Return of Factual Friday

I’m sorry – I should have warned you the month of May was going to be terrible as my travel schedule for work is best described as crazy. But I’m back so let’s get to it…

I was at Buffalo Wild Wings in Greenwood recently and overheard a conversation about the largest military bases in the U.S. One man’s assertion was it was Fort Hood in Texas and someone countered with Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas…so here’s some fun facts about U.S. military bases:

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Largest Active U.S. Military Base in the U.S. (and the World): Fort Hood

Fort Hood, named after Confederate General John Bell Hood, is located in Killeen, TX. It houses approximately 65,000 soldiers and family members. Unfortunately, most people know this base as the site of the 2009 shooting that killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 people.

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Smallest Active(?) U.S. Military Base in the U.S.: Fort Johnston

I put a question mark after active because it was impossible to nail down as to whether it’s still technically active. It’s listed as historical site and from what I can tell, it’s home to just one officer: its commanding officer. Located in Southport, North Carolina, it actually sits on the bank of the Cape Fear river.

Popular Mechanics magazine ran an article listing “The World’s 18 Strangest Military Bases” and so as to not steal their thunder, here’s the link – I found it pretty interesting.

Double bonus next week as I’ll be back with Factual Friday and I’ll be finished with the book “A Soldier’s Story: Vietnam in Their Own Words” and updating the upcoming books.

Happy Friday!!

 

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About jenvolk5

Bank auditor by day, trivia and knowledge hound all other times.
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