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Kansas Air Force Bases (1)


  • McConnell AFB Sedgwick

  • McConnell Air Force Base is operated by Air Mobility Command and located in Sedgwick County, near Wichita Kansas. The base is named after the Wichita brothers, Fred and Thomas McConnell, veteran pilots of World War II, and is currently home to the 22d Air Refueling Wing of the Air Mobility Command, the 931st Air Refueling Group of the Air Force Reserve Command, and the 184th Intelligence Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard. The 22d operates 48 KC-135 Stratotankers, and supports worldwide aerial refueling and airlift operations. This was designed to provide global support for troops, equipment and supplies; as well as to support global contingency and conventional operations. McConnell AFB was ravaged by an F5 tornado on April 26, 1991 which was caught on video by Sgt. Todd Cravatt. This later became one of the most famous tornado videos.

Kansas Army Bases (2)


  • Fort Leavenworth Leavenworth

  • Fort Leavenworth is a military base in Leavenworth County, Kansas. Built in 1827 and being one of the oldest active posts of the United States Army, the base has earned the nickname, the “International Center of the Army.” The post has also been awarded as Army Community of Excellence numerous times. Fort Leavenworth is now home to the US Army Combined Arms Center, the Command and General Staff College, and the 705th Military Police Battalion. It is currently under the command of Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen. The Combined Arms Center stationed in Fort Leavenworth is given the primary mission of preparing the Army, especially its leaders, for combat situations. Fort Leavenworth is now recognized as the center for excellence in combined arms education, doctrine, and leader development for the Army.

  • Fort Riley Riley

  • Fort Riley is an Army post located near the Kansas River in Northeast Kansas. The installation was established in 1853 as a base for Westward expansion in Kansas, and has grown much to become known as Home of America’s Army. The fort is named after Major General Bennett C. Riley, the last military governor of California before it became a US state. Because the base used to house the United States Army Cavalry headquarters, it was chosen as the place to construct the US Army Cavalry Museum. The post is currently home to the 1st Infantry Division which replaced the 24th Infantry division that used to garrison the post. Fort Riley also houses the Irwin Army Hospital which is named in honor of Brigadier Bernard John Dowling Irwin. $9 million is being spent on a new Warrior Zone (recreational facility) that will be five times bigger than the current facility of 4,850 square feet.