FORT SAM HOUSTON-TEXAS –
With the Nov. 1 opening of the new visitor’s center at the Interstate
35 entrance to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston by the San Antonio
Military Medical Center, 100 percent of access control operations for the
installation will have been implemented.
Visitors accessing SAMMC and other Brooke Army Medical Center
functions in the area have been allowed to enter through the entry control
points by showing a valid form of state or federal identification, such as a
driver’s license, passport and BAMC badges.
Starting Nov. 1, all visitors with non-Department of
Defense credentials will be required to
stop at the visitor center, be proofed and vetted and issued a credential prior
to entering the ECP.
Additionally, once visitor center operations begin, the
SAMMC Beach ECP will only accept persons possessing DOD-issued
These changes are part of Phase IV of the JBSA-Fort Sam
Houston Access Control Plan. This final stage included implementing all facets
of DOD access control requirements and visitor center operations.
In January 2014, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston implemented 100
percent access control operations for the main portion of the installation as
required by DoD directives.
Phase IV of the plan will bring the BAMC Campus (I-35 and
Beach entry control points ECPs) into compliance. The target date for full
operations at the new visitor center is Nov. 9.
BAMC is one of the nation’s largest military medical
facilities, offering medical care for service members, family members, veterans
and non-DOD civilians and also serves as the premier medical readiness training
platform for the Army and Air Force. It is also the only DOD Level I trauma
center and receives more than 80,000 emergency room visits annually.
As a result of their unique mission, specific procedures
will ensure quality and accessibility of patient care, as well as, maintaining
compliance with DOD installation access guidelines.
For more information on
visitor access procedures, call 221-2570 or visit