The United States has multiple Army bases. While every single base serves a purpose, some bases have a larger impact on the Army and the United States as a whole. Some bases take a large amount of land area and also employ a large amount of people.
In today’s post, I am going to provide my opinion on the top 10 Army Bases in the USA. Yes, there are other articles on the internet that give the top bases in size, it isn’t necessarily size that I am looking at in this post. I am also looking at the overall impact of these bases in terms of the economy in how many people they employ.
So scroll down and starting at #10, I will provide the top 10 Army Bases in the United States of America:
#10: Fort Bliss
The Headquarters of Fort Bliss are in El Paso, Texas, but part of the base enters the State of New Mexico. It is one of the largest Army installations in size at approximately 1,700 square miles. Fort Bliss employs over 18,500 people, and is the home of the 1st Armored Division. Fort Bliss was built in 1849 and the current Commander is Major General Stephen Twitty.
#9: Fort Lewis, now known as Joint Base Lewis/McChord
This Joint Base is still under control of the U.S. Army, and is merged with Air Force Base McChord. It is located South and West of Tacoma, Washington, and Fort Lewis alone covers approximately 86.000 acres. Built in 1917, this base employs approximately 18,900 people. The current Commander is Colonel Daniel Morgan.
#8: Fort Stewart
Fort Stewart is the largest base in area in the Eastern U.S. It covers 280,000 acres all in the State of Georgia. Fort Stewart and the Army also control nearby Hunter Army Airfield. Fort Stewart is home to the 3rd Infantry Division, and it employs approximately 21,500 people. The current Commander of Fort Stewart is Colonel Townley Hedrick. This Fort was built in 1941.
#7: Fort Knox
Known for holding America’s gold supply, Fort Knox covers approximately 109,000 acres in the State of Kentucky. While the area has been used by the Army since 1861, the current Fort was built in 1918. Fort Knox employs nearly 22,000 people, and the current Commander is Major General Peggy Combs. There is much more to Fort Knox than just gold. Many soldiers get top notch training at this installation.
#6: Fort Campbell
Fort Campbell covers approximately 102,000 acres. Its address is in Kentucky, but a large portion of this Fort is in Tennessee. Home to the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell was built in 1941. There are over 26,000 people employed at Fort Campbell, and the current Commander is Major General Gary Volesky.
#5: Fort Benning
I must admit that when I visited Fort Benning in Georgia and next to Alabama, I thought I had been sent to hell. It was the early 1980’s, and I was going to basic training. Fort Benning is the home of the infantry, and has become one of the premier training Forts. It covers approximately 182,000 acres, and employs almost 40,000 people. The current Commander is Major General Austin Miller. Even though it was hell while I was there, I highly recommend Fort Benning as the best Fort to receive Basic Training.
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#4: Fort George G. Meade
Fort Meade, which is located in the State of Maryland, is quite small in size only covering just under 8 square miles, but it employs a large amount of people. The last estimates showed over 41,000 were employed at this Army installation. The Defense Information School and United States Cyber Command are both located at Fort Meade. This Fort was established as Fort Admiral in 1917, but became Fort Meade approximately 1 year later. The current Commander of Fort George G. Meade is Colonel Brian Foley.
#3: Fort Hood
Built in 1942, Fort Hood covers around 159,000 acres between Austin and Waco, Texas. According to census records, Fort Hood is the most populated Army installation in the United States. It is home to some of the Army’s top units including III Corps, 1st Army Division West, 1st Cavalry Division and many more. Approximately 44,000 are employed at Fort Hood, and the current Commander is Colonel Todd Fox.
#2: Fort Polk
This Fort, located in Vernon Parish in Louisiana, is named after the Confederate General Leonidas Polk. It covers 198,000 acres, and is a heavily used combat training location. What better place to train soldiers in war techniques than the swamps and jungle areas of Louisiana. I know that my Uncle was sent there before Vietnam, and it probably helped keep him alive. It is home to the Joint Readiness Training Center. Built in 1941, Fort Polk’s motto is Home of Heroes. Fort Polk employs approximately 44,300 people, and the current Commander is Brigadier General Timothy McGuire.
#1: Fort Bragg
Employing nearly 55,000 people, Fort Bragg is an easy pick for #1. Located on approximately 250 acres in North Carolina, it is one of the largest Army bases in the whole world. Fort Bragg is home to the United States Special Forces, the United States Airborne Forces and U.S. Army Forces Command. Fort Bragg was built in 1918, and has been a staging point for many soldiers from World War I up until the recent Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The current Commander of Fort Bragg is Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend.
So, this is my opinion of the top 10 Army bases in the United States. Are you in agreement, or do you disagree? Please provide your thoughts, and what bases should go where in the comments area below. Also, please share with us what United States Army bases you have been stationed at, and for how long. Tell us any more information you want about that base too.
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