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Military Bases

Most military bases in the United States have always issued some form of identification to vehicles authorized to enter onto those installations. During the 1940s and ’50s the identification often took the form of special military license plates or license plate toppers unique to each base. Examples of such tags and toppers are known to survive from several, but not all, of the military bases which
existed within New Mexico at one time or another. Note: While the headquarters of the Ft. Bliss Anti-Aircraft Artillery and Guided Missile Center is in Texas, its missile firing range and most of its land area lies in New Mexico, so a tag from that base is included here as well.

Photo Credits: Sandia Base, Carlsbad Army Air Field and Clovis Army Air Base courtesy Tom Allen. Roswell Army Air Field courtesy Walker Aviation Museum.  White Sands Proving Ground #884 courtesy White Sands Missile Range Museum. Fort Bayard courtesy Derek Heinzerling.  All others by Bill Johnston.


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