America’s Largest Military Bases

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10. Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
> State: California
> Nearest city: China Lake
> Service branch: Navy
> Physical size: 651,739 acres
> Personnel: 1,302

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is located in the western portion of the Mojave Desert in California, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles. The facility develops and tests weapons.

Source: U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton

9. Barry M. Goldwater Range West
> State: Arizona
> Nearest city: Yuma
> Service branch: Marine Corps
> Physical size: 692,800 acres
> Personnel: N/A

The western portion of the sprawling Barry Goldwater Range is a Marine Corps base — and it is where Marine pilots are trained before deployment.

Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Peter Reft / Released

8. Fort Wainwright
> State: Alaska
> Nearest city: Fairbanks
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 697,475 acres
> Personnel: 15,679

Fort Jonathan Wainwright, one of the biggest physical military facilities in Alaska, was first established as an Army Air Corps base in 1939 to test aircraft in Arctic conditions.

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7. Dugway Proving Ground
> State: Utah
> Nearest city: Dugway
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 852,568 acres
> Personnel: N/A

The Dugway Proving Ground in northwestern Utah was established in 1942 and was created to test chemical and biological weapons.

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6. Yukon Command Training Site
> State: Alaska
> Nearest city: Fairbanks
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 864,769 acres
> Personnel: N/A

The training site is part of the Fort Wainwright complex and borders Eielson Air Force Base to the north and east. The site is used to train soldiers in small weapons systems.