Top 10 Best Military Towns in the United States
#1 - El Paso, TXIn Texas and some parts of New Mexico, the 1st Armored Division is on a 1.2 million acre called Fort Bliss. Also, there is the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Both military facilities have their main cantonments in El Paso and are important to the U.S defense. During the Cold War, the military town of El Paso was a training ground for soldiers. Currently, with an average population growth of 2.14 percent; about $6 billion comes into the U.S economy from El Paso every year.
#2 - Clarksville, TNThe army base address of Fort Campbell is in Kentucky, and a large part of the military base lies on the border (Kentucky/Tennessee). With Fort Campbell being a home for the Screaming Eagles of the U.S Army's Air Assault Division; the military installation is a cluster of patriotic communities. In Clarksville, there are several roads that bear military terms; e.g. Purple Heart, and 101st Airborne Division Parkways.
#3 - Monterey, CAThe nightlife in Monterey is securely full of vibes with the presence of the famous Naval Postgraduate School. The town of Monterey - a gateway to San Francisco, and Big Surv is full of students from the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. You'll find Defense Language Institute (Army) base in Monterey too.
#4 - Wichita, KSWichita, the most populous city in Kansas is home to McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) and the 22nd Air Refueling Wing - a host unit. This AFB is strategic in providing air refueling and airlifting through the force's Global Reach programs. Under any climatic condition, this base promotes air defense programs as a support for the United States’ Air Force.
#5 - Anchorage, AKThe U.S northern State of Alaska is home to three military bases; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), Fort Wainwright, and Fort Richardson. On the 1st of October 2010, the Joint Base became functional in Anchorage. The military town of Anchorage has some beautiful lakeside views, cold mountains, wildlife, and the Hillberg Ski Area. The cost of living is higher in Anchorage because of its unique location.
However, there will be plenty of money to spend because there is no sales tax in Anchorage, and zero state income tax in Alaska. In the wintertime, night falls quicker because of low sunlight; you will need some extra torchlights when you hang out at night. This military town is home for expeditions, whale watching, glacier hiking, and many more engaging events for adventurers.
#6 - Charleston, SCOn October 1st, 2010 in a fusion of the air and sea military strategy; Charleston Air Force Base, and the Naval Weapons Station became operational. The military town of Charleston is a home of a vast number of ex-servicemen from the Air Force and Navy. More so, the town holds other military stations like; Beaufort South Carolina Military Bases, and the Naval Hospital Beaufort.
The southern coastal community plays host to many hospitable neighbors and restaurant with seafood delicacies. The presence of fierce-looking U.S Marines doesn't make the town any less than its status as a place of the world’s friendliest neighbors. There are many relaxation spots and notable landmarks like; The Alley, Hom, the Cocktail Club, the seaport of Charleston and other places.
#7 - Tacoma, WAIn the State of Washington - the seat of the U.S federal government; there are four military bases (Joint Base Lewis-McChord - JBLM, Beale Air Force Base Fairchild Air Force Base, and McChord Field). Apart from a common military base (for the Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force); Tacoma has wonderful places to visit; the Museum of Glass, Mount Rainier National Park, Blue Mouse Theater, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
There are over 5,000 family units of military housing communities in Tacoma. Support for the military personnel in the base comes from the Army-led Joint Base Garrison.
#8 - Virginia Beach, VARight in the heart of Virginia Beach is home to the U.S Naval fighter jet fleet - the Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana. The U.S Airforce dominates the clean resort strip with the biggest air stations in the world. There are other stations like; Hampton Roads Military Bases, Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex, and the Dam Neck Beach. When you visit this town you'll hear Jet noises every hour of the day. Virginia Beach is a friendly place for tourist attractions like the famous Old Coast Guard Station, beaches, and seafood - crab cakes.
#9 - Colorado Springs, CAIn Colorado Springs you don't only get to enjoy beer but feel the heavy presence of the Army and Air Force bases (Colorado Springs Military Bases). Standing over a mile above sea level; the South-west of Colorado Springs holds a proud Army post town of Fort Carson. The U.S Army boasts of its Fort Carson as its best and earliest station that prepares Soldiers for the battlefield. In times of military drills, Special Forces get mission support from the Garrison Team in this town.
#10 - Honolulu, HI
On the 7th of December 1941, there was a surprise bombardment on Pearl Harbor by Japanese Air Force. Since the end of World War II, the naval and military formations on Oahu display the strength of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM). Now, there is a heavy presence from the joint forces of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps in Hawaii. Nothing falls to chance anymore, as tourists visiting the island's beaches enjoy some security from the Coast Guards too. This military town of Honolulu is home to surfers that crave for high tidal waves.
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