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Military Bases In New York

There are a total of 19 military bases or installations in New York state.

This is one of the few states that host a base 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 immediate access to the ocean, it is an essential location in sea operations.

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Army Bases In New York

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 National units.

It also hosts the state’s National Guard officer candidate school.

Units Stationed:

  • Empire State Military Academy,
  • 53rd Troop Command
  • 42nd Infantry Division Band
  • 138th Chaplain Support Team

Official Site: https://dmna.ny.gov/campsmith/

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Fort Drum

Location: Fort Drum, NY

Fort Drum
Image: Wikimedia.org

In use: 1908-present

Overall Mission: Training facility for reserve units

The base is home to the Army 10th Mountain Division, as well as Reserve units for the Army and Navy.

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, 2nd, and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams
  • 10th Combat Aviation Brigade
  • 10th Mountain Division Artillery
  • 10th Mountain Sustainment Brigade
  • 18th Combat Weather Squadron, Detachment 1
  • 91st Military Police Battalion
  • 925th Contracting Battalion
  • Non-Commissioned Officers’ Academy
  • Northeast Regional Network Enterprise Center
  • U.S. Army Medical Department Activity

Official Site: https://home.army.mil/drum/index.php

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 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:

  • 6th Communication Battalion
  • 24th Civil Support Team
  • 7238th Medical Support Unit
  • 1179th Transportation Brigade
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers NAD
  • Joint Task Force – Empire Shield
  • NYC Recruiting Battalion

Official Site: https://home.army.mil/hamilton/index.php

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.

USAG West Point is the oldest Army garrison in the U.S.

It is also the home of the Keller Army Community Hospital. 

Units Stationed:

  • Keller Army Community Hospital
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point Band

Official Site: https://home.army.mil/westpoint/

Watervliet Arsenal

Location: Watervliet, NY

Image: Public Domain

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.

It is the oldest continuously active arsenal in the U.S. The facility now does product development, research and testing, and manufacturing.

It currently 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: This installation supports the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.

It also provides support to Navy assets in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

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: https://cnic.navy.mil/saratoga_springs

Air Force Bases In New York

Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base

Location: Westhampton Beach, NY

Gabreski Field
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1943-present

Overall Mission: Gabreski Field serves as a base for the 106th Rescue WInt of the Air National Guard. Their mission is to provide that sector of the nation with Air defense.

The facility is located at the Gabreski Airport.

The unit uses HC-130J fixed-wing cargo aircraft and HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters to provide relief and support in times of natural disasters and search and rescue missions.

Units Stationed:

  • 106th Rescue Wing
  • 106th Force Support
  • 106th Maintenance Group
  • 106th Medical Group

Official Site: https://www.106rqw.ang.af.mil/

Hancock Field Air National Guard Base

Location: Syracuse, NY

Hancock Field
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1942-present

Overall Mission: This base supports 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: https://www.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: This unit primarily serves the Air Force Reserves, and is home to the 914th Air Refueling Wing. The wing utilizes KC-135 Stratotankers. 

The facility also hosts the 107th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard, as well as units from the Army Reserves and Army National Guard. 

Units Stationed:

  • 914th Air Refueling Wing
  • 107th Attack Wing
  • 277th Quartermaster Company
  • 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry

Official Site: https://www.niagara.afrc.af.mil/

Stewart Air National Guard Base

Location: Newburgh, NY

Stewart Air National Guard Base
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1934-1970; 1980-present

Overall Mission: Stewart ANGB is the home of the 105th Airlift Wing, providing cargo airlift support in support of state and federal operations

The unit’s aircraft includes a fleet of eight C-17A Globemaster III cargo planes that provide mobility support during wartime and in peace.

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 Corps Air Refueler and Transport Squadron 452
  • Marine Corp Aircraft Group 49 
  • 2nd Aviation Detachment, West Point

Official Site: https://www.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: Stratton ANGB is located at the Schenectady County Airport and has served as the home base for the 109th Airlift Wing since 1949.

Stratton provides the nation’s airlift capability for support in research into the North and South Poles. The 109th provides polar transport for the National Science Foundation.

It also serves as the host base for the New York Civil Air Patrol encampment.

Units Stationed:

  • 109th Airlift Wing

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

Marine Corps Bases In New York

Syracuse Marine Corps Reserve Center

Location: Syracuse, 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:

  • 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
  • 4th Marine Aircraft Wing
  • 4th Marine Division
  • F4th Marine Logistic

Official Site: https://www.marforres.marines.mil/Units/4th-Marine-Division/4th-Light-Armored-Reconnaissance-Battalion/Company-E/

United States Coast Bases In New York

 

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Location: Kings Point, NY

USCG Kings Point
Image: Wikimedia.org

In Use: 1943-present

Overall Mission: The United States Merchant Marine Academy, or USMMA, is the federal service academy for the Coast Guard. 

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

Graduates incur a 5-8 year obligation to service as commissioned officers in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Coast Guard.

Official Site: https://www.usmma.edu/

USCG Station Montauk

Location: Montauk, NY

USCG Station Montauk
Image: Flickr.com

In Use: 1955-present

Overall Mission: Station Montauk is home to its Search and Rescue unit. Has military and civilian personnel.

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

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

Official Site: https://www.history.uscg.mil/Browse-by-Topic/Assets/Land/Stations-Units/Article/2667596/station-montauk-new-york/

USCG Station Shinnecock

Location: Long Island, NY

USCG Station Shinnecock
Image: Flickr.com

In Use: 1855-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.

This station 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: https://www.history.uscg.mil/Browse-by-Topic/Assets/Land/Stations-Units/Article/2678313/station-shinnecock-new-york/

USCG Station East Moriches

Location: Long Island, NY

USCG Station East Moriches
Image: Flickr.com

In Use: 1849-present

Overall Mission: A 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: N/A

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: https://uscg.mil/fireisland

USCG Station Jones Beach

Location: Long Island, NY

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

In Use: 1871-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: N/A

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 to protect the waters, ports, and people of the New York Sector.

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

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

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Originally posted on 10/10/20

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