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Welcome to Peterson Air Force Base

Courtesy of Peterson AFB Public Affairs,

Welcome to Peterson Air Force Base, home of the 21st Space Wing, the Air Force's only organization responsible for worldwide missile warning and space control. The men and women of the 21st Space Wing, Team Pete, work throughout the Colorado Springs area in what is known as the Peterson Complex--Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Station. We are located in 5 countries, crossing 9 time zones, consisting of five groups, a director of staff, 39 units at 27 locations. We literally cover the world with our operations.

In addition to their operational missions, Team Pete serves as host unit of the Peterson Complex for four major military headquarters--North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, Air Force Space Command and Army Strategic Command--as well as the 302nd Airlift Wing (Reserve) and many tenant units from other major commands.

About The Base

Peterson Air Force Base is adjacent to and east of Colorado Springs off U.S. Highway 24. Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state and has a population of approximately 500,000 people. Colorado Springs also hosts the U.S. Air Force Academy to the north and Fort Carson to the south. The Colorado Springs Airport, which shares runways with Peterson, services the area with direct connections to a wide variety of major cities. City buses make stops at the Peterson gate.

The city's altitude is 6,035 feet and some newcomers experience slight fatigue at first. New arrivals should allow time for their bodies to adjust to the elevation. Peterson is in the Rocky Mountain region. Summers can be hot and winters cold in Colorado, but the dry climate is generally quite agreeable, whatever the season.

Signing In

The Peterson AFB Base Guide contains a wealth of helpful information for those relocating to the base. Click HERE for My Base Guide: Peterson AFB.

People ready to sign in at Peterson Air Force Base or Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station must report to the Military Personnel Flight, Personnel Employment Office in Bldg. 350. Schriever Air Force Base people must report to their unit orderly room, who will schedule them for in processing.

The base INTRO manager, (719) 556-7377/DSN 834-7377, can provide orderly room numbers and can contact sponsors if necessary. The base dorm manager can be called at 556-4027. The number for the base billeting office, located in Bldg. 1042, is 556-6293.


Some of the following telephone numbers may be helpful: Peterson Air Force Base operator, (719)556-7321 or DSN 834-7321; Schriever Air Force Base operator, (719)567-1110 or DSN 560-1110; Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station operator, (719)474-1110 or DSN 268-1110.

The visitors center is a good place to meet sponsors. It is located at the west gate off Powers Boulevard.

U.S. Post Office

A U.S. post office is operated on Peterson Air Force Base in Bldg. 1466. It offers complete postal services, including money orders, stamps, parcel post, express mail, international mail service, limited service for people who collect stamps and registered, certified and insured mailing. The post office also rents lock boxes.

Postal Service Center

The Postal Service Center is located next to the U.S. Post office (Bldg. 1466) and provides incoming mail service for active duty military and DOD civilian personnel. Inbound personnel can call 556-4865 to get a temporary forwarding address until they get a permanent address in the local area. All of your mail will be held at the Postal Service Center until your arrival. Once you check in with the Postal Service Center you are authorized a temporary mail box for up to 30 days.

Identification Cards

ID card applications for active-duty people, retirees and dependents are issued at the Military Personnel Flight customer service center in Bldg. 350. ID cards are issued at the Pass and Registration office, also in Bldg. 350. Both offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Vehicle Registration

Click HERE for Colorado vehicle registration information.

Weapons Registration

Weapons registration is handled by the security police armory, located in Bldg. 1376. All people living in the base enlisted dormitories, visiting officers and enlisted quarters or temporary lodging facilities are required to register and store privately owned weapons at the armory in Bldg. 1376 as soon as they arrive on station. Weapons may be temporarily checked out but must be returned for storage within 72 hours.

People living in base housing may retain their privately owned weapons in their quarters and are required to register them at the armory.

Concealed weapons permits issued by civil authorities are not valid on Peterson Air Force Base without the expressed written approval of the 21st Space Wing commander.

People may only transport privately owned weapons on Peterson Air Force Base when driving directly to and from the security police armory for storage or their residence in base family housing. People must notify the entry controller that they have a privately owned weapon and where they intend on transporting it. Privately owned weapons must be unloaded and in the trunk of the vehicle. The weapon may not be left unattended at any time and must be under the supervision of a person 21 years old or older.

People Helping People

The People Helping People Internet Delivery System web site is made up of Wing helping agencies including the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC), Youth Services, Family Support Center, Chaplain, Life Skills, and Family Advocacy.

Important Phone Numbers

Air Force Aid Society: 556-6141
Chaplain: 556-4442
CE Services: 556-4030
Fire Reporting: 911
Operator: 0 or 556-7321
Red Cross: 556-7590/8265
Security Police: 556-4000

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