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.
Arriving at 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.
There are 151,000 Active Duty, DoD civilians, military family members, and retirees assigned to Fort Sam Houston.