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The World's 18 Strangest Military Bases
The world's hodgepodge of military bases run the gamut from hazardous mountaintop fortsto seemingly impenetrable underground bunkers. Then there are bases on remote islandstracking objects in deep space and high-tech laboratories probing the most lethal microbesin existence. The design of a base needs to address the immediate needs of a military whilestill being versatile enough to remain useful as threats and technology evolve. We trackeddown some of the most interesting active military facilities and spoke with Brad Schulz, vicepresident of federal architecture atHNTB, about why they're notable.
BY CHRIS SWEENEY
Thule Air Base
Thule Air Base sits within 800 miles of the Arctic Circle, making it thenorthernmost U.S. military installation. Among the many challenges posed by the region'sclimate is that the base's port is only accessible for three months each year, so major suppliesneed to be shipped during the summer. The base may be frozen and remote, but the 12thSpace Warning Squadron operates an early warning system for Intercontinental BallisticMissiles from Thule, while the 21st Space Wing is in charge of space surveillance operations.