Air Force

Kirtland Air Force Base

377th Air Base Wing
1451 4th Street SE Kirtland AFB, NM 87117

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 occuping 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.

Arriving at Kirtland Air Force Base
If you 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 welcomed and 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. 377th Medical Group conducts a thorough briefing during this orientation so attendance is important.


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


If you ask for permissive TDY for house hunting you may be granted up to 10 days.


Civilian Employees must report to the Civilian Personnel Office, Bldg 20245, Room 132, weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for in-processing.


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

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