for the implementation of joint basing.  Joint basing involved a single entity that managed the support functions of two or more adjacent Department of Defense installations.  The commission felt combined support functions eliminated duplicated efforts and created a single efficient organization.  For San Antonio, the commission recommended joint basing for the three major installations around the city;:Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB.  On Aug. 1, 2009, the Air Force activated the 502d ABW to perform the vital joint base support mission.  Because of its central location in San Antonio and Bexar County, Texas, the Air Force activated the wing at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston.  The wing gradually built its staff over the next few months, while it coordinated with the support functions at Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, and Randolph AFB, in anticipation of JBSA achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC).  When IOC occurred, the 502d ABW assumed responsibility for the installation support mission.  On Jan. 31, 2010, the 502d ABW became the host unit at Lackland and Randolph from the 37th Training Wing and 12th Flying Training Wing, respectively, and on April 30, 2010 the wing became the host unit at Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis in northwestern Bexar County.  The U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Sam Houston remained active alongside the 502d MSG until JBSA achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) Oct. 1, 2010.  At FOC, the garrison inactivated.

In 2005, the Department of Defense received Congressional authorization for a Base Realignment and Closure Round. Under the BRAC Joint Basing Recommendation for San Antonio, installation support functions at the Army's Fort Sam Houston were combined with those at Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases under a single organization to form what is the largest joint base in the DOD.

The Air Force is the lead agency for Joint Base San Antonio, comprising three primary locations at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Lackland and JBSA-Randolph plus 8 other operating locations and more than 200 mission partners.

The Air Force established the 502nd Air Base Wing to provide installation support across all JBSA locations and its Air Force commander also serves as the JBSA commander.

There are 49 installation support functions to include security forces, civil engineering, manpower, personnel, services, morale/welfare/recreation, comptroller, communications, legal, equal opportunity, public affairs, chapel, logistics, contracting, plans and programs and safety.

JBSA services more DOD students than any other installation, more active runways than any other installation, houses the DOD's largest hospital and only level one trauma center, supports more than 250,000 personnel, including 425 retired general officers, and interfaces with 1,000 civic leaders of San Antonio, 20 smaller communities, four counties and four Congressional Districts. Its total plant replacement value is about 10.3 billion with an annual budget of $800 million. Despite its uniqueness in setup, the 80,000 members who belong to JBSA are making a difference, not only in San Antonio, but for the nation...accomplishing diverse training, flying, medical, cyber, intelligence and installation missions every day.

At the three major JBSA locations, members
· Use 137 MW of power daily.
· Maintain 357 miles of roadways daily.
· Maintain 75 miles of copper and fiber optic cable daily.
· Manage an annual payroll of more than $1.3 billion.
· Award $135 million in contracts to small businesses annually.
· Served 980,000 meals in dining facilities monthly.
· Transported about 2 million passengers more than 1.3 million miles in 2011.
· Drafted 4,600 wills and notarized 23,000 documents in 2011.