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Comment by Rich on March 26, 2019 at 1:11pm

Congrats, lots of fun stuff ahead.

Comment by David McNeill on March 26, 2019 at 12:06pm
Sorry, no. My son’s been in nearly five years now, currently in San Diego. He loves the MA rate. He’s had a variety of opportunities. Good luck with your sailor: just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Comment by Dale Wiles on January 26, 2018 at 3:53pm

Almost everyone is from out of state when they go to a base but I am pretty sure that's all I used because they need to see you are licensed if you are driving and everyone in the vehicle has to show ID, which was a license. You also have to show the pass which has the names on it. From what I remember.

Comment by Stephen Frederick Nelson on January 26, 2018 at 3:33pm

Just one more question -- I have a NYS driver license. Will this be sufficient to get me on base (in addition to my son putting my name at the gate(s)?

Thanks again.

Comment by Dale Wiles on January 26, 2018 at 1:22pm

Ya, Rich has some more good points. I echo his comments. I can't guarantee this but we went to Sea World and they let all 3 of us in free as he was military. That was nice. Map out your trips as I remember San Antonio highways to be confusing and insane. 

Comment by Stephen Frederick Nelson on January 26, 2018 at 1:14pm

Thank you!

Comment by Rich on January 26, 2018 at 1:13pm

Good info Dale.  Our son met us at the gate the evening before to get checked in, then we were able to drive on base to their barracks where he signed out and we took him to the Riverwalk for dinner and were able to drop him off inside the base after. MA graduation is a must, pinning the badge is awesome!  My wife and I both pinned it on him.  Pretty informal ceremony, could move around to take photos, and was able to stand up on the stage and film them swearing in.  After we were able to walk around and see where the training took place, and meet a lot of other MA's.  Congrats to your son.

Comment by Dale Wiles on January 26, 2018 at 12:47pm

When we went about a year ago it was in the morning. Maybe a couple of hours for the ceremony. Then at the end someone gets to place the pin on them. The sailor picks. The place where the ceremony is held is on base. It is close to the Navy barracks. Here is what you have to do. The sailor lets the gates know who will be coming in for the ceremony. As is the case with all bases you will need IDs, insurance etc. even for a rental vehicle. The building is on the north west side off of W Military Dr and Luke Blvd. Some of the gates are open on limited hours. The gates that are open 24 hours and have the capability of a visitor center are the Luke Blvd gate and the Valley Hi Dr gate which is farther south. I think we went to the gate the night before to check in. Gates can take time getting through especially if there are any issues so get there early. It is a really nice ceremony and you get a question answer time before the sailors come in. We went to the Luke Blvd gate as it was closest, except there was construction so we had to drive around more to get to the building, another reason to get there early. Hope that helps.

Comment by David McNeill on January 26, 2018 at 12:18pm

Sorry I won't be much help in this post, but I just wanted to say Congratulations to your son! I hope he enjoys his new adventure.

That said, I believe the graduation is in the morning and it is on base but I'm not sure where.

Comment by Stephen Frederick Nelson on January 26, 2018 at 12:03pm


My son is scheduled to graduate MA A school at Lackland AFB on 9 February.

Does anybody know what time the ceremony is? Is it on base? If so, where?

Thank you.


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