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Military Installations

Military has a major presence in Colorado Springs with five major installations calling it home. This has led to a thriving defense industry which is the cornerstone of Colorado Springs’ economy. This military presence has had a major impact on shaping the “personality” of Colorado Springs.

peterson air force Base

Schriever air force Base

Located east of Colorado Springs and adjacent to the Colorado Springs Airport off US Highway 24, Peterson AFB traces its roots to the Colorado Springs Army Air Base established on May 6, 1942. On December 13, 1942, it was renamed Peterson Army Air Base in memory of 1st Lt. Edward Peterson who was killed during takeoff from the base on a training mission. Known as Pete Field the base served at varying times as a training site for photo reconnaissance, bomber, and fighter missions.

Schriever Air Force Base is one of the newest bases in the United States. It is a satellite-control facility 12 miles East of Colorado Springs. In addition to being home to the 50th Space Wing, proudly called the “Master of Space,” it is also home to the Space Innovation and Development Center, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization’s Joint National Integration Center, the 310th Space Group and other tenant units.

Today, it is home to the 21st Space Wing who provides missile warning and space control to unified commanders and combat forces worldwide. The 21st Space Wing is also the most geographically dispersed Wing in the Air Force with members located in over 20 units spread through many countries. Team Pete is hosted by the 21st Space Wing who supports over 50 tenant units, including the 302nd Airlift Wing (reserve), as well as several headquarters including Air Force Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command and Army Strategic Command. Sharing a flight line with the City of Colorado Springs allows Peterson AFB personnel to work closely with the City to ensure vital services are available when the mission requires it. The 302nd is the only Air Force Reserve wing with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) to aid in fighting wildfires. The fire department and Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams are also available to the Airport at any time. More information about Peterson AFB can be found at their website, www.peterson.af.mil

The 50th Space Wing’s motto comes from its heritage origin: The World War I 50th Fighter Group, from the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing in Hahn Air Base, Germany, which later transitioned to Colorado Springs under the title of Falcon Air Force Station. In June 1988, Falcon Air Force Station was designated Falcon Air Force Base. Then, on January 30, 1992, the 2nd Space Wing was inactivated and the 50th Space Wing took its place. On June 5, 1998, Falcon Air Force Base was renamed Schriever Air Force Base in honor of retired Gen. Bernard A. Schriever, who pioneered development of the nation’s ballistic missile programs. Schriever Air Force Base is the only Air Force base that has been named after a person who was living at the time. Gen. Schriever died June 20, 2005. Today, the 50th Space Wing operates remote tracking stations, satellite operations centers and other command and control facilities around the world. These facilities monitor satellites during launch, put the satellites in their proper orbits following launch, monitor and control the satellites while they are in orbit, fix satellite anomalies when they occur and dispose of satellites when they reach the end of their useful life. The 50th Space Wing controls a worldwide network of military satellite tracking stations; making Schriever the Department of Defense’s primary military space systems control facility. Additionally, Schriever is unique as one of the few Air Force bases to be without a flight line or aircraft flying missions and still contain more than 9,000 personnel. www.schriever.af.mil

united States air force academy Authorized in 1954, the United States Air Force Academy came to Colorado in 1955 at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. At the same time construction began in Colorado Springs on the permanent site of the Academy, which was occupied by the wing of cadets in 1958. As the training ground for tomorrow’s Air Force leaders the scenic 18,000-acre campus doubles as university and boot camp. Each year approximately 10,000 men and women vie for the 1,000 slots available for entering freshman. There are 4,000 cadets attending the academy. While many cities in the United States support colleges and universities or have military bases within their boundaries only a few have a facility that combines the unique attributes of both into one. The Academy has become a well-known landmark of Colorado Springs and a reliable contributor to the quality of life shared by all in the Pikes Peak region. With its “Commitment to Excellence” the United States Air Force Academy enjoys a rich history with its host community and looks forward to meeting the challenges of the future through the accomplishments of its cadets. www.usafa.mil

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