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From left to right:  Spc. Levi Ward, Spc. Brian Gordiel, 1st Sgt. William Degenhardt, and Sgt. 1st Class John Sury, take a break under a palm tree Aug. 27, 2005 at Camp Victory, Iraq.  The troops are members of the Illinois Army National Guard's 2nd Battery, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment, stationed at the International Zone, Iraq.
From left to right: Spc. Levi Ward, Spc. Brian Gordiel, 1st Sgt. William Degenhardt, and Sgt. 1st Class John Sury, take a break under a palm tree Aug. 27, 2005 at Camp Victory, Iraq. The troops are members of the Illinois Army National Guard's 2nd Battery, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment, stationed at the International Zone, Iraq. (Jeremy D. Crisp/ US Army)
From left to right:  Spc. Levi Ward, Spc. Brian Gordiel, 1st Sgt. William Degenhardt, and Sgt. 1st Class John Sury, take a break under a palm tree Aug. 27, 2005 at Camp Victory, Iraq.  The troops are members of the Illinois Army National Guard's 2nd Battery, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment, stationed at the International Zone, Iraq.
From left to right: Spc. Levi Ward, Spc. Brian Gordiel, 1st Sgt. William Degenhardt, and Sgt. 1st Class John Sury, take a break under a palm tree Aug. 27, 2005 at Camp Victory, Iraq. The troops are members of the Illinois Army National Guard's 2nd Battery, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment, stationed at the International Zone, Iraq. (Jeremy D. Crisp/ US Army)
Two hundred and sixteen images were shot over the course of 54 minutes and later combined to show the star trails over Thule Air Base, Greenland, Dec 11, 2017. Thule is the most northern base United States military members are stationed at around the world.
Two hundred and sixteen images were shot over the course of 54 minutes and later combined to show the star trails over Thule Air Base, Greenland, Dec 11, 2017. Thule is the most northern base United States military members are stationed at around the world. (David Salanitri/US Air Force photo illustration)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Sterner, 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, assists with taking apart a fuel tank during a nestable fuel-tank build up familiarization event at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 24, 2020. The event allowed augmentees to work outside of their career field and learn a new side of the 52nd FW mission.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Sterner, 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, assists with taking apart a fuel tank during a nestable fuel-tank build up familiarization event at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 24, 2020. The event allowed augmentees to work outside of their career field and learn a new side of the 52nd FW mission. (Preston Cherry/US Air Force)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Clayton Merritt, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs a cargo loader at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 11, 2020. On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ramstein Airmen transported emergency medical kits to Beirut, Lebanon, that will support up to 60,000 people for three months to treat victims of a recent explosion as well as COVID-19 patients.  The medical supplies include medicines, bandages, gauze, examination gloves, thermometers, and syringes.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Clayton Merritt, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs a cargo loader at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 11, 2020. On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ramstein Airmen transported emergency medical kits to Beirut, Lebanon, that will support up to 60,000 people for three months to treat victims of a recent explosion as well as COVID-19 patients. The medical supplies include medicines, bandages, gauze, examination gloves, thermometers, and syringes. (Kirby Turbak/US Air Force)
U.S. Marines with Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, Marine Corps Base Quantico, participate in a change of command ceremony, June 19, 2020 aboard MCB Quantico, Virginia. Change of command ceremonies are an established tradition within the Marine Corps that mark the beginning and ending of a successful tour of leadership.
U.S. Marines with Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, Marine Corps Base Quantico, participate in a change of command ceremony, June 19, 2020 aboard MCB Quantico, Virginia. Change of command ceremonies are an established tradition within the Marine Corps that mark the beginning and ending of a successful tour of leadership. (D'Angelo Yanez/USMC)
The family of Cranston, R.I. native Ronald A. Gill joined Coast Guardsmen from around the country May 30, 2008, at Coast Guard Station Point Judith to dedicate a memorial to the fallen sailor who died in the line of duty during a security patrol in Puget Sound in March 2007. Gill's widow Ambur, his daughter Gracie, and parents Ronald and Rosemary unveiled a granite bench, inscribed with the words "Think not upon my passing, but remember the glory of my spirit," as other family members and friends looked on. Gill, 26, was a port security specialist assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91111 in Anchorage, Alaska.
The family of Cranston, R.I. native Ronald A. Gill joined Coast Guardsmen from around the country May 30, 2008, at Coast Guard Station Point Judith to dedicate a memorial to the fallen sailor who died in the line of duty during a security patrol in Puget Sound in March 2007. Gill's widow Ambur, his daughter Gracie, and parents Ronald and Rosemary unveiled a granite bench, inscribed with the words "Think not upon my passing, but remember the glory of my spirit," as other family members and friends looked on. Gill, 26, was a port security specialist assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91111 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Juan Canez/U.S. Coast Guard)
An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 25th Fighter Squadron sits on display during the 4th of July Liberty Festival at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 4, 2018.  More than 4,500 service members and their families attended the festival to enjoy food, entertainment and a fireworks show hosted by the 51st Force Support Squadron and various supporting organizations.
An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 25th Fighter Squadron sits on display during the 4th of July Liberty Festival at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 4, 2018. More than 4,500 service members and their families attended the festival to enjoy food, entertainment and a fireworks show hosted by the 51st Force Support Squadron and various supporting organizations. (51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa 20.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, prepare a cargo bundle during external lift training at Morón Air Base, Spain, March 25, 2020. Marines conducted the training to increase helicopter support team proficiency by expeditiously moving cargo and equipment. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is deployed to conduct crisis-response and theater-security operations in Africa and promote regional stability by conducting military-to-military training exercises throughout Europe and Africa.
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa 20.1, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, prepare a cargo bundle during external lift training at Morón Air Base, Spain, March 25, 2020. Marines conducted the training to increase helicopter support team proficiency by expeditiously moving cargo and equipment. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is deployed to conduct crisis-response and theater-security operations in Africa and promote regional stability by conducting military-to-military training exercises throughout Europe and Africa. (Nello Miele/USMC)
A dust storm carring small amounts of rain, sparks lightning across the sky over Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 3, 2014. U.S. Marines in the meteorology and oceanography (METOC) occupation, sent out numerous weather advisories as a warning system to coalition forces residing aboard the camp.
A dust storm carring small amounts of rain, sparks lightning across the sky over Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 3, 2014. U.S. Marines in the meteorology and oceanography (METOC) occupation, sent out numerous weather advisories as a warning system to coalition forces residing aboard the camp. (Darien J. Bjorndal/USMC)
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Cody Forrester, assigned to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 makes his way back to the squadron's hangar spaces on Keflavik Air Base, Jan. 02, 2020.
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Cody Forrester, assigned to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 makes his way back to the squadron's hangar spaces on Keflavik Air Base, Jan. 02, 2020. (Amariv Perez/US Navy)
Coast Guard Cutter FLYING FISH, an 87-foot long coast patrol boat homeported in Boston, enforces the Naval Protection Zone and provides a security umbrella as the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) transited into the port of Boston today.  The JFK, a 1,052-foot long, all-purpose, multi-mission aircraft carrier homeported in Mayport, Fla., was visiting Boston in support of Armed Forces Day.
Coast Guard Cutter FLYING FISH, an 87-foot long coast patrol boat homeported in Boston, enforces the Naval Protection Zone and provides a security umbrella as the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) transited into the port of Boston today. The JFK, a 1,052-foot long, all-purpose, multi-mission aircraft carrier homeported in Mayport, Fla., was visiting Boston in support of Armed Forces Day. (Lisa Hennings/U.S. Coast Guard)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rachel Hyde, 39th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, practices with MWD Brix on the MWD obstacle training course, Aug. 5, 2020, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Excessive heat or cold conditions can put strain or even injure MWD's, so handlers prioritize their care and work with leadership to ensure their readiness.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rachel Hyde, 39th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, practices with MWD Brix on the MWD obstacle training course, Aug. 5, 2020, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Excessive heat or cold conditions can put strain or even injure MWD's, so handlers prioritize their care and work with leadership to ensure their readiness. (Ryan Lackey/US Air Force)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Andrew Gauthier, intelligence chief, with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, closes with and engages a target during a combat marksmanship program(CMP) shoot at Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Feb. 12, 2013. The CMP shoot was conducted as part of sustainment training while deployed.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Andrew Gauthier, intelligence chief, with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, closes with and engages a target during a combat marksmanship program(CMP) shoot at Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Feb. 12, 2013. The CMP shoot was conducted as part of sustainment training while deployed. (John R. Rohrer/USMC)
A memorial to U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ronald A. Rodriguez stands at Firebase Fiddler's Green in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2010. Rodriguez, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, was killed in action a week earlier.
A memorial to U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ronald A. Rodriguez stands at Firebase Fiddler's Green in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2010. Rodriguez, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, was killed in action a week earlier. (Daniel Blatter/USMC)
Two black bears roam around Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 30, 2019. During the summer, bears are considerably more active, which can increase the risk of bear-related incidents. By practicing proper bear safety, Alaska residents can reduce the risk of unwanted bear encounters.
Two black bears roam around Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 30, 2019. During the summer, bears are considerably more active, which can increase the risk of bear-related incidents. By practicing proper bear safety, Alaska residents can reduce the risk of unwanted bear encounters. (Sheila deVera/Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson )
Two U.S Soldiers during the MIA/POW 24-hour Recognition Run held at Camp Darby, Italy, Sep 19, 2019. The Memorial run was held to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who were missing in action (MIA), and their families. The flag displays a silhouette of a prisoner of war in front of a guard tower and the motto "You Are Not Forgotten" appears below the silhouette. The United States' National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year.
Two U.S Soldiers during the MIA/POW 24-hour Recognition Run held at Camp Darby, Italy, Sep 19, 2019. The Memorial run was held to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who were missing in action (MIA), and their families. The flag displays a silhouette of a prisoner of war in front of a guard tower and the motto "You Are Not Forgotten" appears below the silhouette. The United States' National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. (Elena Baladelli/US Army)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Brown, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), looks out the UH-1Y Venom during an aerial gunnery refinement exercise at Mt. Barrow, Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015. This exercise was part of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 1-16, a seven week training event, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre, which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force. MAWTS-1 provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation and tactics.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Brown, with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 (HMLA-469), looks out the UH-1Y Venom during an aerial gunnery refinement exercise at Mt. Barrow, Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015. This exercise was part of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 1-16, a seven week training event, hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre, which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force. MAWTS-1 provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation and tactics. (Roderick L. Jacquote/USMC)
Spc. Robert Whitehead, of Purvis, Miss., a security guard for Headquarters Support Company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands guard near the entrance to Camp Black Horse, Oct. 10. Whitehead and other soldiers from the 101st provide security and sustainment support services for more than 700 U.S. and coalition forces who reside on the camp.
Spc. Robert Whitehead, of Purvis, Miss., a security guard for Headquarters Support Company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands guard near the entrance to Camp Black Horse, Oct. 10. Whitehead and other soldiers from the 101st provide security and sustainment support services for more than 700 U.S. and coalition forces who reside on the camp. (U.S. Army)
Bachelor officers' quarters in a state of decay at the now-abandoned North Truro Air Force Station on Cape Cod, in January 2019.
Bachelor officers' quarters in a state of decay at the now-abandoned North Truro Air Force Station on Cape Cod, in January 2019. (Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)
This image of the USS Utah was published sometime between 1912 and 1915, according to the Library of Congress. From Sept.-Nov. 1918, the Utah was based in southern Ireland to provide a covering force for the Allied forces during WWI, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. In 1941, according to the Heritage Command, she was given additional guns. The USS Utah sank on Dec. 7, 1941, after being hit by a Japanese aerial torpedo attack.
This image of the USS Utah was published sometime between 1912 and 1915, according to the Library of Congress. From Sept.-Nov. 1918, the Utah was based in southern Ireland to provide a covering force for the Allied forces during WWI, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. In 1941, according to the Heritage Command, she was given additional guns. The USS Utah sank on Dec. 7, 1941, after being hit by a Japanese aerial torpedo attack. (Library of Congress)
Staff Sgt. Kayla Kral-Garrett provided this photo from Fort Hamilton, looking out onto New York Harbor and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.
Staff Sgt. Kayla Kral-Garrett provided this photo from Fort Hamilton, looking out onto New York Harbor and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. (Courtesy of Staff Sgt. Kayla Kral-Garrett)
Members of 5th Special Forces Group (A) conducting 50. Cal Weapons training during counter ISIS operations at Al Tanf Garrison in southern Syria.
Members of 5th Special Forces Group (A) conducting 50. Cal Weapons training during counter ISIS operations at Al Tanf Garrison in southern Syria. (Jacob Connors/US Army)

Kids have headed back to school, so it's a good time to run through the ABC's. Can you think of a military location that begins with every letter of the alphabet?

We at Stars and Stripes have! For the next month or so, Stars and Stripes is going to cycle through the alphabet, showcasing an active or former base (or bases) that start with that letter. There may be a few you've never heard of, there may be some naval ships and Coast Guard stations involved, and keep an eye out for a fort that shared a name with a popular musical. The images may be a small part at the location, or of service members there, or even a large view of the location. Also, keep in mind that names of places change frequently.

Stay tuned to the Stars and Stripes social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and maybe your favorite location - or least favorite - will be featured! Remember your time there and want to share some memories? Go ahead and let us know!

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