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Fort Sam Houston, TX

Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234  |  Post Operator: DSN: 471-1211, (210) 221-1211

Fort Sam Houston: Overview

Fort Sam Houston, or “Fort Sam,” is the home of the Headquarters U.S. 5th Army, the U.S. Army 5th Recruiting Brigade, the Brooke Army Medical Center, the Institute of Surgical Research, the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, the U.S. Army Center Brigade, and the U.S. Army Medical Command. The mission of the post is to support these major entities and ensure that the infrastructure and facilities are more than adequate to maintain operational excellence.

During its history, Fort Sam Houston has served in a number of different capacities, including a headquarters, a logistical base, a mobilization and training site, a garrison, and a provider of medical support. The original Army presence in San Antonio began at the Alamo, but was moved to its current location in 1876. Considering the prominence of this post, it hosted a number of innovations, including the birthplace of military aviation. The mission it now serves as a medical training facility began shortly after World War II.

Fort Sam Houston: Education

Earning a degree from an online school while stationed at Fort Sam Houston should be at the top of your priority list. Online schools deliver a high-quality education while making the course delivery one that is extremely convenient for busy individuals. You can attend classes when you want, no matter where you are. Learn more by requesting information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

Fort Sam Houston: Location

Fort Sam Houston is located in the city of San Antonio, Texas. A number of major roadways can be easily accessed from the post, including Interstate 35, Interstate 10, and the Interstate 410 loop. The San Antonio International Airport is less than 10 miles north of Fort Sam. There are many other communities in this area including Kirby, TX, Leon Valley, TX, Converse, TX, Live Oak, TX, Universal City, TX, Schertz, TX, New Braunfels, TX, Pleasanton, TX, Seguin, TX, Canyon Lake, TX, Hondo, TX, San Marcos, TX, Kyle, TX, Kerrville, TX, and Lockhart, TX.

Fort Sam Houston: Interesting Facts

  • The namesake of this post is Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas.
  • Fort Sam Houston was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975 due in large part to the fact that it is one of the oldest military installations in the country and it maintains numerous historical buildings, many of which were supervised by Major General Edward Ord.
  • Both Brigadier General Billy Mitchell and Dwight D. Eisenhower were stationed at Fort Ord at one point during their careers.
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