History Of Brooks City Base

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John F Kennedy


On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd of 10,000 people at Brooks Air Force Base. It would be one of his last presidential acts.

"I have come to Texas today to salute an outstanding group of pioneers," he said, speaking of the compression chambers and training abilities for Air Force, space and other programs. "It is fitting that San Antonio should be the site of this center and this school [Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Center]."

History changed one day later in Dallas, when JFK was shot and killed. Experts, analysts, and everyday people believed Kennedy had only begun to introduce new ideas and new ways of doing things, but life went on and the country rebounded the best it knew how.


Brooks City-Base today

Today UIW transformed the former Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine into a school of osteopathic medicine, which practices a philosophy that focuses on the whole body. 

The UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine is the second osteopathic medical school to open in Texas and the 33rd in the U.S.