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U.S. military sites overseas (2007): 761
In Germany: 268
In Japan: 124
In South Korea: 87
Number that the Pentagon defines as “medium” or “large” (worth at least $888 million): 30
Number of foreign countries/territories that host U.S. bases: 39
Total U.S. sites, foreign and domestic: 5,429

U.S. Military Presence in the World

Officially, over 190,000 troops and 115,000 civilian employees are massed in 909 military facilities in 46 countries and territories. There, the U.S. military owns or rents 795,000 acres of land, and 26,000 buildings and structures valued at $146 billion. The U.S. military has bases in 63 countries. Brand new military bases have been built since September 11, 2001 in seven countries.These official numbers are quite misleading as to the scale of US overseas military basing, however, excluding as they do the massive buildup of new bases and troop presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as secret or unacknowledged facilities in Israel, Kuwait, the Philippines and many other places.

Deployed from those battle zones in Afghanistan and Iraq to the quiet corners of Curacao, Korea, and England, the U.S. military domain consists of sprawling Army bases, small listening posts, missile and artillery testing ranges, and berthed aircraft carriers. Much of U.S. weaponry, nuclear and otherwise, is stored at places like Camp Darby in Italy, Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, and the Naval Magazine on Guam, as well as in nuclear submarines and on the Navy’s other floating bases. The weapons, personnel, and fossil fuels involved in this U.S. military presence cost billions of dollars, most coming from U.S. taxpayers but an increasing number of billions from the citizens of the countries involved, particularly Japan.

This is a list of U.S. military bases overseas:


• Bezmer Air Base
• Graf Ignatievo Air Base
• Aytos Logistics Center
• Novo Selo Range


• Air Mobility Command (USSOUTHCOM)


• Ansbach
• NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Geilenkirchen, Germany
• Ramstein Air Base
• Spangdahlem Air Base
• Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg
• Conn Barracks, Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt
• Vilseck
• Grafenwoehr
• Landstuhl
• Vogelweh
• Patrick Henry Village
• Kapaun
• Stuttgart
• Bamberg
• Mannheim
• Baumholder
• Camp Panzer Kaserne, Böblingen


• Thule AB


• Aviano Air Base
• San Vito dei Normanni Air Station
• Naval Support Activity Naples, 6th fleet/Command Navy Europe U.S. 6th Fleet
• Naval Air Station Sigonella
• Naval Support Activity Geata


• Transit Center at Manas, Bishkek

The Netherlands

• Joint Force Command Brunssum


• Lajes Field, Azores


• Morón Air Base, Andalusia
• Morón de la Frontera, Andalusia
• Rota Naval Station


• Incirlik Air Base

United Kingdom

• RAF Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk
• RAF Menwith Hill, Yorkshire Dales
• RAF Mildenhall, Mildenhall
• RAF Croughton, Upper Heyford
• RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire


• Caserma Ederle, Vicenza
• Camp Darby, Pisa-Livorno
• Forward Operating Base Abu Ghraib, Abu Ghraib
• Al Asad Air Base, Baghdadi
• Al Taqaddum Air Base, Habbaniya
• Camp Baharia, Fallujah
• Camp Gannon, Husaybah


• The USA has an anti-missile system based in the Negev desert in southern Israel which is manned by a 120-strong USA army staff


• Camp Rhino, Registan Desert
• Kandahar International Airport


• Marine Corps Detachment, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
• Guantanamo Bay Naval Base


• Marine Corps Security Detachment, Camp Lemonier


• Camp Arifjan, Kuwait City

British Indian Ocean Territory

• Diego Garcia


• Naval Support Activity Bahrain
• Naval Detachment Dubai


• Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Souda Bay, Crete

Asia-Pacific Countries

Link to U.S. military bases in Asia-Pacific