Fort Sam Houston known around here as "Fort Sam" has always been a landmark in the San Antonio area. The U.S. Army has been present in the Alamo City since 1845. In 1876, the Army moved to the present location gradually increasing its size to the 3,000 acres today.
It has always been one of the Army's most important commands. For a number of years in the early 1900s it was the largest Army post in all the continental United States. Many distinguished American soldiers have served here, including no less than 13 Army Chiefs of Staff and two United States presidents. Military aviation was born here in 1910 and many of the procedures and tactics developed here have led to the United States Success on the battlefield.
It was at the end of the Second World War that the Army made the base the principal medical training facility and it is renowned though-out the world today for its medical facilities. Currently there is major building going on at the site. It is considered the most important military medical training facilityin the world. It is said that aeromedical evacuation of war casualties was developed at Fort Sam in the early 1900s.