Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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15. Fort McCoy
> State: Wisconsin
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 138,323
> Active duty service members: 245

Fort McCoy is the largest military base in Wisconsin. Since 1990, the federal government has spent more than $265.6 million on new construction at the base.

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14. Fort Bragg
> State: North Carolina
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 152,085
> Active duty service members: 45,153

This sprawling military base is home to the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and the U.S. Army Parachute Team.

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13. Fort Benning
> State: Georgia
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 179,353
> Active duty service members: 19,920

Fort Benning, which is celebrating its centennial this year, has been a center of innovation in areas such as tank maneuver warfare, airborne operations, and airmobile strategy.

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12. Fort Hood
> State: Texas
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 218,025
> Active duty service members: 30,224

Fort Hood is home to the 1st Cavalry Division. The second biggest military installation in Texas suspended live-round firing in July and helped firefighters put out wildfires in Texas.

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11. Fort Polk
> State: Louisiana
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size (in acres): 240,272
> Active duty service members: 7,611

Fort Polk, named after a Confederate general, is known for its joint training facility, the Joint Readiness Training Center. The installation is constructing new facilities with the intention of providing better training platform for soldiers.