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Fort Bliss

Located in El Paso, TX, Fort Bliss is home to the 1st Armored Division, which returned to US soil in 2011, after 40 years in Germany. Fort Bliss is comprised of approximately 1.12 million acres of land in Texas and New Mexico. The Main Cantonment Area of Fort Bliss is located adjacent to El Paso, Texas. Fort Bliss trained thousands of U.S. Soldiers during the Cold War. As the United States gradually came to master the art of building and operating missiles, Fort Bliss became more and more important to the country, and expanded accordingly.

Holloman Air Force Base

Located about 9 miles west of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Holloman Air Force Base is home to the 49th WIng, and air combat unit of the United States Air Force.  The 49th Fighter Wing supports national security objectives as directed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The wing can rapidly mobilize and deploy F-117 Stealth fighters and personnel worldwide. The 49th FW also provides morale, welfare and administrative support for assigned personnel.

The German Air Force Flying Training Center is also located at Holloman AFB. This is the only unit of its kind in the United States. The German air force has conducted training at Holloman since 1996.

White Sands Missile Range

White Sands Missile Range, "Birthplace of America's Missile and Space Activity" 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.
The White Sands range is under operational control of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (TECOM), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. TECOM is the Army's test laboratory for planning and conducting engineering and service tests of all materials from missiles to rifles, tanks to trucks, clothing to radios, aviation to fire control equipment.
The missile range is in the Tularosa Basin of south-central New Mexico. The range boundaries extend almost 100 miles north to south by 40 miles east to west. At almost 3,200 square miles the range is the largest military installation in the country and could easily encompass the states of Delaware and Rhode Island. The headquarters area is 20 miles east of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas.