Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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45. Beale Air Force Base
> State: California
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 22,451
> Active duty service members: 3,955

Opened in 1942, this facility housed prisoners of war during World War II. Nowadays, Beale’s mission is to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

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44. Barksdale Air Force Base
> State: Louisiana
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 22,504
> Active duty service members: 5,078

Barksdale is home to the 2nd Bomb Wing, which trains all Air Force Global Strike Command and Air Force Reserve B-52 crews.

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43. Fallon Naval Air Station
> State: Nevada
> Service branch: Navy
> Physical size (in acres): 22,511
> Active duty service members: 841

In Nevada, Naval Air Station Fallon operates an airfield and bombing and electronic warfare ranges. It also provides weapons training for the Navy and Marine aviation units.

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42. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
> State: California
> Service branch: Marines
> Physical size (in acres): 22,906
> Active duty service members: 7,814

Miramar, also known as “Fightertown USA,” is the base of operations for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, the aviation segment of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

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41. Eielson Air Force Base
> State: Alaska
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 24,926
> Active duty service members: 1,799

Based at Eielson, the 354th Fighter Wing has seen action in every major conflict in which the United States has been involved since 1942, except for the Korean War.