Military
Spread out along 20 miles of Chesapeake Bay, Aberdeen Proving Ground is home to a diverse array of weapons development and testing programs. The installation covers 72,516 acres, ranging from heavily industrialized areas (the base has over 2,000 buildings) to remote testing ranges on peninsulas,...
A remote and barren outpost on an island in the middle of the Aleutian Chain, the Naval Air Facility in Adak had a community of 5,000 as recently as a few years ago, but has been closed by recent BRAC decisions and is largely abandoned now. The facilities at Adak are especially built for the harsh...
This is a densely developed 41-acre compound near the Los Angeles International Airport, containing 23 office and industrial buildings belonging to the Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit corporation that provides technical support for military satellite programs. The company has an annual budget of...
A major Air Force aircraft development and construction facility, with over eight million square feet of covered space. Contractors with substantial structures at the site include Northrop-Grumman, Rockwell/McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, NASA, and Lockheed-Martin's Skunk Works. Aircraft developed here...
One of the largest rocket test sites in the country. The Air Force Research Lab's Propulsion Directorate has its primary field lab at the remote northeast corner of Edwards AFB, on and around Leuhman Ridge, with additional test facilities on Haystack Butte, covering a total of 65 square miles of...
The U.S. Navy began building the 1,734-acre base on Alameda Island in the late 1930s, and for more than fifty years it was a repair and maintenance facility for Navy aircraft, including carrier-based planes and helicopters. It was closed in 1997 and is now in the lengthy transition stage from a...
A 3,500-acre supply and repair center for the Marine Corps' East Coast and Atlantic Ocean operations which in many respects is equivalent to the West Coast's Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base, near Barstow, CA. In addition to supporting Marine Corps bases stateside and overseas, MCLB Albany...
An airlift and refueling Air Force Base, with a training program for the same. Flies big transport aircraft, such as the C-5 and C-141, and the KC-135 tanker. Located on 4,113 acres at the southwest corner of Oklahoma, the base has around 4,000 employees.
This 44,000 square-foot underground bunker, in the rolling hills next to Hampshire College, was built in 1956 as a regional control center by the Strategic Air Command (SAC), which operated a bomber base nearby in Westover. The three story building features a self-contained water supply and...
Andrews serves primarily as a VIP airport, flying heads of state into and out of the Washington DC area, using helicopters, large jetliners, and everything in between. It is home of Air Force One, the president's personal air shuttle. Related to this function is a medical evacuation unit, a small...
A munitions storage and maintenance center, Anniston employs over 2,000 people and covers 25 square miles of land. Tanks and other equipment are repaired and tested here, but historically Anniston's main role has been as a major munitions storage site since WWII. Chemical weapons are among the...
The base consists almost exclusively of the Arnold Engineering Development Center, the largest flight simulation test facility in the world. Over 50 wind tunnels and test cells are used for testing aircraft, missiles, rockets, engines, and satellites. Employs 3,500 people, and has an annual budget...
The southeastern New Mexican town of Artesia is the location for one of the principal campuses of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). The FLETC, headquartered in Glynco, Georgia, serves as a law enforcement training organization for more than 80 Federal agencies, and also provides...
Bangor Sub Base manages the third largest collection of nuclear weapons in the country, with approximately 1,700 Trident missiles either stored at its hill-top depot, or onboard its fleet of eight Trident submarines which still roam the seas on secret missions. The base covers over 7,000 acres on...
This 3,615-acre Naval Station was the last naval air station in Hawaii, and closed in 1999. It was home to several aviation patrol units, and to anti-submarine warfare support. Up until closure, the base housed 3,500 military personnel, and employed an additional 1,000 civilians.
A rocket and missile test facility on the western edge of the island of Kauai. The seven-mile-long coastal installation is used by the Navy and Army as a ground station on the Pacific Missile Range, a military operations range that covers around 17,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean, and 42,000...
One of the major bomber bases in the country, and one of only two bases with B-52's (the other is Minot AFB, ND). Barksdale is the only complete B-52 crew training center for the country. The base covers 22,000 acres. Has a backup command center for the former Strategic Air Command headquarters at...
The Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base serves as a storage, distribution, and maintenance depot for Marine Corps facilities in the Pacific area and western portions of the United States. Equipment, weapons and supplies are warehoused, repaired, remanufactured and redistributed at this active base...
The Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base serves as a storage, distribution, and maintenance depot for Marine Corps facilities in the Pacific area and western portions of the United States. Equipment, weapons and supplies are warehoused, repaired, remanufactured and redistributed at this active base...
Bath Iron Works is a dense industrial shipyard complex covering around 60 acres on the Kennebek River, and is the largest private employer in the state of Maine. The yard has been producing vessels for the Navy for over 100 years. Recent projects at the shipyard include a series of large AEGIS-...
A former military logistics and transportation terminal, on a two and a half mile long manmade peninsula in New York Harbor. Now  being redeveloped as a commercial port and waterfront community.
Part of the nation's Emergency Oil Stockpile, the Bayou Choctaw site holds 72 million barrels of crude oil. The site is connected to the St. James terminal on the Mississippi River by a 37-mile, 36-inch-diameter pipeline. The reserve originally consisted of four existing brine caverns converted to...
Beale AFB is a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft base. Located in the Sacramento Valley, it is home to the only stateside reconnaissance wing, which recently flew the SR-71 Blackbird and still flies the nation's fleet of U2 spy planes. Beale is also one of four U.S. locations for the Phased...
A Marine Corps fighter jet base, called "Fightertown," flying F-18 attack aircraft on 6,900 acres. The Air Station also operates at the 5,200-acre Townsend Bombing Range, in Georgia, and in military airspace over the ocean. The Marine Corps' Parris Island Base is located eight miles south.
Benicia was the first army arsenal established on the West Coast, operating from 1849 to 1964, when its function was transferred to the larger Tooele Depot in Utah. It provided a defense for the gold mines of the Sierras, and supplied the army with weapons for wars against the Native Americans....
Big Hill is a federally-controlled underground petroleum storage site, one of four in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve program of the US Government. Along with another site in Texas (the Bryan Mound site near Freeport), and two in Louisiana, these sites can hold over 700 million barrels of crude,...
A 14,494-acre site used for munitions storage, repair of general supplies and electronics, and the disposal of munitions. Chemical weapons have been disposed of here, leaving several areas heavily contaminated, and over 70,000 missiles containing the nerve agents VX, GB, and mustard gas are still...
A 47,000-acre live bombing range, with stationary and mobile targets. Used by the Navy, flying out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, 345 miles away, north of Seattle. Undergoing remediation.
At a remote desert site six miles north of Kramer Junction is a former Federal Prison Camp, which closed in April 2000. It was one of around 47 minimum security federal prison camps in the country, and housed about 540 male inmates. Workers in the prison assembled parts for military vehicles and...
One of five training ranges used by Fallon Naval Air Station, along with a few other Naval aviation installations. There are vehicles and other target material on the range.