Map of Washington Military Bases
Yakima Training Center Army Base
Yakima Training Center serves as a life fire training, maneuver and combined arms operations facility for Fort Lewis and other visiting units. It’s also capable of aircraft live fire and maneuvering training thanks to Vagabond Army Airfield and the Selah Airstrip. Located in the south-central part of the state, Yakima Training Center is actually part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It spans over 327,000 acres and sports a terrain that consists mostly of shrub-steppe, a low rainfall natural grassland consisting of sagebrush, bunch grass and bitter brush. The terrain offers hills and valleys and is dominated by three ridges that run east to west. In addition to serving members of the US Military, the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force also trains here on a regular basis.
Joint Base Lewis–McChord
JBLM is a result of the merger recommended by the 2005 BRAC Commission between Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. Located in the central-west area of Puget Sound, the mission of JBLM is to act as both a training and mobilization center for multiple parts of the US Armed Forces. Several major units of both the Air Force and Army are located here, including the US Pacific Command Headquarters, the 7th Infantry Division, the 62nd Airlift Wing and the Air Force Special Operations Command. It is also home to a few detachments of the US navy and Marine Corps and National Guard and Reserve Units as well. JBLM is the only Army Power Projection base west of the Rocky Mountains. It’s strategically located for rapid deployment by boat using deep water ports in Tacoma, Olympia and Seattle, as well as by air from McChord Airfield.
Naval Base Kitsap
Located on the Kitsap Peninsula, Naval Base Kitsap is the third largest Navy base in the United States. It was created from the merger of Naval Station Bremerton and Naval Submarine Base Bangor. Kitsap serves as home base for the Navy Fleet and provides operating services and support to surface ships and Fleet Ballistic Missile and other nuclear submarines located in this area. Naval Base Kitsap is one of only four nuclear shipyards in the country and one of two strategic nuclear weapons facilities. The dry dock located here is the only one on the West Coast with handling capabilities of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
NAS Whidbey is the sole naval aviation support in the Pacific Northwest. It is located on two pieces of land near Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island in Washington State. Ault Field comprises the main part of the base, with Seaplane Base making up the rest. It is home to all Navy tactical electronic attack squadrons that fly the EA-18G Growler. In addition to the Growler, eight Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance squadrons fly P-3 Orion, P-8 Poseidon and EP-3E Aries aircraft. The base is home to over 50 tenant units, 19 active duty squadrons and two reserve squadrons. NAS Whidbey also hosts the Canadian Fleet Vessels and United States Coast Guard Surface Ships on a regular basis.
Naval Hospital Bremerton
Bremerton is a small hospital located in Kitsap County. Their main role is to provide excellent preventative, primary and emergency medical care to US Navy soldiers and their families in the surrounding area. Normally the hospital maintains about 36 beds, however in times of emergency it can expand to approximately 72 beds. Although it is a small facility, it is equipped to handle emergency, basic, surgical, obstetrical and prenatal care in a most exemplary fashion.
Naval Station Everett
NS Everett is a young base, having just been established in 1987. It is considered one of the most modern shore installations in the country, and home to one of only two deep-water ports owned by the US Navy. The command staffs of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11 and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 9 are housed here, along with various Navy surface ships, five guided missile Destroyers and several Coast Guard cutters and patrol boats. Naval Station Everett hosts thousands of active and reserve military and civilian personnel that are assigned to its various commands.
Fairchild Air Force Base
Located in Spokane, Fairchild Air Force Base is the largest air refueling facility in the USAF. The 92nd Air Refueling Wing is the host unit located at Fairchild and is made up of the 141st Air Refueling Wing, the 336th Training Group and many other tenant organizations. In addition to their air refueling capabilities, the 92nd ARW provides passenger and cargo airlift and medical evacuation support to US and coalition forces during conventional and strategic deterrence missions.