U.S. Army Garrison White Sands

Updated: September 27, 2023
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    The USAG White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico serves as the US Army’s primary missile testing center. Its core mission focuses on National Security Modernization through independent development testing and operational evaluation. This facility offers an unparalleled infrastructure for testing and training with new technologies in a Multi-Domain Operations setting.

    Base Operator:

    Owen Road
    White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002

    What Kind of Base is USAG White Sands?

    Spanning nearly 3,200 square miles in southern New Mexico, the USAG White Sands Missile Range is the US Army’s largest military installation. Situated between Las Cruces, Alamogordo, and El Paso, Texas, it collaborates closely with neighboring Holloman Air Force Base and Fort Bliss’s McGregor Range Complex, creating an expansive military testing zone.

    Army Garrison White Sands History

    Originally founded as the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range in 1941, it earned fame as the site of the 1945 Trinity explosion—the world’s first nuclear test. Later renamed White Sands Proving Ground in 1945, today’s WSMR plays a pivotal role in advancing national security.


    USAG White Sands Housing

    USAG White Sands offers on-post housing options. Balfour Beatty Communities manages and operates the on-post housing units available to personnel. Unaccompanied service members in ranks Private through Sergeant may be eligible for on-post barracks rooms, but there are no on-post housing options for unaccompanied officers.

    For off-post housing, nearby Las Cruces offers options to either buy or rent.

    How to Apply For Housing

    On-post housing is privatized and operated by White Sands Homes. You can explore their leasing options by creating an online request or by calling 575-674-2463.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    Temporary lodging facilities at White Sands may be limited depending on PCS season, mission requirements, training schedules, and other variables.

    On-post temporary lodging is handled by the White Sands IHG Army Hotel who can be reached by calling 575-288-3220. if there is no room on-post a certificate of non-availability should be obtained by the service member to have off-post lodging covered.


    What is the BAH for USAG White Sands?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at USAG White Sands varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the New Mexico state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.



    Military Housing Area: NM209

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,356 $1,017
    E02 $1,356 $1,017
    E03 $1,356 $1,017
    E04 $1,356 $1,017
    E05 $1,515 $1,137
    E06 $1,632 $1,221
    E07 $1,749 $1,362
    E08 $1,878 $1,545
    E09 $1,989 $1,566
    W01 $1,647 $1,314
    W02 $1,803 $1,542
    W03 $1,962 $1,575
    W04 $2,001 $1,653
    W05 $2,052 $1,776
    O01E $1,770 $1,512
    O02E $1,938 $1,560
    O03E $2,007 $1,620
    O01 $1,536 $1,197
    O02 $1,629 $1,461
    O03 $1,959 $1,584
    O04 $2,064 $1,752
    O05 $2,133 $1,824
    O06 $2,148 $1,941
    O07 $2,160 $1,971

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    USAG White Sands Surrounding Area

    USAG White Sands is located in the Tularosa Basin of south-central New Mexico. It is situated between the cities of Las Cruces, New Mexico to the west, Alamogordo, New Mexico to the east, and El Paso, Texas to the south. The base is surrounded by several outdoor and recreational attractions, including the White Sands National Park and the San Andres National Wildlife Refuge, both federally-protected natural areas within the borders of USAG White Sands .


    Healthcare services are available on-post via the McAfee Army Health Clinic. McAfee’s services include:

    • Family Practice
    • Primary Care
    • Allergy & Immunizations
    • Environmental Health
    • Family Advocacy Program
    • Occupational Health
    • Preventative Medicine
    • Industrial Hygiene
    • Pharmacy
    • Laboratory
    • Radiology
    • Medical records
    • Behavioral Health
    • Active Duty Physicals

    The clinic is open during normal duty hours only, but the facility often closes on Thursdays and weekends for training and other mission requirements.

    Note: The McAfee Army Health Clinic does not offer emergency services. Emergency care must be sought at a nearby community hospital


    The U.S. Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range offers a variety of childcare options through the Thomas J. P. Jones Child Development Center. The center provides full-day, part-day, and hourly care programs to accommodate children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. There is also a program for students during the school year.


    There is one on-post school at USAG White Sands that caters to kindergarten through 8th grade. High School students living on-post will attend high school in the Las Cruces School District. The White Sands School Liaison Office offers help for families looking for education information. You can call the office at 575-678-7093.

    Written by Veteran.com Team