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Basic Military Training
Air Force on schedule with new uniform issue timeline
October 3, 2019
— Trainees entering into Basic Military Training, or BMT, at the 37th Training Wing this week are the first group to be issued the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, uniforms. After taking Airmen feedback into consideration, the uniform board members said they chose the OCP for the improved fit and comfort and so that they will blend in with their soldier counterparts’ uniforms in the joint environments, according to Cooper. ...
BMT murals: inspiring the next generation
August 8, 2019
— Trainees with the 321st Training Squadron volunteered to paint a series of murals through the unit. The project started July 4, 2017, with the American flag painted across the hallway of several classrooms. It took about 2 ½ months and about 12 gallons of paint. ...
First BMT trainees experience M-4 training, qualification
July 11, 2019
— Members of the 37th Training Support Squadron Combat Weapons Flight reopened the newly renovated combat arms training range at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Medina Training Annex July 8. Basic Military Training trainees were the first to experience M-4 carbine weapons familiarization course at the range, which closed in November 2018, due to improper rainwater drainage. Since then the range has undergone refurbishing efforts to divert water runoff....
Air Force Basic Military Training continues to fine-tune program with major modernizations
June 6, 2019
— As part of the Basic Military Training curriculum revamp centered on readiness and lethality, airmanship, fitness and the warrior ethos, multiple changes to training are set to begin this summer. BMT is set to receive close to 9,000 M4 training rifles and after renovations to the combat arms range are completed, BMT will switch from the M16 weapons familiarization course to the M4 weapons qualification course....
METC med tech student assists car crash victims
May 21, 2019
— A student in the Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, or AMSA, program at the Medical Education and Training Campus, or METC, at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, helped render aid at the scene of a major car crash recently....
Initial clothing issue office dresses trainees as Airmen
May 10, 2019
— Scared, anxious and sleep deprived; between 300 and 400 trainees, many with freshly shaved heads from the barber located next door, pass through a brown brick building each week to receive their first sets of uniforms and clothing items they will need for life in the military. ...
Protocol, practice, teamwork help save BMT trainee’s life
April 22, 2019
— The safety of the trainees at Basic Military Training is a top priority. When one trainee collapsed, the military training instructors immediately stepped up and ensure the safety and health of the distressed trainee. ...
U.S. Ambassador visits JBSA-Lackland
April 12, 2019
— The honorable W. Stuart Symington, U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, attended basic military training graduation and toured 37th Training Wing facilities April 5 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas....
Son carries on fallen father’s legacy
February 22, 2019
— At first glance, the Air Force Basic Military Training graduation Feb. 8 appeared no different than any other, but it was a unique occasion, as a new heritage flight honoring an Airman who made the ultimate sacrifice was unveiled. ...
Basic Military Training puts focus on heritage
January 30, 2019
— Basic Military Training has implemented several heritage-based programs in an effort to better connect Airmen to the Air Force core values. ...
Like daughter, like mother: recruiter helps family join U.S. Air Force
January 16, 2019
— When senior year of college became expensive and it was tough to keep up, a mother asked her daughter to consider joining the military as her father and others in his family had done. However, no one expected mother to sign up for service while gathering information for her daughter at the Air Force recruiting office in her Rhode Island hometown....
Former 37th TRW commander attends BMT graduation unlike any other
December 12, 2018
— As a former 37th Training Wing commander, retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Andrew P. Iosue has seen countless Basic Military Training graduations. The graduation he attended Nov. 30, however, was like no other, as he witnessed his step-grandson, Michael Willett become Airman 1st Class Willett. ...
BMT curriculum changes focused on inspiring, developing Airmen
November 6, 2018
— After listening to feedback from the field, a few changes to the Air Force Basic Military Training curriculum will transform trainees into more combat ready Airmen. The changes, which began Sept. 4, are entirely focused on readiness and lethality, Airmanship, fitness and warrior ethos. ...
Air Force Academy Cadets spend the summer at BMT
October 12, 2018
— This past summer, the 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland hosted 38 Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy from June 5 through Aug. 1, as a part of the Air Force Ops Program that exposes cadets to the enlisted force and daily Air Force operations....
New Reid Health Services Center provides one-stop service
September 14, 2018
— The 59th Medical Wing celebrated the opening of the new Reid Health Services Center facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 13 on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. ...
Commentary: Telling my Air Force story through Recruiter Assistance Program
August 9, 2018
— Since my enlistment, I’ve been infatuated with the Air Force and all it has to offer. So, naturally, I was super excited for the chance to tell people my story and help others get started on what could be their active-duty journey, as well. ...
Trainee saves life, earns Air Force Achievement Medal
July 6, 2018
— Airman Oh. H. Bang, a 737th Training Support Squadron trainee, was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal June 21 for his quick response and lifesaving actions, a rare feat for a basic military training trainee. ...
New Battlefield Airmen Prep Course: Improves attrition rates, builds more resilient candidate
June 26, 2018
— Battlefield Airmen Preparatory Course candidates participate in a ruck run April 19 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Battlefield Airmen hopefuls graduating from Basic Military Training will have to complete the course before transitioning into the initial entry course....
Commentary: what now, senior NCO?
June 13, 2018
— The Air Force recently selected 6,176 technical sergeants for promotion to the rank of master sergeant and more importantly, the grade of senior NCO, or SNCO. As a brand new SNCO, you may have wondered “What Now?”...
Former slave, two-time Olympian becomes an Airman
February 23, 2018
— After enduring countless hardships and overcoming unimaginable obstacles, Airman 1st Class Guor Maker, a dental assistant currently in technical training, found his way out of war-torn South Sudan, Africa and into the U.S. nearly 20 years ago....