America’s Largest Military Bases

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40. Fort Lewis
> State: Washington
> Nearest city: Tacoma
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 86,213 acres
> Personnel: 62,688

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a combination of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base and is home to the Army’s I Corps and the Air Force’s 62nd Airlift Wing. Among the 62nd’s tasks is airlifting nuclear weapons and materials.

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39. Fort Sill
> State: Oklahoma
> Nearest city: Lawton
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 93,830 acres
> Personnel: 24,523

Another basic training base, Fort Sill instructs soldiers in the use of artillery. Fort Sill is home to the largest field artillery complex in the United States.

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38. Fort Riley
> State: Kansas
> Nearest city: Manhattan
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 97,112 acres
> Personnel: 33,585

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.

Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan

37. Avon Park Air Force Range
> State: Florida
> Nearest city: Avon Park
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size: 100,929 acres
> Personnel: N/A

The inter-agency training facility is located in south-central Florida and provides about 82,000 acres for use to the public.

Source: U.S. Air Force photo / Senior Airman Rachel Kocin

36. Saylor Creek Air Force Range
> State: Idaho
> Nearest city: Mount Home
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size: 109,466 acres
> Personnel: N/A

Saylor Creek Air Force Range is a nearly 110,000-acre live-bombing range in southern Idaho. The facility features simulated “hostile” radar facilities that are moved around. Simulated surface-to-air missile batteries also operate at Saylor.