• Published
  • By Col. Robert E. Suminsby Jr.
  • 377th Air Base Wing Commander
There seems to be a lack of safety at Paintbrush and the road leading to Sandia Base Elementary, what's being done about it? 

Traffic control can be a challenge with approximately 52,000 acres and over 100 associate units on the installation, especially near schools where large numbers of vehicle and pedestrian traffic occur in a relatively short period of time. 

Although Sandia Base Elementary is part of the Albuquerque Public School district, the streets adjacent to the school are exclusive jurisdiction with traffic enforcement the responsibility of the 377th Security Forces Squadron. As a result of your concerns, our Security Forces now provides additional presence and enforcement in this area as needed. 

Local regulations governing pedestrian safety is of particular interest and we all must continue to educate our community as regulations often differ from each country, state, and installation. Here on the installation, we follow the New Mexico Statutes. In addition, 

Kirtland Family Housing has taken appropriate measures to ensure that proper signage has been installed. The 15 mph speed limit signs have been placed accordingly. 

The Kirtland Traffic Working Group is also working a suggestion to add a three-way stop at the intersection of Paintbrush and Bluebonnet. We are confident that these initiatives will aid in keeping our children safe.

We want your suggestions and comments; however, you may also call base agencies or use the chain of command. Callers to Airmail will not have their names printed in the Nucleus. 

To submit Airmail, call 846-4240, e-mail, or write to: 377 ABW/CC Airmail, 2000 Wyoming Blvd. SE, Kirtland AFB, NM 87117