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JBSA hosts funeral services for CMSAF Robert D. Gaylor

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  • By Airman 1st Class Gabriel Jones
  • 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Joint Base San Antonio and the 502nd Air Base Wing will host funeral services for Robert D. Gaylor, the fifth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, on Feb. 10 at JBSA-Lackland and the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. 

Gaylor passed away at the age of 93 on Jan. 17, 2024. As a champion of professional military education, Gaylor's legacy extends far beyond his distinguished 31-year military career.  

“CMSAF Gaylor was a patriot of unparalleled honor and dignity,” said current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne Bass. “He devoted more than 75 years of his life, both in uniform and out, to actively serving our Airmen and their families.”  

 The chapel memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Gateway Chapel, located at 1930 George Ave. at JBSA-Lackland, Texas. Installation access for guests begins at 8:30 a.m. through the Selfridge West Gate. Department of Defense ID cardholders are advised to access the base through alternate gate locations. 

The JBSA-Lackland Selfridge West Gate, located on W. Military Drive, will be open to non-DOD ID cardholders attending the funeral service from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Non-DOD ID cardholders attending the funeral service must immediately exit the installation through the Selfridge West Gate at the conclusion of the service. All DOD ID cardholders are highly encouraged to use Valley Hi, Luke East and Growdon Commercial gates to prevent traffic delays.  

Following the memorial, the full military honors burial service will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the assembly area near Section 103 at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas. Attendees arriving for the military funeral honors will be guided to parking at the entrance of Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Seating will be limited at the burial site. 

Traffic on JBSA-Lackland, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and the surrounding areas may be affected during the time of the funeral service and during the procession from JBSA-Lackland to the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. 

Remote viewing of the events will be available through a live stream on the official JBSA Facebook page at

Memorial Service Livestream link:

Full Military Honors Burial Service Livestream link:

Gaylor was active in the San Antonio community and made frequent appearances at military events. The Robert D. Gaylor Noncommissioned Officer Academy at JBSA-Lackland bears his name in honor of his countless contributions to the development of United States Air Force professional military education. 

Transportation will be available for all DOD ID cardholders from the chapel service to the burial and back on a first come-first serve basis.