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Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston
Fort Sam Houston is surrounded by the city of San Antonio, Texas. Situated in Bexar County, San Antonio is the seventh-largest city and is known as "Military City USA". The city shares a wonderful rapport with members of our military community.
Fort Sam Houston is 8 miles from San Antonio International Airport, 80 miles south of Austin, and 70 miles from Fredericksburg a little German town. The Texas Gulf Shoreline spans as far south as South Padre Island to as far east as Port Arthur and includes Corpus Christi and Galveston (144 miles and 245 miles respectively) . San Antonio enjoys over 300 days of sunshine annually and an average temperature of 68.8 degrees.
You will find that in accordance with the first quarter of the 2008 Cost of Living Index, San Antonio's overall after-taxes living costs are 11.3 percent below the nationwide average. This is partly due to housing costs which are 22 percent below the national average.
Fort Sam Houston was founded in 1845, and named for General Sam Houston, hero of the battle of San Jacinto and first president of the Republic of Texas. Fort Sam Houston is unique among Army posts. On one hand, it is a major, active military installation and plays a vital role in the defense of the United States. On the other hand, it contains some of the oldest structures on any Army installation. Two of those sights are the Pershing House and The Quadrangle. This blend of old and new gives today's soldiers a share of the post's history which dates back more than 150 years.
The primary mission at Fort Sam Houston is as a medical training a support. The post is the home of the U.S. Army North, Institute of Surgical Research, Army Medical Department Center and School, Army Medical Command, U.S. Army South, U.S. Veterinary Command, Great Plains Regional Medical Command, Installation Management Command, Military Entrance Processing Station, 5th Recruiting Brigade, San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMAC) and 502nd Air Base Wing . Fort Sam Houston provides facilities and support for the activities of garrison units and other tenant organizations.
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