Opened in 1911, Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) is the Navy’s largest training installation and the home of the Navy's only Boot Camp. At Great Lakes, a legacy of purposeful training for volunteers has persisted since WWI through WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and beyond. Throughout, Great Lakes remained a hub of transformation and commitment. Located on over 1,600 acres overlooking Lake Michigan, the installation includes 1,153 buildings with 39 on the National Register of Historic Places. NSGL supports over 50 tenant commands and elements as well as over 20,000 Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, and DoD civilians who live and work on the installation. Each individual contributing to Naval Station Great Lakes’ mission to enable and sustain Fleet, Family and Fighter by providing superior, integrated Base Operating Support for all tenant commands and elements on the installation.
Scott Air Force Base has a rich history dating back to its establishment in August 1917. Originally intended for training pilots and mechanics, it transitioned over the years to various roles. It was named after Corporal Frank Scott, who tragically died during an early aviation accident. Initially training pilots, Scott Field became a hub for communications and aeromedical evacuation training. The base adapted during World War II, hosting foreign students and becoming the home of the 58th Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corps. In 1947, it became Scott Air Force Base and continued its aeromedical and communications focus. The base played pivotal roles during the Vietnam War and post-9/11 operations. In the 1990s, it contributed to major Air Force reorganizations and accommodated the Tanker Airlift Control Center. Scott AFB remains home to the 375th Air Mobility Wing, 618th AOC (TACC), 18th Air Force, Air Mobility Command, and United States Transportation Command, maintaining its significance in military operations.