There are 4 Military Bases in New Mexico.
Located in Clovis, New Mexico, Cannon AFB has only recently been named the western base of AFSOC. The installation is located right over the Texas-New Mexico border and is about 100 miles north of Roswell, New Mexico and 90 miles west of Lubbock, Texas. Cannon Air Force Base is the home to Melrose range, as well as home to several different types of Special Operations aircraft.
Holloman AFB is located at the Tularosa Basin in New Mexico, right smack between the San Andreas Mountain Ranges and Sacramento. The place is being marketed as The Friendliest Place on Earth because of its many attractions. The base has been a member of the community of Alamogordo since 1942. The host unit at Holloman is the 49th Fighter Wing, the group that supports the national security aims of the F-22 Raptors.
Kirtland Air Force Base is a United States Air Force installation located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The base is named for Colonel Roy C. Kirtland, one of the first United States military aviators. As a joint civil-military airport, Kirtland AFB shares the runways with the international airport. In addition to other operations, the installation hosts the Air Force Material Command's Nuclear Weapons Center.
White Sands Missile Range is a rocket range and one of the largest military installations in the USA, occupying land in 5 New Mexico community counties. It’s where our armed services conduct experimentation, tests, research, assessments and training to support our Nation’s defense systems. The range maintains a control facility for missile launches, and environmental testing.
Military Installations in NM
New Mexico is a state with a lot of undeveloped, rural area. Many bases are located in remote parts of the state so that this land can be used for training and test ranges. Of course, this means that many military members must live in these remote areas.
Schools and Education
Unfortunately, the school system in New Mexico has some of the lowest ranked schools in the country. While it is possible to find good school in urban areas such as Albuquerque, many of the areas surrounding rural bases offer very few choices.
Health Care System
Health care services are very limited, and many military members have reported struggling to find specialists around bases located in rural areas. While Tricare will reimburse members to travel to these specialists, wait times can last three months or more.
Job opportunities at many rural bases are limited to basic retail, some healthcare, and positions offered on base. Most areas are dedicated to agriculture with very little manufacturing or high-tech industry. Fortunately, the cost of living in the state is relatively low.
Because of its proximity to many farms, groceries are relatively cheap. Housing is comparable with the rest of the nation, but several bases with rapid growth over the past several years have very high rental prices.