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Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston


Located smack in the middle of San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston is the oldest of the three installations that make up Joint Base San Antonio. Its central location in “Military City USA,” and Bexar County (pronounced bear), makes Fort Sam the prime spot for overseeing support for the entire joint base, which falls to the 502d Air Base Wing.

In 1876, the Army built a Quartermaster supply depot here, and over the next few years added a few homes and buildings. This modest depot became known simply as The Post at San Antonio. Consistent expansion and the arrival of new units earned The Post the permanent designation of Fort Sam Houston in 1890. Fort Sam Houston is home to the largest collection of historic buildings in the Department of Defense, and is a National Historic Landmark. The base is adorned with beautiful, historic buildings and the New Post was built in the Spanish colonial architectural style of the 1930s.  

Today, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston is also known as The Home of Military Medicine—and with good reason. Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), the largest military healthcare organization, and the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), the only Level 1 trauma center in the DoD, are here. The base’s primary mission is medical training, and the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S—how’s that for a military acronym?), and the Academy of Health Sciences are two standout units you’ll hear about.

On base housing is available, and quite unique, but you’d better be willing to wait it out. Rather than enduring months of waiting—and temporary lodging—many families choose to live in the surrounding communities. Working at the centrally located Fort Sam allows easy access to many of the downtown communities and the outlying suburbs of San Antonio.

San Antonio is a bustling city, but retains a small town feel. Friendly and fiercely patriotic locals are welcoming to military families, and homes are priced below the national average. The job market is great for spouses and veterans, making San Antonio a top pick for retirement.

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Base Location

San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
15 minutes
Austin Bergstrom International Aiport (AUS)
1 hour 20 minutes

Greyhound Bus Lines – San Antonio – 36 minutes
500 N. St. Mary’s St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Austin – 1 hour 15 minutes
Houston – 3 hours
Dallas – 4 hours


Drive Transit
Converse 22 MINS
*55 MINS
73 MINs
Selma 20 MINS
*55 MINS
Schertz 26 MINS
*60 MINS
Cibolo 30 MINS
*75 MINS
Universal City 22 MINS
*55 MINS
New Braunfels 35 MINS
*75 MINS
Alamo Heights 16 MINS
*40 MINS
Stone Oak 35 MINS
*75 MINS
Hollywood Park 20 MINS
*60 MINS
1 HR 40 MINS
Downtown San Antonio 10 MINS
*30 MINS
Helotes 40 MINS
*1 HR 40 MINS
Leon Valley 20 MINS
*75 MINS

Impact of Peak Hours 6a – 9a | 4p – 7p

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