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United States Air Force
750 First Street
Off of Hwy 70 West
Holloman AFB, NM 88330
MEMORANDUM FOR ALL NEWCOMERS
FROM: 49 WG/CC
SUBJECT: Welcome to Holloman Air Force Base
1. Congratulations on your assignment to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. This is one of Air Education and Training Command's busiest installations, and will be one of your best assignments. New Mexico is truly a great place to work and play. We enjoy a warm, mild climate and exceptionally close ties with the surrounding communities. You will find the people of New Mexico to be gracious hosts who will make you feel very welcome.
2. Holloman plays a key role in the defense of the United States with operational squadrons flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon, as well as the MQ-1 and MQ-9. The base is also host to a variety of organizations providing scientific and technical support to agencies throughout the Air Force and Department of Defense.
3. Good sponsorship is a very important part of your upcoming move. If you are not contacted by a sponsor, please call the Airman and Family Readiness Center's Relocation Assistance Program team at 575-572-7754 or DSN 312-572-7754. If married, please encourage your spouse to attend Spouse Breakout at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. This is a good time to find out about the numerous opportunities available here.
4. I know you will find Holloman a professionally rewarding tour and a great place to live. Welcome to Team Holloman--we look forward to your arrival.
Specific breeds of dogs are banned from base housing. Mandatory microchip identification is required for all pets (cats and dogs) residing on base at time of registration or at the next vaccination.
Winter travel can be hazardous as many areas of New Mexico experience temperatures well below freezing. The New Mexico State Dept of Transportation may be reached at 1-800-432-4269 for weather, related road conditions and for road construction information.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included.
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The Major Command at Holloman is Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The Wing maintains its rapid mobility capability with the F-16 Fight Falcons, produces over 100 F-16 pilots per year for the USAF.
Train MQ-9 and F-16 Aircrew, Deploy Combat Ready Forces and Enabling Mission Partners to Succeed.
The history of the 49th is one of distinction. Initially designated the 49th Pursuit Group (Interceptor) in 1940, the unit was among the first to deploy from the United States to the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Redesignated the 49th Fighter Group, the unit played an important role in halting the Japanese advance in the southwest Pacific. During four years of World War II combat, the group was very successful in providing air defense from Australia to the Philippines. On July 15, 1968, the 49th began arriving at Holloman becoming the first dual-based tactical fighter wing. On May 9, 1992, the first four F-117 stealth fighters from Tonopah Test Range, NV, arrived at Holloman. The move of the F-117s was completed July 7, 1992. The F-117 was retired on 22 April 2008 and Holloman received the F-22 Raptor. January 2014 saw the departure of the F-22 Raptors and the arrival of the F-16 Fighting Falcons.
Additionally, Holloman 49th Wing moved to Air Education and Training Command in 2018. For more history visit Holloman AFB's homepage.
Alamogordo's population is approximately 32,734 and is the 9th largest city in New Mexico. Alamogordo is growing at a rate of 1.17% annually.
Holloman AFB was originally established in 1942 is located about six miles west of Alamogordo, New Mexico on Highway 70/82; 90 miles north of El Paso, Texas, and 60 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Holloman is located in Otero County. Alamogordo's cost of living ranks even with the national average. Employment opportunities and wages in Alamogordo and New Mexico in general are ranked lower than the national average; but bet you can have 300 days worth of sunshine.
If driving, Holloman AFB is located on Highway 70, approximately 10 miles west of Alamogordo and is clearly marked. If arriving at the Alamogordo Airport, take Airport Road to Highway 70, turn left (west) and follow the signs to Holloman AFB, approximately 5 miles however, we highly recommend arriving via El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas. If arriving by bus, you must travel from Alamogordo west on White Sands Blvd, which turns into Highway 70 and follow the signs to Holloman AFB, approximately 12 miles.
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.
Z-Trans-Public Transportation Services, (Ztrans), (575)439-4971 is a commercial bus operation, provide paid transport from designated points on base to predetermined stops in Alamogordo and the surrounding Tularosa Basin area.
Alamo-El Paso Shuttle Service, (575)437-1472 provide paid transport from El Paso Airport to Holloman and Alamogordo. Reservations are required.