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Old 05-19-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Las Cruces, NM
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Yeah I also thinks it's because Kirtland is an Air Force base. The Air Force is different from the Army. I think Air Force personnel forget they're in the military some times haha!
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Old 05-19-2008, 05:11 PM
 
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You know whats funny about Albuquerque.. they have a nice military base there, and no one ever mentions it. El Paso has Fort Bliss and Biggs field and you hardly ever have a conversation about El Paso that one of these is not mentioned in. Maybe Albuquerque is not as linked or defined by its Military Base, as El Paso is by its Military Base.
Mainly this is because as Kirtland AFB is boxed in the southeast side of the city as most have never seen it where as Ft.Bliss has a freeway going thru it (U.S.54). You can't see Kirtland at all from any freeway and have to drive thru city streets to get to it.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Kitrland is a small part of the Albuquerque Airport also, (actually the ABQ Sunport is part of the base) that could contribute to it not having a large presence
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:45 AM
 
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Also Kirtland has always been more of an R&D base than a base with fighter wing attachments like Holloman (Alamogordo) or Cannon (Clovis) AF Bases have. Whenever i'm in Alamogordo you can always see and hear the fighter jets flying where as at Kirtland you never hear or see that until reciently we now see/hear the Osprey's flying at times.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:43 PM
 
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So by the sounds of it seems Kirkland is not a very sophisticated or large base, or is it?
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:11 PM
 
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So by the sounds of it seems Kirkland is not a very sophisticated or large base, or is it?
Actually it is quite latge at around 30,000 civilians as most of it is a research base with tons of DOT scientists. Think of ''Area 51'' without the flying objects but instead the Star Wars laser weapons and nanotech materials for the USA futuristic weaponry.

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Old 05-21-2008, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Kirtland is one of the most sophisticated around. As 6/3 points out, the Air Force and Philips have a very large Laser R&D facility, the nanotech, and supercomputing that come out of both the base and the labs is keeping the US in the game when it comes to science and technology, as well as countless other security and technological measures being created daily on base. It is the base and ABQ's large tech industry that contribut to the high number of PhD's in ABQ, in fact we have more per capita than any other city in the nation.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:18 PM
 
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Thats good to know, I never have done any research on Kirkland Air Force base, you really never hear anything mentioned about it on a regular bases, but I'm sure they all have their vital contributions to make to keep the free world safe.

Question? how many stack freeways does Albuquerque have?
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Las Cruces, NM
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I believe Kirtland AFB is home to an AF Spec-Ops wing, and some Air Force Special Operations Forces as well so that is one cool thing about Kirtland.
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:11 AM
 
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Yesterday i was having lunch at the park close to Kirtland and there were lots of Fighter Jets flying overhead as that was good to see.
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