USAG White Sands, New Mexico is the U.S. Army’s largest missile test site, and is most notably known for hosting the 1945 Trinity nuclear bomb test.
Military Bases and Installations
As a service member in the United States Armed Forces, the term ‘Permanent Change of Station’ or PCS is more than just a familiar phrase—it’s a defining aspect of military life. Each PCS move comes with a whirlwind of logistics, from finding a new home and enrolling children in new schools to the simple yet significant task of learning your way around a new base.
Understanding that each move is both an ending and a new beginning, we’ve crafted this comprehensive guide to major military bases across the globe. Whether you’re a seasoned service member preparing for your next assignment or a newcomer to the military community, this resource is designed to ease your transition and set you up for success at your new post.
In the following pages, you’ll find detailed information on each major military base, including location, size, key facilities, and the units or commands they host. We also delve into the surrounding communities, offering insights into local schools, healthcare facilities, housing options, and recreational opportunities.
The U.S. Army Cadet Command 6th Brigade is a part of Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia. It oversees Army ROTC and Junior ROTC units across the southern U.S.
USAG Detroit Arsenal is in Warren, Michigan; it’s the only active-duty military installation in Michigan. It specializes in ground vehicle management.
Altus AFB in Altus, Oklahoma is home to the 97th Air Mobility Wing, focusing on training flight crews and maintaining aircraft models like the C-17 and KC-135.
Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs in upstate New York supports naval assets, primarily serving the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.
Edwards Air Force Base in southern California houses the Air Force Test Center while also operating an Air Force pilot school and a NASA research center.
McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas is focused on air refueling and airlift operations and housesunits from the Air Mobility Command.
NAS Whiting Field in Florida is a key U.S. Navy pilot training base, home to Training Air Wing Five and specializes in primary and advanced helicopter training
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Albany, Georgia specializes in ground combat equipment repair and global logistics.
Picatinny Arsenal near Wharton, New Jersey is a U.S. Army installation that is mainly known for its military innovation and tech.
Carlisle Barracks is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania that hosts the U.S. Army War College and is one of the oldest active military bases in the U.S.
Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska is a key U.S. Air Force and F-35 program base, offering combat training and hosting RED FLAG-Alaska exercises.
Fort Huachuca is near Sierra Vista, Arizona in Cochise County, AZ. It’s the home of the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM).
Fort McCoy is in central Wisconsin, and is a training installation spanning over 60,000 acres, and provides training facilities for personnel across all branches.
Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida houses the U.S.’s third-largest naval surface fleet concentration and is the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.
The John C. Stennis Space Center is in Hancock, Mississippi and is a U.S. Naval facility that remains a vital NASA rocket testing facility.
Camp Parks, also known as Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, is in Dublin, CA, near San Francisco. It serves as a training installation for reserve personnel.
Maxwell Air Force and Gunter Annex are in Montgomery, Alabama and is a major air education and training installation. It also houses the 42nd Air Base Wing.
Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia is a training installation for the U.S. Marine Corps, the F.B.I. and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Fort Belvoir is in Fairfax County, Virginia. Employing more people than the Pentagon, it has elements from nine distinct Army major commands and entities.
Naval Station Great Lakes is north of Chicago, Illinois and is the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training station in the U.S. Navy.
Fort Bliss is in El Paso, Texas. It is the largest installation in the United States Army Forces Command, and the second-largest in the Army overall.
Fort Detrick is near Frederick, Maryland that specializes in biomedical research, medical material management and foreign plant pathogen studies.
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is located near Havelock, North Carolina, along the eastern coast of the state. It serves as a training installment.
MacDill Air Force Base is located in Tampa, Florida and is a primarily used to offer airlift support and air refueling.
Naval Air Station Meridian is located just north of Meridian, Mississippi and is an important pilot training facility for the U.S. Navy.
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth is near Fort Worth, Texas. It houses reserve units for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.
Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California serves as a major installment for passenger and cargo movement. It also features a premier teaching hospital.
Scott Air Force Base, located in St. Clair County, Illinois is the headquarters for the Air Mobility Command with an emphasis on global mobility missions.
Mountain Home Air Force Base is located in southern Idaho, and provides combat support in global military missions. It houses the 366th Fighter Wing.
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is in Kittery Maine, and is the Navy’s oldest continuously operating shipyard, focusing on submarine maintenance and modernization.
Naval Air Station Oceana is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is considered one of the world’s largest and most advanced air stations.
U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, near Boston, Massachusetts and serves as pivotal installation for military technology development and research
Joint Base San Antonio is a collective of three previously-independent installations in the San Antonio, Texas. It’s one of the largest U.S. installations.
Camp Pendleton is in Oceanside, California. It is the primary West Coast installment for the U.S. Marine Corps. It’s also the largest USMC installment.
Westover Air Reserve Base is located in southern Massachusetts, near the town of Chicopee. It is the largest Air Force Reserve base in the U.S.
Aberdeen Proving Ground is a U.S. Army Garrison in Maryland. Established in 1917, the modern-day purpose of the installation is testing defense systems.
Offutt Air Force Base is located just south of Omaha, Nebraska and is vital to U.S. National defense, housing the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
Defense Supply Center Columbus is near Columbus, Ohio in the town of Whitehall. It’s a primary inventory control point for the Defense Logistics Agency.
Peterson Space Force Base is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is the home of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Naval Support Activity is located in Orlando, Florida offers services to all Department of Defense agencies, and helps with disaster preparedness in the area.
Naval Station Newport is in Rhode Island, and is home to the Naval War College, and the Naval Justice School. It also houses inactive ships.
Naval Support Activity Crane in Indiana, is the third largest naval installation in the world. It’s home to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division.
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama is a major U.S. Army Garrison key to the nation’s missile program. It also is a key player in missile defense operations, and NASA.
Fort Riley is a U.S. Army Garrison located in north central Kansas. It’s home to the 1st Infantry Division, and serves as a combat training installment.
Fort Devens is an historic U.S. Army Reserve installation nearby Devens, Massachusetts. Several military units call the fort home.
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is in Oak Harbor, Washington. It houses a range of U.S. Navy aircraft as well as 20 active duty U.S. Navy squadrons.
Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF) is a U.S. Army airfield located in Savannah, Georgia. It is currently the home of 3rd Infantry Division’s aviation units.
Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station is just south of Colorado Springs, Colorado and now operates the U.S. Space Command’s Missile Warning Center.
Rock Island Arsenal is in Rock Island, Illinois. It’s an island along the Mississippi River and is the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal.
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is an installment in southern Arizona. It offers aerial weapons training for Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Marine Forces and Navy.
Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee is a recently reopened base aimed at assisting national defense and providing services for several aerospace programs.
McAlester Army Ammunition Plant is in southern Oklahoma, near the town of McAlester. It’s primary goal is weapon manufacturing for the Department of Defense.
Naval Air Station Patuxent River is in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. It houses the Naval Air Systems Command and is hub for aviation research and development.
March Air Reserve Base is located near Riverside, California. It is a key facility for the reserve units of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
Moody Air Force Base is just outside of Valdosta in southern Georgia. A main goal of base operations is coordinating air and space support with ground combat.
Vandenberg Space Force Base is in Santa Barbara County, California. It specializes in missile testing and assists NASA and SpaceX in aerospace launches.
Whiteman Air Force Base is in central Missouri, and houses the B-2 Spirit bomber, vital for the U.S. Air Force’s strategic nuclear combat operations.
Dugway Proving Ground is a U.S. Army facility in central Utah. A main purpose of the facility is to test biological and chemical weapon defense systems.
Hanscom Air Force Base is in Bedford, Massachusetts. It is a defense-research facility, boasts two flight schools and a general aviation airport.
Naval Air Station Kingsville is just east of Kingsville, Texas. It’s known as one of the U.S. Navy’s best locations for jet aviation training.
The Hart–Dole–Inouye Federal Center is in Battle Creek, Michigan with its main purpose today aiding the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
Dover Air Force Base is located in Dover, Delaware. It’s home to the 436th Airlift Wing, which runs the largest air freight terminal in Department of Defense.
Beale Air Force Base is near Marysville, California. The base houses the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and plays a critical role in national defense.
Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota plays a key role in the military’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance using remotely piloted aircraft
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California, is the largest Master Jet Air Station globally, and helps with Indo-Pacific Command operations.
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson Arizona, houses the 355th Wing, and is known for storing or repairing equipment at its often-mentioned aircraft boneyard
Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow is in Barstow, California. Located near I-15, I-40 and Highway 58, it’s a crucial supply and maintenance installation.
Minot Air Force Base is just outside of Minot, North Dakota, and is key to the maintenance and operation of the B-52H bombers and Minuteman III nuclear missiles
The Red River Army Depot is in Bowie County, Texas. The installment is on more than 15,000 acres and is known for its maintenance on ground combat vehicles.
Yuma Proving Ground is a military base located in Southern Arizona. It’s main purpose is testing military equipment in extreme weather locations.
The Anniston Army Depot is in Bynum, Alabama. The depot is a main location for ground vehicle repairs, often called “The Tank Rebuild Center of the World”
Vance Air Force Base is in Enid, Oklahoma and operates as a training facility for pilots for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines as well as for US Allies
Naval Air Station Fallon is located in western Nevada. It is the home of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, or TOPGUN, making it a pivotal training facility.
Naval Air Station Everett is 25 miles north of Seattle, Washington. It’s a homeport for a US Navy carrier strike group and 7 guided-missile Destroyers.
Naval Base Kitsap is located in Bremerton, Washington on the Kitsap Peninsula. It’s one of two Trident submarine bases operated by the U.S. Navy.
Los Angeles Air Force Base is a United States Space Force base in El Segundo, California, and is the headquarters of the USSF Space Systems Command (SSC)
Buckley Space Force Base in Colorado is in the city of Aurora. It became a Space Force Base in 2021, and provides support for missile warning forces.
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is in Camden County, Georgia, and is the home port for the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet ballistic missile nuclear submarines.
Hill Air Force Base, Utah is about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City and is the home of the Air Force Materiel Command’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex.
USAG Fort Wainwright is located in Fairbanks, Alaska. It’s the largest U.S. Military installment by area outside the adjacent United States at 1.6 million acres
Nellis AFB, Nevada is located just north of Las Vegas and is known for housing the USAF Warfare Center and the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team.
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is an U.S. Army installment, in the city of Leavenworth, Kansas. It’s the second oldest active U.S. Army Post west of Washington, D.C.
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