Interesting Facts About Military Bases in Texas

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Camp Bowie Army Base–Brownwood, Texas

Camp Bowie Army Base is one of four Texas Army National Guard training sites. The army base has trained more than 419,000 service members since 2006, which averages to about 70,000 people per year. The camp offers unit-training for more than 25,000 men and provides a large US National Guard training center and other facilities for the Department of Defense. Camp Bowie has a long history of training soldiers since its original construction in 1917.

Camp Bullis Army Base–San Antonio, Texas

Camp Bullis spans 27,990 acres and sits just northwest of San Antonio. The army base was named for Brigadier General John Lapham Bullis, whom was a decorated soldier serving in the Civil War, Indian Wars, and Spanish-American War. Both the Bullis Army Base and Camp Stanley make up the Leon Springs Military Reservation. Camp Bullis is mainly used for US Army, Air Force, and Marine combat units maneuvering campaigns.

Camp Mabry Army Base–Austin, Texas

The Texas State Guard is located and stationed in Camp Mabry. It is also one of three components that create the Texas Military Forces. The army base houses the headquarters of Texas Military Forces and the Texas Military Forces Museum, which exhibits military tanks, vehicles, and dioramas of past battles. The camp got its name from Brigadier General Woodford Mabry.

 

Camp Stanley Storage Activity Army–San Antonio, Texas

Camp Stanley Storage Activity Army receives and stores materials and ensures the quality of military weapons and ammunition testing. The camp is 4,000 acres with 630,000 square feet for storage and testing. It was also revealed that the CIA holds a presence at Camp Stanley.

Camp Swift Army Base–Bastrop County, Texas

Camp Swift is currently used by the National Guard as a storage and training facility, but is also being used by the military for other purposes. It has a population of 6,282 people and spans 12 square miles. The camp has great historic significance because, as the United States joined World War Two, it was one of 14 locations chosen for new military camps.

Fort Bliss Army Base–El Paso, Texas

Fort Bliss is home to the U.S. Army Air Artillery Center, which is the U.S. Army’s largest center for educating and training Air Defense Artillery soldiers and units. It is also the home of the 1st Brigade 1st Armored Division; 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery; 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Brigade, 1st Armed Division; 212th Fire Brigade; 15th Sustainment Brigade; Brigade Modernization Command; United States Sergeants Major Academy; 402nd Field Artillery Brigade; and more. It is made up of more than 1.2 million acres of land, with its main post located in El Paso.

Fort Hood Army Base–Killeen, Texas

Fort Hood is one of the largest United States military installations worldwide. The army base was named after Confederate General John Bell Hood, who had a reputation for bravery and aggression. During times of war, Fort Hood was the home to about 4,000 prisoners. Members of the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse were responsible for the capture of Saddam Hussein.

 

Fort Sam Houston Army Base–San Antonio, Texas

Fort Sam Houston is named after the first president of Texas, Sam Houston. The army base hosts the headquarters of the Army North and the Army South. The fort plays an important role in the safety of the United States. Fort Sam Houston is located close to Central America, which makes the army base so unique.

Martindale Army Airfield Army Base–San Antonio, Texas

This army base is a Texas Army National Guard airfield located in eastern San Antonio. It was constructed during World War Two as an auxiliary field of Randolph Army Airfield. The army base’s main function is to provide a safe training environment for Texas Army National Guard rotary wing pilots.

Red River Army Depot Army Base I–Bowie County, Texas

Red River Army Depot Army Base was originally established as an ammunition facility. However, with the Second World War, the base had to expand to include general supply storage and tank repair. Today, there are 4,500 people working on the base. Their jobs range from producing timber to remanufacturing the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle.

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