Joint Base San Antonio Community

Joint Base San Antonio
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

JBSA Sam Houston History

Soldiers have been the midwives for the birth of San Antonio, starting with the Spanish who set up a fort in 1718 between the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek in a thankless effort to combat hostile Native Americans, block contraband flowing between French Louisiana and interior Mexico, support five Franciscan missions, and keep the quarrelsome settlers from killing each other.

When Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1823, Mexican troops replaced the Spanish, to be replaced in turn by Texian forces after Gen. Sam Houston and his ragtag revolutionary Texian army, 900 strong and mostly armed with squirrel rifles and Bowie knives, fell upon Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s 1,200 soldiers as they napped and routed them in 18 minutes at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

In turn, with Texas poised for statehood in 1845, three companies of U.S. Army dragoons hotfooted it down from Oklahoma to set up a post that autumn near the Alamo, whose defenders, including Davy Crockett, had been overwhelmed and slaughtered by Santa Anna. The Army established a garrison and regional headquarters in rented buildings, and a quartermaster supply depot in the Alamo, and if not for the Army, the Alamo might be a parking lot today; an Army quartermaster countermanded another’s order to tear down the battered old shrine and directed that it be repaired and preserved.

In the late 1870s, the Army relocated to what officially became Fort Sam Houston (1890), intended as a permanent post and as home to the San Antonio Quartermaster Depot and a Department of Texas headquarters. The limestone Quadrangle was completed in February 1878; its clock tower is the oldest building on post.

Apache leader Geronimo and 32 of his surviving warriors were held for a little over a month in the Quadrangle in 1886 while U.S. officials bickered over whether they should be treated as prisoners of war or tried in civilian court, giving rise to the apocryphal tale that the quadrangle was stocked with the deer, peacocks, ducks and bunnies that roam there freely because Geronimo would not eat anything he had not hunted.

Fort Sam Houston’s steady expansion brought it new missions. Military aviation — what eventually became the Air Force — began at the fort in 1910 with a single biplane purchased from the Wright brothers in 1909 and dispatched to Fort Sam Houston with a pilot, Lt. Benjamin D. Foulois, who later said his orders were to “take plenty of spare parts and teach yourself to fly.”

The first flights at Fort Sam Houston — four, on March 2, 1910 — lasted for 7.5, 10, 21 and 21 minutes, respectively, and the final one might have lasted longer but the plane crashed.

Signal Corps 1, like its sister aircraft, had skids beneath and used rails or a catapult to launch. A pair of Fort Sam Houston aircraft mechanics tinkered with the undercarriage and by August had created a tricycle-style landing gear with wheels, which made it far easier to set the plane down and changed the course of aeronautical engineering.

Removing battle casualties by aircraft was developed at the fort by 1917, and delivering troops by air to battlefields was being tested there as early as 1939. U.S. Border Patrol and Customs agents realized how useful aircraft would be for searching the wild desert between the U.S. and Mexico for smugglers. Denied help by Congress, the agents patched together rickety airplanes seized from smugglers and took to the air. With connivance from Army troops, they stashed their planes in an old hangar at Fort Sam Houston, and their success forced Washington to relent, make their ad hoc operation official and transfer it to the Coast Guard, which had trained pilots and mechanics.

From 1910 until the outbreak of World War II, Fort Sam Houston was the largest Army post in the United States. Medical care has been a post component since its first small dispensary and hospital opened in 1879, and Fort Sam Houston now is the largest and most important military medical training facility in the world, “Home of Army Medicine” and “Home of the CombatMedic.”

The first permanent hospital was built in 1886, and an 84-bed Station Hospital entered service in 1907. Brig. Gen. Roger Brooke took over the Station Hospital from 1929 to 1933 and initiated routine chest X-rays in military medicine. A new 418-bed Station Hospital opened in 1937 and was the first step toward the Army’s redirecting Fort Sam Houston from an infantry to a medical post.

Swamped by World War II casualties, the Station Hospital expanded in 1941, changed its name in 1944 to Brooke General Hospital to honor the brigadier general, and expanded again in 1944. With World War II’s end in 1945, the next year the Army decided to consolidate its medical research and training and chose Fort Sam Houston for the site. Brooke General Hospital was renamed Brooke Army Medical Center.

A replacement hospital dedicated in 1996 was expanded in 2011 and renamed San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC); Brooke Army Medical Center is the umbrella command headquarters for all military medical operations in San Antonio, including SAMMC.

Every year the Army Medical Department Center and School trains more than 25,000 students in 14 medical specialties, with academic affiliations to major universities. The post is home to Army Medical Command Headquarters as well as command headquarters for the 5th U.S. Army, U.S. Army South, the 5th Recruiting Brigade, the 12th ROTC Brigade, U.S. Navy Regional Recruiting, the San Antonio Military Entrance and Processing Station and the U.S. Naval School of Health Sciences, Bethesda Detachment.

Great Plans Regional Medical Command, Headquarters Dental Command, Headquarters Veterinary Command, the Institute of Surgical Research (trauma and burn center), the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute and the Army Medical Department NCO Academy are also at Fort Sam Houston. The post also manages the 27,900-acre Camp Bullis Military Training Reservation northwest of San Antonio.

Fort Sam Houston has more historic structures than any other Army installation — more than 900 buildings — and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975.


JBSA Sam Houston Major Organizations




Mission Support Group squadrons under the Air Force’s 502nd Air Base Wing provide the services that keep Joint Base San Antonio running smoothly, but under slightly different names and with slightly different responsibilities on each of the three installations. On JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, the 502nd Force Support Group is divided into two support squadrons, one dealing with morale, welfare and recreation (including community and student activity centers, and fitness, child and youth programs), and the other with dining facilities and lodging, personnel policies and procedures, and readiness.


Its motto of “Freedom’s Front Door” reflects this joint command’s purpose of screening and processing applicants to the U.S. armed forces.


JBSA-Fort Sam Houston’s criminal investigation office conducts Army investigations of serious crimes, provides personal security, and conducts sensitive and special-interest investigations.


Headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, this joint-force land component command is responsible for homeland defense and Defensive Support of Civil Authorities. Known as the U.S. Fifth Army during World War II, it was pivotal to the success of the Allies’ Italian campaign against the Germans, despite its heavy losses.


Under the U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Army South has played a crucial security role along the Panama Canal and in Latin America and the Caribbean since its inception in 1904. Today, its geographic responsibilities extend to 31 countries and 15 areas of special sovereignty, except Mexico and Puerto Rico.


MEDCOM, with its headquarters and Medical Education and Training Campus at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, oversees the Army’s global medical, dental and veterinary facilities that provide preventive care and treatment, medical research, and medical development and training. Its campus has more than 50 medical programs and counts 21,000 graduates each year.


Brooke Army Medical Center has overall charge of the multitude of medical operations on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, including the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), the largest military hospital in the United States, which has the DOD’s only Level I trauma center and an emergency department that treats 80,000 people annually. Work by Brooke’s Institute of Surgical Research has been recognized as contributing to unprecedented battlefield survival rates as high as 98 percent for wounded fighters who reach a combat hospital alive. BAMC has 58 specialty clinics and conducts more than 500 research projects each year in such fields as psychology, cardiology, dermatology, orthopedics, radiology and emergency medicine. It has pioneered telemedicine.


The Army’s largest civilian-accredited service school’s 2,500 teachers and $130.6 million budget train more than 48,000 military and civilian students annually. Battlefield medicine is among its areas of study.


By the late 1970s, the number of combat-ready medics had sunk so low that it was called a “war-stopper,” and the DMRTI was among congressional and military moves to rebuild. This tri-service institute includes professionals from the Army, Navy and Air Force, and DOD civilians. Each year it trains 7,000 resident and 12,000 nonresident students in trauma and burn care, disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance, as well as preparation and responses to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive threats (CBRNE), to be ready instantly for any contingency, anywhere.


The Army’s Dental Command, headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, has worldwide authority over the service’s five regional dental commands and responsibility for its stationary dental treatment facilities and preventive dental care and treatment.


The USAMITC designs, executes and supports an information management and technology system to improve medical care for the Army’s patients worldwide.


Part of the U.S. Army Medical Command and headquartered at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, VETCOM provides services to more than 400 installations globally in food safety and quality assurance (a mission strengthened by the Spanish American War’s notorious “embalmed beef,” blamed for killing so many U.S. soldiers), the care of government-owned animals, and animal disease prevention and control. In 2016, the command celebrates its 100th birthday.


JBSA Sam Houston Arrival



See the Getting to & Around in San Antonio chapter on Page 62 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation; the closest commercial flights land at San Antonio International Airport. JBSA-Fort Sam Houston does not provide transportation, but taxis are available from the airport.

To drive from the airport to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, go west on Airport Boulevard toward the Airport Exit, turn right onto South Terminal Drive, and then turn left onto U.S. Highway 218 North/McAllister Freeway. Merge onto U.S. 281 South via the ramp on the left toward downtown San Antonio. Take the Interstate 35 North exit on the left toward Austin, exit at Walters Street and then turn left on Walters Street. Go straight on to the decal or visitor gate at the fort.


Officers arriving at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston should sign in to register at the headquarters unit or activity to which they’ve been assigned.

Enlisted soldiers should sign in at the orderly room of the organization to which they’ve been assigned or attached.

All soldiers — officers or enlisted — should check with their unit personnel NCO reference security processing.

Permanent party soldiers will be given an in-processing appointment after they have signed in at their units. Soldiers should report to Bldg. 2263, Room 312, at 7:15 a.m. for in-processing. They should bring their Personnel Records Review, PERSTEMPO, assignment memorandum from the company, duty memorandum and leave form (DA-31) signed by the approving authority.

All tech school airmen should report to the Academic Support Building, Bldg. 1467. There, military training leaders will give them the directions and scheduling they need to complete their in-processing.

Finance, housing, security, vehicle registration and transportation offices in Bldg. 2263 can help with relocation needs. For more assistance, call information at 210-221-9274/9268.


Single service members and geographic bachelors who need quarters on base should contact the Billeting Office at 210-357-2705, ext. 5000.

IHG Army Hotels
Sam Houston House and Foulois House
Bldg. B-48 and Bldg. B-107
(check in at Bldg. 592)
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
210-357-2705, ext. 5000

Open 24/7

Temporary lodging on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston is provided by IHG Army Hotels. The lodgings have central heat and air, laundry and kitchen facilities, color TVs and telephones in each room, and are pet-friendly, though guests are limited to two pets up to 80 pounds each per room; a nonrefundable cleaning fee will be charged at check-in. PCS and DDY personnel have top priority, followed by military families visiting hospitalized military, and then transient space-available military. Since this is a privatized Army lodging facility, if soldiers would rather stay off base a nonavailability statement is not required. For reservations or current room rates, go to or call 210-357-2705, ext. 5000.

Candlewood Suites
Bldg. 2426

Open 24/7

Candlewood Suites provides safe, comfortable and clean studio accommodations for military members and their families who are being assigned to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TDY or for official travel. The lodgings are conveniently located near the Post Exchange and commissary. Check-in time is 4 p.m. Checkout time is 11 a.m. Pet-friendly units are available with a deposit. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast served daily and cable TV with HBO included. Visit the website for current room rates or to make a reservation.


JBSA Sam Houston Getting Settled




JBSA-Fort Sam Houston’s Brooke Army Medical Center provides inpatient and outpatient care to military service members, their families, veterans and civilian emergency patients. Staff include active-duty military personnel from each uniformed service, public health workers, federal civilians, contract employees and volunteers.

San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAAMC) and Brooke Army Medical Center

3551 Roger Brooke Drive
JBSA-Sam Houston, TX 78234 210-916-4141
Appointments (TRICARE) 210-916-9900/
SAMMC Emergency 210-916-0808
Weekends, after hours 210-513-9348
Pharmacy 210-916-1536

6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. duty days

San Antonio Military Medical Center is on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and plays a crucial role in patient care, graduate medical education and research, and caring for wounded service members.

Hospital staff provides inpatient care in a 2.1-million-square-foot, 425-bed, state-of-the-art medical treatment facility.

As a certified Level I trauma center, SAMMC receives more than 5,700 emergency room visits each month. It is one of only 31 U.S. hospitals with both Level I trauma certification and accreditation from the American Burn Association.

In addition, 40 beds are dedicated to the Army Institute of Surgical Research, which operates the only Department of Defense Burn Center — the Army Burn Center.

SAMMC is the hospital component at the center of the Brooke Army Medical Center command. The hospital has cared for thousands of service members injured in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and nearly 1,500 medical professionals have been deployed to support those missions. Since the Global War on Terrorism began in September 2001, the Burn Team has made frequent trips to Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in Germany to transport patients back to SAMMC for care.

BAMC providers also care for more than 4,000 patients each day during visits to its six separate outpatient clinics:

Westover Medical Home

10010 Rogers Crossing
San Antonio, TX 78251 210-539-0915
Pharmacy 210-539-0797

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

CPT Jennifer M. Moreno Primary Care Clinic

3100 Schofield Road, Second Floor, Bldg. 1179
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Appointments 210-916-9900
Clinic nurse 210-916-3000
Pharmacy 210-808-3551

7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday

McWethy Troop Medical Clinic

3051 Garden Ave., Bldg.1279
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Appointments 210-916-9900
Clinic nurse 210-916-3000
Pharmacy 210-295-4108

6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday

SPC Taylor J. Burk Clinic at Camp Bullis

Bldg. 5026, Camp Bullis U.S. Army Training Site
Appointments 210-916-9900
Clinic nurse 210-916-3000
Pharmacy 210-295-8058

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Schertz Medical Home

6051 FM 3009, Suite 210
Schertz. TX 78154
Appointments 210-916-9900
Clinic nurse 210-916-3000
Pharmacy 210-916-0050

7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday

Corpus Christi Army Depot Occupational Health Clinic, BAMC

308 Crecy St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78419


Fort Sam Houston Housing Management Office

2490 Stanley Road, Bldg. 367
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

When you arrive at JBSA, report to the housing management office to receive crucial information before you agree to any written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.

Privatized Housing

Lincoln Military Housing

2739 Dickman Road, Bldg. 407
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

A partnership between Lincoln Military housing and the Department of the Army, struck in 2005, privatized housing on post as Fort Sam Houston Family Housing. Lincoln Military Housing accepts and processes service members’ applications and assigns on-post housing, handles the wait list, processes work orders, maintains the housing stock and conducts resident activities.

The Residential Communities Initiative Office provides oversight for Lincoln Military Housing and processes all requests for priority on-post family housing for medical needs. Service members may request priority housing placement based on their medical status or their family’s Exceptional Family Member Program status.

The Fort Sam Houston Housing Community is divided into 8 housing villages offering two, three, and four bedroom homes with playgrounds. There is a Resident Center with two additional Community Centers all with pools, playgrounds, and sports courts. Housing Office is located in the Resident Center. The Housing on post is pet-friendly, though there is a two-pet maximum for either cats or dogs. Contact Lincoln Military Housing for deposit and breed-restriction information.

Each dwelling has central air, a refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.

Unaccompanied Housing

2250 Engineer St., Suite 7
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Brenner Barracks 210-221-0190/2087
Okubo Barracks 210-916-1134/1156
NCO Barracks 210-221-2087

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than three years of service, and for unaccompanied soldiers in the ranks of E-1 to E-5. Each service member is provided a shared suite with a private sleeping room with the furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. (Room arrangements may vary depending on location.) Unaccompanied airmen in the rank of E-4 with more than three years of service and unaccompanied soldiers in the rank of E-6 and above will move into housing in the local community.

Permanent party unaccompanied housing is on the main post and the Medical Center Annex and are centrally managed. Brenner Barracks on the main post has 288 barracks spaces in a 1 1 configuration with kitchenettes. The new NCO Barracks across the street from Brenner Barracks has 96 barracks spaces in a 1 1 configuration with full kitchens. Okubo Barracks on the Medical Center Annex has 296 barracks spaces in a 1 1 configuration with kitchenettes

Rooms with full kitchens have cook tops and refrigerators, and each room has a microwave. Common areas include laundry rooms, day rooms with 52-inch flat-screen televisions, pool and foosball tables, gaming systems, Wi-Fi access, popcorn and vending machines, full kitchens for holiday parties, recreational areas for barbecues, and basketball and tennis courts.

Smoking and pets are banned from the barracks. During orientation, the unaccompanied housing facility manager will let you know all Army, Air Force and base-specific policies.

Loan Closet

Relocation Assistance Center

3060 Stanley Road, Bldg. 2797
Suite 95 210-221-2418

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

At the Loan Closet, incoming and departing personnel can temporarily borrow household items such as high chairs, tables and chairs and cookware until they reconnect with their own.


Post Office

1804 Stanley Road, Bldg. 368
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

The full-service post office on base provides window service on weekdays and Saturdays. The lockbox lobby is open 24 hours Monday through Saturday.

If you need to send mail to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston before your arrival, address it to:

Your Name
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Post Office
General Delivery
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

The post office will hold mail for 15 days if incoming from CONUS, 45 days if incoming from OCONUS.


Veterinary Services

2332 Harney Road, Bldg. 2635
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 7823

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Army Veterinary Corps personnel at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Veterinary Treatment Facility are tasked with providing complete veterinary care for all government-owned animals, though the clinic also offers many routine care services to pets of military families.

All pets living on post must be registered with the Veterinary Treatment Facility upon arrival. On-post housing limits the number of pets per household and also bans certain breeds; contact Lincoln Military Housing at 210-270-7638 for more information.

For service availability or to schedule an appointment at the clinic, call 210-295-4260.

Due to limited staffing and resources, most veterinary emergencies are best dealt with by a full-service civilian veterinary hospital.


Main Post Chapel
1605 Wilson Way 210-221-2754

Dodd Field Chapel
Winans Road, Bldg. 1721 210-221-5010

AMEDD Chapel
2490 Funston Road 210-221-5010

BAMC Chapel
3851 Roger Brooke Drive (basement) 210-916-1105

Fort Sam Houston Installation Chaplain’s Office
2590 Funston Road, Bldg. 2530 210-221-5007

Family Life Chaplain
Winans Road, Bldg. 1720 210-221-5010

After-hours emergency pastoral needs:
JBSA Command Post 210-221-9363

Catholic Services

  • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m., Main Post Chapel
  • Saturday Mass, 5:30 p.m., Main Post Chapel
  • Sunday Mass, 8 a.m., AMEDD Chapel; 8:30 a.m., BAMC Chapel; 9:30 a.m., Main Post Chapel; 11:30 a.m., BAMC Chapel; 12:30 p.m., Dodd Field Chapel
  • Reconciliation, Saturday, 4:45 p.m., Main Post Chapel

Catholic Religious Education

  • Sunday, 11 a.m., Catholic religious education, Dodd Field Chapel
  • Monday, 9:30 a.m., Catholic Women of the Chapel, Dodd Field Chapel

Islamic Services

Friday, 1:15 p.m., Jumm’ah, AMEDD Chapel

Jewish Services

  • Friday, 8 p.m. worship, Main Post Chapel
  • Friday, 8:30 p.m., Oneg Shabbat, Main Post Chapel

Latter-day Saints Services

  • Sunday, 1 p.m. worship, AMEDD Chapel
  • Sunday, 2:20 p.m., LDS Sunday School
  • Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Institute Class

Protestant Services

  • Sunday, 8 a.m., traditional service, Main Post Chapel
  • Sunday 8:30 a.m., Samoan service, Dodd Field Chapel
  • Sunday, 10 a.m., BAMC Chapel; 10:30 a.m., gospel service, Dodd Field Chapel; 11 a.m., contemporary service, AMEDD Chapel; 11 a.m., traditional service, Main Post Chapel

Protestant and Ecumenical Religious Education

  • Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Protestant Religious Education (all ages); 3 p.m., Middle School Ecumenical Youth Ministry, Dodd Field Chapel
  • Wednesday, 9:15 a.m., Protestant Women of the Chapel; 12:15 p.m., Noon Bible Study; 5:45 p.m., Ecumenical Living by Faith Family Religious Education; 6:30 p.m., High School Ecumenical Youth Ministry, Dodd Field Chapel
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Protestant Women of the Chapel; 6:30 p.m., Men of the Chapel Bible Study, Dodd Field Chapel

Chaplain Family Life Center

Dodd Field Chapel
Winans Road 210-221-5432/5010

The Chaplain Family Life Center provides marriage, family and individual counseling and therapy by integrating sound biblical principles with modern psychology. Services include individual and family counseling, marital and premarital counseling and assessment, and pre-deployment and post-deployment assistance. Areas addressed include blended families, conflict resolution, divorce recovery, trauma, anger, anxiety and stress, depression, and spiritual issues. All services are free and confidential.


JBSA Sam Houston Serving You




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JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
Camp Bullis Dining Facility
Bldg. 5107 210-221-5505

Harlequin Dinner Theatre
2652 Harney Road 210-222-9694

Fort Sam Bowling Alley Snack Bar
Schofield Road, Bldg. 2521 210-221-4740

Java Cafe
Sam Houston Community Center
1395 Chaffee Road 210-808-6278

Mulligan’s Snack Bar (Golf Course)
1050 Harry Wurzbach Road 210-222-9386

Rocco Dining Facility
2745 Schofield Road 210-221-3608

Rocco Grab-n-Go
2745 Schofield Road 210-221-3608

Sam Houston Club
Chaffee Road, Bldg. 1395 210-224-2721

Slagel Dining Facility
Harney Path, Bldg. 1287 210-808-1536/1532

Student Activity Center Snack Bar
3222 Corporal Johnson Road,
Bldg. 1477 210-221-5047


Military & Family Readiness Center

3060 Stanley Road, Bldg. 2797
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

New Parent Support Program

1720 Dodd Field Road
Bldg. 1726 210-221-3833

7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

At JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, the New Parent Support Program provides intensive home visiting services to eligible families from before the birth of a child to the child’s third birthday, whether on or off post. Activities and services include information, and referral to such supports as parenting programs, respite care and supervised play.

Child Development Center

Funston Road, Bldg. 2530 210-221-5002/4058

6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Child Development Annex

Dodd Boulevard, Bldg. 1720 210-221-2913

The Child Development Program offers a developmentally age-appropriate program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old in a caring, positive environment for children to learn, develop healthy self-images and build social skills. Hourly care is provided from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in five-hour increments not to exceed 20 hours per week. Space is available first come, first serve; reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. Hourly care is provided at 2530 Funston Road. For details on hourly care, call 210-221-4058.

The before- and after-pre-K program is operated at the Child Development Annex within School Age Programs in Bldg. 1705 on Dodd Boulevard. Parents of children turning 4 years old by Sept. 1 and enrolled with the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District should call the school for information about its full-day pre-kindergarten program. For more information, call 210-221-2913.

Family Child Care (FCC)

3060 Stanley Road, Suite 95 210-221-3828

The Family Child Care program offers a nontraditional alternative for child care, perfect for families who want their children in a home-like environment. In addition to full and part-time care, some providers offer drop-in services, weekend and evening/nighttime care as well as shift work and special needs care.

The Family Child Care program also sponsors an off-base affiliate program. These providers are approved by the Texas Department of Human Services and the Family Child Care office. The affiliates must follow the same regulations as the on-base providers and receive the same benefits.

Children, ages 2 weeks to 12 years old, of active-duty or reserve service member, retired military, Coast Guard, National Guard or DOD civilian employees of JBSA are eligible for care.

School Age Services

Dodd Boulevard

Bldgs. 1703 and 1705 210-221-5151/4466

6 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

The School Age Services Program is accredited by the National After School Association, certified by the Department of Defense and offers a before- and after-school program, open recreation program, reserved hourly care, seasonal camps (spring, summer, fall and winter) and teacher in-service camps for children in first through sixth grades. All children using the School Age Services Program must be registered with Child and Youth Services Central Registration.

Exceptional Family Member Program

The Exceptional Family Member Program provides services for active-duty families with any member, child or adult, with a physical, emotional, developmental or educational need that requires ongoing special treatment, therapy, education, training or counseling.

Brooke Army Medical Center

3551 Roger Brooke Drive
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
TX 78234 210-916-5721/210-539-9051

7:30 a.m. to noon Monday and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

School Liaison

3060 Stanley Road, Bldg. 2797, Suite 95

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
TX 78234-0000 210-221-2214

School liaison officers help parents ease the transitions of the mobile military lifestyle for their children before a PCS, upon arrival, while at an installation and when preparing to leave for the next duty station. The school liaison officers have current information about the local school systems and community and link military families with surrounding school districts, ensuring that military children have the best possible educational opportunities for academic success.

Youth Center

Watkins Boulevard, Bldg.1630 210-221-4882

Business hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Middle school recreation: 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 7 p.m. alternate Saturdays

Teen recreation: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday and school holidays

The Fort Sam Houston Youth Center’s extensive programs for young people in grades six through 12 and their families include sports, camps, lock-ins, dances, workshops and seminars, classes, field trips, a homework center, a computer lab and much more. Among self-directed activities are pool, pingpong, board games, air hockey, television and reading materials. Group recreation includes pool parties, game tournaments, day trips, family bingo, movie nights, holiday parties and high adventure excursions. There are also an indoor gym, a skate park and a summertime splash pad.

Aspirational resources include the SKIES (School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills), EDGE (Experience, Develop, Group and Excel!) and HIRED! (apprenticeship) programs.

Call the Fort Sam Houston Youth Center at 210-221-4882 for an information packet.

Teen Center

Programs at the new Teen Center help instill character and leadership and ease the transition to adulthood, among them Torch Clubs, Keystone Clubs, Smart Girls, Passport to Manhood, the National Fine Arts Exhibit Program, Club Tech, the Imagemakers National Photography Program, 4-H and Triple Play, a health and wellness option.

Youth Sponsorship

Both Youth and Teen programs offer opportunities for connection with newcomers as pen pals. Contact the Youth Center for more information.

Parent Central

Child Development Program

Funston Road, Bldg. 2530 201-221-4871

Advisers at Parent Central help parents gather and complete the information needed to register, reregister or remove a child in youth programs. Enrollment at Parent Central is required for participation in any Fort Sam Houston youth program.


Broadway Bank – JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

2302 Stanley Road 210-227-7131
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Broadway Bank – Brooke Army Medical Center

3600 George C. Beach Ave. 210-227-7131
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Personal Financial Management Service – JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

1706 Stanley Road, Bldg. 367
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday


Staff Judge Advocate/Soldier Legal Services

2422 Stanley Road, Bldg. 134

Room 17 210-221-2282

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The legal services office at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston helps those eligible by providing information they need on personal legal matters and helping resolve their personal legal problems. Assistance covers such things as correcting Army records, hardship discharges, mental health evaluations, consumer law, identity theft, immigration services, landlord-tenant disputes, powers of attorney and free notary service, uncontested divorce document drafting, and wills and estates, but no advice about criminal charges or adverse administrative actions. Contact the Area Defense Counsel, 210-221-1488, for help with those matters.



For information about the recreational programs at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, visit the 502nd Force Support Squadron online at

Fort Sam Houston Aquatic Center

Williams Road, Bldg. 3300 210-221-4887

11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The year-round Fort Sam Houston Aquatic Center has a 50-meter Olympic-size pool, a baby pool, three water slides (tower and curvy slides and aqua climbing wall), three lap lanes, male and female locker rooms, and a playground and shady picnic area. Lifeguard classes and individual and group swimming lessons are available, and pool managers often host special events such as triathlon, dive-in movies and Dog Day at the Pool, which can be reserved for parties and unit training.

Jimmy Brought Fitness Center

1212 Stanley Road
Bldg. 961 210-221-1234/3593

Prospective patrons can tour the fitness center and gymnasium, ask for a basic health review and set fitness goals. The center has a main workout area for cardio and aerobics, weight lifting and leisure sports with a basketball court, 25-meter heated indoor pool and racquetball courts. Aerobics and water aerobics classes are offered every week, and the center holds competitive and fun runs throughout the year.

Fort Sam Houston Bowling Center

Schofield Road, Bldg. 2521 210-221-4740

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

The Bowling Center at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston has 24 lanes, a computerized scoring system, a snack bar, locker rentals, and tournaments and leagues, which are open to people ages 5 and older. Lanes can be reserved for private parties and unit training.

Equestrian Center

Trooper Road, Bldg. 3550 210-224-7207

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The Equestrian Center provides boarding opportunities for privately owned horses as well as private and group riding lessons, pony and trail rides and youth horsemanship camps. Surrounded by wooded trails, the center includes a covered lighted arena with fans, an outdoor riding arena, two barns, turn-out areas, 42 paddocks with shade covers, wash racks, a hot-walker and ample storage for tack, hay and feed.

Certified and registered instructors conduct therapeutic riding classes as well.

Golf Club

1050 Harry Wurzbach Road 210-222-9386

6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The Fort Sam Houston Golf Club has two 18-hole championship golf courses, La Loma Grande and Salado Del Rio, which have hosted the All-Army Championship and the Texas Open. Members and nonmembers alike can take advantage of practice chipping and pitching greens, a lighted driving range, 175 rental carts plus private cart storage, pull carts and rental clubs. Beginners and seasoned players have access to lessons and clinics from PGA professionals year-round. For food and drink, golfers and their guests can enjoy food and drinks at Mulligan’s, which also caters events from buffets to sit-down meals.

Harlequin Dinner Theatre

Harney Road, Bldg. 2652 210-222-9694

Box office hours: noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday

Tickets may be purchased for dinner and show or show only. The dinner-and-show combination must be purchased at least one day before the show date. Show-only tickets may be purchased up to showtime, but advance reservations are advised because seating is limited. In 2015, this community theater won 13 Broadway World San Antonio Awards, including for Best Musical (“Boys of Broadway”) and Best Play (“Steel Magnolias”).

JBSA Recreation Park at Canyon Lake

698 Jacobs Creek Park Road 800-280-3466


Summer information hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Winter information hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

At Canyon Lake, the 250-acre JBSA Recreation Park offers outdoor recreational opportunities year-round. Visitors escape the Texas summer heat on its sandy beaches, and boaters cast off from the marina, where watercraft and water-sports equipment are available for rent. In addition to more than 200 camping sites and an RV park, six kinds of lodging can be reserved: bunkhouses, bungalows, park cabanas, lofts, cabins and cottages, some of them ADA and pet-friendly. Hikers have access to nature trails, and the Country Store carries outdoor items, ice, cold beverages, food, ice cream and personal hygiene products.

Outdoor Equipment Center

Forage Avenue, Bldg. 111 210-221-5224/5225

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday

The Outdoor Equipment Center has everything needed for an outdoor adventure, fishing trip or family reunion, from tents to trailers, boats to bikes. Reservations are taken the first of each month for items to be rented the next month.

RV Storage Lot

Petroleum Drive 210-221-5224/5225

Passes for the 203 slots on the RV Storage Lot are issued at the Outdoor Equipment Center. Active-duty personnel living on post have first priority.

Lemon Lot (Used Car Display Lot)

Between Bldg. 2640 on Schofield Road and the AAFES Firestone 210-221-5224

Permits to display a vehicle on the lot are purchased through the Outdoor Equipment Center. Those wishing to purchase a permit must have a DOD ID card, a copy of the vehicle registration and proof of Texas state insurance. Visit the website for information on permit prices.

Recreational Vehicle Park

3820 Petroleum Road, Bldg. 3514 210-221-5502

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The Recreational Vehicle Park has 74 pull-through full hook-up RV sites with a 30/50 AMP. Sites consist of a concrete pad with a patio, picnic table and grill. Restroom, showers, a coin-operated laundry and a playground are on site, as are a small convenience store, lounge and covered patio.

Salado Park

W.W. White Road 210-221-5225/5224

Reservations for tables, pavilion and picnic areas in this 13-acre Salado Park, along the banks of Salado Creek, must be made through the Outdoor Equipment Center. The park has picnic areas, a covered pavilion, a volleyball court, a playground, fishing in the naturally limestone-floored creek and a nature walk as well as many large oak and pecan trees for a canopy of natural shade.

Sam Houston Community Center

Chaffee Road, Bldg. 1395 210-808-6262

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Sam Houston Community Center’s catering service, relaxing atmosphere and five different venues make it a natural for conferences, training and social events, meeting friends for lunch or just hanging out. The center contains the Ticket Office, Java Cafe, free Wi-Fi, a game room with pool tables for adults and 12 flat-screens with Direct TV cable.

Ticket Office

Sam Houston Event Center

Chaffee Road, Bldg. 1395 210-808-1378

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

The Ticket Office has discount tickets both for local amusement parks and attractions as well as those throughout the United States, and purchasers here avoid service and convenience fees. Sometimes, too, the office has free tickets to local events such as Missions baseball, Talons’ arena football and Scorpions soccer games. At least a seven-day notice is required to ensure availability of tickets to out-of-state sites such as Disney World, Universal Studios and the San Diego Zoo.

Student Activity Center

3222 Corporal Johnson Road

Bldg. 1477 210-466-5047/5049

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and federal holidays

The three-story Student Activity Center, in the heart of the Medical Education and Training Campus, has seating areas where enlisted students enrolled in medical education can sit and visit, study or relax during lunch or after class, in addition to the Coffee Bar, the Snack Bar, the Mini Theater, the Music Department, a Roof Garden, and the Cybrary and BizHub. There also are a Game Zone, a lower-level club with a dance floor, DJ booth and karaoke, a multipurpose room on the main level that can be used for meetings, study groups and special events, and Wi-Fi access throughout.


JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Commissary

2400 Commissary St., Bldg. 360 210-221-4678

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Save an average of 30 percent when shopping for groceries at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Commissary. Specialty services and conveniences include a bakery, custom photo cakes, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go, party cakes, plants, rotisserie chicken and sushi and an ATM.

Fort Sam Houston Main Exchange

The JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Main Exchange wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Hours of operation for services outside of the Main Exchange vary so call or visit the website for detailed information.

Main Exchange

2503 Funston Road, Bldg. 2420 210-225-5566
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

Exchange Mobile Center 210-225-9541
Military Clothing Store 210-221-3794

Food Court

American Eatery 210-224-5593, ext. 328
Anthony’s Pizza 210-224-5593, ext. 329
Baskin Robbins 210-224-5593, ext. 326
Charley’s Grilled Subs no phone
Cinnabon no phone
Robin Hood Sandwiches 210-224-5593, ext. 327
Seattle’s Best Coffee no phone


Barbershop 210-224-4360
Beauty Shop 210-212-8410
Enterprise Car Rental 210-222-8251
Firestone 210-224-0209
Floral Shop 210-222-1601
GameStop 210-595-8762
GNC 210-225-7995
Jeweler 210-223-2275
Laundry/Dry Cleaners 210-228-9901
Optical Center 210-226-1362
UPS Store 210-227-4092

Express/Class Six

Bldg. 2400 210-221-2728

Other Facilities

Burger King, Bldg. 2540 210-223-1199
Einstein Bros Bagels Bldg. 2261 210-271-3496
Popeyes Chicken, Bldg. 380 210-270-0591
Subway, Bldg. 2261 210-271-3495

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