2022/23 Annual Issue of RELOCATE 2 Colorado Springs

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fort Carson Fort Carson – The Mountain Post, and home to the 4 t h Infantry Division, sits on 137,000 acres just south of Colorado Springs. It owns an additional 236,000-acre training site in southeastern Colorado. Fort Carson is the state's 3rd largest employer and accounts for $2.4 billion economic impact in El Paso County. Named after the famous frontiersman, Kit Carson, the fort was established in 1942, three weeks after Pearl Harbor. Currently the post has a population of approximately 26,000 active duty military, 31,000 Family members and is served by over 5,700 civilian employees. The post’s 4th Infantry Division has armored, Stryker, aviation and sustainment brigades. The "Ivy" Division celebrated its centennial December 10, 2017. Throughout the years, the mission of Fort Carson has remained as it was in the past - training troops to be combat ready. It's extensive on post training range areas and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site provide ideal facilities for large force-on-force maneuver training and live-fire training. In 1995, the troops of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) moved to Fort Carson. In 1999, Fort Carson became the headquarters for the 7th Infantry Division, which is in charge of training National Guard personnel. It was also home to the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment that deployed in 2003 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, the 3rd ACR left Fort Carson for Fort Hood, Texas. In 2009, 4th Infantry Division once again took up residency at the Mountain Post. Additional changes are always underway at the fort, but it is safe to say Fort Carson will continue to have a significant impact on Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. www.carson.army.mil

Cheyenne Mountain Space force Station Cheyenne Mountain SFS has its origins in the Cold War as a hightech underground complex that housed the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD provided early warning radar protection from aircraft, missiles and space vehicle threats directed at the United States and Canada. Since the end of the Cold War activities have not diminished at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex but have evolved to meet the realities of a changing world. The 4.5 acre, 15 steel building complex, constructed in tunnels and chambers cut into Cheyenne Mountain’s rock, host multiple commands: North American Aerospace Command (NORAD), United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and the U.S. Space Force. It is operated by Space Base Delta 1 at nearby Peterson SFB and is the central collection and coordination center for a worldwide system of satellites, radars and sensors that provide early warning of any missile, air or space threat to North America. It is also the focal point for air defense operations that would counter air, missile or space attacks on the continent. Cheyenne Mountain is a unique facility in that it is 2,000 feet underground, has 25-ton blast doors to protect it from nuclear attack and is essentially an underground city built on springs. It is a joint and bi-national command made up of personnel from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and Canadian Armed Forces, with command centers staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Veterans & Military Resources Health and Human Services Cedar Springs Hospital www.cedarspringssbhs.com • 719-633-4114 2135 Southgate Rd., Colorado Springs 80906 PFC Floyd Lindstrom Outpatient Clinic www.denver.va.gov • 719-327-5660 3141 Centennial Blvd., Colorado Springs 80907

Colorado Springs Veterans Center 3920 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs 80907 719-471-9992 Crawford House (Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition) www.cvrcforvets.org • 719-477-1639 415 S. Weber, Colorado Springs 80903 Provides safe emergency housing through referrals.

Disabled American Veterans (dAV) • Chapter 26 Knob Hill 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. (meeting location) 719-591-8787 • Jessie Martinez #50 1830 N. Academy Blvd. (meeting location) 719-640-5202 • DAV Service Center (claims & benefits) 660 Southpointe Ct., Ste. 316 719-785-4164 El Paso County Veterans Services www.communityservices.elpasoco.com • 719-520-7750 5850 Championship View, Ste. 130, Colorado Springs 80902 Evans Community Hospital (Fort Carson) www.evans.amedd.army.mil • 719-526-7000 1650 Cochrane Circle, Ft. Carson 80913