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United States Army
Building # 329
White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002
Cost of living varies in this area due to the distances to off-post resources.
White Sands Missile Range, NM cost of living is 167.00, higher 3.00 lower than the U.S. National average.
Las Cruces Metro Area, NM cost of living is 86.95, 9.00 lower than the U.S. National average.
Defense Service Network Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense. 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. The operator can be reached at commercial 719-567-1110.
White Sands Missile Range, DoD's largest, fully-instrumented, open air range, provides America's Armed Forces, allies, partners, and defense technology innovators with the world's premiere research, development, test, evaluation (RDT&E), experimentation, and training facilities to ensure our nation's defense readiness.
Be the premier open air test range, for U.S. and Allied customers, delivering superior testing, evaluation, research, exercises, training, innovative products, and venues through a highly skilled and adaptive workforce. Always the best value; focusing on affordability and stewardship of resources, providing results that consistently exceed customer expectations while providing a high quality of life for our service members, civilians, and families.
In the early fall of 1944, Major General G.M. Barnes, then chief of the Research and Development Service, Office Chief of Ordnance, recognized the necessity of a program of research and development in the field of guided missiles. He further recognized that as a vital part of such a program, an established range would be necessary within the continental limits of the United States, where test firings for such missiles could be conducted to carry out the necessary procurement of data to permit the development of such missiles for military application. White Sands Missile Range is the result of that vision. For more information, go to the White Sands Missile Range homepage.
Welcome to White Sands Missile Range.
Whether you are coming for a duty assignment or job as a test customer or as a visitor we hope you find your stay with us both worthwhile and enjoyable.
As a test installation WSMR is unparalleled within the Department of Defense. As a community, it has that small-town feel. There are many services and facilities on post to make life comfortable and entertaining. People living and working here are warm and friendly. We encourage you to get to know us and explore the area’s rich cultural and historical heritage. The information in this guide will acquaint you with WSMR its major activities, facilities and services.
White Sands Missile Range: 1,651
Las Cruces Metro Area: 102,926.
White Sands Missile Range is a Tri-Service Installation. Army, Air Force and Navy all work here. Civilian employees include DoD Civilians, non-appropriated fund employees, and contractors.
White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is located in the Tularosa Basin of south-central New Mexico. The headquarters area is 20 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico and 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas. Cost of living varies in this area due to the distances to off-post resources. The base operator's phone number is 575-678-2121. Please visit wsmr.army.mil for more information.
From El Paso, Texas Airport
When you leave the El Paso Airport area, turn right onto Airway Blvd. At the second stoplight, turn right onto Airport Road. Continue on Airport Road to TX 601-Spur. Use the left two lanes to take the TX-601 Spur West ramp. Merge on to TX-601 Spur.
Use the right two lanes to merge onto US-54 East towards Alamogordo, NM. Take exit 31, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Use left two lanes to turn onto Kenworthy Street. Continue onto Farm to Market Rd 3255/Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Continue onto NM-213 North. At the traffic circle, continue straight on NM-213 North/War Road. Follow War Road approximately 30 miles to WSMR entrance gate.
From Las Cruces, New Mexico
Take Highway 25 north to Highway 70 East (Highway 70 is also called "Main Street"). Turn right onto Highway 70 East towards WSMR or Alamogordo. Continue on Highway 70 East for about 25 miles over the San Augustine Pass and exit just after mile marker 169. Turn right onto Owen Rd. The Las Cruces/Alamogordo Main Post Gate is approximately 3 miles after the exit.
From Alamogordo, New Mexico
Take Highway 70 west. Proceed about 47 miles to the missile range exit labeled "Headquarters" just after mile marker 172. The exit ramp loops under Highway 70 onto Owen Rd. The Las Cruces/Alamogordo main post gate is approximately 3 miles after you exit.
The missile range often sets roadblocks on public roads such as U.S. Highways 70, 54 and 380. The Highway 70 blocks are set at various points between White Sands National Monument and San Augustin Pass. The Highway 380 blocks are set east of the Rio Grande and west of Carrizozo. The Highway 54 blocks are set south of Oro Grande, New Mexico and north of the New Mexico and Texas state line.
To access the latest roadblock information call 575-678-1178. the information is usually updated each Weekday in the afternoon for the following day. Since actual firings can slide due to any number of circumstances like weather or equipment problems, travelers should check the recording right before leaving to ensure nothing has changed.
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.
Contact base operator at 575-678-2121.