America’s Largest Military Bases

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35. Vandenberg Air Force Base
> State: California
> Nearest city: Lompoc
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size: 118,312 acres
> Personnel: 5,310

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.

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34. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
> State: California
> Nearest city: Escondido
> Service branch: Marine Corps
> Physical size: 123,732 acres
> Personnel: 71,698

Camp Pendleton is the largest Marine Corps expeditionary training facility on the West Coast. The Marines use coastal and mountain terrain to maintain combat readiness.

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33. Fort Drum
> State: New York
> Nearest city: Evans Mills
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 124,757 acres
> Personnel: 32,680

Fort Drum is one of the largest military facilities in the Northeast. It is home to the 10th Mountain Division, a light infantry unit that specializes in fighting in difficult terrain and weather conditions.

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32. Fort Knox
> State: Kentucky
> Nearest city: Middletown
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 127,930 acres
> Personnel: 12,483

At Fort Knox, the Army developed a battle doctrine that emphasized utilization of new weapons and prompted the Army to take a more offensive role in Central Europe in the 1980s. The doctrine was employed successfully during the Gulf War.

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31. Pohakuloa Training Area
> State: Hawaii
> Nearest city: Hilo
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 132,410 acres
> Personnel: Fewer than 100 active duty

Pohakuloa Training Area is located on a plateau in a mountainous region on the Island of Hawaii and provides logistics and airfield support to the Army. The facility was used as a training area for Marines as they prepared for the invasions of Saipan and Iwo Jima in World War II.