The host unit of Kirtland AFB is the 377th Air Base Wing. The standing wing priorities are to continue to strengthen gains in the nuclear enterprise mission, ensure expeditionary combat force readiness, and make our mission partners successful.
Named after Col. Roy C. Kirtland, Kirtland Air Force Base covers over 51,000 acres and employs more than 23,000 people. The history of the base includes usage as a training facility for bomber pilots during World War II and an active member of the Air Force Research Laboratory.
In 1971, Kirtland merged with Manzano Base and also Sandia Base, absorbing the personnel from those facilities as well as a large nuclear stockpile that is now secured at the Kirtland Underground Munitions Storage Complex.
Kirtland is also home to the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center which employs several military and civilian workers and oversees five detachments, three operating locations, and six liaison offices at various locations across the country.
Major Units assigned to Kirtland AFB are the 377th Air Base Wing and the 498th Armament Systems Wing. These are in addition to the Nuclear Weapons Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Kirtland AFB is also home to several Associate Units such as the 150th Fighter Wing and the 58th Special Operations Wing.
Kirtland AFB has several amenities to offer military members who are stationed here. The base has everything that one could find in a small town. This includes entertainment and skill building facilities. Medical and veterinary services are also available for service members and their families.
Entry to the base is limited to military members and their families, and authorized civilian workers with special passes.
Kirtland AFB has two visitor control gates, the Gibson Gate and Truman Gate, which are open 24 hours a day. Other gates include Eubank Gate which operates from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily, the Carlisle Gate is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, the Wyoming Gate is open from 5:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on weekdays, and the South Valley Gate which is open from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Locations on base are typically referred to as areas designated into Kirtland East and Kirtland West. A few of the notable organizations on the west side include the 58th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Research Laboratories, New Mexico Air National Guard, Noncommissioned Officers Academy and base operations.
Organizations located in Kirtland East include the 377th Air Base Wing, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Air Force Safety Center, Air Force Inspection Agency, Department of Energy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Sandia National Laboratories.
Directions and Transportation
Kirtland AFB is located in southeast Albuquerque where it shares its runways with Albuquerque International Sunport. The base can easily be reached via Interstate 40 and take Exit 164 South (Wyoming Boulevard) or via Exit 222 (Gibson Boulevard) on Interstate 25.
Those who will be arriving by commercial airline and who are TDY should contact the Vehicle Operations Flight at (505) 846-2297. Hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. during weekdays and it is a good idea to make contact prior to arrival to request transportation to the base.
Your sponsor will play a key role in your transition to Kirtland AFB and will be important in assisting with preparations for your move. He or she can help you locate housing and assist with in-processing. You should have information from your sponsor about the base and local communities, including a base guide, base newspaper, maps, housing information and his or her phone number and address.
If you have not been contacted by your sponsor within 30 days of your arrival, contact the commander of your new unit so he or she can arrange to have a sponsor assigned to you. For international students, please call (505) 846-9812 or DSN 246-9812.
Members of the Security Forces at any of the gates will be able to provide directions to the lodging office, which is open 24-hours a day. This office should be a priority stop for you when reporting in at Kirtland AFB.
The commander’s support staff schedules in-processing. All personnel checking in are required to take all hand-carried records to the orderly room where they will then be scheduled for processing, which is conducted in the Consolidated Support Facility Building 20245. Personnel wishing to take permissive temporary duty 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, Building 20245, is located on the corner of F and 4th Streets and is home to most of the offices you will need to visit. This makes in-processing more convenient and less stressful. The Military Personnel Flight, Family Support Center, Financial Management, Pass and Identification, Travel Office, Red Cross, Customer Service, Department of Motor Vehicles and Housing Office are all located in this building.