SF Exhibits Annex Showcasing SF History and Heritage
AETC History Office
(Photo courtesy of Ken Neal)
If you have recently visited JBSA-Lackland, you might have seen a new sign on the building previous known as the USAF Security Forces Museum. It reads USAF Security Forces Exhibits Annex. This is the place to visit for all things related to the history and heritage of the Security Forces.
You may ask, why did the name change? That came about in 2016 when the National Museum of the US Air Force consolidated the two museum accounts (historical holdings such as uniforms, weapons, photographs, and much more) at JBSA-Lackland into a single account under a single, consolidated museum, the USAF Airmen Heritage Museum.
While there is one museum, there are two distinct museum facilities. Building 10501 continues its long association with the Security Forces career field. Its halls showcase Security Forces heritage exhibits and artifacts. It is a one-of-a-kind place, the only facility in the Air Force Museum Program dedicated to a single career field, Security Forces.
Building 5206 is home to the Airmen Heritage Museum and Enlisted Character Development Center. Its focus is to tell the story of the Enlisted Airman, and it does that through artifacts and exhibits. Under the direction of CMSgt Steven West, the museum system at JBSA-Lackland has plenty to offer. Colorful, informative displays, authentic uniforms, artifacts, and a staff available to answer your questions. In fact, the museum just added a new staff member, Mr George Strader. A former enlisted Air Force historian and curator at the Sheppard AFB, Texas, heritage hall, Mr Strader brings a wealth of experience to the museum. He will be working from the Security Forces Exhibits Annex and is available to assist with historical research and tours.