Can You Name Which State These Army Bases Are Located In?
By: John Miller
About This Quiz
The United States Department of Defense maintains installations all over the country and around the world in the interests of keeping America’s soldiers ready for combat. Many foreign bases are meant to project U.S. influence in far-flung lands, while domestic facilities are often intended for training purposes or as garrisons for when teeming hordes of Chinese and Russian troops finally make their move. Do you think you can match the following U.S. Army bases to the states where they’re located?
Almost every U.S. state has at least some sort of base on its soil. The east and west coasts are particularly important locations for major installations. Legendary places like Fort Bragg and Fort Dix have churned out countless thousands of soldiers who then did battle in now-iconic regions like Normandy, North Africa and the Philippines.
Some bases have been around so long that they trained men for America’s earliest wars. Others came along just in time for the Civil War and the Indian Wars of the Old West. And of course, during World War I and World War II, the federal government opened many new bases in hopes of beating back America’s enemies.
Mark your map and plunge into the battle of this military quiz now! Let’s find out if you know where America’s vital bases are located.
Where is Fort Bragg?
In terms of active-duty personnel, Fort Bragg is the biggest military base on Earth. Located in North Carolina, it has more than 50,000 soldiers on base.
Fort Campbell is on the Tennessee-Kentucky border. Built in 1941 during the Second World War, it is the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division, one of America's iconic units in the European Theater.
Fort Knox is famous in part because it is home to the U.S. Bullion Depository, which contains vast stores of gold … beautiful, luscious gold. You can't have any, even if you make the trip to Kentucky and nicely ask the guards for "just one little nugget."
Fort Bliss sprawls through New Mexico and Texas. It's one of the Army's biggest bases, and named for William Bliss (son-in-law of Zachary Taylor), a genius fluent in 13 languages and other intellectual pursuits.
Virginia is home to a lot of big military installations, including Fort Lee, which is named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee. It was originally formed to train men for the horrors of World War I.
Most soldiers just call it "Fort Sam," an Army installation that is -- unsurprisingly -- located in Texas. Fort Sam Houston is named after Sam Houston, the politcal dynamo who served as president of the Republic of Texas.
It's officially called Fort Irwin National Training Center, and it's a vital training hub in southern California. It's full of ranges and mock battlefields where troops train to move across varied terrain.