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Stallion Army Air Field
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White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is the largest military installation in the United States. At 3,200 square miles it is large enough to contain the states of Delaware and Rhode Island. The missile range is about 100 miles south to north and at its widest point it is 40 miles from east to west. The main post, where most of the range's personnel work, is located in the southwest corner just south of U.S. Highway 70. The facility used to manage assets at the north end of the sprawling range is Stallion Range Center. Several hundred people, ranging from security guards to engineers, work out of Stallion which is near Socorro.

The two primary fixed-wing aircraft landing facilities at WSMR are Condron Field located near the Main Post and the airstrip at SRC. Condron Field supports an average of four fixed-wing aircraft/helicopter takeoffs/landings per day with up to 40 flight missions per day during major military training exercises (WSMR 1998c). The White Sands Space Harbor/Northrup Strip, located on the gypsum flats between Big Salt Lake and Lake Lucero, is used year round for NASA shuttle training missions and drone operations. It also acts as a standby landing area for the NASA Space Shuttle Program. Additionally, there is a dirt, fixed-wing landing strip at Oscura Range Center and approximately 35 heliports located across WSMR. Major military air facilities are located at HAFB and Fort Bliss, Texas.

White Sands also has two national historic landmarks. The best known is Trinity Site where the world's first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945. The site is located at the base of the Oscura Mtns. near Stallion Range Center.

The 416th Engineer Command trained almost 800 Reserve Component (RC) soldiers at WSMR from 22 Feb-24 Apr 1998. WSMR in turn received infrastructure work, including survey and design of Stallion Airfield Extension and Road Reroute.

With an advance party arriving late-May and the main contingent arriving in June, the Marines of Marine Air Control Squadron 2 from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. and Beaufort, S.C. supported opposition forces for Roving Sands 2001. MACS-2's mission was to detect, identify and control the intercept of hostile aircraft and missiles for the opposing forces. They also provided navigational assistance to pilots, all-weather radar capabilities and air traffic control. The Marines were fielding for the first time the Tactical Air Operation Module and Air Defense Communication Platform at North Oscuro Peak, on White Sands Missile Range, NM. The TAOM was also used for information dissemination for the opposition, providing information via data link to the 109th Air Control Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base, 35th Brigade at Stallion Army Air Field and the Air Operations Center at Kirtland AFB.

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