List of United States military bases

This is a list of military installations owned or used by the United States Armed Forces currently located in the United States and around the world. This list details only current or recently closed facilities; some defunct facilities are found at Category:Closed military installations of the United States.

An "installation" is defined as "a military base, camp, post, station, yard, center, homeport facility for any ship, or other activity under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense, including leased space, that is controlled by, or primarily supports DoD's activities. An installation may consist of one or more sites" (geographically-separated real estate parcels).[1]:DoD-3

The United States is the largest operator of military bases abroad, with 38 "named bases"[note 1] having active-duty, National Guard, reserve, or civilian personnel as of September 30, 2014. Its largest, in terms of personnel, was Ramstein AB, in Germany, with almost 9,200 personnel.[1][note 2] The Pentagon stated in 2013 that there are "around" 5,000 bases total, with "around" 600 of them overseas.[2]

U.S. Military Installations Map
Map of the small U.S. military installations, ranges and training areas in the continental United States.
American bases worldwide
Countries with United States military bases and facilities

By location


Joint overseas

  • There are approximately 5,500 U.S. Special Operations Forces in Iraq, spread across 7 different facilities, and another 5 bases in Iraqi Kurdistan,[6][7] being used as training bases for Iraqi and Kurdish forces.[8]
  • There are approximately 1,500–2,000 U.S. Marine and Special Operations Forces in Syria, spread across 12 different facilities, being used as training bases for Kurdish rebels.[13][14] These soldiers are expected to be withdrawn from Syria in 2019.

According to the Head of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation to Astana talks the US presence in Syria is illegal and "without the consent of (the) government".[15]

United States Army

This is a list of links for U.S. Army forts and installations, organized by U.S. state or territory within the U.S. and by country if overseas. For consistency, major Army National Guard (ARNG) training facilities are included but armory locations are not.


U.S. states with no U.S. Army posts

  • New Hampshire – (US ARMY 'National Guard' ARMORY posts; various individual locations statewide)


  1. Bleidorn Housing Area, Ansbach
  2. Dagger Complex, Darmstadt Training Center Griesheim (scheduled to close in 2015)
  3. Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  4. Lucius D. Clay Kaserne (formerly Wiesbaden Army Airfield), Wiesbaden-Erbenheim
  5. Germersheim Army Depot, Germersheim
  6. Grafenwöhr Training Area, Grafenwöhr/Vilseck
  7. Hohenfels Training Area/Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels (Upper Palatinate)
  8. Husterhoeh Kaserne, Pirmasens
  9. Kaiserslautern Military Community
  10. Katterbach Kaserne, Ansbach
  11. Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart
  12. Kleber Kaserne, Kaiserslautern Military Community
  13. Lampertheim Training Area, Lampertheim (scheduled to close in 2015)
  14. Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl
  15. McCully Barracks, Wackernheim
  16. Miesau Army Depot, Miesau
  17. Oberdachstetten Storage Area, Ansbach
  18. Panzer Kaserne, Stuttgart
  19. Patch Barracks, Stuttgart
  20. Pulaski Barracks, Kaiserslautern
  21. Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Kaiserslautern
  22. Robinson Barracks, Stuttgart
  23. Rose Barracks, Vilseck
  24. Sembach Kaserne, Kaiserslautern
  25. Sheridan Barracks, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  26. Shipton Kaserne, Ansbach
  27. Smith Barracks, Baumholder
  28. Storck Barracks, Illesheim
  29. Stuttgart Army Airfield, Filderstadt
  30. Mainz-Kastel Storage Station (scheduled to close in 2015)
  31. USAG Wiesbaden Military Training Area, Mainz, Gonsenheim/Mombach
  32. USAG Wiesbaden Training Area, Mainz Finthen Airport
  33. USAG Wiesbaden Radar Station, Mainz Finthen Airport
  34. Urlas Housing and Shopping Complex, Ansbach (converted from Urlas Training Area in 2010-2011)
  • Israel
    • The Dimona Radar Facility is an American-operated radar facility in the Negev. As of 2012, it is staffed by approximately 100 US military personnel.[32]
  • Italy

United States Marine Corps


North Carolina
South Carolina
Washington, D.C.


United States Navy


United States Navy (59)
State/Territory Base State Base
California NAWS China Lake Mississippi NCBC Gulfport
NB Coronado NAS Meridian
NAS Lemoore NS Pascagoula
NPS Monterey Nevada NAS Fallon
NAS North Island New Jersey NWS Earle
NB Point Loma NAES Lakehurst
NB Ventura County-NAS Point Mugu New York NSA Saratoga Springs
NB Ventura County-NCBC Port Hueneme Pennsylvania NAS Willow Grove
Naval Base San Diego Rhode Island NS Newport
Connecticut NSB New London South Carolina NSA Charleston
Washington, D.C. Washington NY Tennessee NSA Mid-South
United States Naval Research Laboratory Texas NAS Corpus Christi
Florida Corry Station NTTC NAS JRB Fort Worth
NAS Jacksonville NAS Kingsville
NAS Key West
NS Mayport Virginia Chesapeake NSGA
NSA Panama City Training Support Center Hampton Roads
NAS Pensacola NAB Little Creek
NAS Whiting Field NS Norfolk
Georgia General Lucius D. Clay National Guard Center NAS Oceana
NSB Kings Bay Wallops Island ASCS
Dobbins ARB NWS Yorktown
Guam Naval Base Guam Guam Andersen Air Force Base
Hawaii NS Barking Sands Washington NBK Bangor
Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam NBK Bremerton
Illinois NS Great Lakes NAS Whidbey Island
Indiana NSWC Crane Division NS Everett
Louisiana NASJRB New Orleans West Virginia NIOC Sugar Grove
Maine Portsmouth NS
Maryland Cryptologic Warfare Group Six[34]
(Fort Meade)
NSA Annapolis[35] (Annapolis)
NAS Patuxent River
NSF Thurmont
United States Naval Academy
Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center
(in Maryland, but a part of NSASP of Dahlgren, Virginia)
Joint Base Andrews (USN/USAF)


  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Detachment AUTEC

United States Air Force


United States Air Force (71)
State / Territory Base State Base
Alabama Maxwell Air Force Base Mississippi Columbus Air Force Base
Alaska Clear Air Force Station Keesler Air Force Base
Eielson Air Force Base Missouri Whiteman Air Force Base
Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Montana Malmstrom Air Force Base
Arizona Davis–Monthan Air Force Base Nebraska Offutt Air Force Base
Luke Air Force Base Nevada Nellis Air Force Base
Arkansas Little Rock Air Force Base New Jersey Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
California Beale Air Force Base New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base Holloman Air Force Base
Los Angeles Air Force Base Kirtland Air Force Base
March Joint Air Reserve Base North Carolina Pope Air Force Base
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Travis Air Force Base North Dakota Grand Forks Air Force Base
Vandenberg Air Force Base Minot Air Force Base
Colorado Buckley Air Force Base Ohio Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Peterson Air Force Base Oklahoma Altus Air Force Base
Schriever Air Force Base Tinker Air Force Base
United States Air Force Academy Vance Air Force Base
Delaware Dover Air Force Base South Carolina Charleston Air Force Base
Washington, D.C. Bolling Air Force Base Shaw Air Force Base
Florida Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Eglin Air Force Base South Dakota Ellsworth Air Force Base
Hurlburt Field Tennessee Arnold Air Force Base
MacDill Air Force Base Texas Brooks City-Base
Patrick Air Force Base Dyess Air Force Base
Tyndall Air Force Base Goodfellow Air Force Base
Guam Andersen Air Force Base Guam Andersen Base
Georgia Moody Air Force Base Texas Lackland Air Force Base
Robins Air Force Base Laughlin Air Force Base
Hawaii Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Randolph Air Force Base
Idaho Mountain Home Air Force Base Sheppard Air Force Base
Illinois Scott Air Force Base Utah Hill Air Force Base
Indiana Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base Virginia Langley Air Force Base
Kansas McConnell Air Force Base Washington Fairchild Air Force Base
Louisiana Barksdale Air Force Base JBLM McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord
New Orleans Joint Reserve Base Wyoming Francis E. Warren Air Force Base
Maryland Joint Base Andrews (USN/USAF)
Massachusetts Hanscom Air Force Base
Westover Joint Air Reserve Base

Michigan- Selfridge Air National Guard Base



  • Mihali Kogălniceanu International Airport

The military sector of the Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport is currently an annex of the 86th Air Base. Since 1999 it has occasionally been used by the United States Air Force.

Coast Guard

See also


  1. ^ What are here termed "named bases" are the bases listed in section X: "Personnel Data from DMDC", i.e. excluding that table's rows labelled "Other", in the 2015 DoD Base Structure Report.
  2. ^ The 2015 U.S. Base Structure Report gives 587 overseas sites, but sites are merely real property at a distinct geographical location, and multiple sites may belong to one installation (page DoD-3). For example, the Garmisch, Germany "named base" with its 72 personnel has eight distinct sites large enough to be listed in the Army's Individual Service Inventory list: Artillery Kaserne, Breitenau Skeet Range, Garmisch Family Housing, Garmish Golf Course, General Abrams Hotel And Disp, Hausberg Ski Area, Oberammergau NATO School, and Sheridan Barracks (listed in Army-15 to Army-17). These range in size from Ramstein AB with 9,188 active, guard/reserve, and civilian personnel down to Worms, which has just one civilian.


  1. ^ a b "Department of Defense / Base Structure Report / FY 2015 Baseline" (PDF). Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Blank Spots on the map: Almost all the U.S. Army's secret military bases across the globe revealed on Google and Bing". 15 December 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
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  7. ^ "US military constructing new base in Iraq's Kurdish region: Report". presstv. 22 August 2017.
  8. ^ "بالانفوغراف.. تعرف على الجنود والقواعد الامريكية في العراق" (in Arabic). alsumaria. 8 February 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Müller-Jung, Friederike (November 23, 2016). "US drone war expands to Niger". Deutsche Welle. An additional US base in Arlit, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Agadez, has been operating for about a year, but little is known about it, Moore said, except that special forces are presumably stationed there.
  10. ^ Raghavan, Sudarsan; Whitlock, Craig (November 24, 2017). "A city in Niger worries a new U.S. drone base will make it a 'magnet' for terrorists". The Washington Post.
  11. ^ Taub, Ben (January 28, 2018). "Ben Taub on Twitter: "Secret military base near Arlit, Niger, revealed as a white dot in a sea of black, because Western soldiers didn't turn off their Fitbits". Twitter via the Internet Archive. Archived from the original on January 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Lewis, David; Bavier, Joe. Boulton, Ralph (ed.). "U.S. deaths in Niger highlight Africa military mission creep". Reuters. In missions run out of a base in the northern Niger town of Arlit and others like the one that led to the ambush of U.S. troops, sources say they have helped local troops and intelligence agents make several arrests.
  13. ^ "Russia and U.S. engage in military base race in Syria". 15 January 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Anadolu Agency's map of U.S. bases in Syria infuriates The Pentagon". 20 July 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  15. ^ Update-al-Jaafari: We demand immediate and unconditional withdrawal of foreign forces from Syrian territory
  16. ^ @obretix (June 27, 2018). "pictures of C-17 Globemaster and C-130J Hercules at the airfield between Tell Tamr and Tell Baydar in northern Syria geolocated … (farm in the background …)" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 29, 2018 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "US forces in Syria seen setting up new front-line positions". apnews. 4 April 2018.
  18. ^ Zorlu, Faruk; Copur, Hakan (June 19, 2018). "France cooperating with PKK/YPG terrorists: Coalition". Anadolu Agency. According to information obtained by Anadolu Agency on March 30 from local sources, more than 70 French special forces under the international coalition against Daesh are stationed at the Lafarge Cement factory near the strategic Mistanur Hill and Harab-Isk village in southern Ayn al-Arab province (Kobani).
  19. ^ @obretix (July 10, 2018). "US Army Apache helicopter at the Lafarge cement plant in northern Syria,38.589478&q=36.546725,38.589478&hl=en&t=h&z=17 …" (Tweet). Archived from the original on July 10, 2018 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "US Changes Plan of Building Air Base in Syrian Kurdistan". basnews. 9 April 2016.
  21. ^ Cenciotti, David (June 27, 2018). "Here Are The First Photographs Of U.S. Air Force C-17 and Marine Corps KC-130J Operating From New U.S. Airfield in Northern Syria". The Aviationist. Another U.S. airfield is located in northern Syria: Sarrin. The base was built in 2016 and the first aircraft appeared to operate from there in July 2017.
  22. ^ Szoldra, Paul (August 8, 2018). "Exclusive: The Insider Attack In Syria That The Pentagon Denies Ever Happened". Task & Purpose. Archived from the original on August 9, 2018.
  23. ^ Samir [@obretix] (August 8, 2018). "picture of "some of the Marines of Weapons Co., 2/7, in Syria" from … geolocated to administrative and housing complex at Omar oil field …" (Tweet). Archived from the original on August 9, 2018 – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Weiss, Caleb (July 24, 2018). "Shabaab releases photos from inside joint US-Somali-Kenyan base". Long War Journal. The joint Somali-Kenyan-US base in Bar-Sanguuni is the same base in which a US Special Forces soldier was killed in early June.
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  27. ^ Dawn Bohulano Mabalon (29 May 2013). Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California. Duke University Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-8223-9574-4.
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  30. ^ "Delaware National Guard 2011 Lottery for the Use of the Bethany Beach Training Site" (PDF). Delaware National Guard. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  31. ^ Kimmons, Sean (November 27, 2017). "Isolated from US military, small Army post looks to rid terrorism in West Africa". Army News Service.
  32. ^ Vick, Karl; Klein, Aaron J. (2012-05-30). "How a U.S. Radar Station in the Negev Affects a Potential Israel-Iran Clash". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
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List of United States Army installations in Italy

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Caserma Del Din, near Vicenza (northern Italy, in the Veneto region; HQ of 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, also part of US Army Africa.)

Caserma Ederle, near Vicenza (northern Italy, in the Veneto region — HQ of the US Southern European Task Force and of the US 173rd Airborne Brigade)

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List of United States Marine Corps installations

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Military base

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United States Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DoD, USDOD, or DOD) is an executive branch department of the federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government concerned directly with national security and the United States Armed Forces. The department is the largest employer in the world, with nearly 1.3 million active duty servicemen and women as of 2016. Adding to its employees are over 826,000 National Guardsmen and Reservists from the four services, and over 732,000 civilians bringing the total to over 2.8 million employees. Headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., the DoD's stated mission is to provide "the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security".The Department of Defense is headed by the Secretary of Defense, a cabinet-level head who reports directly to the President of the United States. Beneath the Department of Defense are three subordinate military departments: the United States Department of the Army, the United States Department of the Navy, and the United States Department of the Air Force. In addition, four national intelligence services are subordinate to the Department of Defense: the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Other Defense Agencies include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Defense Security Service (DSS), and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), all of which are under the command of the Secretary of Defense. Additionally, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) provides acquisition insight that matters, by delivering actionable acquisition intelligence from factory floor to the warfighter. Military operations are managed by ten regional or functional Unified combatant commands. The Department of Defense also operates several joint services schools, including the Eisenhower School (ES) and the National War College (NWC).

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United States military deployments

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Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center

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