Two major military bases located in Pierce County.
-McChord Air Force Base is the home of Combat Airlift. Team McChord has flown continuous combat airlift every day since October 2001, providing airlift and aeromedical evacuation in support of the Global War on Terrorism and other contingencies around the world. Each day, hundreds of Airmen from the Pacific Northwest support air superiority from locations around the world.
-Fort Lewis, named after Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition, is one of the largest and most modern military reservations in the United States. Consisting of 87,000 acres of prairie land cut from the glacier-flattened Nisqually Plain, it is the premier military installation in the Northwest.
Ft. Lewis has more than 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers. The post supports 120,000(+) retirees and more than 29,000 family members living both on and off post.