Kirtland Air Force Base
- For the civil airport use of this facility, see Albuquerque International Sunport
is a United States Air Force
base located in the southeast quadrant of the Albuquerque
, New Mexico
urban area, 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 (209 km²) and employing over 23,000 people, including more than 4,200 active duty, 3,200 part-time Air Force Reserve
, and 1,000 Air National Guard
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
The NWC is composed of two wings–the 377th Air Base Wing
and 498th Armament Systems Wing
–along with ten groups and 7 squadrons.
Kirtland is also home to the 58th Special Operations Wing
(58 SOW), an Air Education and Training Command
(AETC) unit that provides formal aircraft type/model/series training to the Air Force Special......