Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range

56th Fighter Wing

Barry M Goldwater Range AFB  Wellton, AZ   85356

Air Force


The Barry M. Air Force Goldwater Range is a live fire aircraft range near the US Mexican border. It is the nation’s second largest Air Force tactical aviation range.  It serves the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps as an armament and high-hazard testing area; a training area for aerial gunnery, rocketry, electronic warfare, and tactical maneuvering and air support; and a place to develop equipment and tactics.

The range is under almost constant use and runs continuous night and day training evolutions.  Four controlled, manned, and electronically scored surface attack ranges are available for pilots to practice basic air-to-surface weapons delivery, including bombing, rocket delivery, and strafing.  The range also serves as home for the Gila Bend Auxiliary Air Force Field.


The Air Force operates the eastern portion of the BMGR (south of Interstate 8) while the Marine Corps operates the western portion, where Yodaville Urban Target Complex is located.


The mission of the Barry M. Goldwater Range is quite clear, to provide an open testing and training ground for advancements in technologies and tactics of air to air and air to ground combat. The Goldwater Range covers several million acres, making it one of the largest free fire ranges in the world. As a result, pilots at the range have the ability to put into practice a wide range of tactics and techniques, no matter how intricate and complicated.



The closest airport is Yuma International Airport, located 78.9 miles from the base.


Directions from Watertown International Airport:
Get on I-8 E from I-8BL/E 32nd St and S Avenue 3 E
Drive to I-8 E
Your destination will be on the left

If you arrive during duty hours, check in at your Unit Personnel Office (UPO) to begin squadron inprocessing. Report in uniform. As well as checking in with unit, it is mandatory to initiate base inprocessing.  MPS will schedule members for mandatory Wing Orientation.  After you have done your initial inprocessing, you will be given permissive TDY for house-hunting (if eligible). It is extremely important that you do this! Otherwise you will be charged with regular leave, which may not have been necessary for you to take. If you arrive after duty hours, report to your UPO the following duty day.


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Training evolutions at the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range are generally short term. Incoming airmen and marines will automatically be assigned housing. Students at the range most come unaccompanied, however instructors and permanent personnel can bring their dependents. The base housing office can facilitate housing for longer term personnel and their families.

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In Wellton, the summers are sweltering and dry, the winters are cool, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 44°F to 106°F and is rarely below 36°F or above 112°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 30 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 98°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 20 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 73°F.

The average cost of living in Wellton, AZ is 93, that puts it 5% lower than the average of Arizona and 7% lower than our nation’s average.

Goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Wellton, AZ, the price of goods and services are 4% lower than the average of Arizona as well as 6% lower than the nation’s average.

Surrounded by the Gila Mountains and local farms, the gorgeous sunrises each morning, the warmth, and sun-filled days, it is no wonder that folks have been coming to Wellton to rest and enjoy the town’s quiet setting. You’ll discover the friendly town is a safe haven for you and your family.

It has a rich western history stemming from roots as a water stop for the railroad (hence Well Town – Wellton) and the Butterfield Stage Coach.

It hosts several annual events like the Tractor Rodeo, Pioneer Days, an old fashioned 4th of July, Fishing Derby, and Tri-Valley Ambulance Events. With the growth of Wellton comes the growth of our town facilities.

In addition the town is close to Yuma (the third fastest growing metropolitan area in the country), shopping, and history. It is approximately 2 ½ hours from Phoenix for the major league ballgame and 3 hours from San Diego for an ocean visit.

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