America’s Largest Military Bases

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5. Yuma Proving Ground
> State: Arizona
> Nearest city: Yuma
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 1,083,956 acres
> Personnel: 469

Yuma Proving Ground is one of the largest military installations in the world and is used by 10 other nations for weapons testing. The AH-64 Apache helicopter, the M-1 Abrams tank, and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle underwent developmental training at Yuma.

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4. Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range
> State: Arizona
> Nearest city: Gila Bend
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size: 1,102,325 acres
> Personnel: N/A

Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range, named after the long-serving Arizona senator, is located near the Mexico border. The facility has been training military pilots since 1941.

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3. Fort Bliss
> State: Texas
> Nearest city: El Paso
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 1,346,659 acres
> Personnel: 59,142

Fort Bliss, established in 1848, is located at the corner of Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. It is known for its Ranger training regimen and is also home to the 1st Armored Division.

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2. Nellis Air Force Range
> State: Nevada
> Nearest city: Indian Springs
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size: 3,092,317 acres
> Personnel: 21,925

Nellis Air Force Base is located at the Nevada Test and Training Range, the biggest contiguous air and ground space facility available for peace-time military operations in the world.

Source: U.S. Air Force photo / Senior Airman Harry Brexel

1. White Sands Missile Range
> State: New Mexico
> Nearest city: Las Cruces
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 3,542,862 acres
> Personnel: 1,090

With more than 3.5 million acres, White Sands Missile Range is the nation’s largest open air firing range. NASA also used White Sands for a training site for space shuttle pilots and as an alternative landing location for the shuttle. Satellite tests also are held there.