Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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30. Fort Gordon
> State: Georgia
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 55,597
> Active duty service members: 11,373

Fort Gordon is the home of the United States Army Signal Corps and Cyber Center of Excellence. At Fort Gordon, the Army is developing doctrine, training, and solutions related to cyberspace and electromagnetic spectrum.

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29. Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base
> State: North Carolina
> Service branch: Marines
> Physical size (in acres): 57,319
> Active duty service members: 36,005

Camp Lejeune is the base for the II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, as well as other units.

Source: U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Anthony Jennings

28. Fort Rucker
> State: Alabama
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 58,727
> Active duty service members: 3,572

Fort Rucker is where the aviation branch of the Army originated and the concept of air mobility was advanced.

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27. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
> State: Alaska
> Service branch: Air Force/Army
> Physical size (in acres): 60,027
> Active duty service members: 4,094

This Alaska facility was created out of the merger of the Air Force’s Elmendorf Air Force Base and the Army’s Fort Richardson in October 2010.

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26. Marine Corps Base Quantico
> State: Virginia
> Service branch: Marines
> Physical size (in acres): 60,320
> Active duty service members: 7,643

Quantico is called the “Crossroads of the Marine Corps” because it is where significant tactics such as expeditionary warfare — how troops can be deployed overseas — were developed.