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New Mexico Air Force Bases (3)


  • Cannon AFB Curry

  • Cannon Air Force Base is operated by the Air Force Special Operations Command and is located in Curry County, near Clovis, New Mexico. The base was built in 1943 and is currently home to the 27th Special Operations Wing, formerly the 27th Fighter Wing. It was originally established as Army Air Base, Clovis but later adopted its current name after General John K. Cannon, former commander of Tactical Air Command. Cannon AFB was originally scheduled to be closed as ordered by the Base Realignment and Closure commission but the decision was later overturned due to strong objection by Governor Bill Richardson. However, the base’s F-16s were withdrawn. Fortunately, the base is scheduled to receive newer aircraft to replace the F-16s.

  • Holloman AFB Otero

  • Holloman AFB is operated by Air Combat Command and located in Otero County, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The base was built in 1942 and is currently home to the 49th Wing. It is under the command of Colonel Jeffrey L. Harrigian. Holloman Air Force Base is named after Col. George V. Holloman, who pushed for guided missile research. Holloman AFB’s land area totals 59,639 acres. On May 1 1996, the German Air Force Tactical Training Center was established in the base. With this, hundreds of military personnel and 12 Panavia Tornados arrived at the base to conduct advanced tactical training before returning to Germany. There are currently 650 German personnel and 25 Tornado aircraft in the base.

  • Kirtland AFB Bernalillo

  • Kirtland Air Force Base is operated by the Air Force Materiel Command and located in Bernalillo County, near Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was built in 1941 and is currently home to the 377th Air Base Wing, the 498th Armament Systems Wing, the 58th Special Operations Wing, and the Nuclear Weapons Center of the Air Force Materiel Command. The base is named after Colonel Roy C. Kirtland who flew one of the first Wright airplanes. He was the oldest pilot in the United States at the time of his death in 1941. Kirtland AFB is AFMC’s third largest base and is home to 4,200 active duty personnel, 3,200 Air Force Reserve, and 1,000 Air National Guard personnel as well as their families. It covers 51,558 acres in land area.

New Mexico Army Bases (1)


  • White Sands Missile Range Otero

  • White Sands Missile Range is a US Army rocket range encompassing 3,200 square miles, making it the largest installation of the United States Armed Forces. The base is located in southern New Mexico and covers five counties. The installation houses the Oscura Range and the Otera Mesa bombing Range. Together with the 600,000 acre Fort Bliss Range Complex, the area covered makes it a perfect testing site for the military. The White Sands Missile Range is home to the Ground Support for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Orion Project Launch Abort Flight Test Complex, and various Missile Testing and range recovery operation groups. The primary mission of the installation is to provide Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Department of Defense with high quality services for design, experimentation, test, research, assessment, development, and training for new missile technologies.