Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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10. Fort Stewart
> State: Georgia
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 279,155
> Active duty service members: 19,791

Fort Stewart is where the 3rd Infantry Division is based. During World War II, the facility housed more than 55,000 soldiers as the United States prepared for the D-Day invasion.

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9. Edwards Air Force Base
> State: California
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 307,517
> Active duty service members: 2,082

Edwards Air Force Base is the second-largest base in the Air Force. It is home of the 412th Test Wing, which analyzes and tests aircraft and weapons systems.

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8. Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force Base
> State : Washington
> Service branch: Army/Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 414,000
> Active duty service members: 2,881

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a combination of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base and is home to the Army’s I Corps and the Air Force’s 62nd Airlift Wing. Among the 62nd’s tasks is airlifting nuclear weapons and materials.

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7. Eglin Air Force Base
> State: Florida
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 449,421
> Active duty service members: 7,804

Eglin Air Force Base is home to the 96th Test Wing, the largest in the Air Force. The 96th tests non-nuclear munitions, navigational, and guidance systems.

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6. 29 Palms Marine Corps Air/Ground Combat Center
> State: California
> Service branch: Marines
> Physical size (in acres): 635,811
> Active duty service members: 9,412

This California-based military installation conducts live-fire, combined arms training to ensure readiness of combat forces.