The base is the third largest installation in Air Force Materiel Command, covering 51,558 acres and employing over 23,000 people.
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.
Kirtland is also home to the 58th Special Operations Wing, an Air Education and Training Command unit that provides formal aircraft type/model/series training to the Air Force Special Operations Command special operations forces and Air Combat Command combat search and rescue communities. Headquarters Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center is also located at Kirtland AFB.
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.
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