Buckley Air Force Base

460th Space Wing
1094 S. Vail St., Aurora, CO 80011
Air Force


Buckley Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Aurora, Colorado, that was established by the U.S. Army as an auxiliary field and bombing range in 1938, and activated as a designated installation in 1941. The base was named in honor of World War I Army pilot First Lieutenant John Harold Buckley. Buckley AFB supports air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and installation support functions.

On 1 October 2000, the United States Air Force took control of the base and it was assigned the 821st Space Group to oversee its operations. It was renamed Buckley Air Force Base. A year later, control of Buckley AFB was transferred to the newly reactivated 460th Air Base Wing, which assumed the responsibility for installation support of the base and its tenant units. On August 19th, 2004, Air Force Space Command re-designated the 460 ABW as the 460th Space Wing, bringing the base’s satellite missile warning mission under control of the wing as well.

Since the return of Buckley Field to the Air Force in 2000, the air base has seen an unprecedented amount of new construction and modernization. New enlisted airmen’s dormitories, the commissary, the base exchange, and the fitness center have all been completed, augmented by the completion of family housing units – the first ones ever constructed at Buckley Field.

In late 2016, the Air Force approved an upgraded version of the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) ground system from Lockheed Martin. The newly-improved system will strengthen the constellation’s efforts in delivering critical infrared data for defense purposes.

Buckley AFB truly represents a joint, Total Force and coalition base. This includes 3,100 active duty members from every service, 4,000 National Guard personnel and Reservists, four commonwealth international partners, 2,400 civilians, 2,500 contractors, 36,000 retirees and approximately 40,000 veterans and dependents.



If you arrive during duty hours, check in at your Unit Command Support Staff (CSS) to begin in-processing. Report in uniform and anticipate doing your initial base in-processing the same day or the following day, depending upon your arrival time. Members will be referred to the Finance Office (Bldg. 1030) for travel voucher completion. If you are eligible for house hunting, you may be granted permissive TDY by your unit Commander after you have done your initial in-processing. Make sure that you are officially on permissive TDY, otherwise, you will be charged with regular leave. If you arrive after duty hours, report to your Unit CSS the following day. If no Unit CSS is available report to the Military Personnel Section (Bldg. 606).

You can reach the base via Interstate 225, Exit 9 for 6th Avenue/CO-30. Go east on 6th Avenue. You’ll arrive at Buckley on the right after 2.8 miles.

If you are searching for directions via online map sites or GPS, use the address “18500 East Sixth Avenue, Aurora, CO, 80011” for the 6th Ave Gate.

If you are searching for the Mississippi Gate, and using Apple Maps, use “S. Vail St. and E. Mississippi Ave.” For other apps, use “E. Mississippi Ave. and Aspen St.”

The Denver International Airport (DEN) is about 22 miles away from the base.


TRICARE Information and News


For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.


Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.


To be enrolled in a Colorado school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the local school district for other requirements. 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/. 

Colorado is unique because it is an Open Enrollment state. The Public Schools of Choice law (C.R.S. 22-36-101) allows resident pupils to enroll at schools in Colorado districts for which they are not zoned. This is also referred to as “Open Enrollment”. Download or view the Colorado Springs School Choices Guide (PDF) here. This guide includes information about the area’s public, private, and charter schools, as well as information about homeschooling in Colorado.

Students who live on base are served by the Aurora Public Schools District. Children K-8 attend Murphy Creek K-8 School and older students attend Gateway High School (9-12).

Cherry Creek Schools also offers additional schools options in the area.

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.



Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars. 

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too. 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.


Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

Department of Human Services (303) 636-1130
The Arapahoe County Department of Human Services (DHS) strives to protect the most vulnerable citizens while providing efficient access to the services provided by local, state and federal governments. They aim to keep families together and help them to become self-sufficient. They work closely with community organizations to stretch the safety net we provide even further.

Child, Youth & Family Services (303) 617-2300
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

Aurora Animal Shelter (303) 326-8280
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.

Tri-County Health Department (303) 873-4400

Arapahoe County Sheriff Office (303) 795-4711

State of Colorado

Aurora Public Library (303) 739-6600

City of Denver

Phone Directory (720) 847-9011 

Base Operator (720) 847-5613 

Airman & Family Readiness Center (720) 847-6681 

Billeting (720) 847-5899 

Chaplain (On-Call) (720) 847-4600

Buckley Chapel (720) 847-4631 

Buckley Clinic (720) 847-9355

Buckley Family Housing (888) 464-8586

Child Development Center (A-Basin) (720) 847-7215 

Child Development Center (Crested Butte) (720) 847-7215

Commissary (720) 847-7100

Dental Clinic (720) 847-4118

Education Office (720) 847-6675

Exchange (720) 859-9628 

Finance (720) 847-6416 

Housing Referral Office (720) 847-5815 

ID Card Section (720) 847-4357 

Medical Clinic Appointments (719) 596-2273

Legal Services (720) 847-6444

Rocky Mountain Lodge (720) 847-5899 

Snow Line (720) 847-7669 

Unaccompanied Housing (720) 847-6701 

Visitor’s Center (720) 847-9431


At Buckley Air Force Base, military family housing is privatized. Hunt Companies owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Buckley Family Housing. For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Buckley Air Force Base, visit the Buckley Family Housing website.

Most inbound unaccompanied service members who are senior airmen or below with less than three years of service are required to reside in unaccompanied housing. Others who are either higher ranking have the option of requesting on-base housing or living off-base. Junior Enlisted Housing is currently open to active duty, accompanied service members. For information regarding unaccompanied housing call 720-847-6701.

People interested in living off base may contact the Housing Referral Office for assistance by calling 720-847-5815 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. To apply for on-base housing read the welcome letter and complete the DD Form 1746, AF Form 4422, and the Privacy Act Statement and email your request to buckleyhousingreferral@us.af.mil or call 720-847-6703.

Sterling Hills West
2.2 miles from base

This large neighborhood is close to several school and offers playgrounds, walking trails, a splash pad and sports courts.

Cherry Creek
10.2 miles from base

The neighborhood offers nice, affordable housing near the mountains with good schools close by.

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In Aurora, the summers are hot and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, dry, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 88°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 96°F.

The hot season is from June 7 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. July is typically the hottest month. The hottest day of the year is July 10, with an average high of 88°F and low of 61°F. The cold season is from November 19 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 20°F and high of 43°F.

On average, Aurora gets about 17 inches of rain and 62 inches of snow each year. There are usually about 243 sunny days during the year. Aurora has an elevation of 5403 ft. above sea level.

Compared to other cities in Colorado and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Aurora, CO is 106, which is 2% lower than the Colorado average and 6% higher than that for the entire country. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Aurora, CO are 8% higher than the average for Colorado and 7% higher than the rest of the country.

The city of Aurora manages more than 100 parks, more than 6,000 acres of open space and natural areas, and six award-winning municipal golf courses. Aurora is also home to several privately owned golf courses.

Star K Ranch, home to Aurora’s Morrison Nature Center provides important habitat for wildlife. It has several trails for nature exploration, including access to the Sand Creek Greenway Trail. Jewell Wetland, a 50-acre wooded wetland, features trails, boardwalk/deck access into the wetland and a butterfly garden. Aurora Reservoir and Quincy Reservoir offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor water pursuits.

DeLaney Farm, site of Aurora’s famous historic round barn, has 130 acres of open space, trails with access to the High Line Canal, an organic garden managed by Denver Urban Gardens, and two structures on the National Register of Historic Places. The Plains Conservation Center, with 1,100 acres of native short grass prairie, hosts a variety of educational programs.

Twenty-seven historic sites and landmarks are managed by the city of Aurora, including the Gully Homestead of 1870, the Victorian-style Centennial House of 1890, the privately owned American War Mothers National Memorial Home, the Art Deco-style KOA Building of 1934, the DeLaney Round Barn of 1902, Lowry Building 800, the interim headquarters for the U.S. Air Force Academy from 1955 to 1958, and Stanley Marketplace, which opened at the former site of Stanley Aviation in 2016.

The Aurora Fox Theatre & Arts Center, another historic landmark, is a 245-seat performing arts facility in the Aurora Cultural Arts District, along East Colfax Avenue. The Aurora History Museum is a community-based cultural center featuring a permanent exhibit on Aurora history and two changing exhibit galleries touching on topics related to history and decorative arts. The Aurora Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra established in 1978, offers a full season of full orchestra concerts annually as well as smaller chamber ensemble performances.

The area has lots of family-friendly attractions and recreational opportunities during every season. The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre garden that is the most popular paid attraction in the Denver metropolitan area. The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is located in downtown Denver and features 20 exhibits and brings in approximately 450,000 visitors annually.

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