Frequently Asked Questions
Is Brooks a military base?
No, the United States Air Force completely closed their operations here in 2011.
Why is it called Brooks City Base?
Brooks City Base was established in 2002 as a unique partnership between the U.S. Air Force, the State of Texas, and the City of San Antonio in an effort to protect the military missions that were located at Brooks. The Air Force conveyed the entire campus and all buildings to the Brooks Development Authority and then leased back what it needed as a way to reduce operating costs. Despite the new structure, the U.S. government decided to close and relocate the military missions at Brooks in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process. The U.S. Air Force completely ceased operations at Brooks City Base on September 15, 2011.
Do I need an ID to get on Brooks?
Brooks is an open and completely accessible campus to the public. The military is no longer located here, so there are no security restrictions.
Does the City of San Antonio own Brooks?
No, the Brooks Development Authority owns and manages Brooks. It is a subdivision of the State of Texas and is governed by an 11-member board of directors that is appointed by the San Antonio City Council.
Are there places to live at Brooks?
Yes! There are five residential developments at Brooks open or under construction. Please see the “live” section of our website for more details.
What are you doing to save Hangar 9?
Hangar 9 was built in 1918 during World War I and is the only wooden aircraft hangar of the 16 that were built at Brooks that remains. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Brooks is investing millions of dollars to rehabilitate and refurbish Hangar 9 so that future generations can continue to enjoy this historic treasure.