The first solider to arrive at Fort Sam Houston was in 1876, when the Army began construction of a Quartermaster supply depot on 92 acres of land. In the late 1920’s, the Army began improving the post’s infrastructure including a new 8-story, 618 bed hospital named Brooke Hospital Center. During World War II, the hospital continued to expand, pushing the capacity to 7,800 beds. At the end of World War II, Fort Sam Houston could no longer support a combat mission because of weaponry range growth and infantry division needs. This marked the forts role home of Army medicine, which also resulted from the transfer of the Medical Field Service School to the post.
Today, Fort Sam Houston is said to be the world’s largest and most prestigious military medical training center. Updates are still taking place today, as the Medical Training Facility was in need of a slip resistant solution for steps entering the building to assist students, employees, volunteers, and civilians with secure footing.