Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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25. Fort Bragg
> State: North Carolina
> Nearest city: Fort Bragg
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 163,535 acres
> Personnel: 109,339

This huge military base, opened in 1918, 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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24. Fort Benning
> State: Georgia
> Nearest city: Columbus
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 167,094 acres
> Personnel: 40,723

Fort Benning, over 100 years old, has been a center of innovation in areas such as tank maneuver warfare, airborne operations, and airmobile strategy.

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23. Fort Hood
> State: Texas
> Nearest city: Killeen
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 212,512 acres
> Personnel: 81,055

Fort Hood is home to the 1st Cavalry Division. The second biggest military installation in Texas suspended live-round firing in July 2018 and helped firefighters put out wildfires in Texas.

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22. Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site
> State: Colorado
> Nearest city: Model
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 235,782 acres
> Personnel: N/A

Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site is located in Colorado. The barren area of the state was purchased by the Army for training purposes in 1983 and is used for military maneuvers.

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21. Fort Polk
> State: Louisiana
> Nearest city: Fort Polk
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 236,329 acres
> Personnel: 17,882

Fort Polk, named after a Confederate general, is known for its joint training facility, the Joint Readiness Training Center. About half of the 1.6 million American service men and women who have been deployed overseas since 9/11 trained at Fort Polk.