Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 7, 2001):
Randolph Field, Texas, played an exceptional role in the development of the air arm of the United States Army,which eventually achieved its independence as the United States Air Force in September 1947. It was concieved and designed as a model airfield for flying training in the mid 1920's for the fledging Army Air Corps. The completed "air city" became the site of unique Air Corps schools for flying training and aviation medicine, and as well was a landmark in airfield planning and design. In addition, administrative headquarters at Randolph Field, including the Air Corps Training Center, and the Army Air Forces Central Flying Training Command, were keystones in the organiztional structure of the Army Air Forces. Their roles were pivotal in the Army air arm's 40-year campaign to become an independent branch of the United States armed forces.