Special Report

America’s Largest Military Bases Around the World

30. Camp Humphreys, South Korea
> Base size: 2,121 acres
> Cost of base: $5.6 billion
> Service branch: Army
> Nearest city: Pyeongtaek

Camp Humphreys, or U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, is located 40 miles south of Seoul, South Korea. It was created by the Japanese in 1919 during their occupation of the Korean Peninsula. After World War II, the Americans took over the base, and it was used by the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. The United States is in the process of consolidating military presence in Korea into two hubs, the largest of which will be Camp Humphreys, tripling in size to 36,000 soldiers, family members, and civilians.

Source: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Benjamin Wilson

29. Camp Red Cloud (Bullseye 01), South Korea
> Base size: 2,204 acres
> Cost of base: $140.0 million
> Service branch: Army
> Nearest city: Yongchon

Camp Red Cloud, where U.S. troops had been deployed since the Korean War, closed in October 2018 as part of an ongoing military base consolidation program in South Korea. The camp has been targeted for closure since a 2004 agreement to trim the American military presence north of the Han River. Most American military personnel are stationed around the South Korean capital of Seoul and the heavily fortified bases near the Demilitarized Zone. The relocation was supposed to be completed by 2008 but was delayed because of construction issues at Camp Humphreys, which is increasing in size. Camp Red Cloud was named after Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.

Source: usairforce / Flickr

28. Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
> Base size: 2,549 acres
> Cost of base: $2.3 billion
> Service branch: Air Force
> Nearest city: Kunsan

Kunsan Air Base is one of several U.S. Air Force installations in South Korea and home of the 8th Fighter Wing. It is located 150 miles south of Seoul on the western side of the peninsula. The Japanese built the base in 1938, and the base became strategically important during the Korean War for missions against Chinese and North Korean positions.

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

27. Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan
> Base size: 2,704 acres
> Cost of base: $10.2 billion
> Service branch: Navy
> Nearest city: Yokosuka

The facility known as CFAY, for Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, is the largest and most important U.S. naval base in Asia — it is home of the 7th Fleet. The base is located 30 miles southwest of Tokyo and at the mouth of Tokyo Bay. It was built by Japan in 1871 to accommodate its growing trade in the 19th century, and the base is among the oldest of the overseas facilities of the United States.

26. Camp Casey, South Korea
> Base size: 2,830 acres
> Cost of base: $1.6 billion
> Service branch: Army
> Nearest city: Tong Du Chon

Camp Casey sits in between the South Korean capital of Seoul and the Demilitarized Zone. Elements of the 2nd Infantry Division and the 210th Field Artillery Brigade are stationed at Camp Casey, which houses about 6,300 military personnel and about 2,500 civilians. At Camp Casey, U.S. and South Korean forces are integrated, a process that is occurring at other bases in South Korea.

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