Military Bases

Naval Station Great Lakes

(Great Lakes, IL)

From its founding in 1911, the Great Lakes Naval Station has maintained its position as the Navy's largest training facility. Since World War I through today, it has trained and sent to the fleet more than two million new sailors through the Recruit Training Command, and nearly an equal number from its technical schools. It is the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training center in the Navy. Tenant Commands include:

·        HQ U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (MEPCOM)

·        Navy Recruiting District Chicago

·        Marine Air Control Group 48 (MACG-48)

·        Navy Band Great Lakes

·        Region Legal Service Office Midwest 


Rock Island Arsenal

(Rock Island, IL)

Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) is an active US Army facility located on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River. The Rock Island Arsenal supports more than 54,000 active, reserve components, retired military, civilian employees and family members within a 150-mile radius. It impacts over 14,000 jobs, has a $1 billion impact on the local economy. Over $15 billion in contracts are obtained annually through the Rock Island Arsenal. Some of the RIA commands include:

o   Army Contracting Command

o   Army Sustainment Command

o   Corps of Engineers - Rock Island District

o   Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

o   First Army

o   Joint Manufacturing Technology Center

o   Joint Munition Command

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Scott Air Force Base

(St Clair County, IL)

Scott Air Force Base is home to the Air Mobility Command's "Showcase Wing."

The primary mission of Scott AFB is global mobility. The base commands and controls all logistics of United States military in air, over land and across the sea. Team Scott sets policies and executes all air mobility operations. The installation is responsible for providing United States aeromedical evacuation capabilities, fly operational support airlift in the C-21, and air refueling missions in the KC-135. Scott Air Force Base supplies forces to theater combatant commanders. Units of the base include:

o   Public Affairs of the 375th Air Mobility Wing

o   Area Defense Council

o   Inspector General

o   Honor Guard



Joint VA-DoD facility (Chicago, Illinois)

The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center is the country’s first and only federal health care center. The facility clears nearly 40,000 navy recruits and serves up to 67,000 military veterans a year.


U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL )(Chicago, IL)

 In October 1992, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) was activated, growing out of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, the LAB 21 study, and other evaluations. The new lab consolidated the seven corporate labs of the Laboratory Command (LABCOM) with other Army research elements to form a centralized laboratory concentrating on scientific research, technology development, and analysis.

Peoria Air National Guard Base (Peoria, Illinois)

In Peoria, the focus is on Air Mobility, a mission that delivers global air transportation of equipment and supplies during times of war and for peace-time training exercises. This includes providing safe, comfortable and reliable transportation of military personnel or dignitaries anywhere in the world. Additional missions include Homeland Defense, Air Support Operations, Tactical Air Control Party (TACP), Combat Communications and Ban.

Construction Army Research Lab (Champaign, IL)

The Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) develops and infuses innovative technologies to provide excellent facilities and realistic training lands for the Department of Defense (DOD). Products and services from CERL research enhance the Army’s ability to design, build, operate and maintain its installations and contingency bases and to ensure environmental quality at the lowest life-cycle cost. Excellent facilities support the Army’s training, readiness, mobilization and sustainability missions.


Camp Lincoln (Spring Field, Illinois) 

The regiments of the Illinois National Guard began conducting summer training at Camp Lincoln in 1886. The Chicago regiments arrived by train and marched from the train station to Camp Lincoln, entering the grounds through a rather ornate gate located on Grand Avenue (before there was a north and south). Camp Lincoln continues to be the heart of all activities of the Illinois Army and Air National Guard. The camp continues to grow and support the Guard and the State of Illinois. Camp Lincoln has been a vital part of Illinois’ rich military history for nearly one-hundred and twenty years, and stands as a monument to its soldiers and airmen who have faithfully responded to the calls of the State and the Nation to serve in time of crisis.


Illinois Veterans Affairs Department (Throughout Illinois)

The mission of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is to empower veterans and their families to thrive.  IVAD assists veterans in navigating the system of federal state and local resources and benefits by providing: long-term health care for eligible veterans in our Veterans’ Homes and by partnering with other agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges.

US Defense Logistics Agency (Rockford,Illinois)

The Defense Logistics Agency is the Department of Defense's logistics combat support agency, providing worldwide logistics support in both peacetime and wartime to the military services as well as several civilian agencies and foreign countries.

Illinois Army Reserve (Throughout Illinois)

Operating as an Army component and force-providing command, the Army Reserve has a congressionally authorized strength of 199,000 Soldiers, more than 11,000 Civilians, and 2,075 units, residing and operating in every state, five U.S. territories, and 30 countries. The Army Reserve accounts for 20 percent of the Army’s organized units, provides nearly half of the Army’s total maneuver support and makes up a quarter of the Army’s mobilization base expansion capability. 

Illinois National Guard (Throughout Illinois)

The Illinois Army National Guard is all about a commitment to help communities in need. It's solid dedication to country. In war and in peace, it's a citizen-soldier tradition that spans more than 360 years. It's an elite team that shares similar core values, convictions and beliefs. The Illinois Army National Guard has a dual mission to serve both country and community. Whether helping fight wildfires in the West, tornadoes in the Midwest or floods in the South, you'll find the Guard there, ready and prepared to help.