West Virginia Military Bases
Military Bases in West Virginia consist of Camp Dawson, NIOC Sugar Grove, Air Force Reserve, National Guard and the US Coast Guard. West Virginia has a population of just over 1.8 million people and is located in the eastern part of the United States along the scenic Appalachian mountains. The state is known for its rich Civil War history. West Virginia is bordered by Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Map of Military Bases in West Virginia
Camp Dawson West Virginia Training Area
Camp Dawson was established in the early 1900’s, and it originally covered only a few hundred acres. Its function as a training facility was only briefly interrupted during WWII, as the property was leased as a site for prisoners of war. Since then, the site has been in almost constant use and has expanded to cover roughly 4,000 acres of land. This unique training camp is situation near the Cheat River in Preston County, West Virginia. Its diverse landscape offers patrons a variety of training opportunities, including special zones that simulate urban cityscapes. The Marines regularly use this course in their training program, and the National Guard has used it in counter-terrorism training for some of their personnel as well. This camp also has plenty of mountainside training to boast of, offering one of the best rugged and varied terrains in that area of the country. The Air Force has also taken advantage of all Camp Dawson has to offer, using it for extreme hot and cold trainings for its soldiers. Ultimately, both active and reserve forces have benefitted from training at Camp Dawson. This site has prepared – and will continue to prepare – America’s finest for a variety of combat situations in diverse areas around the globe.
NIOC Sugar Grove
The Sugar Grove station has played an important role in West Virginia military history. This branch has had an evolving identity throughout its existence, but it began in 1955 as a Naval Research Facility. Since that time, it changed functions and purpose many times, ending up as an Naval Information Operations Command center before being decommissioned in September 2015.