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Colorado Air Force Bases (5)


  • Air Force Academy Colorado Springs

  • The US Air Force Academy was established for undergrad studies of commissioned officers. Sprawling 18,000 hectares in Colorado Springs, Colorado the academy is home to approximately 4,500 cadets and 600 staff of which 30% are military. The academy, with its first batch graduated in 1959, is the youngest among the five service academies. The academy offers a four-year program with a Bachelor of Science degree with graduates commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. It attracts more than a million visitors each year. Aside from the military training taught in the academy, the cadets also take broad academic course load with the curriculum centered on engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies, and physical education.

  • Buckley AFB Aurora

  • Buckley Air Force base is located in Aurora, Colorado and under the command of Colonel Clinton Crosier. Buckley is home to the 460th Space Wing, a unit under the United States Air Force Space Command, and the 140th Wing. Buckley AFB was originally named Buckley Field, after First Lieutenant John Harold Buckley, who was killed in France on World War I and owned by the United States Army. In 1946, ownership was transferred to the Air National Guard. One year later, the Navy assumed ownership and the base was renamed the Denver Naval Air Station. The Navy stayed for 12 years before transferring the base to the Air Force under the Air National Guard. On October 2, 2000, the base was handed over to Air Force Space Command.

  • Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs

  • Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is a United States Operations facility, built from June 1961 to February 1966. The facility is an underground command center that monitors the skies for air activity as well as hostile weapons built knowing it would later be a priority target for hostile foreign aggressors. Because of this, Cheyenne Mountain was constructed with 3/8 inch continuously welded carbon steel plates, as well as reinforced concrete bulkheads and baffled steel. Cheyenne Mountain employs about 1,500 people and is operated by the United States and Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command, most commonly known as NORAD, and the US Space Command, with headquarters in Peterson Air Force Base.

  • Peterson AFB Colorado Springs

  • Peterson AFB is a military base in Colorado Springs under the command of Colonel Stephen N. Whiting, 21st Space Wing, commandeder. The 21st Space Wing is the Air Force’s only organization providing missile warning and space control to unified commanders and combat forces worldwide. The 21st Space Wing hosts about 50 mission partners on the base, including the 302nd Airlift Wing (Reserve), U.S. Northern Command, NORAD, Air Force Space Command, and the Army Space Command. Peterson AFB is named after 1st Lt. Edward Joseph Peterson, an Airman killed in a crash at the base in 1942. NORAD relocated Cheyenne Mountain operations to Peterson Air Force Base for efficiency on July 28, 2006.

  • Schriever AFB El Paso

  • Schriever Air Force Base is operated by the Air Force Space Command and located near Colorado Springs in El Paso County. The base is named after General Bernanrd Adolph Schriever, the man behind the development of the United States Ballistic Missile programs. Schriever AFB is now home to the 50th Space Wing, the Department of Defense satellite command, the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center, and the Space Innovation and Development Center. Schriever is also the operations center for the Global Positioning System, the world’s largest military satellite constellation. Schriever Air Force Base has a land area of 3,840 hectares and is home to 4,000 military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, and contractors. Schriever is one of the newest bases in the US.

Colorado Army Bases (1)


  • Fort Carson El Paso

  • Fort Carson, also known as the Mountain Post, is an Army post built in 1942 and located in El Paso, Colorado. With an acreage of 137,000, the post is now home to 10,556 active duty soldiers, reservists, family members, and civilian employees. The base is home to the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Brigade Combat Team, the 10th Special Forces Group, the 71st Ordnance Group, the 4th Engineer Battalion, the 759th Military Police Battalion, the 10th Combat Support Hospital, and the 43rd Sustainment Brigade. Fort Carson was established in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The fort was named after General Christopher Carson, the legendary Army scout who explored the West in the 17th Century. It also served as a Prisoner of War camp after World War II.