America’s Largest Military Bases

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Source: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Summer Dowding MAWTS-1 COMCAM / Released

15. Chocolate Mountain Air Gunnery Range
> State: California
> Nearest city: Niland
> Service branch: Marine Corps
> Physical size: 456,364 acres
> Personnel: N/A

Aviation combat crews have trained at the Chocolate Mountain Air Gunnery Range since World War II. The range is located east of the Salton Sea in southeastern California.

Source: Photo By U.S. Navy / Getty Images

14. Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Randsburg Wash Area
> State: California
> Nearest city: Trona
> Service branch: Navy
> Physical size: 469,729 acres
> Personnel: N/A

This naval facility is contiguous to another naval installation at China Lake. The area was rocked by earthquakes this past July, and damage to the facilities, where some of the most advanced weaponry is tested, might cost as much as $2 billion to repair.

Source: U.S. Air Force photo / Senior Airman Sean Campbell

13. Cusick Survival Training Site
> State: Washington
> Nearest city: Fairchild
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size: 494,250 acres
> Personnel: N/A

Cusick Survival Training Site in Washington state is where Air Force airmen and airwomen train to survive in harsh conditions. They are taught evasive tactics, the art of camouflage, and other survival skills.

Source: U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw

12. Utah Test and Training Range South
> State: Utah
> Nearest city: Ogden
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size: 572,656 acres
> Personnel: N/A

Utah Test and Training Range South is located in Utah’s western desert. The Air Force is pushing to expand the training range by taking over land currently under the control of the Bureau of Land Management to accommodate testing of a new fleet of F-35 fighter jets.

Source: DoD photo by Lance Cpl. S. A. Harwood, U.S. Marine Corps.

11. Twentynine Palms Main Base
> State: California
> Nearest city: Palm Springs
> Service branch: Marine Corps
> Physical size: 635,811 acres
> Personnel: 16,782

This California-based military installation conducts live-fire, combined arms training to ensure readiness of combat forces.