Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

Kirtland Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in southeast Albuquerque, nestled between the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges., 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 base is the third largest installation in Air Force Materiel Command, covering 51,558 acres and employing over 23,000 people.

Kirtland is the home of the Air Force Materiel Command's Nuclear Weapons Center (NWC). The NWC is the center of expertise for nuclear weapon systems, ensuring safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapons are available to support the National Command Structure and Air Force. The NWC's responsibilities include acquisition, modernization and sustainment of nuclear system programs for both the Department of Defense and Department of Energy.

Kirtland is also home to the 58th Special Operations Wing, an Air Education and Training Command unit that provides formal aircraft type/model/series training to the Air Force Special Operations Command special operations forces and Air Combat Command combat search and rescue communities. Headquarters Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center is also located at Kirtland AFB.

The primary mission of the 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland's host organization, is to provide world-class nuclear surety, expeditionary forces, and support to base operations.

Location/Driving Directions

Kirtland Air Force Base is divided as Kirtland East and Kirtland West. Major Kirtland East organizations include: the host 377th Air Base Wing, the Nuclear Weapons Center (NWC), the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC), the Air Force Inspection Agency (AFIA), the Air Force Safety Center, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Energy. Major organizations on Kirtland West are: Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland NCO Academy, New Mexico Air National Guard, the Kirtland Contracting Center, and the 58th Special Operations Wing. There are over 100 associate organizations on Kirtland AFB.

Directions from the Airport to to Kirtland Inn (Lodging Office) via the Wyoming Gate

Exit airport via Yale Blvd. Turn right onto Central Ave (going east toward mountains). Continue down Central (about 2.5 miles) to Wyoming Blvd. Turn right on Wyoming and go straight into the base, Wyoming Gate). At the gate you will need to get a pass to get on base. Turn left onto Club Road just inside the Wyoming gate. Continue past Mountain View Club and turn right on 18th Street. The Lodging Office will be on the right side of the street.

Airport Transportation -- The Sunport of Albuquerque does not offer mass transit nor military shuttles. Taxis are the only form of transportation.

Directions if Driving North or South on I-25

If you are driving north or south on Interstate 25 take Interstate 40 east (toward Santa Rosa)to Wyoming Blvd. Turn right (south) on Wyoming Blvd and continue until you come to the Kirtland AFB Wyoming Gate. At the gate you will need to get a pass to get on base. Turn left onto Club Road just inside the Wyoming gate. Continue past Mountain View Club and turn right on 18th Street. The Lodging Office will be on the right side of the street.

If you are driving east or west on I-40

Take the Wyoming Blvd Exit and turn south on Wyoming Blvd until you come to the Kirtland AFB Wyoming Gate. At the gate you will need to get a pass to get on base. Turn left onto Club Road just inside the Wyoming gate. Continue past Mountain View Club and turn right on 18th Street. The Lodging Office will be on the right side of the street.

Main Phone Numbers

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: 1st Lt. Nathan D. Broshear

Base Operator DSN: 246-0011 (505) 846-0011

377th Dental Squadron (505) 846-3027 DSN: 246-3027

Central Appointments (Medical) (505) 846-3200

Child Development Center (Gibson) (505) 846-1103 DSN: 246-1103

Child Development Center (Maxwell) (505) 853-5521 DSN: 263-5521

Dormitory Manager (505) 853-5479 DSN: 263-5479

Eye Clinic (505) 846-3384

Family Child Care Office (505) 846-1802 DSN: 246-1802

Family Practice Clinic (505) 846-3368/ (505) 846-3369

Flight Medicine (505) 846-3200

GATE: Carlisle (505) 846-8474 DSN 246-8474

GATE: Eubank (505) 846-6231 DSN 246-6231

GATE: Gibson (505) 846-7240 DSN 246-7240

GATE: Maxwell (24 hours) (505) 846-7491 DSN 246-7491

GATE: Truman (24 hours) Phone: (505) 846-7509 DSN 246-7509

GATE: Wyoming (24 hours) Phone: (505) 846-6118 DSN 246-6118

Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) (505) 846-1186 DSN: 246-1186

Home Schooling Support Group (505) 899-0652

Housing Management and Referral Office (505) 846-8217 DSN: 246-8217

Kirtland AFB Education Office (505) 846-9933/(505) 846-9627 DSN: 246-9933

Kirtland Elementary (505) 265-0843

Kirtland Family Housing (EPT) (505) 232-2049

Lodging Office (Kirtland Inn) (505) 846-9652/9653 DSN: 246-9652/9653

Youth Center (505) 853-KIDS DSN: 263-KIDS

Population/Major Units Assigned

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Staff Sgt. Markus Maier

Kirtland Air Force Base is home to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and its subordinate wings, the 498th Armament Systems Wing and the 377th Air Base Wing. It is also home to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Albuquerque office, the Air Force Safety Center, the Air Force Inspection Agency, the Air Force Operational Test and evaluation Center, the 58th Special Operations Wing, Space Development and Test Wing, the New Mexico Air National Guard 150th Fighter Wing, the Directed Energy and Space Vehicle Directorates of the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Department of Energy Albuquerque Office, the National Nuclear Security Administration and Sandia National Laboratories.

Kirkland AFB employs over 23,000 people, including more than 4,200 active duty, 3,200 part-time Air Force Reserve, and 1,000 Air National Guard personnel.

Temporary Lodging

Kirtland Inn (Lodging). Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

For the second year in a row and the third time overall, the lodging facilities at Kirtland Air Force Base have won the Air Force Innkeeper Award for the large base category. Besides 2009, Kirtland AFB Lodging also won the award in 2005.

Kirtland Air Force Base's temportary lodging facility has two front desks; one is on the east side of the base in building 22016 on Club Road and the other is on the west side of the base in building 918. The desks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 846-9652 or DSN 246-9652 for more information.

The Kirtland Inn manages Lodging facilities on the East and West sides of the installation. Visiting Airmen Quarters, Business Suites, Visiting Officer Quarters and Temporary Living Facilities are all available. Reservations can be made in advance for temporary duty and permanent change of station personnel at anytime. Space Available reservations can normally be made 24 hours in advance for up to three days, space permitting.


New Housing (E-5-to-E-6). Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

All active duty military members that are qualified to receive BAH must first report to the Kirtland Housing Management and Referral Office before engaging in any residential rental/lease agreement in privatized (on-base) or community (off-base) housing. This requirement also applies to home purchase agreements. The HMRO is in the Consolidated Support Building 20245, Room 119. For further assistance with your housing needs contact the HMRO at 505-846-8217 or DSN 246-8217.

All military family housing units on Kirtland AFB are privatized. Kirtland Family Housing, LLC now owns and operates the housing units for the next 50 years. Housing on Kirtland AFB includes 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units with garages. Many amenities are offered for base housing residents, including swimming pool, playground, recreation room and fitness room.

Four Hills, conveniently located by the Eubank gate, is comprised of single-family homes and townhomes. Four Hills includes the Four Hills Country Club and Golf Course. . Southeast Heights consists of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos, and includes the new neighborhoods of Willow Wood and Volterra, featuring a large park, community center, school, and shopping.

If you want to apply for military family housing, take two copies of your orders to your local Housing Office and complete an Advance Housing Application (DD Form 1746). The local housing office will forward your application to the Kirtland housing office. In return, you will receive a DD Form 1747 from the Kirtland Housing Office stating how long your anticipated wait will be and the effective date of your application. The effective date of your application will be the first day of the month prior to the month of arrival as long as the Kirtland Housing Office receives your application prior to your arrival month.

All unaccompanied personnel grades E-1 to E-4 are required to in process through the dormitory manager. There are 828 rooms available for required assignment of personnel in grades E-1 to E-4. Dormitory rooms are single occupancy rooms with a shared bathroom between rooms. The dormitory manager is at 8201 F Avenue (1st floor). You may contact the dormitory manager for further information prior to in processing. Call 505-853-5479 or DSN 263-5479.

If planning to reside off base, military members are still required to process through the HMRO prior to making any commitments off-base. The KAFB Housing Management and Referral Office has off-base rental and sale listings provided by area realtors or owners wishing to rent or sell property in the Albuquerque Metropolitan and surrounding areas.

Child Care

Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Child Development Centers offer full-time care for children of military members, DOD civilians and DOD primary contractors, ages six weeks through kindergarten. The Gibson CDC is centrally located near the corner of Gibson Avenue and Texas Street. The Maxwell CDC is conveniently located centrally in the Maxwell housing area. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and offer high quality hands-on curriculum for children. Preschool enrichment classes and hourly care are also available. For more information contact the Gibson CDC at 846-1103 or Maxwell CDC at 853-5521

Family Child Care services include training in child development, guidance and discipline, CPR, first aid and small business operations. The FCC program conducts orientation for those interested in becoming providers. For more information, contact the FCC office at 846-1802.

The Kirtland AFB Youth Center, at 8001 G Street, building 20234, on the east side of base, provides programs for base dependent youth aged 2-18. The 20,000 square foot facility is comprises a full-size gymnasium, climbing wall, teen room, computer and study room, games room, kitchen and snack bar with seating area, five school-age care classrooms, a multipurpose instructional classroom, piano room, administrative offices, a school-age playground and a skate and bicycle park. The center offers a variety of programs, including School Age Care, youth sports leagues, and preteen and teen programs. Call 853-KIDS for more information


Kirtland High Schoolers attend either Highland or Albuquerque High School. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

A full range of educational opportunities are available to members of Kirtland AFB. On-base academic programs are provided through the Education Center and include classes leading to associate, bachelors and masters degrees.

Eight universities and colleges are located on base, with classes offered during evenings and weekends. Some of the universities and colleges include New Mexico State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Phoenix, Southern Illinois University, Wayland Baptist, Webster University, the
College of Santa Fe and the Community College of the Air Force. In addition, Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College.
Self-development opportunities are available through the Learning Center and materials are also available for check out in support of the college level education-testing program.
For more information on schools and programs, contact the Education Center at 846-8955.

Kirtland is serviced by Albuquerque Public Schools. Sandia Base Elementary School is located on base.

There are a few private schools in the area, most of which are religious based. Homeschooling is also an option.

Medical Care

377th Medical Group Hospital located just outside Gibson Gate. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The 377th Medical Group provides daily medical support to patients enrolled in TRICARE Prime and assigned to Kirtland AFB clinic, and temporary duty personnel. The clinic provides primary and specialty care on a space-available basis to other eligible beneficiaries.

The facility works with the New Mexico Veteran Affairs Health Care System and operates under a program called Joint Venture. To use Joint Venture services, you must be enrolled at the Military Treatment Facility for Primary Care.

To access all medical clinics, including primary care or urgent care appointments, please call 846-3200.

The Dental Clinic is located in a separate building adjacent to the main Medical Facility.. The 377th Dental Squadron is pleased to be able to provide a wide range of routine dental services including comprehensive dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery. For acute dental problems, eligible beneficiaries should call the dental clinic at 846-3027 for an evaluation appointment and determination of treatment requirements. For after-hours, weekend and holiday emergencies, call 846-3200.

The Flight Medicine clinic provides outstanding medical support to over 20,500 beneficiaries within the tri-service area. To make an appointment call 846-3200, Option 4, then Option 1. If you have any questions or concerns call 846-3713.

The Health and Wellness Center provides wellness programs designed to assist individuals with making healthy lifestyle choices. These consist of Awareness, Education and Intervention programs that directly provide, coordinate, or facilitate activities, classes, and one-to-one assistance. Areas of focus include Tobacco Cessation, Nutrition (weight control, diabetes, body composition improvement) and Air Force Fitness (cycle ergometry, exercise development, post partum fitness, stress management, substance abuse prevention, skin cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention, demand management/self-care). For more information call 846-1186.

The Optometry clinic provides primary vision care to supporting aircrews and Team Kirtland wartime readiness. They provide eye exams and special testing for all active duty, retirees and their dependants. Appointments are booked directly through the clinic at 846-3384.