Fort Sam Houston is a United States Army station located near San Antonio, Texas. It is informally known as “Fort Sam” after Sam Houston, the U.S. Senator from Texas, U.S. Representative from Tennessee, Tennessee, and Texas Governor, and the first President of the Republic of Texas.
The installation’s missions include commanding the US Army North (formerly the Fifth US Army), the US Army South, the Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) headquarters, the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) 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 merged with Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base to form Joint Base San Antonio, which is managed by the Air Force.