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Location:  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. White Sands Missile Range homepage.

Cost of Living:  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 than the U.S. average. Las Cruces Metro Area, NM cost of living is 86.95, lower than the U.S. average.

Base Operator: 575-678-2121

Population:

  • 600 active duty
  • 1,637 family members
  • 3,640 civilians

Area Population: White Sands Missile Range: 1,058; Las Cruces Metro Area: 198,791.

Child Development Centers:   Thomas J.P. Jones Child Development Center on post, provides care to children ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. Phone: 575-678-2059. Family Child Care (FCC) program offers small group care in a family environment. Phone: 575-678-7093.

Schools: Elementary and middle school on base run by Las Cruces School District, which is the second largest school district in New Mexico. Contact the School Liaison Office, at 575-678-7090 for more information. 

Youth Services:  The Middle School and Teen (MST) program offers opportunities for youth in grades 6-12 to explore their values, beliefs and place in this world, as well as get assistance with school and employment issues.  The MST program is held at White Sands Schools in partnership with the Las Cruces Public School District.  The MST program has use of the school gym, cafeteria and library.  The school facilities have been adapted to provide a comfortable, functional, enjoyable area for teens to learn, grow, develop and have lots of fun.  The outside facilities consist of a football field, soccer field and basketball courts.  Round this off with a portable climbing wall amd teens have a variety of activities to participate in.  The MST program is committed to providing a fun, safe and healthy environment that promotes personal growth and well being.  Phone: 575-678-4140.

Army Community Service: ACS 575-678-6767

Housing:  For assistance with on or off-post Housing contact the Housing Services Office at 575-678-3155.  Visit the WSMR Housing website for more information.

Employment:  The job market is limited in the area. Las Cruces Public Schools is the third largest employer in Dona Ana County with more than 3,600 employees. Unemployment rate for Las Cruces Metro Area and White Sands Missile Range is 5.9%. Median household income for WSMR is $57,208 and $33,872 for Las Cruces Metro Area.

Base Services:

  • MWR Facilities: Recreation at White Sands Missile Range - New Mexico includes arts and crafts, bowling, library, auto hobby, recreation center, golf, gym, tennis, swimming, outdoor activities, camping, fishing, and paintball.  
  • Commissaries  - 1 medium size commissary, 575-678-3336
  • Exchange System -  1 exchange and 1 shoppette, 575-678-2498

Medical Services:   McAfee Health Clinic, includes primary (outpatient) care in general medicine, occupational health and social work. Limited services in pediatrics well baby, obstetrics, gynecology, allergy-immunology and optometry. No inpatient services or facilities. Phone: 575-578-2882. 

Special Installation Messages:

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. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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