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EYB: Joint Base San Antonio

One of the most challenging aspects of the military spouse life is preparing for an upcoming PCS or if you get the chance, potentially picking a new duty station. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be almost overwhelming.

We here at Army Wife Network want to take the some of the guesswork out of the need-to-knows about duty stations around the globe. Hence, our Post With the Most series. In this particular blog, we will be showcasing information related to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, known simply as Fort Sam Houston by Army folks.

JBSA is a giant installation that encompasses Fort Sam Houston and Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Field. The joint move was part of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, which felt a combined effort would eliminate overlap from the three closely situated installations. It is the largest join base in the Department of Defense. It’s home to the Brooke Army Medical Center, which has provided crucial care to service members wounded in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Joint Base San Antonio is home to the following units: (we focus on the Army side of things, but you can find all units at the installation website)

Surrounding Cities: 

  • San Antonio (right outside the gate)
  • Alamo Heights (5 miles)
  • New Braunfels (28 miles)
  • San Marcos (42 miles)
  • Austin (75 miles)

Closest MAJOR City: 

  • San Antonio (right outside the gate)

Names of Area Colleges: 

Weather: The warm season lasts from May 26 to September 21 with an average daily high temperature above 88°. The cold season lasts from November 29 to February 18 with an average daily high temperature below 68°.

Time Zone: Central Time Zone


To access the installation website, click here

Historical Facts/Landmarks: You can read the full history of JBSA here.


On-post Housing is managed by Lincoln Military Housing.

Major realty/rental companies in the area: 


School Liaison Officer

School Districts: 

On-Post Schools: All students living on JBSA attend the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District. Click the above link to find out which elementary and middle/high school it involves. All local schools are listed below.

Area schools:



Health Care: 

Best place for beauty services: 

Shopping malls: 


San Antonio: 


San Antonio: 

New Braunfels:



Army Wife Network does not promote or endorse these groups; however, we know they can be helpful in learning about various duty stations, so they are provided for your convenience.

Installation Facebook page: Joint Base San Antonio

Military Spouse Groups: 

Buy/Sell/Trade Pages: 

Religious services: 


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