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Santego Military Base
General information

Arizona, USA, Earth


Black Mesa Incident

Game information

ofboot0 to ofboot4


David Mertz[1]

"My goal is simple: As a right now, you are all maggots! You will not speak until spoken to, you will not sleep unless told to do so! When I ask you to jump, you will reply with "How high?"! Do you get me?"
Instructor Barnes[src]

The Santego Military Base is a United States Marine Corps-operated military base located in Arizona, west of New Mexico, where the Black Mesa Research Facility is located. It appears in the training chapter for Opposing Force, Boot Camp.


The Armory.

There Adrian Shephard receives his Advanced Training from before March 3 to c. March 15, 200-, under Drill Instructors Barnes and Sharp, among others. The base is guarded by the Military Police whose members prevent access to restricted areas, and operate on-base vehicles such as Osprey Heliplanes and M44 cargo trucks.

Santego includes barracks, offices in the Tactical Operations Command, helipads, and the Advanced Training Facility, which includes the following sections:

  • Armory, where Powered Combat Vests can be picked up and charged.
  • Test Firing Chamber, where the recruit is shown how the PCV protects them from bullets by receiving live fire while wearing one.
  • Environmental Hazards Simulation, where the recruit must get through miscellaneous hazards such as fire, steam, electricity and radioactive waste, while being protected by their PCV. Its proper name is unsure; there is no sign at the start of the section.
  • Nightvision Training, where the recruit is shown how the nightvision goggles work.
  • Basic Training, where the recruit must perform basic movements.
  • Rope Course, where the recruit must climb ropes.
  • Live Fire Range, where the recruit must avoid live machine gun fire.
  • Target Range, where the recruit must learn how to use weapons.
  • Squad Training, where the recruit must learn to use their assets properly. The Engineer, the Medic and the radio communication are introduced.

During Shephard's training, the G-Man came several times to check on him, around March 3 and March 7.

Known residents[edit]

Senior Drill Instructor Dwight T. Barnes.

Behind the scenes[edit]

  • Four animations to be used by Barnes and Sharp during Shephard's training at the Base were removed from the final game but can still be found in the shared model, "drill.mdl". They include blowing a whistle, shouting in a megaphone, and looking through binoculars, with corresponding submodels.


  • "Santego" is a variation of "Santiago", Spanish for "Saint James", "Yago" being an old Spanish form for "Jacob" or "James".
  • The room right below Shephard's dormitory exists but can only be accessed by noclipping. Inside can be found an Easter egg, consisting in initials and a date ("DMM 1999"). "DMM" is the signature of Santego Military Base's designer, David M. Mertz; "1999" is the release date for Opposing Force.


List of appearances[edit]


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Preceded by
Half-Life: Opposing Force story arc journey Succeeded by
Black Mesa desert