Special Report

America's Largest Military Bases

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45. Fort Campbell
> State: Tennessee
> Nearest city: Clarksville
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 73,269 acres
> Personnel: 62,946

This facility straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border. It is the base of operations for many fighting contingents, including the 101st Airborne Division.

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44. Fort Huachuca
> State: Arizona
> Nearest city: Sierra Vista
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 73,540 acres
> Personnel: 8,674

Fort Huachuca is located about 15 miles north of Mexico and has been in operation since 1877, when Arizona was still a territory. The facility hosts the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command.

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43. Fort A.P. Hill
> State: Virginia
> Nearest city: Bowling Green
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 75,813 acres
> Personnel: Fewer than 100 active duty

The facility, named after Virginia native and Confederate General A.P. Hill, was established in 1941 and serves an all-purpose training facility, including a 27,000-acre live-fire area. More than 26,000 troops under Gen. George S. Patton trained at Fort A.P. Hill during World War II.

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42. Aberdeen Proving Ground
> State: Maryland
> Nearest city: Aberdeen
> Service branch: Army
> Physical size: 77,023 acres
> Personnel: 2,761

Aberdeen Proving Ground opened in 1917 to train military personnel in the use of artillery. All of the army’s tanks and vehicles over the last 50 years have been tested at the facility.

Source: U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal

41. Melrose Air Force Range
> State: New Mexico
> Nearest city: Floyd
> Service branch: Air Force
> Physical size: 79,973 acres
> Personnel: N/A

The Air Force facility is located about 25 miles west of Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. The Air Force has been using the installation since 1952, when it leased the land from New Mexico and landowners. The 27th Special Operations Wing oversees the range, which is also used by America’s allies.

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