4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 30, 2021 8:31 PM by Russell Brown

    Seeking basic training graduation picture

    Terry Clark Newbie

      I am looking to get a copy of my basic training picture from Lackland Air Force Base in 1968. Can you tell me how to go about getting this?

        • Re: Seeking basic training graduation picture
          Charleen Vocca Scout

          Dear Mr. Clark,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Group photographs taken at basic training or boot camp were not considered permanent records unless the photographs were taken by official military photographers usually for publicity. Photographs of various U.S. Army, Navy or Marine Corps  activities from 1940 to 2007 (that are permanent) are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


          The "official" photograph of an individual is not considered to be permanent federal records by the respective military services and is not retained in a separate collection by the service. If the photograph you are seeking still exists, it will most likely be found in the individual's Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). However, there is no guarantee the photograph will be present.


          We suggest that you request a copy of your Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) and specifically state that you are seeking any available photographs.  OMPFs for those who served in the U.S. Air Force after 1958 and before May 1, 1994 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. Certain information in the records is not available to the general public without the written consent of the veteran or his next of kin. For more information see Request Military Service Records.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDSS. Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. 


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          • Re: Seeking basic training graduation picture
            Walter Padworski Wayfarer

            There are several "Groups" on Facebook ...  Try these two.   The second (BMT Flight Photos link has photo's submitted by members and are categorized by year.


            Good Luck


            Walt Padworski, MSgt, USAF (Ret) 1966 - 1988

            Sq2uadron 3710, Flight 1723

            (July 1966 - No Flight photo's that I know of ....  Just individual pictures)


            (1) US Air Force BMTS 1940's, 1950's 1960's, 1970's, & 1980's | Facebook



            BMT Flight Photos (af.mil)

            • Re: Seeking basic training graduation picture
              Russell Brown Newbie

              Hello Terry;


              There is a website called "TOGETHER WE SERVED"  they have an extensive collection of Air Force basic training group photographs. You can look them up by date or Flight number. Good luck and here is the link