Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston

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 Services:

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Housing Office

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Housing Office
Location: 3171 Zinn Rd.
Bldg. 1161
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630
Closed on holidays

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center

Location: 3060 Stanley Rd.
Bldg. 2797
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630
Closed 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 1400 to 1600 (in-service training)
Closed Federal and AETC Family Holidays

Lincoln Military Housing

Lincoln Military Housing
Location: 2739 Dickman Rd.
Bldg. 407
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Hours: M - F: 0800 to 1700

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston School Liason Office

Location: 2010 Stanley Rd.
Bldg. 2797
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Hours: M - F: 0730 to 1630

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Base Location

By Plane
San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
15 minutes
Austin Bergstrom International Aiport (AUS)
1 hour 20 minutes
By Bus
Greyhound Bus Lines – San Antonio – 36 minutes
500 N. St. Mary’s St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Dallas – 4 hours

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