Peterson Air Force Base
The base has been the location of the Air Force Space Command headquarters since 1987 and has had NORAD/NORTHCOM command center operations since the 2006 Cheyenne Mountain Realignment placed the nearby Cheyenne Mountain Complex centers on standby.
The 21st SW provides missile warning and space control to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Strategic Command through a network of command and control units and ground and space-based sensors operated by geographically separated units around the world. As the host wing for Peterson AFB, it provides operating support to NORAD/NORTHCOM, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC)/Army Forces Strategic Command, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, 302nd Airlift Wing, several small tenant units, and nearby Schriever AFB. The 21st Space Wing is the most geographically dispersed Wing in the Air Force. Its mission spans across 13 time zones with 22 locations in 11 states and nine different countries to operate 15 different weapon systems.
There are more than 6,500 active duty, 1,525 reservists, 10,200 family members, 1,901 civilians, and 14,000 Air Force/Navy/Marine Retirees served by Peterson AFB.
During duty hours, the arrival point for all inbound active duty military members, serviced by the Peterson Military Personnel Section (MPS), is the unit Commander Support Staff (CSS). If your unit does NOT have a CSS and it is within duty hours (0730-1600), report to the 21st Military Personnel Section (MPS) in Bldg. 350.
Outside of normal duty hours, the arrival point for all inbound active duty military members, serviced by the Peterson MPS, is the Peterson Temporary Lodging Facility (TLF), Bldg. 1425.
All inbound members are required to inprocess with their unit, the Peterson AFB Installation Military Personnel Section, and complete their PIP’s travel voucher.
The Denver International Airport (DEN) is approximately 88 miles north of Peterson AFB, which is about an hour and a half drive , depending upon traffic.
The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is located in southeast Colorado Springs; Peterson AFB is a tenant of the airport.
Groome Transportation offers shuttle service in and out of Colorado Springs at a discounted rate for military personnel. For a complete listing of locations they serve, visit their website here.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) offers public transportation services in the Pikes Peak region.
The Colorado Springs area is also bike-friendly and a Bike Master Plan was approved by the Colorado Springs City Council in April 2018.
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/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
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.
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.
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/.
The feeder schools for Peterson AFB include, McAuliffe Elementary, Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy Middle School, and Mitchell High School. These schools are a part of the Colorado Springs School District 11.
Check with the Peterson AFB School Liaison Officer for information about schools and housing in the area. For information, call (719) 556-6141. You can also download or view the School Liaison Brochure here.
Military personnel and their dependents are eligible to receive tutoring services for free. Certified, professional tutors and resources are available 24/7 for all subjects and all levels – K-12 students, college students and adult learners. Tutors only work with one student at a time. Sign up online at www.tutor.com/airforce.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
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.
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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.
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.
Department of Human Services (719) 636-0000
The El Paso 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.
El Paso County Child Protective Services (719) 444-5700
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.
El Paso County Humane Society (719) 473-1741
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
El Paso County Public Health (719) 578-3199
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office ( 719) 520-7100
Pikes Peak Library District (719) 531-6333
Base Operator (719) 556-4778/4779
Airman & Family Readiness Center (719) 556-6141
Chapel (719) 556-4442
Child Development Center (Main) (719) 554-9573
Child Development Center (East) (719) 556-7460
Commissary (719) 556-7770
Dental Clinic Appointments (719) 556-1333
ID/CAC Cards (719) 556-0008
Education Center (719) 556-4996
Finance Office (719) 554-7073
Exchange (719) 596-7272
Housing Office (Tierra Vista) (719) 597-7200
Medical Clinic Appointments (719) 596-2273
Military Clothing Sales (719) 591-2628
Legal Office/JAG (719) 556-4871
Library (719) 556-7462
Lodging Office (719) 556-7851
Peterson Air Force Inns (719) 556-7851
School Liaison Office (719) 556-6141
Visitor’s Center (West Gate (719) 556-6660
Visitor’s Center (CMAFS) (719) 474-2318
Tierra Vista Communities (TVC) operates and maintains on-base housing at Peterson AFB. Contact them at (888) 713-7234 or visit their website here for more information. If you choose to live off base, there are plenty of communities to choose from in the area.
Pikes Peak Park
7.9 miles from base
This beautiful neighborhood is close to the base, near Carmel Middle School and has plenty of shopping nearby.
9.6 miles from base
Clearview is located south of the base in a family-friendly community close to major roads and an elementary school.
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In Colorado Springs, the summers are warm, the winters are very cold and dry, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 84°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 92°F.
The warm season is from June 6 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 9, with an average high of 84°F and a low of 58°F.The cold season is from November 20 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 20°F and high of 43°F.
Colorado Springs is just over 6,000 feet above sea level, which means that the area receives a lot of snow during the winter months. On average, Colorado enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year. The summer months are typically moderate and pleasant, with occasional thunderstorms. The winter months are cold and snowfall usually occurs from October through late April.
Colorado’s terrain and weather challenge both drivers and vehicles. Pay close attention to weather warnings or watches and make sure your vehicle is in top shape — especially the steering, suspension and brakes. A good set of all-season radial tires is a must.
Almost immediately following the arrival of railroads beginning in 1871, the city’s location at the base of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains made it a popular tourism destination. With five military installations close by, the Pikes Peak region has many active duty and retired military families living living in the area. The Colorado Springs community is definitely a military-friendly part of the country.
Colorado Springs, with its unparalleled beauty and moderate climate, offers something for everyone, no matter the season. The area features more than 55 attractions and activities, including the ANA Money Museum, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Old Colorado City and the U.S. Olympic Training Center, If you are not afraid of heights, you will definitely want to visit the country’s highest zip line, located above the Royal Gorge. Visit this site to learn about everything this wonderful city has to offer.
If you love the outdoors, there is plenty to see and do in Colorado Springs. The Garden of the Gods, on the western edge of Colorado Springs, has been described as the most beautiful park in the world. It is a National Natural Landmark with 300 foot sandstone rock formations often viewed against a backdrop of the snow-capped mountains of Pikes Peak. Pike’s Peak, which rises to 14,110 ft. above sea level offers another popular hiking trail that is a 19-mile paved and gravel journey to the top.
Eagle’s Peak takes hikers who make it to the top an astonishing 9,368 ft. above sea level. This popular trail is located on base. Park in the Visitors Center parking lot and find Trail 713 to hike Eagle’s Peak.
Colorado Springs is also home to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the headquarters of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Over Labor Day weekend, the community enjoys the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, which is a hot air balloon festival held every year near Prospect Lake.
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