2017 marks 100 years since the birth of Kelly Field—one of the world’s first military airfields.
Kelly Field initially served as the cornerstone of Kelly Air Force Base and, since 2001, it has enabled Port San Antonio to emerge as a dynamic aerospace platform that continues to provide good jobs to thousands of area workers.
Kelly Field is owned and operated by the U.S. Air Force. So, in addition to helping create good jobs at the Port, it continues a 100-year history as a defense asset for our nation.
And as the Port continues to redevelop 1,900 acres that were once Kelly Air Force Base, Kelly Field will keep being very special place to grow the region’s economy.
We have a lot to be thankful for in the year ahead. We will honor the women and men who made Kelly Field possible. And we will also celebrate those who are building their futures here today and who are working to ensure that Kelly Field continues to serve future generations in the next 100 years.
Voices from those who are part of the history, present and future Kelly.
10/18/2017: THE HISTORY KEEPERS OF KELLY FIELD—It takes special dedication and tireless work to capture 100 years of history of an icon of military aviation.
9/6/2017: KELLY: A LOVE STORY—For decades, Kelly Air Force Base was central to the lives of countless San Antonians. Generations of civilians from throughout the region found lifelong careers at the former base. It was a foundation that allowed them to raise families and build their futures.
4/3/2017: ACROSS GENERATIONS—After serving in World War II, where he earned a Purple Heart, Joe Glawson returned to his job at Kelly. During a 35-year career he rose from apprentice to leading hundreds of team members supporting B-52’s and other important aviation platforms.
2/6/2017: ACROSS GENERATIONS—David Marquez’ parents met when each was employed at Kelly. He followed in their footsteps years later by working in one of the machine shops and as a computer network support administrator at the base.
1/18/2017: Juan Solis is a leader who helped oversee the initial redevelopment vision for the former base—a place where his own father and others in his family had worked.
1/9/2017: ACROSS TWO ERAS — Rosalie began her career at Kelly as a stenographer. She’s also among the pioneers who’s helping redevelop the former base.