Services and Facilities

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Medical Care


The 10th Medical Group is a well-equipped clinic with ambulatory (same-day) surgery. The clinic is in the DOD Western Region and provides services with our TRICARE Managed Care Support Contractor, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans. Our professional medical staff provides care in most major medical specialties.

Located in the cadet area is an outpatient clinic, which provides primary medical care for cadets, fliers and other eligible beneficiaries who work in the cadet area. All other active-duty members and their families receive care at the main clinic or within the local TRICARE network.

Active duty, retirees and their family members must be registered in the Composite Health Care System and DEERS. Academy TRICARE enrollment is accomplished at the TRICARE Service Center in the clinic. TRICARE Prime enrollees receive priority care in the 10th Medical Group and have a primary care manager to manage health care needs.

Information sources for TRICARE:

UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans: 877-988-9378

UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans website:

TRICARE website:

All nonemergency medical care is provided by appointment. Call 719-524-CARE (2273) to make an appointment. There is no emergency department at the Academy. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

Dental Care


There are two dental facilities on the Academy. The Academy Dental Clinic, in the Fairchild Hall Annex within the cadet area, provides dental care to active-duty members, cadets and Preparatory School students. Dental care is also provided on a limited, space-
available basis for retirees and dependents of active-duty members and retirees. There is a dentist on call for after-hours dental emergencies.

The oral surgery clinic, in the Academy hospital, provides oral and maxillofacial surgical services to active-duty personnel, cadets and Preparatory School students. Oral surgery care is also provided on a limited, space-available basis for retirees and dependents of active-duty personnel and retirees.

Airman & Family Readiness Center


The Air Force has learned that providing needed services for its single and married members and their families increases productivity and, most importantly, mission readiness. The Air Force believes this so completely that a full-time person on the Airman and Family Readiness Center staff manages programs and services directly related to readiness.

The Airman and Family Readiness Center is in Pine Valley (6248 W. Pine Loop), adjacent to the Child Development Center and temporary lodging facilities. The family advocacy office is collocated with the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The center can be reached at 719-333-3444 or by fax at 719-333-7200.

The following programs and services are available:

Relocation assistance

Volunteer program

Employment assistance for members and families

Financial counseling

Emergency financial assistance

Family life education

Information and referral

Child Development Programs


The Child Development Center is at 6250 Sunflower Drive, off Pine Loop, in the Pine Valley housing area. It maintains two separate centers, encompassing several programs with a variety of services for parents and the early developmental needs of children 6 weeks through 10 years old. Center No. 2 is at 5150 Community Center Drive and maintains the part-day enrichment program for children ages 3 to 5. It also offers the hourly care program, which is designed for children of parents not in need of full-day services.

Both centers adhere strictly to specific guidelines set by the Air Force, including caregiver/child ratios, staff training programs and nutritional requirements ensuring the well-being of each child. Catering to the needs of the individual child, the center places children in five separate age groups to match their developmental levels.

Child development programs are set up to meet the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of all children and to give them the protection and security they need while away from their parents. Age-appropriate activities include creative art, music, story time, language, dramatic play, large and small motor activities and special field trips. There are well-equipped playgrounds at both centers.

The center participates in the Colorado Department of Health Adult and Child Care Food Program, which ensures children have nutritious meals during their stay. It also supervises a family home child care program, with a potential of 40 licensed homes at the Academy. This program participates in the United States Department of Agriculture Food Program, as well as provides quality activities for children and youth.

Parents are invited to visit the centers at any time to talk with the director and teachers about their children and the overall Child Development Center program.

Youth Center


The Falcon Trail Youth Center is located in the Community Center across from the chapel, and features a full-sized gymnasium, gymnastics balcony, dance studio, art room, television rooms, computer center, music room, activities room, snack bar and many game tables. It conducts a well-rounded program with activities geared toward family members ages 6 to 18.

Classes are offered in karate, gymnastics, piano, dance, tennis, swimming, acrobatics, driver’s education and more. The center conducts an extensive youth sports program with year-round activities in hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, T-ball, inline hockey, indoor soccer, swimming and sports camps. Special activities include ski trips, field trips, outdoor recreation, contests and much more.

A before/after-school program and summer day camp is offered along with programs during school holiday breaks. These varied activities include games, arts and crafts projects, and field trips. Day-camp programs are ideal for working parents with young children. An extensive teen program is presented to the eligible teenagers of the Air Force Academy. The center is a United Way organization and is affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. All Boys & Girls Clubs members in the Colorado Springs area may participate in youth center sports.



There are two schools on the United States Air Force Academy base. Both are operated by Academy School District 20. Air Academy High School accommodates grades nine through 12. Douglass Valley Elementary has kindergarten through fifth grades. Students in middle
school attend classes off base at Eagleview Middle School. The district does offer choice enrollment during January and February. Families can choose a school other than their neighborhood school during the choice enrollment window.

Academy School District 20 offers support services for students with disabilities and students with special education needs. There are six preschools in the district and each elementary school offers before- and after-school day care.

All new elementary school students are assessed when they register in Academy School District 20 so teachers have recent and accurate information about each student’s academic level. For more information about Academy School District 20, call 719-234-1200 or visit

Educational Opportunities


Vast arrays of educational opportunities exist in Colorado Springs for military members and their families. At least 20 institutions from colleges and universities to business and trade schools operate numerous postsecondary programs within a short drive of the Academy.

The Academy Base Education and Training Flight is here to meet your needs for education and vocational planning. Education specialists are available to counsel on degree programs, goal setting, financial support for education, and a number of other educational opportunities and programs. We can help you with course selection, obtaining transcripts, interpreting test results and a host of other education-related activities. Our counselor can save you a great deal of time and effort if you are interested in commissioning programs, education deferments, correspondence courses, Air Force Educational Leave of Absence, veterans education benefits, and other education programs and opportunities.

These services are available for adult family members, as well as active-duty personnel. Best of all, they are provided free of charge. Available for your use, free of charge, is access to the Strong Interest Inventory and DISCOVER program, a computer-based guidance system and Self-Directed Search. These tools can be used to assess your interests, attitudes, work values and abilities. This valuable information can assist you in making important choices about schools and occupations.

Our operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Appointments for counseling are strongly encouraged. You may make an appointment to see a counselor by calling 719-333-3298.

The Base Education and Training Flight also assists eligible active duty and civilians with professional military enrollments in Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and Senior NCO Academy Course 12 or 14. Please call 719-333-3625 for more information.

For more information, visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center on the AF Portal,


McDermott Library


The Academy has two libraries which are open to base personnel: one in the Community Center and the other in the Cadet Area.

The Base Library in the Community Center serves the educational and vocational needs of base personnel and families as well as the Preparatory School. It has a collection of more than 29,000 items including subscriptions to about 75 periodicals and newspapers. It sponsors weekly “story hours,” summer reading programs and other activities developed to serve family needs and to support continuing education opportunities for military personnel. Personnel assigned here or living on base may check out material from the Base Library.

The McDermott (or Cadet) Library, located at the north end of Fairchild Hall, is a major academic library housing more than 1.8 million items, including about 1,000 research journals, more than 50 online subscription databases, a special collections and Academy Archives area, a partial U.S. government documents depository, and extensive microfilm and microfiche collections.

The McDermott Library has ongoing exhibits, which may be of interest to Academy members as well as visitors. Faculty members and cadets may check out material from the McDermott Library. Because access to the Cadet Area is seriously restricted, other USAFA personnel may submit special requests to borrow needed McDermott Library items through the Base Library.

Chaplain Corps

The Air Force Academy is proud to offer members the opportunity to worship at two chapels, the Community Center Chapel and the Cadet Chapel. The Community Center Chapel is in the Community Center near the BX and Commissary, and the Cadet Chapel is in the Cadet area. The Community Center Chapel offers programs to permanent party members and their families and the USAFA Preparatory School. The Cadet Chapel team’s main focus is to provide religious accommodation for cadets. Both Chapels offer weekly worship opportunities for the USAFA Base populace.

Community Center Chapel Programs


The Chapel Community invites members to participate in a combination of worship services, fellowship opportunities and community outreach. Whether you’re looking for a place to connect with others, grow in your faith or find answers to life’s challenging questions, we invite you to join us at the Community Center Chapel. We are excited to offer religious education opportunities for all age groups, Sunday School, children’s church, vacation Bible school, holiday programs, high school youth group, community service projects and mission trips. We welcome you to our community and look forward to worshipping with you, fellowshipping together and serving others.

If you require assistance in finding a place to worship in the local community or if you have specific religious accommodation needs, the chapel staff will be happy to help.

Roman Catholic Community

To meet the spiritual needs of our Roman Catholic community and those interested in the Catholic Church, we offer Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) classes from September to Easter. A communal reconciliation service is held twice annually during Advent and Lent. Many lay ministerial opportunities are available for Catholics in second grade and beyond. Sacramental preparation and celebration occurs throughout the year and can be scheduled by calling the Chapel offices.

Protestant Community

The Protestant congregation strives to a build strong and vibrant community of faith through worship, religious education and various social gatherings. The Protestant worship service is held every Sunday and includes a blending of the gospel, traditional and contemporary styles. Special worship opportunities are held throughout the year.

Counseling and Visitation

Community Center chaplains are available 24/7 to assist in meeting the spiritual needs and provide confidential counseling to all permanent party, dependents, cadet candidates, civilians, contractors and retirees. Chaplains also provide ministry to all units throughout the 10th Air Base Wing, 306 Flying Training Group and USAFA Preparatory School. You may call the Community Center Chapel office at 719-333-3300 Monday through Friday during duty hours or the Command Post at 719-333-2633 after hours.

Religious Education

Catholic and Protestant religious education classes for children, youths, young adults and adults are held Sunday mornings from August to May. Protestant Religious Education classes are held from 9 to 10 a.m. and Catholic religious education classes are held from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.


A variety of retreats are offered throughout the year. These include special weekends and workshops for teens, singles, married couples, Airmen and USAFA Prep School students, all focused on developing healthy relationships and resiliency tools.

Special Program in
Religious Education (SPIRE)

During the academic year a variety of religious education classes are available to all cadet candidates. On Wednesday evenings the Catholic, Protestant and Latter-day Saints members meet at the Community Center Chapel. Religious accommodations are made for members for other represented faith groups at the Cadet Chapel on Monday evenings.



Weekday Mass

11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday

Holy Day Masses

11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Weekend Mass

3 p.m. Reconciliation

4 p.m. Saturday Mass

9 a.m. Sunday Mass


Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sunday

This service includes gospel, traditional and contemporary elements.

Children’s Church is available for both Catholic and Protestant services.

Other Religious Accommodation Needs

Please call the chapel at 719-333-3300.

Additional Information

Please call the Community Center Chapel at 719-333-3300 for worship and program schedules. You may also check the chapel website at for additional information. For emergencies requiring a chaplain after duty hours, please call the command post at 719-333-2633.

Cadet Chapel Programs


The Cadet Chapel worship program offers weekly Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist services which are open to the public. For worship and program schedules or additional information regarding special events/services, visit the Cadet Chapel’s website at or contact the Cadet Chapel at 719-333-2636.

Catholic Program

During the academic year (August through May) Catholic Masses are celebrated weekdays (except Friday and academic holidays) and Sunday. Roman Catholic holy days are celebrated during the academic year. Call 719-333-2636 to confirm Mass times, especially during the summer months or on academic holidays.

Protestant Program

Protestant worship services are held every Sunday with special worship opportunities on holy days. Sunday worship includes traditional and contemporary services.

Jewish Program

The Jewish Chapel offers a wide range of religious services and education for Jewish cadets and military members. Friday night Sabbath services are held weekly followed by a kosher dinner. Specific Jewish holy days are celebrated in conjunction with the Jewish Community of Colorado springs. Services and meals are open to all regardless of religious affiliation.

Muslim Program

Weekly Jummah prayers are conducted every Friday or transportation is provided so cadets can worship downtown. Muslim holy days, to include the month of Ramadan, are celebrated with daily services and prayers. Specific Muslim holy days are celebrated in conjunction with the Colorado Islamic Society.

Buddhist Program

Buddhist services are held every Sunday and Thursday during the academic year, with additional services taking place on dates of special significance.

Earth-centered Program

Special observances are held by a lay leader.

Special Programs in
Religious Education (SPIRE)

Monday evenings during the academic year, a variety of religious education classes are available to all cadets to include Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Earth-centered religious studies. Cadets may freely choose to attend any of the classes.

The Protestant community offers multiple ministry classes centering on God’s word and its implementation in one’s daily life.

The Catholic cadet religious education program offers classes in scripture, church doctrine, church history, ministries, liturgy and the living of gospel values. Small groups also enable in-depth faith formation.

The Jewish education is led under the direction of our Jewish chaplain.

The Buddhist SPIRE meetings include meditation, instruction and discussion of meditation practice, and study of Buddhist texts and core values.

The Muslim education is under the direction of our Muslim chaplain.

The Earth-centered program is led by a lay leader.


Retreats are an important part of the chapel program. Each fall, the fourth-class cadet retreats are well attended following the rigors of basic cadet training. Other retreats are scheduled throughout the academic year. They include choir retreats, upper-class retreats, women’s retreats, the Catholic Together Encountering Christ retreat, a monastic spirituality retreat, a Buddhist meditation retreat and parish council planning retreats. SPIRE groups sponsor a variety of retreats and weekend conferences. Catholics offer Engaged Encounter retreats, individual marriage preparation counseling and Evenings for the Engaged.

Counseling and Visitation

Chaplains are on hand when the new cadets arrive at the Air Force Academy and throughout their Academy experience. They are present during Basic Cadet Training, teaching religious respect education classes and visiting training areas. Chaplains are also available for pastoral counseling which is 100 percent confidential. Chaplains are assigned to each group and squadron in the wing, as well as the Cadet Wing, Dean of Faculty and Athletic Department.


Chapel Choirs include the Catholic Cadet Choir, the Cadet Gospel Choir, the Protestant Praise Team and Latter-day Saints Cadet Choir. The primary mission of the cadet choirs is to provide choral music at worship services in the Cadet Chapel.

The Cadet Chorale is one of the best-known singing groups in the Air Force. Competitive auditions are held each year for cadets who are interested in the program. The Chorale represents the Academy in local and national appearances.

Cadet Councils

Each major faith group has a cadet council that helps plan and carry out the chapel program in the squadrons and cadet wing. The cadet officers and representatives provide the link between the chapel and the cadet wing.



The Academy’s exchange provides a full range of services. The base exchange is opposite the bowling alley near the bank on Community Center Drive. The exchange also has a General Nutrition Center, whose hours correspond to those of the BX. A Burger King is between the exchange and commissary. The main Community Center complex includes a military clothing sales store. Clothing sales not only provides uniform and accessories but Academy-specific gifts. Also in the complex are the barber and beauty shops.

Included in the complex are a minimal number of AAFES service facilities to include an alteration shop, laundry/dry cleaner, optical shop and flower shop.

Hours of Operation


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Burger King

6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Clothing Sales

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Beauty Shop

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Flower Shop

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

The combined service station, shoppette and Class VI are on Community Center Drive next to the Child Development Center. This facility has a grocery section and Class VI section, along with a full line of automotive products, and is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

A small retail annex on the third floor of the cadet academic building stocks snacks, beverages, stationary and other convenience merchandise.

Its hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A snack bar is on the same floor of Fairchild Hall and provides short-order food items as well as a coffee shop. Its hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. A barbershop is on the second floor of Fairchild Hall. Its hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Cadet Bookstore, on the second floor of Vandenberg Hall, supports the Academy’s academic program. The bookstore also offers audio and computer equipment, Academy clothing, gifts, snacks, health and beauty, and video and DVD rentals. Customers may also special order books. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.



Located west of the base exchange, the commissary features full-service shopping along with a bakery, delicatessen and sushi bar. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.



Air Academy National Bank/Academy Bank is a full-service bank in Building 5122 (next to the Community Center) and at Sijan Hall (Terrazzo level). Hours for both branches and the drive-thru, which is at Building 5122, are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The bank also operates four conveniently located ATMs: main bank, cadet dormitory, Field House and Vandenberg Hall.

Academy Bank, a division of Armed Forces Bank, provides banking seven days a week in most Colorado Springs Super Wal-Mart stores and at the stand-alone branch at 1575 Space Center Drive.

Air Academy National Bank/Academy Bank is part of the same banking family as Armed Forces Bank, which operates branches on 24 military installations in 16 states. For complete information on locations, products and 24-hour-a-day services, call 877-712-2265 or visit

Credit Union


Air Academy Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution offering checking and savings accounts, mortgages and home equity loans, auto loans, electronic services — including online banking, mobile apps, online bill paying and access to nearly 30,000 surcharge-?free ATMs nationwide — identity theft protection and much more. Membership is open to anyone in the military (active or retired) and their family members, and individuals and their families assigned, attached or detailed for duty at the Academy. In addition, AAFCU serves 10 local school districts and more than 160 area businesses.

The credit union is on base in the Community Center, Building 5136. Three 24-hour ATMs are located on base — at the branch, at Fairchild Hall and at a drive-up ATM located between the BX and bowling alley.

Branch hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. AAFCU has seven other branch locations along the Front Range. In addition, AAFCU is a part of the CO-OP Shared Branching Network, giving you access to your account nationwide. Visit for complete details.

Thrift Shop


The Academy Thrift Shop is in the Community Center complex, next to the Academy Credit Union. Anyone with a DOD ID card may consign their unneeded items. You do not need a DOD ID card to shop in the Thrift Shop. There are bargains on household goods and sporting goods, as well as clothing, electronics and decorating items. Thrift Shop profits are distributed by the Officers’ Spouses Club to Air Force and civilian communities for scholarships and other charitable concerns. The OSC operates the shop, which is open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.