The Military & Colorado Springs


Colorado Springs is the home to two Air Force Bases, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base, an Air Station, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, an Army fort, Fort Carson and the United States Air Force Academy. Colorado Springs is deeply tied to the military. We have assembled a small unclassified look at what all is entailed.

Peterson Air Force Base

Peterson Air Force Base

Peterson Air Force Base is home to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) headquarters. 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 Space Wing, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, is the Air Force's only organization providing missile warning and space control to unified commanders and combat forces worldwide.

Peterson Air Force Base

Schriever Air Force Base

This Air Force Base is named in honor of General Bernard Adolph Schriever, who pioneered in the development of the American ballistic missile programs. It is the home of the 50th Space Wing of the Air Force Space Command, and this base provides command and control for over 175 Department of Defense warning, navigational, and communications satellites. Also housed at Schriever AFB are the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center and the Space Innovation & Development Center. Schriever AFB is the main control point for the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Schriever Air Force Base
Cheyenne Mountain Complex

Cheyenne Mountain Complex

The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is a military installation and nuclear bunker located in Colorado Springs at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. Formerly the center for the United States Space Command and NORAD. Since 2008 the complex, re-designated as an air force station, is used for flight crew training and as a back-up command center if required.

Cheyenne Mountain Complex

Fort Carson

Fort Carson Army Base, known as "The Best Hometown in the Army, Home to America's Best", is the home of the 4th Infantry Division, the 10th Special Forces Group, the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion, the 71st Ordnance Group, the 4th Engineer Battalion, the 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, the 759th Military Police Battalion, the 10th Combat Support Hospital, the 43rd Sustainment Brigade, the Army Field Support Battalion-Fort Carson, the 423rd Transportation Company and the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron of the United States Air Force. The post also hosts units of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve and the Colorado Army National Guard.

Fort Carson
USAFA Graduation 2014

United States Air Force Academy

The United States Air Force Academy, is a military academy for officer cadets of the United States Air Force. The Academy's stated mission is "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become leaders of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation." Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.

United States Air Force Academy

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