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    The Korean Blitz

    The 1950's was the trial by fire for the young service and Lackland AFB. When the Korean War began in June 1950, the draft      started up soon after and Lackland experienced a deluge of young men eager to join the new service. 

     At the time, Lackland AFB was the only indoctrination base for Air Force enlisted personnel. However, the base could only        accomodate a load of around 20,000 with a permanent party of 5,000. This proved not enough to deal with the 84,000 people      on the base by mid 1951. 

        ** Air Force Basic Training in Europe  by MSgt (Ret) Ralph A. Lurvey  **

 1950 Flight Photos 1951 Flight Photos

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