Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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40. Tyndall Air Force Base
> State: Florida
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 28,824
> Active duty service members: 3,343

Founded as an aerial gunnery base during World War II, Tyndall is home to the 325th Fighter Wing, whose “primary mission is to train and project unrivaled combat power.”

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39. Naval Air Station Lemoore
> State: California
> Service branch: Navy
> Physical size (in acres): 29,408
> Active duty service members: 4,127

Lemoore is home to the Pacific Strike Fighter Wing. In 1998, the facility was chosen as the West Coast site for the Navy’s strike-fighter aircraft, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

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38. Fort Dix
> State: New Jersey
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 30,720
> Active duty service members: 785

Built during World War I, Fort Dix trained three Army divisions during that war. Its mission today is to process military personnel for enlistment or induction.

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37. Fort Campbell
> State: Kentucky
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 36,739
> Active duty service members: 27,335

This facility straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border. It is the base of operations for many fighting contingents, including the 101st Airborne Division.

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36. Redstone Arsenal
> State: Alabama
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 38,228
> Active duty service members: 660

Redstone, where Wernher von Braun developed the first ballistic missile, is the center of the Army’s aviation and missile command operations.