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Military Bases In New York

There are a total of 23 military bases in New York state.

This is one of the few states that houses bases for every branch of the Armed Forces.

The bases here are some of the oldest in the country.

They are still vital in all operations that the D.O.D. does across the globe.

With the immediate access to the ocean, it is an essential location in sea operations.

Army Bases In New York

Reserve Base Orangeburg

Location: Orangeburg, NY

Reserve Base Orangeburg
Image: Wikimedia.org

In use: 1940-present

Overall Mission: Primarily a training center for field maneuvers and live fire exercises.

This is also a training point for Army Corp of Engineers.

Logistic support here supports logistic movements for units in the whole area.

Units Stationed:

  • 91st Training Division
  • 80th Training Command
  • 3-356th Logistics support
  • 31st Seabee Readiness Group
  • Army Corps of Engineers

Official Site: http://home.army.mil/leggett

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Reserve Base Breezy Point

Location: Long Island, NY

breezy point army base in ny
Image: Google Maps

In use: 1917-1995

Overall Mission: Coast Artillery installation and missile defense stations.

Originally was a station for the Nations missile defense system.

Continues to serve as a training and logistics station.

Units Stationed:

  • Signal Corps Unit
  • 411th Engineer Brigade
  • 5/51st Field Artillery
  • 187th Infantry Brigade

Official Site: N/A

Camp Smith Training Center

Location: Cortland, NY

Camp Smith Training Center
Image: Flickr.com

In use: 1882- Present

Overall Mission: Providing logistical, academic, and training to New York Army units.

Officer candidate school is located here.

As well as a large Chaplain training and support team that serves all bases of the Army.

Units Stationed:

  • Officer Candidate School
  • 53rd Troop Command
  • 42nd Infantry Division Band
  • 138th Chaplain Support Team

Official Site: N/A

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Fort Drum

Location: Lee Ray, NY

Fort Drum
Image: Wikimedia.org

In use: 1908-present

Overall Mission: Training facility for reserve units

The base is home to Army and Navy Reserve units, as well as some active duty units.

At over 107,000 acres in size, it also happens to be the largest military base in New York.

Units Stationed:

  • 10th Mountain Division
  • 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Team
  • Combat Aviation Brigade
  • 10th Mountain Division Artillery
  • 20th Air Support Squadron
  • Non-Commissioned officers Academy
  • 7th Legal Support
  • 725th Ordnance
  • 174th Fighter Wing Air-Ground Range
  • 1215th Garrison Support
  • S. Air Ambulance
  • 63rd and 760th Ordnance Battalion
  • 91stP. Battalion
  • 7th, 630th and 642nd Engineer Battalions
  • 1427th Transportation Company

Official Site: http:// army.com/drum.mil

Fort Hamilton

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Fort Hamilton
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1825-present

Overall Mission: To provide the New York Area with military support for the Army National Guard and The Army Reserves.

There is a coast artillery station that here that is given the job of protecting that sector of the coast.

This is the home and training ground to 2 Infantry regiments. Because of its location in New York City, Fort Hamilton also happens to be the smallest military base in New York.

Units Stationed:

  • 12th and 21st Infantry Regiments
  • 5th Coast Artillery

Official Site: www.hamilton.army.mil

Fort Mills

Location: Troy, NY

In Use: 1917-present

Overall Mission: To provide soldiers with the skills they need to succeed in combat.

There is an active Infantry division stationed on this base, but they do also train all branches of the government here.

It is also home to a large Intelligence sector.

Units Stationed:

  • 42nd Infantry Division
  • Intel and Sustainment Company

Official site: http://dmna.ny.gov

West Point

Location: West Point, NY

West Point
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use:1802-present

Overall Mission: To train men and women to become officers in the United States Army.

Home to the Provost Marshall over the whole U.S. Army.

Not only an Infantry battalion, but also an Aviation detachment is stationed on this base.

Units Stationed:

  • Headquarters Company
  • Provost Marshall
  • Military Police
  • 1st Infantry Battalion
  • 2nd Army Aviation Detachment

Official Site: www.westpoint.edu

Watervliet Arsenal

Location: Watervliet, NY

Watervliet Arsenal
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1812-present

Overall Mission: Originally designed for the War of 1812, Watervliet Arsenal is one of the smallest military bases in New York.

Now does product development, research and testing, and manufacturing.

Does multiple levels of testing, from ballistic to cyberwarfare.

Units Stationed:

  • Army manufacturing Division
  • Army Benet Laboratories

Official Site: www.wva.army.mil

Navy Bases In New York

Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs

Location: Sarasota Springs, NY

nsa saratoga springs navy base in new york
Image: Navy.mil

In Use: 1974-present

Overall Mission: They provide support to Navy assets in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

This is also where the Army does a lot of nuclear power training and research.

It is an important logistical waypoint for all branches of the Armed Forces.

Units Stationed:

  • Nuclear Power Training Company
  • Navy Installations Command
  • Navy Exchange

Official Site: http://cnic.navy.mil/saratoga_springs

Air Force Bases In New York

Gabreski Field

Location: Westhampton Beach, NY

Gabreski Field
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1943-present

Overall Mission: To provide that sector of the nation with Air defense.

Also trains air rescue teams for use domestically and internationally.

Provides relief and support in time of natural disasters both abroad and at home.

Units Stationed:

  • 106th Rescue Wing
  • 106th Force Support

Official Site: http://106rqw.ang.af.mil

Hancock Field

Location: Syracuse, NY

Hancock Field
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1942-present

Overall Mission: They support homeland defense in the training of airmen and weapon systems.

They also do research and development into new forms of weapon systems.

Mainly their focus is on weapon systems and support systems in the air.

Units Stationed:

  • 174th Attack Wing
  • 152nd Air Operations Group

Official Site: http://174attackwing.ang.af.mil

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

Location: Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1946-present

Overall Mission: Training of Air Force Pilots and the support teams that go with them.

Also houses one of the nation’s largest troop carrier groups that services all branches of the Armed Forces.

2 Reconnaissance groups are also stationed here, give air support to the nation and its allies.

Units Stationed:

  • 90th and 26th Reconnaissance Wing
  • 518th Air Defense Group
  • 47th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  • 35th Air Defense Missile Squadron
  • 445th Fighter-Bomber Group
  • 914th Troop Carrier Group

Official Site: http://nimac.org

Stewart Air National Guard Base

Location: Newburgh, NY

Stewart Air National Guard Base
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1934-present

Overall Mission: They provide vital support and logistics wartime and in peace.

Airlift operations for the military and emergency civilian needs.

One of the branches largest refueling wings is stationed on this base.

Stewart Air National Guard base is also considered one of the biggest military bases in New York.

Units Stationed:

  • 105th Airlift Wing
  • 137th Airlift Squadron
  • 213th Engineering Installation Squadron
  • Marine Air Refueler and Transport Squadron/Marines
  • Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron/Marines
  • Marine Aircraft Group/Marines
  • 2nd Aviation Detachment

Official Site: http://105aw.ang.af.mil

Stratton Air National Guard Base

Location: Scotia, NY

Stratton Air National Guard Base
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1971-present

Overall Mission: This is the base for support in research into the North and South poles.

Led by the National Science Foundation.

Mostly civilian operated, it does house 2 active military units that assist and support the scientific work being done from this base.

Units Stationed:

  • 109th Airlift Wing
  • 139th Air Squadron

Official Site: http://109.ang.af.mil

Marine Corps Bases In New York

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve Center

Location: Mattydale, NY

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve Center
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1962- present

Overall Mission: Continued training of reserve duty Marines to supplement the active duty members when needed.

This base is home to one the largest divisions of Marines in the country.

This is mostly used as a training and transition base.

Units Stationed:

  • 2nd Battalion 25th Marines
  • Weapons Company
  • 4th Marine Division

Official Site: http://marforres.marines.mil

United States Coast Bases In New York

USCG Station Staten Island

Location: Staten Island, NY

USCG Station Staten Island
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1865-1980

Overall Mission: Now is the base for the United States Lighthouse Board.

After the Lighthouse Board merged into the United States Coast Guard in 1939, the USCG moved all historic items to this location.

It now serves as a museum and storage facility.

Official Site: http://uscg.mil/kings_point

USCG Kings Point

Location: Kings Point, NY

USCG Kings Point
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1943-present

Overall Mission: Home to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Here they train all the incoming recruits to become Merchant Marines.

It is the equivalent of the U.S. Army’s West Point Academy, that produces only top tier officers.

Official Site: http://usmma.edu

USCG Station Montauk

Location: Montauk, NY

USCG Station Montauk
Image: Flickr.com

In Use: 1955-present

Overall Mission: Home to Search and Rescue unit. Has military and civilian personnel.

Also, home to a USCG Law Enforcement unit. Here, is the duty of all personnel to watch over Long Island Sound and Long Island itself.

There are eight boat units in the Long Island Sound Sector, and Montauk makes up one of these units

Official Site: http://uscg.mil/Montauk

USCG Station Shinnecock

Location: Long Island, NY

USCG Station Shinnecock
Image: Flickr.com

In Use: 1955-present

Overall Mission: Part of one of 8 boat units in the Long Island Sound. Their duty is to watch over the Sound and Long Island.

Houses a Search and Rescue Unit as well as a small Law Enforcement Unit. It is one of the units in the Moriches Group.

They also offer support to Marine Environmental Protection efforts in the area.

Official Site: http://uscg.mil/Shinnecock

USCG Station East Moriches

Location: Long Island, NY

USCG Station East Moriches
Image: Flickr.com

In Use: 1849-present

Overall Mission: Search and Rescue team is based here. As well as a small law enforcement unit.

The station also provides maritime information for local and international entities, giving the current weather conditions as needed, 24 hours a day.

Part of the Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound that is responsible for the area’s overwatch and port safety, ice breaking, waterway management and much more.

Official Site: http://atlanticarea.usc.mil/sector-long-island-sound

USCG Station Fire Island

Location: Babylon, NY

USCG Station Fire Island
Image: Flickr.com

In Use: 1849-present

Overall Mission: This base provides air and sea patrols for the Fire Island National Seashore.

They provide maritime information for any boats and aircraft in the area.

This station is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

Official Site: http://uscg.mil/fireisland

USCG Station Jones Beach

Location: Long Island, NY

coast guard station jones beach new york
Image: Dvidshub.net

In Use: 1850-present

Overall Mission: They are responsible for the South Coast of the Long Island Sound and surrounding waters.

They support Marine Environmental Protection groups in the sector.

They also have Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement units.

Official Site: http://uscg.mil/jonesbeach

Coast Guard Sector New York

Location: New York, USA

NYC Coast Guard
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1840-present

Overall Mission: Combining all 7 individual stations, you make up the New York Sector.

Their mission is protecting the waters, ports, and people of the New York Sector.

They support Environmental Protection efforts, handle National Defense, Maritime and Homeland Security.

Official Site: http://atlanticarea.uscg.mil/district-1

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