Kirtland AFB Community

Kirtland AFB
Installation Overview

Installation Overview


Kirtland AFB would like to welcome you to New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment.” Kirtland AFB is located in Bernalillo County, in the southeast section of Albuquerque, and is the third largest installation in the Air Force Material Command (AFMC). The base occupies over 52,000 acres and employs about 22,280 people. Albuquerque is considered a lower cost area to reside in than the east or west coast. The sun shines more than 300 days a year in Albuquerque creating weather that is ideal for any outdoor activity. The base operator’s phone number is 505-846-0011, or DSN 312-246-0011.



The story of Kirtland AFB is really the story of three bases, since the merger in 1971 of Kirtland, Manzano and Sandia Bases that brought the three installations together under one command. Sandia Base was originally created in 1942 as Albuquerque Air Depot Training Station for aircraft maintenance personnel. By late 1943, however, Sandia was in a caretaker status. A year and a half later, the Manhattan Engineering District created the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project at Sandia Base to coordinate military special weapons activity.

Armed Forces Special Weapons Command (AFSWC) also constructed two operational sites. One was known as Site Able, located in the foothills of the Manzano Mountains, just east of Sandia Base. On February 22, 1952, Site Able was renamed Manzano Base and came under operational control of the Air Force.

In December 1949, Kirtland AFB became headquarters for the newly created Special Weapons Command. The nucleus of this organization was composed of pioneering Air Force agencies that had located here to determine future employment of special weapons. The command became the Air Force Special Weapons Center (AFSWC) on April 1, 1952, and was a unit of the Air Research and Development Command ARDC). The Special Weapons Center assumed management of Air Force Systems Command’s (AFSC) test and evaluation facilities at Holloman AFB, near Alamogordo, New Mexico, during the summer of 1970. And, just one year later on July 1, 1971, Kirtland merged with Manzano and Sandia Base’s, its neighbors to the east, creating a sprawling military complex known as Kirtland Air Force Base.

The 377th Air Base Wing (host wing) was activated on January 1, 1993, when the Air Force Material Command acquired responsibility for operating the base from the Air Mobility Command. Visit the Kirtland AFB official homepage to obtain more information about the history of Kirtland AFB and the 377th Air Base Wing.




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. Visit the Kirtland AFB official homepage to obtain more information about the mission at Kirtland AFB.


Population served


DoD Personnel Families Civilians Joint Services
4,123 2,498 23,224 5,091


Base transportation

Kirtland AFB offers a military taxi service for official business. There is no fee for this service.Call 505-846-TAXI (8295).



Sponsors are assigned by the Unit Intro Monitor which is normally in the Command Support Section of your unit (formerly the Orderly Room). Your sponsor is probably the most important person at Kirtland AFB in assisting with preparations for your move. They can help you locate temporary and permanent housing, and assist with in-processing. Your sponsor should send you pertinent information about the base and local communities including the base guide, base newspaper, housing information, maps and their phone number and address. If you have not heard from your sponsor within 30 days of your reporting date, contact your unit or the Military Personnel Section (Customer Service) at DSN 312-246-5459 or 505-846-5459. International students if you have not heard from your sponsor, please call 505-846-9812 or DSN 312-246-9812. The sponsor and the newcomer will confirm the meeting arrangements.

An important item in any move is maintaining uninterrupted mail service. If you are being assigned to Kirtland and have a sponsor, he/she will need a copy of your orders to provide you with an advance mailing address, no earlier than 90 days prior to your arrival. If you are a single enlisted member and plan to reside in one of the dormitories, you can obtain a Postal Service Center (PSC) box address through your sponsor.



Temporary quarters

When you arrive at Kirtland AFB, your first stop should be the lodging office on the east side of the installation. If you are active duty on official orders you need to go through the Lodging Office (Kirtland Inn). If there are no available rooms they will assist you with a non-availability slip and other information. Space-available reservations (non-official duty status) can be made up to 72 hours in advance of arrival. Personnel on orders (priority 1) can make their reservations as soon as they know they are coming to Kirtland AFB.

Pets now allowed in limited TLF accommodations, limited to two pets. There will be an additional $10 nightly fee. If necessary, a cleaning fee up to a $150 will apply. For any questions feel free to contact the front desk and we will be happy to assist you. Pet shot records required at check-in.



Relocation assistance

The TEAM Kirtland Newcomers’ Welcome Orientation is held monthly at the Mountain View Club from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 (noon). Please check with your Command Support Section to get registered. We highly encourage spouses to attend the orientation so register them at the same time. For more information about the Newcomers’ Welcome Orientation call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 505-846-0741/0751. The 377th Medical Quick Start is held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 8-11 a.m. at the 377th Medical Group. Please call 505-846-3397 for more information.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) can assist by providing information even before you arrive to Kirtland AFB so please feel free to give us a call. The A&FRC has a loan closet (locker) which is stocked with household items such as dish sets, pots and pans, child car seats, futons and much more for you to borrow to make your move easier. Remember twenty hours (20) of child care per child may be paid for by the Air Force Aid Society for all Air Force active duty personnel within 60 days of their PCS to Kirtland AFB. Stop by the A&FRC to obtain a certificate of eligibility and for a list of eligible Family Child Care providers. Also the A&FRC has a Discovery Resource Center with computers, printer, internet access, phone, fax, scanner, job announcement board, employer information, and additional literature to include information about the A&FRC services and activities.



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.


Child development centers

There are two child development centers on Kirtland AFB. Both centers have a waiting list for unborn through 2 years of age. Parents are encouraged to forward a DD 2606, Department Of Defense Child Development Program Request for Care Record, to the Gibson CDC or Maxwell CDC to establish a need for care.



If you are going to bring pets to Kirtland AFB please please check on the Animal Control Requirement. Vicious dogs, including Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Bull Terriers, English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Rottweilers (full or mixed breed), wolf hybrids, or any other breed with dominant traits geared toward aggression are banned from base housing at Kirtland AFB.


Financial information

If you have emergency financial needs call 505-846-0741, DSN 312-246-0741 or stop by the Airman and Family Readiness Center to speak with the Air Force Aid Society Officer or Assistant Officer.

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