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.
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 Benning rests on the Georgia-Alabama border. It maintains some of America's ready-to-fight forces, which can deploy at a moment's notice.
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.
Located in Washington State, Joint Base Lewis–McChord is near Tacoma, and it in 2010 it blended elements of the Air Force's McChord base with Fort Lewis, becoming a joint endeavor.
Fort Hood is a Texas base named for Confederate General John Bell Hood. It's a huge complex that was built in 1942 as part of America's WWII efforts.
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."
Established in the days of the Old West, Fort Huachuca is an Arizona icon. It's where the so-called Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment made their home just before WWI.
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.
Created in 1871 as a frontier fort, Fort Meade is located in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. It's a prominent training area for the South Dakota National Guard.
It's where many troops take on the challenges of basic training. Fort Jackson, in South Carolina, is the place that makes or breaks a lot of new recruits.
Fort Dix, the funniest fort name, is located in -- aptly, we might say -- New Jersey. The fort was founded in 1917 during WWI as a major Army post.
Camp Bullis is an Army training post not far from San Antonio, Texas. It's the place where many soldiers learn to maneuver on a battlefield.
Joint Base Myer–Henderson Hall is a major base that combines forces from the Marines, Navy and Army. It was founded all the way back in the Civil War era.
Founded in 1909, Fort McCoy is an Army base located in southwest Wisconsin. At more than 14,000 acres, it's a huge base dedicated to defending America's supply of cheese curds.
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.
The Quantico Military Reservation is also called Marine Corps Base Quantico, and it's in Virginia. It's a major training hub that was founded during the Great War.
Fort Polk is an Army base that dates back to World War II. It has nearly 200,000 acres of Louisiana land, and more than 10,000 soldiers are stationed there.
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.
Many National Guard troops train at Camp Bowie in Texas. During WWII, many regular soldiers were trained there before heading off to fight.
In 2010, the Department of Defense combined the Army's Fort Richardson with the Air Force's Elmendorf Air Force Base. Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson is located in Anchorage, Alaska.
Fort Sill is a major base in Oklahoma that dates back to the days of the Wild West. Many artillery officers cut their teeth here, and it's an important basic training center, too.
In eastern Colorado, you'll find the huge Army complex called Fort Carson. Built in 1942, it was created in response to Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Fort Leavenworth, in northeast Kansas, is a very old Army base that dates back to 1827. It's also considered the oldest permanent settlement in the entire state.
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.
White Sands Missile Range is a major testing facility located near the stunning white sands of New Mexico. It's where the first atomic bomb test took place.
Many Army soldiers training at Camp Mackall in North Carolina. It's not far from Fort Bragg, one of America's most famous bases.
Built in 1911, Camp Edwards is a training base in Massachusetts. During WWII, the federal government greatly expanded the base as it scurried to train more men to fight the Axis.
Yet another WWII-era base, Fort Gordon is now a critical component of America's cyber-defense systems. During WWI, it was a training base for the iconic 82nd Airborne Division.
Fort Riley is a 100,000-acre military installation in Kansas. It's been an important base since the days of the Old West.
Wheeler Army Airfield is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. On December 7, 1941, the base was a major target of Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor.