In 1944, the Chief of the Research and Development Service, Office Chief of Ordnance, Major General G.M. Barnes, saw the need for a program of research and development in the field of guided missiles. Major General Barnes was greatly responsible for the establishing of White Sands Missile Range to fulfill this need. Pioneering research in rocket technology shortly after World War II at WSMR helped propel the U.S. into space. Because of this, WSMR is sometimes known as the "Birthplace of the Race to Space."
Today, WSMR is a multi-service test range whose main function is the support of missile development and test programs for the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Aeronautics, and Space Administration (NASA), other government agencies and private industry.
White Sands Missile Range 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. White Sands Missile Range is the largest military installation in the country with almost 3,200 square miles.
From El Paso Airport:
Turn right onto Airway Blvd
At the second stoplight, turn right onto Airport Rd. Airport Rd becomes Fred Wilson Blvd
Turn right and enter Highway 54. Exit on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Exit 31.
Turn left onto MLK Jr. Blvd. and follow approximately 34 miles to the El Paso Gate entrance.
From Las Cruces:
Take Highway 25 north to Highway 70 E
Turn right onto Highway 70 E towards WSMR or Alamogordo
Exit just after mile marker 169.
Turn right onto Owen Rd 3 miles to the post
Take Highway 70 W.
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.
03Population/Major Units Assigned
White Sands Missile Range is a Tri-Service Installation with Army, Air Force, and Navy all working here. Civilian employees include DoD Civilians, non-appropriated fund employees, and contractors. Civilians and their families are allowed to live on-post at White Sands Missile Range.
04Main Phone Numbers
Army Community Services (ACS) (DFMWR) (575) 678-6767
Army Continuing Education Branch (DHR) (575) 678-4646
Army Emergency Relief (AER) (DFMWR) (575) 678-7661
Army Family Team Building (AFTB) (DFMWR) (575) 678-7441
Army Lodging (DFMWR) (575) 678-1838/678-4559
- Non Duty Hours (DES Dispatch Office) (575) 678-8999
Billeting/White Sands Lodging (DFMWR) (575) 678-1838/678-4559
- Non-Duty Hours (DES Dispatch Office) (575) 678-1234
Chaplain (RSO) (575) 678-2615
Child & Youth Services (DFMWR) (575) 678-7704
- Child Development Center (575) 678-2059
- CYS Central Registry (575) 678-2441
- Family Child Care (575) 678-7093
- Middle School & Teens (575) 678-4140
- School Age Services (575) 678-4140
- School Liaison Officer (575) 678-7090
Command Group - McAfee Clinic (575) 678-1138
- Ambulance Emergency 911
- Dental Clinic (575) 678-1141
- Nurse Advice Line (575) 678-2882
CYS Central Registry (DFMWR) (575) 678-2441
Dental Clinic (575) 678-1141/678-1142
Education Center (DHR) (575) 678-4646/678-4211
Exceptional Family Member Program (ACS) (DFMWR) (575) 678-6767
Family Child Care/Child Youth Services (DFMWR) (575) 678-7093
Family Morale, Welfare Recreation (Directorate of) (DFMWR) (575) 678-6103
Garrison Administrative Officer (575) 678-1105
Lodging (DFMWR) (575) 678-1838/678-4559
- Non-Duty Hours (DES Dispatch Office) (575) 678-8999
Medical Services-McAfee Clinic (575) 678-1138
- Dental Clinic (575) 678-1141
- Patient Assistance (575) 678-1138
- Tricare Service Center (Corporate Ofc - ask for WSMR) (888) 874-9378
- Tricare Line for Care (Health Advice Line) (888) 874-9378
School Age Services (575) 678-8625/678/4140
School Liaison Officer (575) 678-7090
Youth Services (DFMWR) (575) 678-4140
There are several places of temporary housing available at White Sands Missle Range. If you are arriving between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm contact the housing office (GMH) at 575-678-5110. If you are arriving after the hours of 4:00 pm, then contact the security office and they will assist you in getting temporary lodging for the night until the housing office opens in the morning. Security office number is 575-678-1234.
The DVQ/VOQ Houses all have beautiful mountain views and amenities include Cable TV, Video Player (DVD/VHS), Washer/Dryer in the house, Microwave Oven, Refrigerator, Standard Kitchen Dishwasher, Dishes, etc. Coffee Maker (coffee, tea, etc. provided), Iron & Ironing Board, Air Fenced Back Yard, 1 ¾ Baths, Free High-Speed Internet, and Carport.
There are pet-friendly rooms available with a pet fee charge.
There are also campsites available for camping with RVs. For more information regarding the campsite, contact outdoor recreation for available spots: 575-678-1713.
There is mandatory on-post housing for all military personnel assigned to White Sands Missile Range (MSMR) unless granted an exception to policy. All military personnel who wish to live off-post must have written approval to do so. Request for permission to live off-post must be made in memo form through your chain-of-command, then present approved paperwork to the Housing Office. Military members assigned to White Sands can expect a wait of up to five days for on-post housing. To expedite your settling in, as soon as you have orders, send a copy plus your application for housing to the White Sands Housing office.
Government housing at WSMR has been privatized and is managed by Balfour Beatty Communities. Before you transfer to WSMR, you should contact the GMH office for further information. A house will be assigned and you will receive a confirmation letter showing the house number and the move-in date. You will give this information to the transportation office so a move can be scheduled.
White Sands Missile Range School Liaison Office is located on the 2nd floor of Building 501 on Aberdeen Avenue, Phone: (575) 678-7090 Fax: (575) 678-2579. Working with the local and military community, the School Liaison Officer can help with the all your educational questions and issues.
Students residing at White Sands Missle Range will attend schools within the Las Cruces Public School System.The district has 35 schools: 24 elementary schools (grades pre-K-5), seven middle schools (grades 6-8) and four high schools (grades 9-12). The district also has one training center for special education students.
The following items will be needed to register your child: Birth Certificate, Power of Attorney (if applicable), for High School, Current class schedule with grades (withdrawal slip if possible), Copy of transcripts, ELL (English Language Learner) Services Information (if applicable), Immunization records, 504 Plan (if applicable),Special services information (Special Education plans, etc.).
There are also private schools within the area.
New Mexico State University and Doña Ana County Community College are both located close to the installation for secondary education opportunities.
The Central Registration office provides a one-stop registration for all Child and Youth Services (CYS) programs including Child Development Services, School Age Services, and Family Child Care. Children must be registered before using any CYS programs. CYS programs are available for active duty military personnel, DoD civilian personnel, and DoD contractors working at White Sands Missile Range.
To request a registration packet in advance of your arrival, contact the White Sands Missile Range Central Registry office at 575-678-2441. The CYS registration fee is $18 per child (or $40 per family) per year. To register, the sponsor must provide the following: Proof of child's immunizations, emergency contacts other than sponsor or spouse, Copy of sponsor and spouse's pay stub, Health assessment-due within 30 days of registration, single and dual military parents must provide their family care plan information within 30 days of registration
The Thomas J.P. Jones Child Development Center is located next to the Chapel in Building 272, phone 575-678-2059. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 5:30 am until 6:00 pm and closed on Compressed Fridays.
The Thomas J.P. Jones CDC offers Full Day Care, Hourly Care, Part Time Care, Pre-Kinder Care and Kindergarten Care with transportation to and from school provided.
The White Sands Missile Range Family Child Care (FCC) program offers a comfortable home environment where all children from the same family can stay together.
School Age Services offers supervised before and after school care for children in grades 1 through 5.
The CYS Technology Center is open for students to work on their homework or have fun while building their computer skills in technology.
McAfee Health Clinic provides Health Care services at White Sands Missile Range, to include primary (outpatient) care in general medicine, occupational health, and social work, with limited services in pediatrics well baby, obstetrics, gynecology, allergy-immunology, and optometry, as well as support services in laboratory and radiology. There are no inpatient services or facilities at White Sands Missle Range through McAfee.
The Treatment Room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for bona fide urgencies. More extensive medical needs will be referred to William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) in El Paso, TX.
Because of cutbacks in medical services in all areas, specialty care appointments are made through the Health Care Finder at the TRICARE Service Center (TSC). Appointments are made through WBAMC or a civilian network provider. All questions regarding general or specialty care should go through the TSC at McAfee Health Clinic, 575-678-0300 or DSN 312-258-0300.
DEERS enrollment is done by the ID card section, in Building 143. TRICARE is implemented in this area.
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is the largest military installation in the United States, with almost 3,200 square miles in area. The missile range is located 27 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico, 55 miles west of Alamogordo, New Mexico and 35 miles north of El Paso Texas.