Fort Sam Houston Army Base
502d Air Base Wing
Stanley Rd, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX, United States 78234
Fort Sam Houston is a U.S. Army post in San Antonio, Texas. The installation’s missions include serving as the command headquarters for the United States Army North, United States Army South, the Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) headquarters, the Army Medical Department Center and School, the Fifth Recruiting Brigade, Navy Regional Recruiting, the San Antonio Military Entrance and Processing Station, and the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC). On October 1, 2010, Fort Sam Houston joined Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base to create Joint Base San Antonio, under Air Force administration.
Fort Sam Houston is known as the “Home of Army Medicine” and “Home of the Combat Medic.” The installation is the largest and most important military medical training facility in the world. At the end of World War II, the Army decided to make Fort Sam Houston the principal medical training facility. Additionally, they developed Brooke General Hospital into one of the Army’s premier medical centers. This combined the capabilities of Wilford Hall Medical Center, located at nearby Lackland Air Force Base, to create the largest medical treatment facility and teaching hospital in the Department of Defense.
Military Medical Training is provided by numerous elements, including METC, AMEDD Center and School, Brooke Army Medical Center, US Army Institute of Surgical Research, The Center for Battlefield Health and Trauma, Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute, as well as many smaller organizations.
The Army Medical Department Center and School annually trains more than 25,000 students attending 170 officer, NCO, and enlisted courses in 14 medical specialties. The command maintains several academic affiliations for bachelor’s and master’s degree programs with major universities such as Baylor University, University of Texas Health Science Centers at Houston and San Antonio, and University of Nebraska.
As a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) 2005 recommendations, all military medical training has been consolidated at Fort Sam Houston. This consolidation concluded with the opening of the Military Education and Training Campus (METC) in 2011. The Navy moved its medical training from San Diego, California; Great Lakes, Illinois; and Portsmouth, Virginia. The Air Force moved its medical training from Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.
There are 151,000 Active Duty, DoD civilians, military family members, and retirees assigned to Fort Sam Houston.
Upon arrival at Fort Sam Houston, officers should sign in or the register at the headquarters unit or activity to which they have been assigned. Enlisted soldiers should sign in at their orderly room of the organization to which they have been assigned or attached. All soldiers, officers and enlisted, should check with their unit personnel NCO reference security processing.
Permanent Party soldiers, after signing-in at the unit, the unit will make an in-processing appointment. Soldiers will report to BLDG 2263, Room # 312 at 7:15 AM for in- processing. Soldiers will bring their Personnel Records Review, PERSTEMPO, assignment memorandum from the company, duty memorandum, leave form (DA-31) signed by approving authority, orders. For further information or assistance call information at 210-221-9274 or DSN 471-9274.
The newly arriving Soldier and family members should be aware of the Army Community Service Relocation Assistance Program and the Lending Closet. They are specially designed to make their transition into our community an easier, more pleasant experience.
One of the fastest ways to familiarize yourself with the area is to participate in the Trails and Tales Tour of Fort Sam Houston. You can register at the Newcomers Extravaganza table. The Newcomers Extravaganza is an event designed to help integrate the newcomer into the community and to link support services to newly arrived families. Contact the Relocation Assistance Program office for schedule information at 210-221-9698/1681.
The Sponsorship Program is managed by the Directorate of Military Personnel. Those soldiers who are relocating to Fort Sam Houston and have not been assigned a sponsor should call 210-221-0995. Sponsorship for Civilians is the responsibility of the gaining supervisor. Civilian employees should call 210-221-1425 for sponsorship assistance.
Anyone with official business on post may use the on base shuttle buses. No ID is required. There is no shuttle bus service to off-post sites. There are two shuttle bus routes on post; one is the BAMC or “Hospital Route” and the other is the AHS Route “Brigade Route.” The “Hospital Route” services most of the clinics on post, the Finance Office, the Military Police Station, and Army Community Service. The “Brigade Route” services the troop areas, Troop Dispensary, Dental Clinics, Military Clothing Sales Store and the Main Exchange. The routes are approximately 30-35 minutes. To obtain a copy of shuttle bus schedule, stop by the Army Community Service located at Bldg 2797, Stanley Road.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders. For more information click here.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Child Care Aware:
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There is also a special section on the website for military children covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Bexar County Human Resources 210-335-2545
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 512-438-4800
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
San Antonio Humane Society 210-226-7461
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District 210-207-8780
Bexar County Sheriff Office 210-335-6000
Base Operator (315) 772-6556
Chaplain (315) 772-5591
Civilian Personnel Office (315) 772-1049
Dental Headquarters (315) 772-4440
EFMP Family Support (315) 772-5476
Family Advocacy Program (315) 772-6929
Family Child Care (315) 772-2250
Housing Services Office (315) 772-9397
ID/CAC Card Processing (315) 772-5149
Information and Referral (315) 772-6799
In-Processing (315) 772-0423
Legal Services and JAG (315) 772-5261
Medical Appointments (315) 772-4655
NAF Human Resources Officer (315) 772-5393
Suicide Prevention Hotline (315) 772-9018
On-base housing is available at Joint Base San Antonio.
In some cases, where you live and work at Joint Base San Antonio may not be at the same installation. For example, if an unaccompanied Service Member is assigned to live at JBSA-Lackland, but works at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, he/she may voluntarily choose to live at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston if there is space available. If this applies to you, contact your unit commander or the appropriate housing office for more information.
JBSA-Lackland Housing Office (210) 671-1840/DSN 473
Lackland Air Force Base Housing has a waiting list and is privatized and managed by Balfour Beatty. Go to your base housing office to have your name added to the waiting list, which is dependent on rank, number of children, and type of housing.
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Housing Office: (210) 221-0881/DSN 471
Fort Sam Houston housing is privatized and managed by Lincoln Military Housing. There are eight housing areas with 2-5 bedroom homes. Available for all ranks. Call 210-270-7638.
Lackland AFB Housing has a waiting list and is privatized and managed by Balfour Beatty. Go to your base housing office to have your name added to the waiting list, which is dependent on rank, number of children, and type of housing.
JBSA-Randolph Housing Office (210) 652-1840/DSN 487
Randolph AFB military family housing is privatized. Hunt is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. For more information go to the Randolph Family Housing website or call 210-659-9061. The Housing Management Office (HMO) is the first building on the left as you enter JBSA-Randolph via the main gate at building 144. Counselors offer referral services to on-base privatized housing and assist with locating housing accommodations in the local community.
7.8 miles from Base
Spring Creek is a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood in San Antonio. The area has great schools and neighbors are friendly.
12.1 miles from Base
Stone Oak is a larger neighborhood in San Antonio with beautiful homes and many amenities, including a pool, club house, and country club.
San Antonio’s climate is classified as warm and temperate. The is a great deal of rainfall in San Antonio, even in the driest month.
Normally every day from April to October in San Antonio is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, as are most days in winter months. Summer temperatures top 79 degrees every day and remain above 69 degrees most nights. San Antonio sees an average of eight days a year with 100-plus degree temperatures.
The coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 38.6°F. In August, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 94.7°F.
The cost of living index in San Antonio, TX is 86, which is 5% lower than the average in Texas and compared to the national average it is 14% lower.
If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In San Antonio, TX goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Texas and are 4% lower than compared to the nationwide average.
San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Following the San Antonio River, the miles-long River Walk is a landmark pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shops. HemisFair Park’s 750-ft. Tower of the Americas overlooks the city.
The city is home to three animal attractions. SeaWorld, Antonio Zoo and the San Antonio Aquarium.
San Antonio is also home to several commercial amusement parks, including Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Splashtown and Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park for children with special needs, and Kiddie Park.
San Antonio is home to the first museum of modern art in Texas, the McNay Art Museum as well as seven others. You will aslo find five missions – four in the San Anontio Missions National Historcial Park and the Alamo.
There is also plenty to do for the sports fans with both the professional and college level teams.