Former Kelly Air Force Base, Texas
Published February 06, 2013
Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, was the Air Force's oldest continuously active flying base from its establishment in 1917 until its closure in 2001. The former base played an active role in all wars from World War I to Vietnam
Kelly AFB was recommended for closure by the U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission in 1995. The base was officially closed July 13, 2001. Today the former Kelly AFB is one of 40 former installations managed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center in San Antonio, Texas.
AFCEC continues to work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality to ensure environmental cleanup activities satisfy all regulatory standards and protect human health and the environment. The Air Force has invested $298 million on cleanup actions at the former installation. The cost to complete cleanup is another $32.8 million.
AFCEC achieved Whole Base Transfer in 2010. Today, Port San Antonio has attracted some 70 tenants in the fields of aerospace, professional services, transportation and warehousing. The industrial park has generated more than 14,000 jobs with an estimated annual economic impact of $4.23 billion for the region. Port San Antonio is one of San Antonio's largest employers. The Air Force has also leased back approximately 200 acres from Port San Antonio which currently houses 13 Air Force agencies.
The Air Force and its partners will continue to work together to complete environmental cleanup for the benefit of the community while property development progresses as part of Port San Antonio's master plan.
(Current as of December 2012)