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The Department of Defense operates sites in all 50 states, in some 80 countries, and in eight U.S. territories. The vast majority are in the United States, with Japan, South Korea, and Germany hosting the lion’s share overseas. In total, the DoD maintains some 4,775 sites, according to a “Base Structure Report” from 2018, the most recent one available. Most serving the Army and Air Force — about 1,807 and 1,710 sites, respectively. The Navy maintains 970; the Marine Corps maintains 213; and the Washington Headquarter Services maintains 75. Here's a look at the biggest in every state, from forts and naval bases to missile ranges. (Have a quibble? Let us know in the comments.) Additionally, we've also mentioned a few hefty state-owned sites. And while not all of the sites are open to the public, many are near historic military locations and memorials you can visit.
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