Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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50. Kings Bay Navy Submarine Base
> State: Georgia
> Service branch: Navy
> Physical size (in acres): 16,616
> Active duty service members: 2,717

Kings Bay Navy Submarine Base is the East Coast base for Ohio-class submarines. The submarines, which the Navy calls “virtually undetectable undersea launch platforms of intercontinental missiles,” are equipped with Trident strategic ballistic missiles.

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49. Joint Base Charleston
> State: South Carolina
> Service branch: Navy
> Physical size (in acres): 16,729
> Active duty service members: 5,975

Joint Base Charleston provides a variety of services such as harbor security patrol, river dredging, and transportation isolation systems to transport patients with highly contagious diseases such as Ebola.

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48. Schofield Barracks
> State: Hawaii
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 17,725
> Active duty service members: 16,754

Founded in 1908, Schofield Barracks is home to the 25th Infantry Division.

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47. Francis E Warren Air Force Base
> State: Wyoming
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 18,446
> Active duty service members: 2,954

This facility was named after Wyoming’s first state governor and Civil War hero. It became an Air Force base in 1947.

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46. Fort Irwin
> State: California
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 22,154
> Active duty service members: 3,960

The stated mission of Fort Irwin is to provide “tough, realistic joint and combined arms training.” It is home to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.