Kirtland Air Force Base

377th Air Base Wing
8001 Gibson Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87116
Air Force

ABOUT

Kirtland Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in the high desert of north-central New Mexico and occupies a majority of southeast Albuquerque. The base is in the southeast quadrant of the Albuquerque urban area, adjacent to the Albuquerque International Sunport. The base was named for the early Army aviator Col. Roy C. Kirtland. The military and the international airport share the same runways, making ABQ a joint civil-military airport. The missions of Kirtland Air Force Base fall into four major categories: research, development and testing, readiness and training, munitions maintenance, and support to base operations for more than 100 mission partners.

Kirtland AFB is the largest installation in Air Force Global Strike Command and sixth largest in the Air Force occupying 51,558 acres. Kirtland is the home of the Air Force Materiel Command’s Nuclear Weapons Center (NWC). The NWC’s responsibilities include acquisition, modernization and sustainment of nuclear system programs for both the Department of Defense and Department of Energy. The NWC is composed of two wings–the 377th Air Base Wing and 498th Nuclear Systems Wing–along with ten groups and 7 squadrons.

Kirtland is home to the 58th Special Operations Wing (58 SOW), an Air Education and Training Command (AETC) unit that provides formal aircraft type/model/series training. The 58 SOW operates the HC-130J, MC-130J, UH-1N Huey, HH-60G Pave Hawk and CV-22 Osprey aircraft. Headquarters, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center is also located at Kirtland AFB. The 150th Special Operations Wing of the New Mexico Air National Guard, an Air Combat Command (ACC)-gained unit, is also home-based at Kirtland.

There are over 23,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian personnel assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base.

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ARRIVAL

If you will be arriving at Kirtland AFB between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on normal duty days, you are to report to your command support section to begin your squadron/unit in-processing. After duty hours or on holidays, you must check in at the 24-hour arrival point at the Lodging Office (Kirtland Inn), Building 22016, on 18th Street. Security Forces members at any of the visitor gates can direct you to the lodging office, which is open 24 hours a day. Your commander’s support staff schedules in-processing.

You will need to take all hand-carried records immediately to the Command Support Section and they will schedule you for the Team Kirtland Newcomers’ Welcome Orientation, conducted monthly in the Mountain View Club, from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Spouses are welcome and are encouraged to attend. This orientation is for new personnel and their family members to attend essential briefings and receive information from key agencies located on and off the installation, as well as a bus tour. The 377th Medical Group conducts a thorough briefing during this orientation so attendance is important.

To register for Newcomers Orientation, call the Airman and Family Readiness Flight at (505) 846-0741 to enroll.

Additionally, the Kirtland AFB App provides real-time information on all things related to Kirtland AFB. It is available on both Apple App and Google Play Stores.

The Albuquerque International Sunport is about 6 miles from Kirtland Air Force Base and shares its runways with the base.

If you are planning to arrive by commercial air, you should arrange with your sponsor to assist with transportation, rent a car, take the bus, or take a taxi to the base. There are no scheduled military shuttles to the base.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 
 To be enrolled in a New Mexico school, a child must be at least five years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements. You can also view or download this handout for more information on New Mexico education.

 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

Kirtland AFB has two elementary schools on base: Wherry Elementary and Sandia Base Elementary. Contact the local district for more information:

Albuquerque Public School District (505) 880-3700

Rio Rancho Public School District (505)896-0667

Los Lunas Public School District (505) 865-9636

 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
 
 Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
 

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide 

 

New Mexico Human Services Department (855) 227-5485
To ensure that every New Mexican who is entitled to benefits and support services receives them.

New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

New Mexico Humane Society (505) 255-5523

New Mexico State Police

Bernalillo County, New Mexico

City of Albuquerque

Animal Humane – Main Campus (505) 255-5523

Albuquerque Public Library (505) 768-5141

MVD Field Office 1-888-683-4636

Base Operator (505) 846-0011 

Airman & Family Readiness Center (505) 846-0741 

Chapel (505) 846-5691 

Commissary (505) 846-4902 

Dental Clinic (505) 846-3027 

Dorm Manager (505) 853-5479 

Exchange (505) 232-8771 

Family Housing Office (505) 232-2049 

Finance Office (505) 846-6639

ID/CAC Cards (505) 846-5459 

Kirtland Inn Lodging (505) 846-9653 

Legal Office (505) 846-4217 

Library (505) 846-1071 

Medical Appointments (505) 846-3200 

Military Clothing Sales (505) 846-6294 

Relocation Assistance Center (505) 846-0751 

School Liaison Officer (505) 846-6477 

Veterinary Services (505) 846-4276

 

Housing

Kirtland Housing is managed by the Hunt Military Community. To learn more about the housing options visit this site. All active duty military members qualified to receive BAH must first report to the Kirtland Housing Management Office (HMO) prior to engaging in any residential rental/lease agreement in privatized (on-base) or community (off-base) housing.

This requirement also applies to home purchase agreements. All unaccompanied members below grade E5 must report to the Dorm Manager at 505-853-5479, DSN 312-263-5479, for housing assistance. For further assistance with your housing needs contact the HMO at 505-846-8217, DSN 312-246-8217.

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7.3 miles from base

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Foothill Estates
5.8 miles from base

Foothill Estates is near a high school, offers quick access to I-40 and has plenty of amenities nearby.

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Community

In Albuquerque, the summers are hot and mostly clear, with low humidity. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 92°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 98°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 29 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 82°F. The hottest day of the year is July 6, with an average high of 92°F and low of 62°F. The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 22 to February 20, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 20°F and high of 41°F.

The wetter season lasts 7.8 months, from July 8 to March 3, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. Precipitation averages about 9.5 inches per year and on average, July and August are the wettest months. Most rain occurs during the late summer monsoon season, typically starting in early July and ending in mid-September. Albuquerque averages about 10 inches of snow during the winter.

In Albuquerque, NM, the cost of living index is 95, which is 3% higher than the average in New Mexico and compared to the national average it is 5% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Albuquerque, NM goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in New Mexico and are 3% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

Kirtland Air Force Base is located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. Albuquerque sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, 5 museums, and shops selling Native American handicrafts. Nearby, The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s tribal history.

The Petroglyph National Monument is a park containing thousands of ancient rock carvings. The region’s desert is rich with dinosaur fossils, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science displays many local finds. The city’s White Sands Missile Range is where nuclear testing began in 1942.

Another popular site is the Albuquerque Biological Park, which encompasses a botanic garden, a zoo and an aquarium. Each year, thousands of people gather as hundreds of colorful hot air balloons take off from Balloon Fiesta Park during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Also, the Sandia Peak Tramway provides panoramic views as it ascends the nearby Sandia Mountains, where there are hiking trails. Some other points of interest include the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens, La Luz Trail and Nob Hill.

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