Fort Bragg is the largest US Army base

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Fort Bragg (population: 270,811, area: 163,000 acres)

Fort Bragg is the largest US Army base in terms of population. Located west of Fayetteville in North Carolina, the base is home to the 82nd Airborne.

Fort Bragg serves 545,926 active duty soldiers, 13,493 reserve components and temporary duty students, 14,036 civilian employees, 6,054 contractors and 69,808 active duty family members. It is also home to 121,494 army retirees and family members.

The tactics proved in World War II were developed at Pope Field of Fort Bragg. Known as the ‘Home of the Airborne and Special Operation Force’, Fort Bragg also houses the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division, the US Army Special Operations Command and the US Army Parachute Team (the Golden Knights).

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Several other units, such as the Corps Support Command, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 16th Military Police Brigade, 20th Engineer Brigade, 108th ADA Brigade, 44th Medical Command and 18th Fires Brigade are also stationed at Fort Bragg.

Fort Campbell

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Fort Campbell (population: 237,497, area: 105,000 acres)

Fort Campbell is located between Hopkinsville and Clarksville, on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. The military base was set up in 1942 and first activated during World War II. Fort Campbell accommodates the fifth largest active duty member population in the army and the seventh largest in the Department of Defence.

The base is home to the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault, the only Air Assault Division of the US Army.

The six major tenants units at Fort Campbell include 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), US Army Medical Activity, TN Valley District Corps of Engineer, Veterinary Command and US Army Dental Activity.

The total base population includes 26,615 military, 39,649 family members and 171,233 personnel, including contract employees, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, retired army personnel, retiree family members and reserve component.