Carted Off into History

Bldg. 6351, one of the last World War II-era housing facilities at Lackland AFB, Tex., was moved on Feb. 27 on a flatbed trailer to the base’s History and Traditions Museum. The open-bay barracks was built in 1942 and capable of housing a flight of about 40 airmen on each floor. It will become part of the museum’s enlisted heritage exhibits following renovation and restoration. Tracy English, historian with Lackland’s 37th Training Wing, said the goal is to recreate the feel of bygone days for visitors. Lackland officials plan to restore and use only the first floor. Still completing this makeover might take up to 18 months. The building was moved to make room for the construction of a new training complex for basic military training. (Lackand report by Mike Joseph)