Kansas is home to just 5 military bases, three of which belong to the Air Force and 2 that belong to the Army.
Each base in Kansas serves a different purpose, from Infantry training to Military Police work to supporting branch missions.
Each base also has a rich history behind it, with some bases starting as early as the mid-1800s.
Below is a brief rundown of each of the five military bases in Kansas. If you’d like to learn more about any specific base, feel free to follow the link to its official site (also provided below).
Air Force Bases in Kansas
Each of the three Air Force bases in Kansas belongs to the Air National Guard:
Location: Topeka, Kansas
In Use: 1967- Present
Overall Mission: This base focuses on in-flight refueling not only for Air Force units, but also for all US military and US allied nation aircraft when needed.
They also train to carry and provide cargo, medical equipment, and personnel to units in mission.
Their aircraft is the KC-135 Stratotanker.
- 190th Air Refueling Wing
Official Site: https://www.goang.com/locations/kansas/forbes-field.html
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McConnel Air Force Base
Location: Wichita, Kansas
In Use: 1941- Present
Overall Mission: This base focuses mainly on “Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.”
They also perform ground support and cyber systems missions to protect and defend the US.
- 184th Intelligence Wing
- 134th Air Control Squadron
Salina Air National Guard Detachment
Location: Salina, Kansas
Overall Mission: This is an Air Support Operation base, with a heavy focus on weather and meteorological forecasting to support US Air Force flights in the area.
They plan, control, coordinate, and request aircraft operations and missions with the knowledge they find.
They also have a special operations team that performs tactical air control.
- 284th Air Support Operations Squadron
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Army Bases in Kansas
Location: Leavenworth County, Kansas
In Use: 1827- Present
Overall Mission: This large, historic base serve a multitude of missions. It is home to an Active Duty Military Police Brigade as well as a National Guard Infantry Division.
It also hosts many essential Army centers and offices, including the Military Corrections Complex which holds the US Disciplinary Barracks (the only military personnel maximum security prison).
- 15th Military Police Brigade
- 35th Infantry Division
- US Army Combined Arms Center
- Military Corrections Complex
- US Army Installation Management Command
- Foreign Military Studies Office
- Sherman Army Airfield
Official Site: https://home.army.mil/leavenworth/index.php
Location: Flint Hills Region, Kansas
In Use: 1853- Present
Overall Mission: This base is home to the historic 1st Infantry Division, also known as “The Big Red One,” which has been serving for over 100 years.
It also serves as a training location for members of the Kansas National Guard and Army Reserve.
The base’s main goal is to deliver and support readiness in each of these units.
- 1st Infantry Division
Official Site: https://home.army.mil/riley/index.php