This is the largest military base in Ohio | Ohio

The US defense budget – by far the largest of any country in the world – is the subject of regular controversy. But while multi-billion-dollar weapons-development programs that blow budgets and deadlines will always be subject to political scrutiny, much of America’s annual military spending is less controversial. Almost a quarter of the $718 billion in US military spending in fiscal 2021 went on military salaries and pensions. (Here’s a look at the failed weapons the US has wasted the most money on.)

Although thousands of active-duty US service members are stationed abroad and on ships at sea, the vast majority of American troops are stationed at bases within the United States. There are hundreds of military bases across the country, collectively home to over 1 million active duty military personnel and their families. These domestic military installations vary widely in personnel capacity, and many of them have a population equivalent to that of a medium-sized city.

According to the US Department of Defense’s Demographics Profile of the Military Community report for 2019—the most recent year with comprehensive data by base—Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, located 10 miles from Dayton, ranks as Ohio’s largest military base by force .

Operated by the Air Force, the base is home to 5,401 active duty personnel. Including military family members and other dependents, there are a total of 13,914 people at the base.

Federal State largest base service branch Next bigger city Total number of troops on active duty All employees, including dependents
Alabama Fort Rucker army Dothan 3,860 9,805
Alaska Fort Jonathan Wainwright army Fairbanks 6.117 13.112
Arizona Davis Monthan AFB air force Tucson 5,995 12,919
Arkansas Little Rock AFB air force Small stone 3,536 8.108
California Camp Pendleton marine corps San Diego 39,690 70,700
Colorado Fort Carson army Colorado Springs 24,520 57,473
Connecticut NEW LONDON NAVSUBBASE marine Hartford 6,385 13,856
Delaware Dover AFB air force dover 3,484 7,718
Florida Mayport NAVSTA marine Jacksonville 10,442 25.013
Georgia Fort Benning army Columbus 24,305 46,785
Hawaii Schofield Barracks army Honolulu 15,057 34,022
Idaho Mountain Home AFB air force boise 3,387 7.171
Illinois Great Lakes Naval Station marine Chicago 15,726 21,875
Indiana DFAS Indianapolis Center DoD Indianapolis 149 450
Iowa No base with over 100 soldiers N / A N / A N / A N / A
Kansas Fort Riley army Topeka 15,214 33,295
Kentucky Fort Campbell army Nashville 26,824 62,977
Louisiana Fort Polk army Alexandria 7,783 17,384
Maine Brunswick NAS marine Portland 404 1,011
Maryland Fort George G Meade army Baltimore 11,140 26,041
Massachusetts Hanscom AFB air force Boston 833 1,957
Michigan Detroit Arsenal army labyrinth 127 480
Minnesota Fort Swifting army Minneapolis 262 799
Mississippi Keesler AFB air force Biloxi 5.162 9,587
Missouri Fort Leonard Wood army jumping field 12.218 23,479
Montana Malmstrom AFB air force Big Falls 3,242 6,792
Nebraska Offutt AFB air force omaha 6.012 14,379
Nevada Nellis AFB air force Las Vegas 10.168 21,937
New Hampshire Portsmouth Naval Dockyard marine Portsmouth 959 2,064
New Jersey McGuire AFB air force Trenton 4,510 9,755
New Mexico Cannon AFB air force Clovis 4,633 8,986
new York fort drum army water town 15,195 32.011
North Carolina Fort Bragg army Fayetteville 45,055 109.101
North Dakota Minot AFB air force minot 5,625 11.031
Ohio Wright-Patterson AFB air force Dayton 5.401 13,914
Oklahoma Fort Sill army Oklahoma City 13,310 26,189
Oregon No base with over 100 soldiers N / A N / A N / A N / A
Pennsylvania Carlisle Barracks army Harrisburg 503 1,903
Rhode Island Naval Station Newport marine Newport 3,269 7.191
South Carolina Fort Jackson army Columbia 11,545 20,589
South Dakota Ellsworth AFB air force fast city 3,348 7.118
Tennessee Naval Support Activity Mid-South marine memphis 676 2.014
Texas Fort Hood army killeen 36,697 83,815
Utah Hill AFB air force ogden 4.201 9,985
Vermont Burlington IAP AGS air force Albania 113 266
Virginia Naval Base Norfolk marine Norfolk 47,368 100,893
Washington Fort Lewis army Tacoma 26,512 62,831
West Virginia No base with over 100 soldiers N / A N / A N / A N / A
Wisconsin Fort McCoy army LaCrosse 290 1,072
Wyoming Francis E Warren AFB air force cheyenne 3,066 6,716