Ten Hut! Can you name America's most famous military bases?


By: John Miller

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The United States Department of Defense is the biggest employer in the world, and as such, it has many major bases and installations. Can you name America's most famous military bases?

Which famous American base suffered a surprise attack on December 7, 1941?

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack killed more than 2,400 Americans and dragged the United States into war.


In 2009, which American base suffered a mass shooting in which 13 people were killed?

In 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, went on a shooting spree at Fort Bragg, killing 13 people and injuring 32 others. He was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to death.


Camp Pendleton is a major West Coast base that's home to a large contingent of ______.

West Coast Marines call Camp Pendleton home. It's the largest Marine training facility in the country, and it sprawls over more than 125,000 acres.


Where would you find Camp Pendleton?

Camp Pendleton is one of the most iconic bases in American history, and it's located in San Diego County, California. It's been active since the days of World War II.


Fort Knox is a heavily-guarded place, in part because it has large reserves of which natural resource?

Fort Knox is well-known as the home of the United States Bullion Depository, which contains much of the country's gold reserves. There are billions and billions of dollars worth of gold in Fort Knox, and no, you can't have any.


What's the name of the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense?

The Pentagon is the huge office building that houses the headquarters of the Department of Defense. Depending on your home country, it's either one of the most amazing or most terrifying places on Earth.


Fort Knox is a gigantic ____ base in Kentucky.

Fort Knox is a massive Army post in Kentucky. It covers more than 170 square miles and it was built back in 1918, during World War I.


Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska, is home to _____.

Offutt Air Force Base is home to U.S. Strategic Command, which is one of America's most important military hubs. Strategic Command monitors areas of conflict all over the globe and readies America's forces for action. It's also in charge of America's nuclear weapons.


By population, which American military installation is the biggest in the world?

Fort Bragg has more personnel than any other military base in the world. It features more than 50,000 active personnel, and its grounds cover more than 250 square miles.


Where is the famous base named Pearl Harbor located?

The naval base called Pearl Harbor was established in Hawaii in 1911. For three decades, it remained unscathed … and then the Japanese attacked.


Where would you find the huge base named Fort Hood?

Ford Hood is a gigantic base in Texas, located between Waco and Austin. It was first constructed as a place to test tank destroyers, a task that required a large, empty area so that, you know, the military didn't accidentally blow up civilians.


_____ is the largest naval base in the world.

Naval Station Norfolk is the biggest naval station on Earth. It encompasses about 3,400 acres, and it houses about 150,000 personnel and their families.


What happens at Fort Benning in Georgia?

Fort Benning is one of America's largest military training centers. It was first created as a major training hub for soldiers heading off to fight in World War I.


Pearl Harbor is based on the Hawaiian island of ____.

Hawaii is made up of eight main islands. Pearl Harbor is based on Oahu, which is just west of Honolulu, the state capital.


Eielson Air Force Base is an air base in which far-flung area?

Eielson is an air base near Fairbanks, Alaska. It was constructed during World War II but it didn't see much operational use during that conflict.


Eglin Air Force Base is home to the 96th Test Wing, which tests a lot of ______.

At Eglin Air Force Base, the 96th Test Wing performs many tests of new air-delivered weapons. So if you hear any big booms near Valparaiso, Florida, that's why!


What's a common nickname for Guantanamo Bay Naval Base?

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, or Gitmo, is located in Cuba. It's been used as a detention center, and opponents have claimed that in some cases torture has occurred, one of the reasons why Gitmo has a fairly negative public image with some people.


Which base is home to America's vital Pacific Fleet?

Naval Base San Diego is home to America's enormous Pacific Fleet. More than 20,000 military personnel are based there, working daily to keep the West Coast free from danger.


Fort Bliss, in New Mexico and Texas, is very good at teaching military personnel which skill?

Fort Bliss is situated in a large swath of Southwestern desert. There, men and women learn the finer points of shooting down enemy warplanes.


Fort Sam Houston, in Texas, is especially well-known for its training people in which skill?

Fort Sam Houston is known as a first-rate medical training facility. Its doctors are especially skilled at treating the kinds of burns that soldiers incur on the battlefield.


America's Bezmer Base, in Bulgaria, is what sort of base?

Bezmer Air Base is a key U.S. Air Force Base in Bulgaria. America keeps a fairly low profile here, but it's a vitally strategic base in the event of action in the Middle East.


Why is the open central plaza of The Pentagon known (informally) as "ground zero"?

Everyone understood the risks of working there. The plaza of The Pentagon was sometimes called "ground zero" during the Cold War because it was assumed that the Soviets would immediately target the facility in the event that a shooting war broke out.


Which base is home to the Air Force Weather Agency?

Not only is Offutt Air Force Base home to Strategic Air Command, it's also the headquarters of the Air Force Weather Agency. It's yet another reason Offutt is so important to national security.


In which state would you find MacDill Air Force Base?

MacDill Air Force Base is a critical air force base near Tampa, Florida. It's the base for the 6th Mobility Wing. During World War II, it was a vital training area for bombing crews.


In terms of physical size, which American base is the largest military base on the planet?

If you're judging by area, Ford Hood is the biggest military installation in the world. It encompasses more than 215,000 acres in Texas.


Where is the critical Andersen Air Force Base located?

Andersen Air Force Base is a vital base in Guam, in the Pacific Ocean roughly 2,000 miles from Asia. It's a perfect place to launch long-range bombers and also maintain big aircraft carriers.


America's Barksdale Base trains all crews that make up the _____.

Barksdale Air Force Base, in Louisiana, trains all of the men and women who work in the Air Force Global Strike Command, as well as the crews of the Air Force Reserve Command's Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. Both are important to projecting American air power.


Diego Garcia naval base is an American installation smack in the middle of _____.

Diego Garcia is an atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It's where you'll find Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, which has enormous airstrips that can be used for long-range bombers, like those that pay visits to the Persian Gulf area.


In 2014, America handed over Manas Air Base, which was the country's last base in ______.

Manas Air Base was the United States' last base in Central Asia, and America handed over the keys to Kyrgyzstan in 2014. It was important in the fight in Afghanistan, but strained relations with locals and international pressure led America to vacate the premises.


Which base was an important American base that's now been turned over to the Iraqis?

During the Iraq War, America put Balad Air Base to good use, with nearly 30,000 military personnel on site. In 2013, American handed control of the base back to Iraq.


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