Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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25. Fort Leonard Wood
> State: Missouri
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 67,437
> Active duty service members: 11,093

Fort Leonard Wood is home to three Army schools: U.S. Army Engineer; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear; and Military Police.

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24. Aberdeen Proving Ground
> State: Maryland
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 76,793
> Active duty service members: 1,078

Aberdeen Proving Ground opened in 1917 to train military personnel in the use of artillery. All of the army’s tanks and vehicles over the last 50 years have been tested at the facility.

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23. Fort Sill
> State: Oklahoma
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 93,829
> Active duty service members: 11,766

Another basic training base, Fort Sill instructs soldiers in the use of artillery. In July, Fort Sill hosted a four-day, basic training exercise intended to be more rigorous and designed to make soldiers more mobile in combat.

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22. Fort Riley
> State: Kansas
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 97,112
> Active duty service members: 15,865

Fort Riley is the home of “The Big Red One,” also known as the 1st Infantry Division, whose mission is to “build and maintain combat ready forces” and deploy when ordered. Fort Riley was a mobilization center for units sent to fight the war on terrorism.

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21. Vandenberg Air Force Base
> State: California
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size (in acres): 118,312
> Active duty service members: 2,459

Vandenberg Air Force Base, located about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, launches military, unmanned and commercial satellites into polar orbit, and also tests intercontinental ballistic missiles.