Hawthorne Army Depot

Joint Munitions Command

1 South Maine Ave., Hawthorne, Nevada 89415-9404

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Hawthorne Army Depot (HWAD) is a U.S. Army ammunition storage depot located in western Nevada, directly south of Walker Lake. The depot spans across 147,000 acres and has 600,000 square feet of storage space in 2,427 bunkers. HWAD is the “World’s Largest Depot” and is divided into three ammunition storage and production areas. The depot is run by an independent contractor under an agreement with the United States government. Capabilities of the center include: demilitarization, desert training for military units, ammunition renovation, quality assurance, ISO inter-modal container maintenance/repair, and range scrap processing.

Hawthorne Army Depot is an ideal training location for special forces because the mountainous terrain in a high desert environment provides a realistic simulation of the situation in Afghanistan. Army, Navy and Marine troops schedule year-round training at HWAD. Golden Cargo training operations at Hawthorne Army Depot allow government, contractor and military troops the opportunity to execute high OPTEMPO, ammunition operations in support of the warfighter.

Hawthorne has a government staff of 25 Department of Army civilians and one Soldier to provide contract oversight and reliability of munitions stockpile. The remaining staff is made up of contract employees.



The closest airport is Reno-Tahoe International Airport located 124 miles from base.


Directions from Reno-Tahoe International Airport

  • Get on I-580 N
  • Follow I-80 E and NV-439/USA Pkwy to Ramsey Cutoff/Ramsey Weeks Cutoff in Silver Springs
  • Take US-95 ALT S to US-95 S in Mineral County
  • Turn right onto US-95 S
  • Turn right onto Maine Ave


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On-base housing is not available at Hawthorne Army Depot.

0.5 miles from Base
Hawthorne is a small town in Nevada with many housing options available.


57 miles from Base

Yerington is a small town about an hour north from base. It has many housing options available.

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In Hawthorne, the summers are hot, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, dry, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 26°F to 95°F and is rarely below 15°F or above 101°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 10 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 95°F and low of 59°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 21 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 26°F and high of 48°F.

The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from November 7 to March 28, with a greater than 10% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 16% on February 21. The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from March 28 to November 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on July 2.

The overall cost of living in Hawthorne, NV is 13% lower than the Nevada average and 10% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Hawthorne, Nevada, the city’s goods and services are 6% higher than the Nevada average and 13% higher than the U.S. average.

Hawthorne is a small town in Mineral County, Nevada. The community of Hawthorne is wonderfully patriotic and offers sites like the Hawthorne Ordinance Museum, which is the single largest museum collection of inert ordnance, missiles, bombs, rockets and nuclear weapons in the world. In addition to museums, the area offers beautiful parks, shopping areas, restaurants, and the recently restored historic 1942 USO AKA Hawthorne Convention Center.

Hawthorne is surrounded by several mountain ranges, including Mount Grant, which reaches an elevation of 11, 239 feet. Beautiful Walker Lake offers many recreational opportunities, such as swimming, boating, fishing, bird watching, and camping. Get a birds-eye-view of the area with a helicopter tour from Star Helicopter Tours, located at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport.

Some other points of interest include Holly Glen Park, Eucalyptus Park, Jim Thorpe Park, Memorial Park, Walker Lake Golf Course, Sportsman Beach, Mineral County Museum, El Capitan Lodge and Casino, Maggie’s Restaurant, and the Cliff House.

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