Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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35. Kirtland Air Force Base
> State: New Mexico
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 43,842
> Active duty service members: 3,278

Kirtland is the sixth largest installation in the Air Force. It expanded in 1971 when it merged with Manzano and Sandia Base.

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34. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training
> State: California
> Service branch: Marines
> Physical size (in acres): 44,452
> Active duty service members: 210

This remote facility was opened in 1951 to train Marines for cold-weather climate in Korea. Its mission today is to develop concepts to enhance the Marines’ ability to operate in mountain and cold-weather environments.

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33. Holloman Air Force Base
> State: New Mexico
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 51,813
> Active duty service members: 3,725

Holloman, named after a pioneer in rocket research, claims it is home to the world’s longest (50,188 feet) and fastest (10,000 feet per second) test track.

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32. Fort Jackson
> State: South Carolina
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 51,900
> Active duty service members: 10,780

Fort Jackson is the nation’s largest basic training site, training more than 48,000 soldiers each year. The facility, opened in 1917, trains 60% of the women enlisting in the Army every year.

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31. Air Force Academy
> State: Colorado
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 53,136
> Active duty service members: 2,111

The United States Air Force Academy considers remotely piloted aircraft a critical part of its mission because of the aircraft’s ability to provide air support in combat. RPAs are part of the academy’s curriculum.