In Bernalillo County
Lying in the southeast corner of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kirtland Air Force Base is adjacent to Albuquerque International Sunport, the largest airport in the state. The military base and the international airport share the same runways, making the airport a joint civil-military facility. Albuquerque is the most populous city in New Mexico and almost in the center of the state at the crossroads of major Southwest highways and interstates. Interstate 40 bisects the city west and east; I-25 is the major north-south corridor. In driving terms, Albuquerque is 790 miles east of Los Angeles on I-40; 644 miles northwest of Dallas by way of I-40 and U.S. 287; 1,006 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee, on I-40; 1,335 miles southwest of Chicago on I-40 and I-44; and 541 miles west of Oklahoma City on I-40.
Kirtland Air Force Base and its mission partners employ more than 22,000 people, including active-duty, civilians, Air National Guard and Reserve personnel, among them nearly 1,902 active-duty military and civilians with the Air Force Global Strike Command. Sandia National Labs, a tenant organization at Kirtland, employs about half the workers on base. The base supports nearly 14,000 military retirees who live in central and northern New Mexico.
The base covers 51,585 acres with 750 miles of roads, 772 buildings, five fire stations, eight installation entry gates and four runways.
Kirtland Air Force Base, which began as an Army Air Corps training field, became Kirtland Army Air Field in 1942. In 1971, Kirtland merged with Manzano and Sandia bases, its neighbors to the east, creating a sprawling military complex known as Kirtland Air Force Base — the third-largest installation in the Air Force Global Strike Command and the sixth-largest Air Force base.
Today, the base is home to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, part of the Air Force Materiel Command, and the 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland’s host organization, which supports more than 30 major mission partners. The 377th Air Base Wing, which reports to Air Force Global Strike Command, works in conjunction with the 58th Special Operations Wing under the Air Education and Training Command, the 150th Special Operations Wing (New Mexico Air National Guard) under the Air Combat Command and the 351st Battlefield Airmen Training Squadron, a pararescue training unit to ensure readiness of airmen worldwide.
Kirtland also hosts the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles and Directed Energy directorates, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Albuquerque Operations Office.
The annual local economic impact of Kirtland AFB averages more than $6.7 billion due to Department of Defense payroll, expenditures and job creation, according to its 2016 Economic Impact Statement, its most recent. About $4.1 billion of the total economic impact is local. The base has an annual payroll of $2.2 billion. Employment associated with Kirtland represents one of every 14 jobs in New Mexico.
Kirtland Air Force Base began as an Army Air Corps training field near Albuquerque. With World War II on the horizon, construction of an Army Air Base began in January 1941, and by summer the first major occupants of the new base began to arrive.
First designated Albuquerque Army Air Base, the new base became Kirtland Army Air Field in 1942 in honor of pioneer Army aviator Col. Roy C. Kirtland, who was instrumental in the forming of the Army’s aviation service. Kirtland died in May 1941 after his recall to active duty.
During World War II, personnel at Kirtland Field trained aircrew members for duty on the Army Air Forces’ B-17, B-24 and B-29 bombers, which saw action in all theaters of the war. For most of World War II, the base’s major training schools — including bombardier, multi-engine transition and combat crew training — operated at full capacity.
Kirtland Army Air Field was placed on standby basis after the war awaiting a new mission. In 1946, Army Air Forces leadership assigned the base to the Air Materiel Command.
The base’s mission after World War II centered on flight test and support activities related to weapons development. Kirtland’s role increased in 1947 as the Army Air Forces became the independent U.S. Air Force. Kirtland Army Air Field officially became Kirtland Air Force Base on Jan. 13, 1948. In 1949, Kirtland was named headquarters for a new Air Force major command, the Special Weapons Command. However, the major command status of the organization was short-lived as the Air Force evolved to face the realities of the Cold War.
The command became the Air Force Special Weapons Center in 1952.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Kirtland was also headquarters for regional air defense operations, which covered the southwestern United States. From a control center on Kirtland, Air Defense Command personnel could launch fighters stationed at Kirtland or other regional air bases.
To reduce the management costs of multiple bases near Albuquerque, DOD officials merged the adjacent Sandia and Manzano bases with Kirtland. The Air Force Special Weapons Center took charge of the vastly expanded Kirtland complex and oversaw the base until changes in national priorities led to the center’s inactivation in 1976. The Air Force Contract Management Division of Air Force Systems Command, which had moved from Los Angeles, in 1972, became the Kirtland Air Force Base host for a brief period.
In 1977, to fill the void left at the base by inactivation of the Air Force Special Weapons Center, the 1606th Air Base Wing activated as the base host when Military Airlift Command took responsibility for operating Kirtland. Military Airlift Command leadership moved the 1550th Combat Crew Training Wing to Kirtland from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to be the training center for the command’s search and rescue personnel.
Through several reorganizations and reassignment to Air Education and Training Command, today’s 58th Special Operations Wing continues the training of specialized combat aircrew members at Kirtland. The expanded Kirtland pararescue training campus continues to produce elite warriors whose skills ensure “that others may live.”
After a major reorganization of the U.S. Air Force, the newly formed Air Force Materiel Command took over management of Kirtland AFB on Jan. 1, 1993. Air Force Materiel Command leadership reactivated the combat-decorated 377th Air Base Wing to serve as base host.
Soon thereafter, in summer 1993, the Air Force Inspection Agency and the Air Force Safety Agency moved their operations to a new complex on Kirtland because their longtime home station, Norton Air Force Base, California, was scheduled to close.
Air Force leadership returned the heritage of the Air Force Special Weapons Center to Kirtland. In 2006, it activated the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and its subordinate 498th Nuclear Systems Wing to oversee the Air Force’s nuclear acquisition and sustainment mission. The 377th Air Base Wing was reassigned to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center to remain the base host.
In December 2014, the Air Force announced plans to realign the 377th Air Base Wing under Air Force Global Strike Command and to restructure the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center to improve the effectiveness of and support for the Air Force’s Nuclear Enterprise.
377TH AIR BASE WING
The mission of the 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland’s host organization, is to execute nuclear, readiness and support operations for American air power. Kirtland AFB is a center for research, development and testing of nonconventional weapons, space and missile technology and laser warfare. Some of the organizations involved include the Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, the Space and Missile Systems Center, the Air Force Inspection Agency and the Air Force Safety Center.
In addition, the 377th ensures readiness and training of airmen for worldwide duty. It operates the airfield, prepares personnel to deploy worldwide on a moment’s notice and keeps the base secure. Players in this mission include the 58th Special Operations Wing, the 150th Special Operations Wing (New Mexico Air National Guard) and the U.S. Air Force Pararescue School.
The 377th is made up of about 1,200 active-duty military, 591 federal civilians and 720 contractors assigned to the Medical Group, Mission Support Group, Security Forces Group, Maintenance Group and 13 wing staff agencies.
As the host organization, the 377th Air Base Wing is also responsible for providing support to base operations. It ensures that people living and working on Kirtland AFB have the necessary support to conduct their jobs and carry out missions. This includes such things as facility maintenance, personnel support, security, utilities and medical care.
AIR FORCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS CENTER
The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center ensures that the nuclear weapons systems supporting the national command and the Air Force warfighter are safe, secure and reliable. Established in 2006, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) is the Air Force Materiel Command’s center of excellence for nuclear weapon systems. The AFNWC’s responsibilities include acquisition, modernization and sustainment of nuclear system programs for both the Departments of Defense
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY
Directed Energy Directorate
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate is the Air Force’s center of expertise for directed energy and optical technologies. The Directed Energy Directorate develops and transitions technologies in four core technical competencies: lasers systems, high power electromagnetics, weapons modeling and simulation, and directed energy and electro-optics for space superiority. The directorate is at Kirtland Air Force Base.
AFRL pioneered the first and only megawatt-class airborne laser and is a world leader in ground-based space imaging, using adaptive optics with a 3.5-meter telescope in New Mexico and a 3.6-meter telescope in Hawaii. The directorate is transitioning game-changing counter-electronics weapon technologies through programs such as CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project), which can disable electronic systems with minimum collateral damage.
Space Vehicles Directorate
The Space Vehicles Directorate serves as the Air Force’s “Center of Excellence” for space technology research and development. The directorate develops and transitions space technologies to provide space-based capabilities. Primary mission areas include space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, space situational awareness, space communications, position navigation and timing, and defensive space control (protecting space assets from manmade and natural effects). The directorate also leverages commercial, civil and other government resources to stay one step ahead in space and to ensure America’s advantage.
58TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS WING
The 58th Special Operations Wing is an Air Education and Training Command unit that trains mission-ready special operations, combat search and rescue, missile site support and UH-1 helicopter airlift crews. The 58th Special Operations Wing operates two types of helicopters, three specialized versions of the C-130 four-engine turboprop aircraft, and the tilt-rotor CV-22 Osprey aircraft.
The 150th Special Operations Wing of the New Mexico Air National Guard joined the 58th Special Operations Wing, an active Air Force unit, on Dec. 1, 2013, in an associate unit status.
- 21st Ordnance Company (EOD WMD)
- Advanced Systems and Development Directorate
- Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Det. 116
- Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Det. 510
- American Red Cross
- Area Defense Counsel
- Civil Air Patrol, New Mexico
- Missile Defense Agency
- 150th Special Operations Wing
The 150th Special Operations Wing’s mission is to train mission-ready special operations and combat search and rescue crews through a total force integration with the 58th Special Operations Wing. The wing also includes the 250th Intelligence Squadron, which provides precision Targeting and Geospatial Intelligence to Air Force and Joint Warfighters. The 150th is also responsible for training and equipping more than 900 wing personnel to support both state and federal missions.
Operationally Responsive Space
The mission of Operationally Responsive Space is to plan and prepare for the rapid development of highly responsive space capabilities that enable delivery of timely warfighting effects and, when directed, to develop and support deployment and operations of these capabilities to enhance and assure support to Joint Force Commanders’ and other users’ needs for on-demand space support, augmentation and reconstitution.
Air Force Safety Center
This agency’s mission is to preserve and enhance combat capability through resource preservation for both airmen and equipment through mishap elimination.
Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center (AFOTEC)
This center is the Air Force’s independent test agency responsible for testing, under operationally realistic conditions, new systems being developed for Air Force and multi-service use. AFOTEC employs more than 600 military and civilian personnel at its headquarters and five detachments, including Kirtland, and multiple operating locations across the country.
705th Combat Training Squadron
This squadron provides high-fidelity theater synthetic battle spaces and world-class exercise control to support joint distributed warfighter training, testing and experimentation across the operational and tactical levels of war.
351st Battlefield Airman Training Squadron
On June 14, 2016, the Air Force activated the 351st Battlefield Airmen Training Squadron and deactivated Det. 1, 342nd Training Squadron. The 351st is responsible for training, mentoring and developing battlefield airmen in land warfare and technical recovery skills. It is one of four new squadrons that will report directly to the Battlefield Airmen Training Group, which activated June 2 and trains the Air Force’s tactical ground component in technical rescue.
This squadron provides the highest quality pararescuemen and combat rescue officer personnel capable of worldwide deployment for rescue and recovery operations.
Air Force pararescuemen, also known as PJs, are the only DOD specialty specifically trained and equipped to conduct conventional or unconventional rescue and recovery operations. PJs are the force of choice for assisted survivor recovery. A pararescueman’s primary function is as a personnel recovery specialist, with emergency medical capabilities in humanitarian and combat environments. They deploy in any available manner, including air-land-sea tactics, into restricted environments to authenticate, extract, treat, stabilize and evacuate injured personnel while acting in an enemy-evading, recovery role. PJs participate in conventional or nonconventional recovery, combat search and rescue, recovery support for NASA and conduct other operations as appropriate.
Their motto, “That Others May Live,” reaffirms the pararescueman’s commitment to saving lives and self-sacrifice.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
The agency’s mission is to safeguard the United States and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate and counter any threat and mitigate its effects. Its focus is to keep such weapons out of the hands of terrorists and other enemies by locking down, monitoring and destroying the weapons and their related materials. It also helps combatant commanders with their plans and responses to WMD events and develops and delivers cutting-edge technologies to assist with all these endeavors.
Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories, covering nearly 3,000 acres on Kirtland Air Force Base, develops technologies to sustain, modernize and protect the country’s nuclear arsenal, prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, defend against terrorism, protect our national infrastructures, ensure stable energy and water supplies, and provide new capabilities to our armed forces.
See the Getting To & Around Bernalillo County section for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Albuquerque International Sunport, which shares its runways with the base. If you are arriving TDY, you can contact the Vehicle Operations Flight at 505-846-2297 before your arrival to request transportation to the base.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information, if applicable, prior to your arrival at Kirtland Air Force Base.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Kirtland Air Force Base. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging/dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact the commander of your new unit to have a sponsor assigned to you.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
From Albuquerque International Sunport
If you drive from the airport, you can reach the base via Interstate 40 (east/west), Exit 164 South (Wyoming Boulevard) or via I-25 (north/south) at Exit 222 (Gibson Boulevard). Kirtland has two visitor control gates open 24/7: the Gibson Gate and the Truman Gate. The Wyoming Gate is open from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.
Lodging Office (Kirtland Inn Lodging)
18th Club Road SE 505-846-9653
If you arrive at Kirtland AFB between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on normal duty days, report to your Command Support Section to begin inprocessing.
After duty hours or on holidays, your first stop should be the lodging office, on the east side of the installation. Security Forces members at any visitor gate can direct you to the lodging office, which is open 24/7.
Your commander’s support staff will schedule your inprocessing. You will need to take all hand-carried records immediately to the Command Support Section so you can be scheduled for processing, which is conducted in the Consolidated Support Building. If you wish to take permissive temporary duty to hunt for housing after arriving, a leave form must be completed. Up to eight days permissive temporary duty may be approved by the gaining commander after signing in.
The Consolidated Support Building, in Bldg. 20245 at 1451 Fourth St. SE, houses most of the offices you will need to visit upon arrival. The Military Personnel Flight, Financial Management, Travel Office, Pass and Identification, Family Support Center, Red Cross, Customer Service, Department of Motor Vehicles and Housing Office are all here for one-stop assistance.
Newcomers Orientation Event
Team Kirtland Newcomers’ Welcome Orientation is conducted at the Mountain View Club. At orientation, you will be greeted by base leadership, meet community representatives and receive all mandatory inprocessing briefings, including medical. The event is required for military members, but spouses and new civilian employees are also encouraged to attend. Attendees must contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center to register by calling 505-846-0741/0751. Attendees will not be able to handle travel vouchers, TMO or 377th Medical Group inprocessing at orientation. For 377th Medical Group inprocessing, report to Public Health from 7 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday; for more information, call 505-846-3397. Before new personnel commit to housing on or off base, they must contact the Housing Management Office at 505-846-8217.
Kirtland Inn Lodging
18th Club Road SE 505-846-9653
Kirtland Inn Lodging provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for students and active-duty military members and their families who are being assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base, as well as retired military personnel traveling in New Mexico. Check-in time is 2 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m. The inn accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and USAF Services Proprietary Cards for payment. Space-available guests must pay in advance regardless of payment method. All lodging facilities are nonsmoking.
Temporary lodging facilities available to personnel on accompanied PCS status include two- or three-bedroom houses with washer/dryer, cooking facilities, sofa sleeper and a crib and high-chair upon request. Pets are allowed, limited to two pets, for an additional fee. Pet shot records are required at check-in.
Check the website for current room rates.
377th Medical Group
1501 San Pedro Drive SE, Bldg. 47
Central Appointments 505-846-3200
Kirtland Military Treatment
Facility Enrollment 877-988-9378
Dental Clinic 505-846-3027/3029
The 377th Medical Group provides primary health care to the 377th Air Base Wing, more than 100 associate organizations, patients enrolled in TRICARE Prime and assigned to the Kirtland clinic, and temporary duty personnel. The clinic provides primary and specialty care on a space-available basis to other eligible beneficiaries. Its mission is to ensure a fit and medically ready force; to provide trained, current and extractable medics to meet local and global challenges; to build a healthier and safer community through preventive medicine; to provide responsive, cost-effective care and service to patients; and to ensure a full spectrum of care with federal and civilian health care providers.
To that end, the wing provides a wealth of medical services, including dentistry, family health, flight medicine, immunizations, lab testing, mental health care, optometry, pediatrics, a pharmacy (including a robotic-assisted BX Satellite Pharmacy that opened in October 2015), physical therapy, radiology, women’s health and more. All eligible beneficiaries can call between 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for an appointment.
In January 2016, major construction began on upgrading and renovating about 81,000 square feet of the main clinic. The
renovation, which provided updated exam rooms and equipment, was completed in 2018.
Dental services are available to active-duty military only. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Program information is available by visiting www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.
TRICARE is the health care program for active-duty and retired service members, their families and survivors. TRICARE provides health plans, prescriptions, dental plans and other special health programs to its beneficiaries. TRICARE’s mission is to enhance the Department of Defense and the nation’s security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to their care.
TRICARE offers a range of health care plans. TRICARE Prime is the mandatory health care option for active-duty service members. Family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families may also use this option. If you use TRICARE Prime, you are assigned a primary care manager at a military or network provider who delivers most of your care. If you need care your PCM cannot provide, you are referred to a specialist. Active-duty service members and their families pay nothing out of pocket for this option; however, there is less freedom to choose your provider. On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Standard and Extra were combined into a new plan, TRICARE Select. Select is a standardized fee-for-service plan available to family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families. After you enroll in TRICARE Select, you may schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized provider. Referrals are not required, but you may need prior authorization from your regional contractor for some services. You will pay a copay or cost share based on the type of care and provider you see. Costs for Select vary, but you will pay an annual deductible as well as a percentage of covered services. Non-network providers may charge up to 15 percent more than the TRICARE allowable charge; you are responsible for these extra charges. TRICARE also offers plans for remote and overseas locations, reserve military members, young adults who are no longer covered under regular TRICARE coverage and other scenarios.
TRICARE coverage is completely portable, so it moves with you when you relocate. Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:
- Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
- Update your personal information in DEERS immediately when you arrive at your new location.
- Select a new primary care manager.
If you are already using TRICARE Select, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area. Remember, you may have a new regional contractor and claims filing address.
TRICARE’s online tools can help you find and compare plans that you are qualified to use. Beginning in 2019, however, TRICARE will allow you to switch between plans only if you have a “qualifying life event” such as the birth of a baby or a move. For a complete description of the types of coverage programs and regions, visit www.tricare.mil. For more information about recent changes to TRICARE, visit https://tricare.mil/changes.
Housing Management Office
1451 Fourth St. SE
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117 505-846-8217
The Kirtland Air Force Base Housing Management Office (HMO) is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and
community. Use its resources to become familiar with the housing options and support services available. When you arrive at Kirtland AFB, visit the HMO for invaluable information, counseling and guidance before you sign a written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.
8201 Frost Ave.
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117 505-853-5479
Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3, and E-4 with less than three years of service. Each airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. Permanent- party unaccompanied housing consists of 574 permanent party rooms and 208 pipeline student rooms.
Unaccompanied airmen in the rank of E-4 with more than three years of service will move into housing in the local community.
Kirtland Family Housing
1012 Golden Smoke Drive SE
Albuquerque, NM 87116 505-232-2049
At Kirtland Air Force Base, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase or rent housing in the local community, you can choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Military Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for constructing, maintaining, repairing and managing the community.
For comprehensive information about homes and amenities in the Kirtland privatized housing community, visit www.kirtlandfamilyhousing.com.
1400 First St. 505-346-0561
The post office is fully operational with express and priority mail, stamps and rental P.O. boxes. Counter hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; lobby and box access are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about postal services, call the Kirtland AFB post office at 505-346-0561. To receive mail through general delivery, use the following address:
2050A Second St. SE
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117-5524
If you plan to live permanently in the dormitory, request a PSC mailbox in advance. Send your sponsor a copy of your orders and ask the sponsor to obtain a PSC box assignment from the Postal Service Center for you. A locator card must be filled out to receive mail at the general delivery address. You may also call 505-846-7718 to have one filled out over the phone.
950 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87116 505-846-4276
The veterinary clinic provides outpatient care for privately owned animals of active-duty military and retired military. Services offered include vaccinations, deworming and heartworm testing, as well as radiography, blood analysis and other various outpatient diagnostics. Call for an appointment.
Kirtland Air Force Base Chapel
1950 Second St. SE
Kirtland AFB, NM 97117 505-846-5691
The U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps is dedicated to preserving your right to worship. It provides, or finds a way to provide, for a broad spectrum of worshipers. If you are seeking spiritual support for any denomination or faith group, it will do its best to assist you.
The Kirtland Air Force Base chapel offers various types of counseling, including pre-marital, marital, religious, stress, grief and loss, etc. All counseling sessions are covered by privileged communication. While many airmen attend Catholic and Protestant services, Kirtland also offers spiritual consultation for those in search of Vedic, referred to by many as Hindu, services and education. Call the chapel for more information.
There is no longer a requirement to register your vehicles with Kirtland Air Force Base, but all privately owned vehicles on base must be insured, and a current license plate is required. New Mexico state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Bernalillo County chapter on Page 23 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.
For hours of operation, menus and special event information, visit www.kirtlandforcesupport.com and click on selections under the “Dining /Lodging” tab.
Sparetime Grill (at Kirtland Lanes Bowling Center)
1451 Texas St. 505-846-6851
Bogey Bar and Grill
Tijeras Arroyo Golf Course
Pennsylvania Street SE 505-846-1169
Military Dining Facility (DFAC)
1450 First St. SE 505-846-8048
Flight Kitchen (24 hours) 505-846-8049
Mountain View Club
22000 Club Road SE 505-846-5165
Jitters Coffee Shop
Consolidated Support Bldg. 20245
1451 Fourth St. 505-853-3223
Education & Training Center
1900 Wyoming Blvd. 505-846-9933
Base training 505-846-5738
Distance learning 505-846-1748
CDC 5/7-level training 505-846-5738
The Education Center provides educational opportunities and counseling services to all Air Force members assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base, active-duty personnel, DOD civilian employees, Guard and Reserves, Sandia Labs employees and adult family members and military retirees.
There are four on-base universities represented — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Lewis University, the University of New Haven and Wayland Baptist University — offering classes at lunchtime, evenings, weekends and through distance learning. Some provide college classes at the unit.
Airman & Family Readiness Center
Bldg. 20245, Suite 126
1451 Fourth St. SE 505-846-0741
The Airman & Family Readiness Center offers programs and services to DOD employees and their families. Programs include information and referral, relocation assistance, career focus, family life education, family readiness, personal financial management and transition assistance. The Relocation Assistance Program assists DOD employees and their families who are relocating, separating or retiring. Services include Smooth Move briefings, the Welcome to New Mexico Tour, sponsor training, Military Spouse Basic Training, one-on-one relocation assistance and the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service. The center also has a loan closet.
The center serves active-duty military members from all services, Guard and Reserve members, retired military members and Department of Defense civilians and their family members. All services are free.
Child Development Centers
8101 Gibson Blvd. SE 505-846-1103
1450 Maxwell Ave. SE 505-853-5521
The Child Development Center offers weekly care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old, and hourly care is available on a space-available basis with reservations. The center provides a safe, nurturing environment that promotes the social, cognitive, language and physical development of youngsters. The centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, are certified by the Department of Defense and follow procedures based on Air Force Instruction 34-248, Department of Defense Instruction 6060.2, Air Force Inspection Checklist and local operation instructions.
Children of active-duty military personnel, DOD civilian personnel, reservists on active duty and DOD contractors are eligible. Fees are based on total family income. Registration requires a completed DD Form 2606, immunization records, leave and earnings statements, and emergency contact information.
Exceptional Family Member Program
1501 San Pedro Drive SE
This program provides special-needs families with information and referral services.
Family Child Care
8101 Gibson Blvd. 505-846-1802
Family Child Care provides an alternative to child development center care for families that need evening care, weekend care, care for children with special needs, infants and school-age children, as well as care during swing and midnight shifts.
The program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children.
FCC providers and their family members undergo a thorough background check and their homes are inspected for fire safety, health, safety and other requirements.
Hours and compensation are negotiated between providers and parents. For a current listing of providers, contact the FCC coordinator at 505-846-1802. A listing of providers is also available at the Family Support Center, Pediatrics Clinic, Child Development Center and Youth Center.
2000 Wyoming Blvd. SE 505-846-6477
The school liaison office is the connection between Kirtland AFB families and private and public schools. The office provides support to service members during all stages of transition and deployment to ensure their children receive every possible opportunity for quality education.
8001 G Ave. SE 505-853-5437
The Kirtland Air Force Base Youth Center is for young people of all ages. It offers a wide variety of activities that focus on character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, informal youth sports, and fitness and recreation. Programs include before- and after-school care, Power Hour (help with homework) and sports.
Kirtland Federal Credit Union
6440 Gibson Blvd. SE
Kirtland AFB, NM 87108 505-254-4369
3650 Sherman Ave. SE
Kirtland AFB, NM 87198 505-254-4369
Navy Federal Credit Union
2600 San Pedro Drive NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110 888-842-6328
2000 Wyoming Blvd. SE 505-846-4217
Assistance with power of attorney and notary documents is provided on a walk-in basis. Wills and other legal assistance are provided by appointment. Appointments are offered between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Monday and between 8:30 and 11 a.m. Wednesday and Friday.
For information about the recreational programs at Kirtland Air Force Base, visit the Kirtland Force Support Squadron online at www.kirtlandforcesupport.com.
Tijeras Arroyo Golf Course and Clubhouse
28054 Pennsylvania Ave. 505-846-1169
Tijeras Arroyo is a regulation 18-hole golf course with a grass driving range, chipping and putting greens and a clubhouse. Golf lessons are available.
Fitness & Sports Centers
1451 Texas St. SE 505-846-1102
The center offers aerobics, outdoor running track, fitness assessments cardio and Nautilus equipment, handball/racquetball courts, basketball/volleyball courts, free weight rooms, tennis courts, a cycling room and football and softball fields.
4301 Aberdeen Ave. SE 505-846-1068
Kirtland’s West Side Fitness Center has a basketball/volleyball court, an outdoor basketball court, a softball field, a half-mile outdoor track, a sauna, a Jacuzzi, cardiovascular equipment, exercise equipment and free weights.
Information, Tickets & Travel
Inside the Consolidated Support Building
Bldg. 20206 505-846-2924
Find information and get military discount tickets for New Mexico attractions as well as those in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia and California. Whatever the travel destination, the ITT staff can help you plan your trips with assistance with airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and even cruises.
8351 Griffin Ave. 505-846-1499
Outdoor recreation has sports equipment rentals, camping gear, adventure trips, family camping, pools, climbing gym, an outdoor adventure program, bike maintenance, ski and snowboard maintenance, and RV and vehicle storage. Services are available to military ID cardholders.
Equipment rental is one of the most popular programs; it offers everything from lawn and garden items to camping and boating equipment as well as sports gear and tools. Items may be reserved 30 days in advance.
Call Outdoor Recreation for more information.
Kirtland Lanes Bowling Center
1451 Texas St. 505-846-6851
Strike up some family fun at the 12-lane bowling center, which offers shoe rental, bowling leagues, professional instruction, a pro shop and a cafe with daily specials, sweet tea, pizza and green chili stew.
Arts & Crafts Center
8700 Frost Ave. 505-853-3003
The Arts & Crafts Center offers classes in arts and crafts, a full-service frame shop, after-school art clubs and a plaques and awards shop. Annual events include the AFMC Artist/Craftsman Contest and the Photography Contest.
Auto Hobby Shop
2051 Texas St. SE 505-846-1104
Do your own automobile maintenance at the auto shop using its stalls, lifts and tools. The shop provides engine and computer diagnostics, tire repair and front-end alignments, and wheel balancing. The shop also offers auto classes for do-it-yourselfers and has mechanics if you prefer to leave the repairs in expert hands. Those who want to paint their vehicles have access to a paint booth and paint and body classes.
Flight Center (Aero Club)
3400 Clark Ave. 505-846-1072
The Kirtland Flight Center is an official U.S. Air Force Aero Club on Kirtland Air Force Base. Whether you are a seasoned flying veteran, a flyer looking to upgrade your skills or a greenhorn looking to earn your wings, contact the club to get started. You must meet one of the following criteria to join the club: active or retired military member, DOD contractor, Department of Energy contractor or Civil Air Patrol volunteer.
7801 Gibson Blvd. 505-846-4903
The Kirtland Air Force Base Exchange wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Hours for services outside of the Main Exchange vary, so call or visit the website for detailed information.
7901 Gibson Blvd. SE 505-232-8771
Exchange Mobile Center 505-255-1789
Military Clothing Store 505-846-6294
Charley’s Grilled Subs 505-265-5261
Domino’s Pizza 505-289-2900
Dunkin’ Donuts 505-265-5261
Floral Shop 505-255-4335
Laundry/Dry Cleaners 505-266-8116
Optical Clinic 505-767-7156
Optical Shop 505-767-7063
Eastside Express, Bldg. 20147 505-265-9093
Kwik Kar Auto Care 505-266-5468
Westside Express, Bldg. 972 505-268-5012
McDonald’s, Bldg. 20241 505-255-5363
Subway, Bldg. 944 505-268-5012