21st Space Wing
The 21st Space Wing (SW) is the Air Force’s only organization providing missile warning, missile defense, space situational awareness and space control operations to unified commanders and combat forces worldwide. The wing provides missile warning and space situational awareness data to U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command through a network of ground-based radars and optics operated by geographically separated units (GSUs) around the world, making us a vital component of the nation’s defense. The 21st SW maintains the collection center for that data at America’s most recognizable fortress, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, also known as “the mountain.” The mountain, housing some of America’s most survivable systems, is responsible for the fifth mission of this wing: homeland defense. While the base is positioned globally, its area of expertise is space. To ensure our continued success in all our operations, we are constantly looking toward the future, toward the next century and beyond as we strive for the highest level of excellence in each of our five missions.
Our Airmen detect and track ballistic missile launches, using cutting-edge systems to provide data on foreign ballistic missile launches. This information provides “top cover” for today’s warfighters, while also providing continual space situational awareness for military, commercial and scientific needs for the national command authorities and our allies globally. This space situational awareness is the best tool to assure safe and reliable operations in space. The wing also provides defensive and offensive counterspace capabilities to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile space effects to support the warfighter worldwide and to safeguard that free access.
The wing is also responsible for the professional operation of six installations including Peterson Air Force Base; Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station; Thule Air Base, Greenland; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D.; and Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass.
At Peterson, the wing supports 53 mission partners, including North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, Air Force Space Command, Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Command, and the 302nd Airlift Wing (Reserve) as well as dozens of others from other major commands. More than 13,400 Airmen, as well as Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civil servants and contractors, pass through the gates every day, and the wing is also responsible for providing services to more than 66,000 retirees and dependents.
Lastly, the wing is tasked with providing combat-ready and disciplined forces to deploy worldwide in response to combatant commander taskings. Approximately 25 percent of the wing’s military personnel deploys each year in support of overseas contingency operations.
The 21st SW’s ground-based missile warning sites employ solid state phased-array radar systems. Their mission is to detect sea-launched ballistic missile and intercontinental ballistic missile attacks against the continental United States and Canada, and determine the potential number and probable destination of these missiles. The wing has space warning squadrons at Cape Cod AFS, Massachusetts; Beale AFB, California; Cavalier AFS, North Dakota; Thule AB, Greenland; and Clear AFS, Alaska. The wing has a liaison at the missile warning site at Royal Air Force Fylingdales, United Kingdom. All these sites provide continual information as part of an integrated global network of missile warning systems. Missile warning data from these sites are sent to U.S. Strategic Command’s Missile Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado. Data is also sent to the National Military Command Center and USSTRATCOM’s Global Operations Center.
Three of the missile warning sites employ a specific type of phased-array radar called the PAVE Phased-Array Warning System (PAWS). The radar works by sending out a beam formed from several transmitters eliminating the need to move or rotate the radar. The PAVE PAWS radar can electronically change its point of focus in milliseconds, while conventional dish-shaped radar may take up to a minute to mechanically swing from one area to another. Raytheon built the PAVE PAWS radars, with the original AN/FPS-115 becoming operational in the 1970s. The first AN/FPS-123, a more powerful phased-array radar, was operational on April 4, 1980, at Cape Cod Missile Early Warning Station, now called Cape Cod AFS in Massachusetts. The AN/FPS-123 was subsequently installed at Beale AFB, California; Eldorado AFB, Texas; and Robins AFB, Georgia. These roughly 90-foot diameter circular-panel radars are mounted on two or more walls of a triangular-shaped pyramid structure. PAVE PAWS can detect and track targets a range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles. There were originally four continental United States sites. Two of the original CONUS sites, Cape Cod AFS, operated by the 6th Space Warning Squadron, and Beale AFB, operated by the 7th Space Warning Squadron, are still operational. Beale recently completed a weapon system software update called Upgraded Early Warning Radar, which changed the radar’s nomenclature to AN/FPS-132. This was the first radar site to complete the upgrade in the 21 SW. The radars at RAF Fylingdales and Thule AB were subsequently upgraded to the AN/FPS-132 UEWR system. The UEWR software’s enhanced capability added the corollary mission of missile defense in support of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. This program’s objective is the defense of the United States against a threat of a limited long-range ballistic missile attack through the use of interceptor missiles at Vandenberg AFB, California, and Fort Greely, Alaska. The other two CONUS PAVE PAWS sites at Robins AFB, Georgia, and Eldorado AFS, Texas, have now ceased operations. The AN/FPS-123 radar from Eldorado AFS was relocated to Clear AFS and is operated by the 13th Space Warning Squadron and 213th Space Warning Squadron (Alaskan Air National Guard), replacing the older Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) mechanical radar there. Similar radars replaced the BMEWS mechanical radars at the 12th Space Warning Squadron at Thule AB, and at RAF Fylingdales. Fylingdales is unique, having three radar faces covering 360 degrees in azimuth, while the Clear AFS and Thule AB models each have two radar faces covering 240 degrees in azimuth. Even though none of the BMEWS mechanical radars are still in operation, for programmatic reasons Thule AB is still referred to as BMEWS Site I, Clear AFS is referred to as BMEWS Site II, and Fylingdales is referred to as BMEWS Site III.
The 10th Space Warning Squadron at Cavalier AFS, North Dakota, operates the AN/FPQ-16 phased-array radar called the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System. The PARCS radar has a single field of view extending north over the Hudson Bay, covering 120 degrees in azimuth. It provides tactical warning, attack characterization and assessment of ballistic missile attacks. It is the only missile warning sensor that can determine the type of missiles used in a raid and predict impact times and locations in the continental United States.
Space superiority is the ability of the United States and its allies to maintain freedom of action in space and, when directed, to deny adversary access to space at a time and place of our choosing in support of national and theater-level objectives. Space control is the means to ensure space superiority. There are three pillars to space control: space surveillance, offensive space control and defensive space control.
Space surveillance is a critical part of the 21st SW’s space control mission and is critical to achieving space superiority; without it, all other objectives cannot be achieved. Space surveillance involves detecting, tracking, cataloging, and identifying man-made objects orbiting Earth, i.e., active/inactive satellites, spent rocket bodies, or fragmentation debris. Space surveillance accomplishes the following:
• Predicts when and where a decaying space object will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.
• Prevents a returning space object, which to radar looks like a missile, from triggering a false alarm in missile-attack warning sensors of the United States and other countries.
• Charts the present position of space objects and plots their anticipated orbital paths.
• Detects new man-made objects in space.
• Produces a running catalog of man-made space objects.
• Determines which country owns a re-entering space object.
• Informs NASA whether or not objects may interfere with manned space flight and the International Space Station.
These tasks are accomplished using the Space Surveillance Network (SSN), which consists of numerous Air Force and Army-operated ground-based radars and optical sensors worldwide. The 21st SW operates and/or has a presence at 21 of these sites.
The SSN has been tracking space objects since 1957 when the Soviets opened the space age with the launch of Sputnik I. Today, the SSN currently tracks more than 23,000 man-made orbiting objects. The rest have re-entered Earth’s turbulent atmosphere and disintegrated, or survived re-entry and impacted the earth. The space objects the 21st SW tracks range in size from satellites weighing several tons to pieces of spent rocket bodies the size of a softball. Only about 7 percent of the space objects are operational satellites; the rest are debris. USSTRATCOM is interested in both the active satellites and the space debris to avoid collisions with operational satellites. The SSN tracks space objects which are 10 centimeters in diameter (softball size) or larger.
The following is a brief description of each type of sensor in the network.
Phased-array radars can maintain tracks on multiple satellites simultaneously and scan large areas of space in a fraction of a second. These radars have no moving mechanical parts to limit the speed of the radar scan; the radar energy is steered electronically.
Conventional radars use mobile detection and tracking antennas. The detection antenna transmits radar energy into space in the shape of a large fan. When a satellite intersects the fan, the energy is reflected back to the antenna, triggering the tracking antenna. The tracking antenna then locks its narrow beam of energy on the target and follows it in order to establish orbital data.
The Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System consists of three telescope sensors each linked to a respective camera. The cameras feed their space pictures into a nearby computer which drives a display scope. The image is transposed into electrical impulses and can be recorded on magnetic tape. This is the same process used by video cameras. Thus, the image can be recorded and analyzed in real time.
Combined, these types of sensors make up to 148 million satellite observations annually; the observations consist of metric data and Space Object Identification data. Metric data are positional data on Earth-orbiting objects. The metric data are transmitted directly to the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) Space Situational Awareness via satellite, ground wire, microwave and phone. The JSpOC uses metric data for all space situational awareness purposes, one of which is ensuring orbital safety of manned space flight and the International Space Station. The JSpOC also maintains an extensive satellite catalog that is used by U.S. civilian and military agencies, as well as by U.S. allies when launching new satellites into space. The JSpOC maintains an alternate for their space situational awareness cell at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Va. Alternate SSA operations are performed by 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Detachment 1 (a subordinate unit of 614th Air and Space Operations Center). The 21 SW’s radar sites at Beale, Cape Cod, Clear, Thule, Fylingdales, and Cavalier support the SSN by providing surveillance, tracking, and SOI data on near-Earth objects at a range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles. Since space surveillance is their secondary mission, these sites are called collateral sensors. The 21st SW also operates three 21st OG detachments: Det. 1 at Socorro, N.M., Det. 2 at Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territories, and Det. 3 at Maui, Hawaii.
The 20th Space Control Squadron (SPCS) provides space surveillance using the only active phased-array radar system dedicated to tracking more than 23,000 near-Earth and deep-space objects. Achieving full operational capability in January 1969, the AN/FPS-85 was the first phased-array radar developed to perform all-weather, day-night detection and tracking of man-made objects in space. The AN/FPS-85 covers 120 degrees in azimuth and more than 22,000 nautical miles in range.
The 21st SW also controls and operates three dedicated optical space tracking sites, which are a part of the Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance system, or GEODSS: Det. 1, Socorro, N.M.; Det. 2, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territories; and Det. 3 at Maui, Hawaii. Like the other sensors in the SSN, GEODSS provides metric data to the JSpOC and ASCC, and photometric SOI data (total intensity of reflected light from an observed satellite).
GEODSS is an optical system that uses low-light-level TV cameras, computers and large telescopes. GEODSS tracks objects in deep space, or from about 2,000 nautical miles out, to beyond geosynchronous altitudes, more than 22,500 nautical miles out. GEODSS requires nighttime and clear weather tracking because of the inherent limitations of an optical system. Each site has three telescopes. The telescopes have a 40-inch aperture and a 1.68 degree field of view. The telescopes are able to “see” objects 10,000 times dimmer than the human eye can detect. This sensitivity, and the fact that the daytime sky background masks satellites’ reflected light, dictates that the system operate at night. As with any ground-based optical system, cloud cover and local weather conditions directly influence its effectiveness. GEODSS employs “sidereal” and “rate” track to perform its Space Surveillance Mission. In sidereal track, the telescopes scan the sky at the same rate as the stars appear to move. In rate track, telescopes follow the path of the satellite as it passes overhead.
While resources for the space surveillance piece of the space control mission have been around for more than 50 years, the DOD is still in the early stages of developing space control measures. Space control operations are critical to success in modern warfare. Combatant commanders leverage space capabilities such as communication, position, navigation, timing, missile warning, environmental sensing, and reconnaissance to maintain a combat advantage over their adversaries. As demonstrated by the Iraqi deployment of Global Positioning System jammers during Operation Iraqi Freedom, adversaries will target space capabilities in an attempt to deny that combat advantage.
The United States must also be prepared to deprive an adversary of the benefits of space capabilities when American interests and lives are at stake. The space control mission area protects United States and allied access to space and denies enemy access to space at a time and place of our choosing. The 4th SPCS at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, and the 76th SPCS at Peterson AFB, Colorado, are charged with providing trained and equipped forces to conduct both the defensive and offensive space control missions while the 16th SPCS at Peterson AFB, Colorado, is charged with providing trained and equipped forces to specifically conduct the defensive space control mission.
The 4th and 76th SPCS are responsible for delivering defensive and offensive space control capabilities and space situational awareness, as appropriate, to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile effects in support of global and theater campaigns. The 4th SPCS and 76th SPCS are sister squadrons and are both positioned to deploy worldwide to support any contingency operation.
The 16th SPCS is AFSPC’s first defensive space control unit. The unit is responsible for operating space control capabilities to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile space superiority in support of theater campaigns and USSTRATCOM’s space superiority mission.
THE WING CONSISTS OF WING STAFF AGENCIES AND FIVE GROUPS
21st Operations Group
The 21st Operations Group (OG) is responsible for all of the 21 SW’s 19 operations units and detachments; all but three of the 21st OG’s units are geographically separated units. Additionally, the 21st OG maintains administrative control of the 21st SW’s two expeditionary units: the 1st Expeditionary Space Control Squadron, and the 17th Expeditionary Space Control Squadron.
The group is Air Force Space Command’s largest, most weapon-system diverse, and most widespread organization. Its mission is to provide real-time space control, missile warning, attack assessment, missile defense and space situational awareness to the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commands and allies. The group also establishes operational requirements and manages the training and standardization and evaluation programs for their weapon systems. This includes conducting command-directed evaluations and staff assistance visits. Additionally, the 21st OG develops and maintains operational procedures and regulations for all its field units.
The 21st Operations Group includes:
• The 21st Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation Division.
• The 21st Operations Support Squadron.
• Five missile warning squadrons.
• International partner operations at Royal Air Force Fylingdales.
• Three space surveillance detachments.
• Three operating locations.
• Two space control squadrons.
• Two expeditionary space control squadrons.
• One space surveillance squadron.
• One training detachment.
STANDARDIZATION AND EVALUATION DIVISION
The 21st OG Standardization and Evaluation Division is responsible for standardizing operations across three mission areas, 19 subordinate units at 18 locations in eight countries. The division is the focal point for group standardization, evaluation and crew force management policies, clarification requests, technical orders, and overseeing GSU participation in readiness exercises. The division regularly conducts Operations Standardization Team and Staff Assistance Visits at GSUs to ensure compliance with regulations and to provide input on how to improve processes. It also conducts Initial Operations Assessments on new or upgraded space weapon systems.
THE 21ST OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 21st Operations Support Squadron provides day-to-day operations support for the 21 SW’s worldwide network of ground-based missile warning, space surveillance, and space control units and accomplishes the following:
• Provides oversight, support, and guidance for all force structure, testing and system modification actions involving 21st SW operational units.
• Provides real-world and exercise senior staff support to 21st SW leadership.
• Provides intelligence support to 19 ground-based missile warning, space surveillance and space control units.
• Provides configuration management for software and hardware changes to 21st SW operational systems.
• Manages the 21st SW’s weapons and tactics, warfighter education, and combat systems improvement and integration programs.
• Oversees, standardizes and provides guidance for all 21st SW operations training programs.
• Manages Peterson AFB’s airfield operations and provides flight records management services.
• Provides precision measurement equip lab support for 180 organizations and 6,448 pieces of test, measurement and diagnostic equipment.
• Provides integrated management data system support and maintenance data collection analysis for maintenance actions and equipment.
• Provides contract oversight of transient alert which services more than 2,500 transient aircraft each year of that 41 percent are distinguished visitors.
• Provides environmental support (space and terrestrial) to NORAD and USNORTHCOM command centers, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base units, and 21 SW staff and GSUs.
4TH SPACE CONTROL SQUADRON
The 4th Space Control Squadron (SPCS) is a dynamic military organization that is constantly evolving, with a mission set that grows, adapts and adjusts continuously. The underpinning to this vision is that SPCS’s assigned mission is a combat mission. The squadron does not know when it will be asked to execute, so SPCS is always ready and always preparing and focusing on combat readiness. Nothing will distract from this fundamental vision. The squadron will be ready when called and will get the mission done.
6TH SPACE WARNING SQUADRON
The primary mission of the 6th Space Warning Squadron (SWS), Cape Cod AFS, Massachusetts, is to guard North America’s East Coast against submarine-launched ballistic missiles and ICBMs. The unit operates the AN/FPS-123 PAVE PAWS radar system. 6th SWS has the distinction of being the first PAVE PAWS installation in the United States. The original AN/FPS-115 was built in the late 1970s and became fully operational on April 4, 1980, at 6th SWS. The radar was upgraded to an AN/FPS-123 in 1989. These roughly 90-foot diameter circular-panel radars are mounted on two walls of a triangular-shaped pyramid structure. PAVE PAWS radars can detect and track targets within a range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles. The site provides continual space control information as part of an integrated global network of missile warning systems.
Missile warning data from 6th SWS is sent to the Missile Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado. Data is also sent to the National Military Command Center and USSTRATCOM. Being a collateral sensor in the SSN, 6th SWS has a secondary mission of space surveillance. The site detects, tracks and performs space object identification for near-Earth objects within a range of approximately 3,000 nautical miles, and sends its observations to the JSpOC. The site also provides Space Object Identification data.
7TH SPACE WARNING SQUADRON
7th Space Warning Squadron (SWS) at Beale AFB, California, a geographically separated unit assigned to the 21st OG, operates the PAVE PAWS radar and provides 24-hour coverage over the Pacific Ocean, executing its primary mission of missile warning and corollary mission of missile defense against sea-launched ballistic missiles and ICBM threats.
Raytheon built the PAVE PAWS radars, and deployed the first AN/FPS-115 model during the early 1980s, which was subsequently updated to the AN/FPS-123 model. These 90-foot diameter circular-panel radars are mounted on two walls of a structure covering 240 degrees in azimuth. The system can detect and track targets at ranges approaching 3,000 miles, and the antennas are designed to operate at a frequency of 420 to 450 MHz. The radar at Beale AFB was upgraded in 2004 with more capable software, allowing the radar to become part of the Integrated Missile Defense architecture. At that time, the system’s designator was changed to AN/FPS-132, also known as Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR).
The site provides continual space situational awareness as part of an integrated global network of missile warning systems. Fulfilling its primary mission of missile warning, 7th SWS sends data to the MWC at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, the National Military Command Center and USSTRATCOM. The 7th SWS corollary mission of missile defense supports the Ground Based Midcourse Defense element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The objective of the BMDS is defense of the United States against a threat of a limited strategic ballistic missile attack. Mission accomplishment is made possible through the use of the UEWR, which detects, acquires, and tracks inbound missiles to provide the necessary data to classify and engage the target. This target data allows the GMD Fire Control and Communications element to generate a weapons task plan, allowing for the engagement, interception, and negation of a threat ballistic missile re-entry vehicle in the exoatmospheric region of space.
The 7th SWS has a secondary mission of space surveillance. The site detects and tracks near-Earth objects at a range of up to 3,000 nautical miles for the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, California. The site also generates Space Object Identification data, which is provided to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center as a key component of space situational awareness.
10TH SPACE WARNING SQUADRON
The 10th SWS at Cavalier AFS, North Dakota, is a geographically separated unit of the 21st Space Wing situated 20 miles south of the Canada-U.S. border. The squadron provides tactical detection, warning, tracking, and characterization of intercontinental and sea-launched ballistic missile attacks and forwards that information to the Missile Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and the National Military Command Center. The unit also contributes to the space situational awareness mission by tracking and providing real-time metric observations on man-made Earth-orbiting objects to the Joint Space Operations Center. The squadron operates and maintains the world’s most capable phased-array radar, the AN/FPQ-16, or Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS). PARCS is a single-faced radar covering 120 degrees in azimuth. It is more powerful than the AN/FPS-123 PAVE PAWS radar and can more effectively track and discriminate multiple objects in low-Earth orbit at a range of nearly 3,300 kilometers. The radar accounts for 25 percent of the observations taken by all U.S. ground-based radars. The site also generates Space Object Identification data, which is provided to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center as a key component of space situational awareness.
Cavalier AFS was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1970s as one component of the Stanley R. Mickelsen SAFEGUARD Complex, Antiballistic Missile System. The USAF began to operate the facility with a new USAF mission in 1977, after the ABM system was decommissioned. The USAF initially leased the property from the U.S. Army, but the property was transferred to the USAF in 2007. 10th SWS operates Cavalier AFS with support from several civilian contractor organizations and the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota.
12TH SPACE WARNING SQUADRON
12th SWS at Thule Air Base, Greenland, 21st OG’s northern-most GSU, provides tactical detection, warning and tracking of intercontinental and sea-launched ballistic missile attacks and forwards that information to the Missile Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, and the National Military Command Center and USSTRATCOM. The 12th SWS corollary mission of missile defense supports the Ground-Based Missile Defense element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. This program’s objective is the defense of the United States against long-range ballistic missile attack. Mission accomplishment is made possible using the Upgraded Early Warning Radar system, which detects, acquires, and tracks inbound missiles to provide the necessary data to classify and engage the target. This target data allows the GMD Fire Control and Communications element to generate a weapons task plan to engage, intercept and negate a threat ballistic missile re-entry vehicle in the exoatmospheric region of space. The unit also contributes to the space control mission by tracking and providing metric data on man-made objects orbiting the Earth as part of the Space Surveillance Network. The site operates a solid-state, phased-array radar. The AN/FPS-120 model, which has two radar faces covering 240 degrees in azimuth, replaced the BMEWS mechanical radar at Thule in 1987. In 2009, the AN/FPS-120 was upgraded to the AN/FPS-132 UEWR specification.
13TH SPACE WARNING SQUADRON
The primary mission of the 13th SWS at Clear AFS, Alaska, is to provide early warning of ICBMs and SLBMs to USSTRATCOM’s MWC at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado, the National Military Command Center and USSTRATCOM. Its secondary mission is to provide space surveillance data on Earth-orbiting objects to the JSpOC. The data they generate ensures the JSpOC is able to accurately keep track of objects in orbit. This allows them to keep manned objects, like the space shuttle and International Space Station, out of harm’s way and to closely monitor objects re-entering the atmosphere, which might impact populated areas or appear as an incoming missile. The 13th SWS accomplishes these missions using a solid-state phased-array radar, the AN/FPS-123, which is housed in a triangular-shaped 11-story building on site. The antennas are designed to operate at a frequency of 420 to 450 MHz. Because of its excellent tracking capabilities, this type of radar is very useful for tracking near-Earth satellites. The AN/FPS-123 model currently at Clear AFS, a follow-on to the AN/FPS-115 radar, was originally at Eldorado Air Station, Texas, as part of the PAVE PAWS program and was transplanted to Alaska in 2001 to replace the United States’ last mechanical missile warning radar site. The radar system has two faces which together form a coverage area 240 degrees wide and approximately 3,000 nautical miles into space. The coverage extends from the Arctic Ocean to the West Coast of the lower 48 states. The 213th Space Warning Squadron is an Alaska Air National Guard squadron that performs most of the operations and security functions at Clear AFS. The 213th SWS and 13th SWS work hand in hand to accomplish the missile warning and space surveillance mission for the 21st SW.
16TH SPACE CONTROL SQUADRON
16th SPCS is AFSPC’s first dedicated defensive space control unit. The unit is responsible for operating space control capabilities to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile space superiority in support of theater campaigns and USSTRATCOM’s space superiority mission.
The 380th Space Control Squadron is a Reserve Associate Unit of the 16th SPCS and performs the defensive space control mission as an equal partner with the 16th SPCS. The 380th SPCS, composed of active-reserve and traditional-reserve members, augments and supports the 21st SW defensive space control mission.
20TH SPACE CONTROL SQUADRON
The 20th SPCS, Eglin AFB, Florida, a GSU assigned to the 21st OG, operates and maintains the Air Force’s only phased-array space surveillance radar system dedicated to tracking near-Earth and deep-space objects as part of the SSN. Achieving full operational capability in January 1969, the AN/FPS-85 radar was the first phased-array radar developed to perform all-weather, day-night detection and tracking of man-made objects in space. The AN/FPS-85 covers 120 degrees in azimuth and in excess of 22,000 nautical miles in range. The squadron also supports USSTRATCOM and theater warfighter requirements through continuous detection, identification, and reporting of orbital satellite positional and SOI data.
Situated on the North York Moors in the United Kingdom, RAF Fylingdales is a joint enterprise of the U.K. and U.S. governments. RAF Fylingdales’ mission is to provide uninterrupted Ballistic Missile Early Warning (BMEWS) and Space Surveillance service to the U.K. and U.S. governments. These missions have been performed by the unit since 1963. Following an agreement by the U.K. to support U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), the 2007 UEWR upgrade added the capability to support the U.S. BMD mission. The unit is unique for a number of reasons. It is the only three-faced phased array radar in the network that provides 360 degrees of azimuth coverage. Operations are performed by RAF personnel who have been trained and assured to meet both U.K. and U.S. criteria. All BMEWS and Space Surveillance events are simultaneously reported to both U.K. and U.S. chains of command. Engineering and spacetrack analysis support is provided by British contractors; resulting in the only BMEWS unit that has spacetrack analysts on shift with every crew.
The U.S. Air Force presence at Fylingdales is a liaison officer who reports through the 21st OG. The liaison officer is a bridge to U.S. operations, maintaining mission ready status and advising the RAF station commander on U.S. Air Force operational issues. The U.S. Air Force liaison officer also serves as a resource advisor and the contracting officer’s representative for the communications contractor.
21ST OPERATIONS GROUP DETACHMENTS
The 21st OG also controls and operates three dedicated optical space tracking sites in the SSN. Three of the sites are part of Ground-based Electrical Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS): Det. 1, Socorro, New Mexico; Det. 2, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territories; and Det. 3 at Maui, Hawaii. Like the other sensors in the SSN, GEODSS provides metric data to JSpOC, and photometric SOI data.
GEODSS is an optical system that uses low-light-level, electro-optical cameras, high-speed computers, and powerful telescopes. GEODSS tracks objects in deep space, or from about 2,000 miles out, to beyond geosynchronous altitudes, more than 22,500 miles out. GEODSS requires nighttime and clear weather tracking because of the inherent limitations of an optical system. Each site has three telescopes. The telescopes have a one-meter aperture and a 1.68 degree field of view.
The telescopes are able to “see” objects 10,000 times dimmer than the human eye can detect. This sensitivity, and the fact that the daytime sky background masks satellites’ reflected light, dictates that the system operate at night. As with any ground-based optical system, cloud cover and local weather conditions directly influence its effectiveness. GEODSS employs “sidereal” and “rate” track to perform its space surveillance mission. In sidereal track the telescopes scan the sky at the same rate as the stars appear to move. In rate track, telescopes follow the path of the satellite as it passes overhead.
GEODSS is also now capable of robust area and object searches resulting in an enhanced battlespace picture through detection of uncorrelated targets and normally difficult-to-track cataloged objects.
21st Mission Support Group
The 21st Mission Support Group (MSG) provides civil engineering, contracting, logistics, personnel, security, and services support for Peterson AFB, including the headquarters of North American Aerospace Defense Command, United States Northern Command, Air Force Space Command (AFSC) and numerous mission partners, and for squadrons operating worldwide to execute their missile warning and space control missions. The group provides world-class mission and quality-of-life support to a population of more than 80,000 military members, civilians, retirees, contractors, and their families using Peterson AFB. In addition, the group provides expeditionary combat support personnel and equipment to our nation’s combatant commanders worldwide, supporting the projection of combat power by our nation’s premier air, space, ground, maritime and special operations forces. The 21st Mission Support Group is composed of warriors from six squadrons, all dedicated to protecting and caring for the Air Force’s most valuable resource — you!
21ST CONTRACTING SQUADRON
The 21st Contracting Squadron acquires, negotiates, awards and manages contracts directly supporting missile warning, space surveillance and space object identification for the 21st Space Wing and its geographically separated units around the world. Additionally, the squadron provides contract support to the wing’s mission partners, including HQ AFSPC, NORAD-USNORTHCOM and the 302nd Airlift Wing (AW). The squadron provides strategic contract support to other military installations along the Front Range, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, Schriever AFB, Buckley AFB, FE Warren AFB and Fort Carson. Annual contract expenditures exceed $200 million in the form of more than 1,700 contract actions, while the squadron manages an on-going contract portfolio valued above $10 billion. The squadron is the largest in AFSPC, and includes a detachment in Copenhagen, Denmark.
21ST CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON
The 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, consisting of more than 375 military, civilian and contractor personnel, manages and controls resources totaling more than $1.3 billion in real property, more than 200 facilities and approximately 1,300 acres of land at Peterson AFB, including HQs AFSPC, NORAD-USNORTHCOM, SMDC-ARSTRAT and the 302nd AW. Support includes planning, programming, design, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities, utilities and real property installed equipment, military family housing services, snow removal, structural and aircraft fire protection, environmental quality and compliance, and base disaster response support. In addition, 21st CES provides civil engineering technical, programming, environmental, and contract administration support to the 21st SW geographically separated units, as well as more than 50 major tenant and other units assigned to Peterson AFB. 21st CES maintains Prime BEEF mobility teams to support worldwide contingency operations. Other support includes operating and maintaining critical electrical and mechanical utility systems, which sustain crucial space missions, and providing explosive ordnance disposal support to Team Pete, the U.S. Secret Service, Fort Carson, Schriever AFB, Buckley AFB and local authorities.
21ST SECURITY FORCES SQUADRON
The 21st Security Forces Squadron mission safeguards the people, property and resources on Peterson AFB and Colorado’s Front Range. The squadron maintains the second largest Air Force military working dog kennel in the United States and deploys combat-ready, warrior Airmen worldwide. The security forces desk can be reached at 719-556-4000 for routine business. For emergencies or to report a crime in progress, call 911 or Crime Stop at 719-556-4357.
21ST LOGISTICS READINESS SQUADRON
The 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron provides a complete spectrum of logistics services to Peterson AFB, Cheyenne Mountain AFS, Schriever AFB and missile warning, space surveillance and contract space communications units spread around the globe. The 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron is responsible for all aspects of the 21st Space Wing’s diverse deployment missions including planning and cargo movement operations, air terminal operations and ensuring safe and efficient refueling operations for all transient aircraft. The squadron is also responsible for managing the complex maintenance and operations requirements for the installation’s fleet of more than 540 motor vehicles and also ensures accountability and appropriate issue of supply assets for 21st SW, 50th SW and all mission partners.
21ST COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON
Supporting the Air Force’s commitment to information superiority, the 21st Communications Squadron (CS) provides responsive communications, information, mission systems and postal support services to its customers at Peterson AFB and 21st SW locations around the globe. The 21st CS is responsible for the program support and maintenance of $79 million in communications and computer systems servicing more than 10,000 users at Peterson AFB. This includes equipping, training, and providing personnel to operate and maintain a Milstar ground terminal, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems for all AFSPC bases, telephone and computer systems and facilities supporting HQ NORAD/USNORTHCOM, HQ AFSPC, 21st SW and 23 worldwide GSUs and numerous Team Pete organizations. The squadron also provides COMSEC accounting, frequency spectrum management, information assurance, knowledge operations, records/publication management, and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act support.
21ST FORCE SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 21st Force Support Squadron (FSS) is the largest, most diverse squadron in AFSPC. It boasts more than 600 people, 52 facilities and an annual operating budget of $2.3 million. 21st FSS programs, facilities and services enhance force readiness and installation esprit de corps. The staff strives to provide the best leisure and recreational services ranging from sports and fitness to outdoor adventure. 21st FSS also manages the transient quarters and lodging facilities, and provides mortuary affairs services and honor guard teams. 21st FSS keeps the military community informed of programs, activities and upcoming events through an informative website, www.21fss.com, and the 21st FSS bimonthly magazine that is available online. Events are also published weekly in the Space Observer and the Peterson website. Patrons can subscribe to eNews at www.21fss.com and select to receive information based on their interests. It’s a popular opt-in/opt-out service. Patrons can also follow FSS on Twitter at https://twitter.com/golfdinebowl and https://twitter.com/peterecreation, and can friend FSS on any one of five Facebook pages listed in the widget box at the bottom of any 21st FSS website page. FSS also manages the commercial sponsorship program, the only agency authorized to accept sponsorship revenue, advertising and donations. The commercial sponsorship coordinator can be reached at 719-556-4977 or DSN 834-4977.
HIGH FRONTIER HONOR GUARD
The High Frontier Honor Guard fulfills a key role in the quality of life of active-duty, retiree and veteran families by providing final tribute for deceased military members on behalf of the president of the United States and the U.S. Air Force. The High Frontier Honor Guard performs its duties in 37 counties in Colorado and eight counties in western Kansas. The area of responsibility of the High Frontier Honor Guard extends from the Utah border to Colby, Kansas, and from the New Mexico border to Logan, Colorado. This area of approximately 93,000 square miles contains one national cemetery. The office is in Building 1465, next to the base post office. Telephone 719-556-8228/3589, Fax 719-556-8205. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is on call 24/7.
Manpower and Personnel Flight
MILITARY PERSONNEL SECTION
The Military Personnel Section provides personnel support to all of Peterson AFB and several local area units. Our services include issuance of CAC and ID cards, inprocessing, duty title and position updates, processing evaluations, updating Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance, processing G-Series orders, outbound assignments, Personnel Reliability Program administration, promotions, extensions, re-enlistments, retirements and separations. For current hours of operations please visit www.21fss.com/about/military-personnel. Mass inprocessing sessions are held from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Friday at the Military Personnel Section and can be scheduled by either calling the customer support section or emailing email@example.com. For any personnel questions, you can call the technicians directly. To access the phone directory, go to the www.21fss.com, personnel, military personnel section, telephone numbers. Welcome to Peterson AFB and we look forward to serving your personnel needs.
MANPOWER AND ORGANIZATION
The Manpower and Organization office provides manpower and organizational support to the 21st Space Wing including all geographically separated units and tenants. Services include determining peacetime manpower requirements, managing the Unit Manpower Document, establishing official organizational structures, unit activations and deactivations, performance management, and competitive sourcing. Management consultants assigned are skilled in process engineering methods, AFSO 21 facilitation, and brainstorming techniques to assist units with strategic planning, problem solving and solutions. For assistance, call 719-556-4837.
CIVILIAN PERSONNEL SECTION
The Civilian Personnel Section (CPS) provides personnel and resource functions that maintain a ready workforce in support of the Peterson Complex. Our office ensures personnel processes meet commander/management’s requirement to evaluate, reward, discipline and support Air Force civilian personnel. In addition, the CPS actively advocates for resources that provide personnel support. The CPS services more than 2,800 civilian employees and is the servicing personnel office for the 21st Space Wing, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), Air Force Space Command, 302nd Airlift Wing and a host of other mission partners. The CPS has several Air Force Best Practices from its employee relations and staffing teams. The CPS provides advisory services on civilian personnel related programs, including hiring, priority placement and employee management relations. The CPS is in Building 350, Suite 1116. For assistance, call 719-556-4775 or email PetersonStaffing@us.af.mil.
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE
The Human Resources Office (HRO) manages and administers the Air Force Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Personnel Program for all serviced Morale, Welfare, Recreation and Air Force Lodging Fund employees assigned to the 21st Force Support Squadron and two geographically separated units (Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, and Thule Air Base, Greenland), including position classification, recruitment and staffing, employee labor relations, unemployment and workers compensation, employee benefits, and the implementation and standardization of NAF personnel policy. The NAF Human Resources Office is in Building 350, Suite 1081. For assistance, call 719-556-4818.
Airman and Family Services Flight
YOUTH PROGRAMS (R.P. LEE YOUTH CENTER)
A variety of programs are available at youth programs, Building 1555. For parents who need after-school child care for their kindergartener through 12-year-old, the school-age program offers a before- and after-school program as well as a summer camp. This program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and provides opportunities for youth to participate in exciting activities away from the school environment. AF Youth Programs are affiliated partners with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and the United States of American Department of Agriculture Extension Services (4-H). As affiliated partners, the programs offer a wide array of pre-teen and teen activities. These programs focus on providing youth with a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence. The program has an outstanding pre-teen and teen program that delivers programs in five core areas: the arts, character and leadership, education and career, health and life skills, and sports, fitness and recreation. Youth can choose to just hang out or participate in a program of interest. During the summer, teens can participate in teen adventure programs, such as whitewater rafting, hiking or rock climbing, and have fun joining the day trips to various off-base summer attractions. The youth sports program provides five league sports that are recreational throughout the year: baseball, indoor/outdoor soccer, basketball and flag football. During the summer, youth can also choose from several sports camps, such as archery, flag football, baseball, soccer, tennis and volleyball. For more information on any programs offered at the youth center, call 719-556-7220 or visit at www.21fss.com.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The child development program (CDP) has two centers, Building 1350 and Building 1525, and offers care to children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and certified by the DOD. Full-time and hourly care is available at both centers. Additionally, the CDP supports the Give Parents a Break program and Parents Night Out program monthly. A central waiting list is maintained for the entire child development program. For detailed information on the waiting list and enrollment procedures, parents should visit www.21FSS.com or call 719-556-7460 for information.
FAMILY CHILD CARE PROGRAM
The family child care (FCC) program offers an alternative to large group child care. The 21st MSG commander oversees the licensures of both on- and off-base military spouses who provide childcare in their homes. The FCC program providers offer full-time, part-time hourly, and before and after-school care. Moreover, FCC providers can accommodate nontraditional care needs such as evening, weekend, and shift work. The FCC program supports the extended duty care program, returning home care program, and child care for PCS program. Becoming a licensed affiliated FCC provider offers family members a chance to operate a home-based business with minimal startup costs. The FCC program makes it easy by providing all required training and an extensive equipment and supply lending program. For information on the FCC program for parents or potential providers, call 719-556-4322 or visit www.21fss.com. Additionally, a listing of providers is available outside the FCC office, Building 1465, as well as at the youth center, child development centers, Airman and Family Readiness Centers and First Sergeants.
AIRMAN AND FAMILY READINESS CENTER
The Airman and Family Readiness Center’s (A&FRC) mission is to support mission readiness and retention by providing active-duty members, military families, civilians and retirees with resources essential to meeting both professional and personal needs. Nearly 60 individual services are provided in the areas of personal and family readiness, transition assistance, personal financial management, spouse employment, family life education, relocation, Air Force Aid assistance, volunteer opportunities, military child education and information and referral. The A&FRC also mans the Emergency Family Assistance Center during times of crisis or natural disaster and maintains a phone bank (719-556-0456) to provide updated information on the current situation. Services are available to all military ID cardholders (including activated Guard and Reservists). The A&FRC is in Building 350, Room 1203, and is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call 719-556-6141 or visit the A&FRC website at www.21fss.com. You can also contact the center via email at 21FSS/FSFR@peterson.af.mil.
Community Services Flight
The aquatics center is a year-round indoor facility that includes a 25-meter main swimming pool, a children-only pool with a depth of 13 inches, hot tub and a dry co-ed sauna. The facility offers recreational swimming, lap swimming, water aerobics, swimming lessons, parties and other special activities. The main pool maintains an average temperature of 78 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, and the children’s pool is maintained at 85 degrees. Also available at the aquatics center: a water slide, diving board, climbing wall and a small physical conditioning area including a Bowflex, Lifecycle and cardio training equipment. A handicapped swim lift is available for those in need of assistance entering and exiting the water. Annual and quarterly passes are available for individuals. Annual passes for families that include discounts on group swim lessons and other activities are also available. Call 719-556-4608 for information.
The Bowling Center features state-of-the-art QUBICA computerized scoring on 16 American Machine and Foundry High Performance (AMF HPL) synthetic lanes. The Bowling Center hosts a variety of bowling leagues: youth, parent/child, men’s, ladies, mixed, organizational and seniors. They have a popular snack bar with daily lunch specials, host youth birthday parties and provide a complete pro shop. Additionally, open bowling is available during the day and most evenings. Bumper bowling for children is available on every lane with a variety of 6-pound and 8-pound bowling balls. Thunder Alley Glow Bowling is scheduled Friday and Saturday nights in the spring and summer and Saturday nights in the fall and winter months, along with many other exciting programs. The Golf Zone is our newest addition to the Bowling Center. It provides a putting green and two hitting stations, one with a simulator for practice, lessons, or just playing a round of golf indoors. The Golf Zone simulator is great for learning about your swing, taking lessons and getting clubs fitted. For more information, call 719-556-4607.
SILVER SPRUCE GOLF COURSE
The Silver Spruce Golf Course is an 18-hole, par-72, championship course that is known throughout southern Colorado for its outstanding conditions year-round. While many courses claim to require “every club in the bag,” Silver Spruce Golf Course demands imaginative shot-making that will challenge every aspect of the golfer’s game. The natural flow of the land, the width of the fairways and the precise placement of hazards allow for multiple lines of play and ongoing development of strategies and execution. In addition to the championship course, Silver Spruce has opened a three-hole, par-3, family short course, with holes measuring from 53 to 96 yards. This is no simple pitch-and-putt course. Family members will appreciate the short course as a perfect late afternoon family getaway, as well as an engaging and fun test.
The 19th Hole Grill offers several breakfast and lunch menu items. The clubhouse is the perfect hosting environment for working meetings. The staff can accommodate nearly any event you might be planning. The 19th Hole Grill features a dramatic overlook of the golf course with Pikes Peak prominently in the backdrop. Seating for 72 in the restaurant’s interior and another 80 on the outdoor patio allow for multiple kinds of parties and banquets.
Silver Spruce maintains a fleet of 75 golf carts and two adaptive golf carts. The course has three retention ponds that gather water from rain and snow runoff from the drainage system throughout base. The Silver Spruce Golf Course comes complete with driving range, practice greens, chipping green, clubhouse, pro shop, locker rooms and a golf club storage area. Golf course advanced green fees are offered to all DOD ID cardholders. For information about fees or services, call 719-556-7414 or visit www.petersonafbgolf.com.
THE FLIGHT TRAINING CENTER
If the sky’s your limit, the flight training center is for you. It offers Federal Aviation Administration certification flight training for private, commercial, instructor and instrument pilots for single-engine, multi-engine and Airline Transport Pilot certification. All courses offered by the club are Federal Aviation Regulation Part-141 and Department of Veterans Affairs Administration approved. The center’s aircraft are for training, recreational flights, multi-engine training and temporary duty assignments. The Air Force encourages the use of the center’s aircraft as a means to get to temporary duty assignments whenever possible to save money and time. Ground schools for all ratings are available, and the flight training center’s training school is FAA approved. For more information, call 719-556-4310.
OUTDOOR RECREATION PROGRAM
With Colorado’s great outdoors right in our backyard, the Peterson Outdoor Adventure Program is your ticket to a world of adventure. Warm weather programs include whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving and horseback riding. Winter brings ski resort day trips, back country skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing and ice climbing. Outdoor Recreation also offers special weekend trips, such as Aspen ski vacations, fall foliage tours, ATV tours and overnight rafting trips. The ski shop offers recreational and performance ski and snowboard rental packages on a daily, weekly or seasonal basis, as well as ski racks and snowshoes. The ski shop staff can assist with maintenance services, including binding, mounting, waxing, P-texing and edging. A full tuning service with stone grinding is also available. We sell lift tickets to most of the major ski areas in Colorado. The retail shop sells outdoor equipment and accessories, such as clothing, helmets and ski/snowboard equipment. The rental shop lets patrons check out recreational, sporting and camping equipment. It has everything from mountain bikes and sleeping bags to canoes and ice chests, plus tables, chairs and bounce castles.
Outdoor Recreation is open all year from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and select federal holidays. Visit www.21fss.com for more information.
Outdoor Recreation is also a great place to rent a space to store your recreational vehicles, car, or boat in the base RV lot. For information, call 719-556-4867, Option 1.
ARTS AND CRAFTS/INFORMATION, TICKET AND TOUR
The arts and crafts and the Information, Ticket and Tour (ITT) leisure travel office in Building 640 is co-located with Outdoor Recreation. The ITT office offers discount lift tickets for Colorado’s premier ski areas, entertainment, and educational, cultural and sporting events. The leisure travel office offers worry-free travel arrangements for airline travel, car rental reservations, vacation packages, cruises and unlimited lodging accommodations around the world. A full-service awards shop provides custom laser engraving on almost anything from wood plaques, acrylic awards, clocks, pen sets, key chains, globes, knives and even flashlights. The shop also provides embroidery service that can be done on hats, blankets, shirts and more.
A custom frame shop allows customers to frame their own projects or have the staff do it for them. Classes such as framing are offered on a regular basis throughout the year. In addition, we also host scrapbooking, calligraphy and comparable weaving classes. If you’d like to have your family photographs taken for the holidays, we also have a photographer available. The frame shop also specializes in retirement shadow boxes and flag cases. For more information about ITT and its services call 719-556-4867, Option 6, or for the leisure travel office and tickets call 719-556-2116 or 719-556-6447 and for the frame and engraving shop call 719-556-4867, Option 2.
At the Peterson Club, an all-ranks club in Building 1013 on Stewart Avenue, lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Bingo is featured every Monday evening, and dinner is served on Friday evenings. Stripes Pub is in the Peterson Club and features 12 high-definition TVs and more than 100 varieties of specialty beers. Stripes Pub is open Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. featuring a great pub food menu. Take advantage of professional party planning and catering services. The club offers a casual lounge, main lounge with fireplace, several party rooms, and a spacious ballroom. Club membership is offered to all military, civilian and contract employees as well as retirees. For more information, call 719-556-4103 or 719-556-4181.
Sustainment Services Flight
The Aragon Dining Facility, the Airmen’s dining facility in Building 1160, seats 250 patrons and is capable of servicing up to 750 personnel during each meal period. The dining facility is open seven days a week, including holidays and family days, and operates on an a la carte, cash only system. To receive the most current menu, call 719-556-4782 or check out the website at www.21fss.com/about/aragon-dfac and click on “Specials.” The daily hours of operation are as follows: Breakfast, 6 to 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; Lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays; and Dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m. every day. All military retirees and their spouses are welcome to dine, and family members of deployed personnel are invited every Tuesday during the dinner meal.
FITNESS AND SPORTS CENTER
The fitness and sports center offers year-round physical conditioning programs for groups and individuals, serving 2,500 active-duty, family members and civilians each day. The fitness center, in Building 560 and 570, features indoor and outdoor basketball courts; a multipurpose room; a three-stage indoor climbing wall for novice, intermediate and expert climbers; an indoor running track; outdoor tennis courts; handball and racquetball courts; men’s and women’s saunas; weight room; two rooms with cardiovascular workout equipment; spinning and personal trainers; a football/soccer field with a quarter-mile track; softball fields; and a 20-station fitness trail. The fitness center offers intramural sports, five varsity sports, free aerobics and spinning classes, physical conditioning, monthly fun runs, massage therapy, cardiovascular training, and special tournaments and competitions. Kiosks are available in the aerobics and spinning room which provide “virtual” instructors leading exercises in kickboxing, cardio exercises, stretching and flexibility exercises. The kiosks give our customers another avenue to enjoy a group exercise workout. Hours of operation are 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. holidays and family days. For more information, call 719-556-4462.
PIKES PEAK LODGING OFFICE
Pikes Peak Lodge is in Building 1042, 125 E. Stewart Ave. The front desk is ready to serve you 24/7. Check-in time is 2 p.m. or earlier, depending upon room availability. Checkout time is 11 a.m., unless arrangements are made with management prior to 8 a.m. on the day of checkout. Pikes Peak Lodge has 164 visiting quarters (VQ), including visiting Airmen quarters (VAQ), in Buildings 1026, 1030 and 1143. VAQ rates start at $44 per day and VQ rates start at $60 per day. They also have 67 temporary lodging facilities (TLF) that primarily serve families in permanent change of station status. TLF rates start at $63 per day. In addition, there are four business suites and one general officer house with rates ranging from $69 to $75 per day. All rooms are equipped with DSL high-speed Internet. Smoking is not allowed in any guest room. Pets are not allowed in most guest rooms. Pikes Peak Lodge does have eight pet-friendly TLFs for an additional fee of $10 per day. For information, call the Pikes Peak Lodge at 719-556-7851. You can also fax reservations to 719-556-7852 or email Pikes.Peak.Lodge@Peterson.af.mil.
Force Development Flight
Education Services provides guidance and assistance to apply for tuition assistance each year, provides education testing, guidance counseling, administration of and counseling for the Community College of the Air Force programs, satellite downlink training, distance learning/testing, and on-base degree programs. It sponsors biannual education fairs, has information on the Veteran Affairs (VA) education programs and administers the Air War College (AWC), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Squadron Officer School (SOS), Course 14 correspondence courses, defense language proficiency tests (DLPT), defense language aptitude battery and the USAFE drivers test. Further services include application for the Air Force Academy, basic officer training, Airman education and commissioning program, Airman scholarship and commissioning program, scholarships for outstanding Airmen and nurse enlisted commissioning program. Education Services also provides formal instruction and counseling for Transition Goals Planning and Success for separating Airmen.
Enlisted specialty training provides status of training briefings and trend analysis for the wing commander; conducts staff assistance visits to provide commanders with training tools to maintain readiness, instructs the Air Force trainers course, manages the career development courses, and is responsible for seven-level school management. Formal training manages in-residence Professional Military Education (PME) courses such as Squadron Officers School, Senior NCO Academy, NCO Academy, technical training schools, joint professional military education and no-name allocations for military formal training schools. Civilian formal training manages employee development for Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, HQ AFSPC and NORAD/NORTHCOM, oversees four separate management training committees, Defense Travel System (DTS) approval for Air Staff funds, and manages civilian tech school training, NCOA and SOS.
Acquisition professional development program manages acquisition continuous learning, DTS approval authority, VTC scheduler and Defense Information Systems Agency facilitator. The program updates certifications and warrants and is responsible for the coding of acquisition positions. Military testingmanages enlisted promotion testing for the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) and aptitude testing, updates pay authorization for all (DLPT, I-V) and manages all enlisted WAPS study material for the base.
The library manages circulating book collections (adults, juvenile fiction), leased book collections — best sellers and newly published materials, book exchange/periodicals recycling program, Transparent Languages for learning foreign languages, and circulates non-print collections (CDs, DVDs). It provides the following: access to electronic resources, a deployed spouses Internet computer camera, young adult/teen programs, children’s programs (weekly story times), library reference and research services and marketing for library services.
Professional development provides career assistance advice and current information on benefits, attends unit commander calls and has oversight for the First Term Airman Center — a 12-day course transitioning Airmen from training to mission-ready status. It also manages Right Decision Workshop and professional development seminars, including effective writing and leadership, and four lenses. Airman Leadership School provides leadership training in four blocks of education including Professional Airmen, Supervisor Communication, Supervisor of Airmen and Expeditionary Airmen. This PME course is required for career Airmen.
21st Medical Group
The 21st Medical Group (21st MDG), which operates the Peterson Clinic, Schriever Clinic, Cheyenne Mountain AFS Aid Station and their supporting services, is an outpatient clinic that provides primary care, limited specialty care, dental care and ancillary services.
The 21st MDG, at 559 Vincent St., Building 959, provides family health, aerospace medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, allergy/immunizations, optometry, mental health services and physical therapy. The clinic does not have an emergency department or in-house ambulance services. Patients who are experiencing an emergency or urgent medical condition should dial 911 or report to the nearest off-base emergency department. Patients experiencing acute illness after hours should call 719-524-CARE (2273) to speak with the on-call provider.
TRICARE Prime patients needing appointments should call 719-524-CARE (2273) from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on duty days only. Calls to this line after-hours and on non-duty days are transferred to an after-hours on-call service. Inpatient care and specialty referrals are provided by Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, the 10th Medical Group Clinic at the Air Force Academy, and local civilian facilities.
All active and administratively certified Personnel Reliability Program members assigned to Peterson AFB are required to enroll in the Aerospace Medicine Clinic.
Active-duty members should enroll family members in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). To update your DEERS information, log on to www.tricare.mil/ContactUs/Login.aspx or refer questions about DEERS to the military personnel flight customer service section at 719-556-7377.
Ancillary services provided by the 21st MDG include pharmacy, public health, laboratory, and radiology. The two pharmacy locations are the Main Clinic Pharmacy, 559 Vincent St., Building 959, with hours of operation 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and the Commissary Pharmacy, 1030 E. Stewart Ave., Building 2017, with hours of operation 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please note: prescriptions from civilian network providers, along with refills, are processed and picked up only at the Commissary Pharmacy. Prescriptions by 21st MDG in-house providers are processed and picked up at the Main Clinic Pharmacy. For additional questions please contact pharmacy services at 719-556-1109.
The Peterson Dental Clinic at 1045 E. Stewart Ave., Peterson East, across from the commissary, offers a full range of dental care for active-duty personnel. Additional dental services are available at Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain AFS. Periodic dental examinations for Air Force personnel are scheduled through the active-duty member’s unit health monitor. Members of other military services can contact the dental clinic at 719-556-1333 or 719-556-1335 to schedule a periodic examination.
Dental emergencies will be scheduled by calling the dental clinic at 719-556-1333 or 719-556-1335, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. After normal duty hours, patients with dental emergencies should contact the after-hours call line at 719-524-2273. Required after-hours dental treatments are provided at the Air Force Academy dental clinic. Emergency dental care is for urgent/severe oral pain, infections and trauma. Due to the active-duty dental mission, dental treatment for family members is not available from the 21st DS. It is recommended that active-duty beneficiaries enroll in the TRICARE Dental Plan (TDP), which provides dental exams and treatments through a civilian dentist. For more information, call the beneficiary counselor and assistance coordinator at 719-556-1016, or MetLife, the TDP contractor, at 855-638-8371 for information. You can also obtain information at https://mybenefits.metlife.com/tricare. Retirees and their family members are eligible to enroll in the TRICARE Retiree Dental program, www.trdp.org, which covers most dental treatments.
TRICARE offers military beneficiaries a triple-option approach to health care:
• TRICARE Prime.
• TRICARE Extra.
• TRICARE Standard.
All active-duty personnel are required to enroll in TRICARE Prime. Non-active duty beneficiaries should choose the TRICARE option that will work best for them.
Under TRICARE Prime, each enrollee is assigned a primary care manager who will coordinate and manage their health care. This includes arranging necessary specialty appointments, providing information and access to health promotion activities and delivering preventive exams such as hearing and eye exams, cholesterol screening, mammography, smoking cessation assistance, and PAP smears as needed or required.
You will receive a referral for any covered medical services that cannot be provided by the Peterson/Schriever AFB clinics. The location of your care will be determined based on appointment and/or service capability and availability between the Air Force Academy and Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson. If there is no capability or availability within these military facilities, you will be referred off-base to a civilian network provider. For questions regarding your referral, call the Colorado Springs Patient Access Service at 719-524-CARE (2273).
For questions regarding TRICARE benefits and claims issues, contact the 21 MDG beneficiary counselor and assistance coordinator at 719-556-1016.
As of April 2013, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans Services started serving the needs of TRICARE beneficiaries in the Western Region. Visit their website at www.uhcmilitarywest.com for more information and assistance with enrollment options and claims issues.
AEROSPACE AND OPERATIONAL PHYSIOLOGY
The Carter P. Luna Aerospace and Operational Physiology Training Flight prepares personnel for the human factors and challenges inherent to military operations with the goal of increasing overall readiness and mission effectiveness. We train personnel to optimize human performance.
Aerospace physiology training prepares Department of Defense aircrew and high-altitude parachutists, Air Force Academy and ROTC cadets on the human factors and physiological threats of modern aviation. Aerospace physiology training consists of classroom instruction, hands-on training and a hypobaric (a.k.a. altitude) chamber flight. The instruction is tailored to the individual’s specific weapon system and/or operational mission.
Topics of instruction include:
• Altitude-related physiology.
• Situational awareness and attention
• Mission and self-imposed stress.
• Spatial disorientation, visual illusions
• G-induced loss of consciousness.
• Fatigue countermeasures.
During hypobaric chamber training, students experience the effects of a low-pressure environment and the subtle effects of hypoxia (oxygen deprivation). This training also prepares students to effectively use aircrew flight equipment in this austere environment.
The Aerospace and Operational Physiology Training Flight also integrates human performance training and education into Team Pete operations. Activities center on helping individuals and organizations of Team Pete improve their performance by providing education, training and consultation on a variety of potential human performance threats (e.g., fatigue and shift work, team communication and management, night vision devices and situational awareness). Additionally, we provide Sleep Smarts, Willpower and Memory & Mnemonics classes throughout the Colorado Springs Complex.
The Aerospace and Operational Physiology Training Flight is in Building 425 is open 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information or to schedule training, call 719-556-4185.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER
The Peterson Health and Wellness Center (HAWC), on the second floor of the Peterson Fitness and Sports Center, Building 560, is part of the 21st Medical Group and is staffed with medical professionals dedicated to prevention education, evidence-based intervention and health enhancement. Our clinically integrated services serve as a specialty clinic for the 21st Medical Group in the areas of exercise physiology, medical nutrition therapy and health education to decrease health risks, enhance fitness and conditioning and increase human performance.
Services include: body fat composition testing and resting metabolic rate analysis, biomechanical gait analysis, maximal and submaximal oxygen consumption testing, group and individual weight management, cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetic education, tobacco cessation, pre and post-natal education, individual exercise and nutrition consultation, and physical training leader certification.
The HAWC’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free classes and programs are open to all DOD ID cardholders. For appointments please call 719-524-2273 or for more information call 719-556-4292.
MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC
The Mental Health Clinic (MHC) is in Building 725, with hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility houses the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program, the Family Advocacy Program and outpatient mental health services.
The MHC works to prevent and treat substance abuse problems, family maltreatment (including emotional, physical and sexual maltreatment) and mental health difficulties, with a focus on helping people better handle the stresses of daily life associated with a career in the military.
The MHC offers classes to help build essential skills, sometimes followed with individual or group psychotherapy as needed.
Classes available through Mental Health include, but are not limited to:
• Stress Management.
• Family Abuse Awareness.
• Healthy Thinking.
• Relationship Enhancement Program.
• Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage.
Outpatient mental health services are currently available for active-duty only.
For information, to set up an appointment or to sign up for a class, call Mental Health and ADAPT at 719-556-7804 or Family Advocacy at 719-556-8943.
721st Mission Support Group and Cheyenne Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (CMAFS) is host to a number of missions and organizations: U.S. Strategic Command’s Missile Warning Center, NORAD and USNORTHCOM’s training, exercise and alternate command center functions, Detachment 2 of the 17th Test Squadron, Air Force Technical Applications Center’s research laboratory, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Western Continental United States Regional Service Center, and the 721st Mission Support Group, which falls under the 21st Space Wing.
Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is at the center of a worldwide network of satellites, radars and sensors that provide early warning of any missile, air or space threat to North America. CMAFS processes theater ballistic missile warning for U.S. and allied forces. In support of the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, California, CMAFS provides a continual data feed of what is in space and where it’s found to enable space situational awareness-protection, prevention and negation functions supported by the surveillance of space.
CMAFS is truly a unique installation. Apart from the fact that 5.1 acres are housed 2,000 feet underground, operations are conducted 24/7.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Cheyenne Mountain added another mission to its historic legacy in the defense of North America. The terrorist attacks against the United States marked the beginning of Operation Noble Eagle, which requires the monitoring of the interior airspace of Canada and the United States where previously NORAD only looked outward from our borders. Today, Cheyenne Mountain stands ready to support North American defense continuity of operations during any contingency from limited nuclear war to pandemic influenza to high-altitude electromagnetic pulse.
The 721st Mission Support Group operates and sustains a survivable, reliable and secure installation for Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and operates the global Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment Network and space situational awareness system. As such, they ensure that all the organizations at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station have the support they need to carry out their many missions. The mission support group has three squadrons.
721ST COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON
The 721st Communications Squadron (CS) operates and maintains command, control, computer, communications and intelligence systems that process and display the air, land and space picture for command centers around the nation. The Global Strategic Warning/Space Surveillance Systems Center operates 24/7 and is a one-of-a-kind function that manages the worldwide Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment Network. The Test Control flight manages the planning and execution of the worldwide air, missile and space mission systems tests. Their charter is to safeguard the integrity of ITW/AA and Space Surveillance Network data by establishing strictly controlled test environments and ensuring all simulated test traffic does not feed into the operational processors and mission systems. The 721st CS ensures connectivity for more than 685 data circuits to sensor sites and forward users around the world. They provide five local area networks, information assurance, base information management and land mobile radio support to the mission partners in the complex.
721ST SECURITY FORCES SQUADRON
The 721st Security Forces Squadron provides security and force protection for the organizations and missions at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station 24/7. The squadron is responsible for installation security, pass and registration, antiterrorism and base defense. The squadron also provides expertly trained combat support forces to theater commanders engaged in Overseas Contingency Operations.
721ST CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON
The 721st Civil Engineer Squadron operates and maintains critical infrastructure and reliable utilities, engineering and construction management, environmental support, fire protection, prevention and emergency management services. The Central Control Center manages all CMAFS life support/survivability processes all day, every day. Across 587 acres and 63 buildings, this mission-critical support sustains operational mission connectivity to “no fail” missions of the Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment network, providing strategic missile warning and air warning information to USNORTHCOM, NORAD, USSTRATCOM and National Command Authorities as well as space surveillance to the Joint Space Operations Center and other forward users around the world — in a survivable environment.
821st Air Base Group
The 821st Air Base Group (ABG) was activated in June 2002 as the hosting unit of Thule Air Base in northern Greenland. At 76.5 degrees north latitude, it is the northernmost base in the U.S. Department of Defense. The 821st ABG is a geographically separated unit of the 21st Space Wing (SW), Peterson AFB, Colorado, making vital contributions to the critical US/NATO missions of space warning, missile defense, space surveillance, and satellite command and control.
Team Thule and the 821st ABG face unique challenges operating in the harsh arctic environment. Access to Thule AB and this part of our world is extremely limited due to sea ice for a majority of the year and lack of roads connecting remote villages. The base’s 10,000-foot runway is the primary means of base access during winter months. The 821st ABG operates the world’s northernmost deep-water seaport, the only one operated by the USAF. It is also home to the USAF’s only maritime asset, the “North Star” tug boat used for summer port operations. It is also a strategic staging area for the Kingdom of Denmark’s Arctic Command Navy. The airfield and seaport provide a unique logistical platform for Arctic training and international scientific research. The airfield and seaport capabilities allow Team Thule to facilitate supply operations for smaller military sites both in Greenland (Station Nord operated by the Danish military) and northern Canada (Station Alert operated by the Canadian military), as well as for numerous research projects conducted by American and European scientists at three additional remote locations.
The mission of the 821st ABG is to operate and maintain Thule Air Base in support of space warning, missile defense, space surveillance, and satellite command and control missions on behalf of Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command. Additionally, the 821st ABG provides security, communications, civil engineering, personnel, services, logistics, and medical support to remote active-duty units of more than 900 military, civilian and contractor personnel from the United States, Greenland, Denmark and Canada.
At more than 700 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the base must be, and is, completely self-sufficient. Thule maintains and operates its own electrical generation and heating plants as well as water filtration and pumping systems. The base maintains a network of 65 miles of roads which are necessary to access the radar site, the satellite command and control site and several historic sites within the Thule Defense Area.
In 1946, a combined Danish-American radio and weather station was established at the base of Mount Dundas. Increasing international tensions in the post-World War II environment prompted Denmark and the United States to sign a defense treaty, paving the way for the first U.S. joint Arctic air base. The American-Danish presence at this strategic remote outpost played an important role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Cold War efforts to provide steadfast deterrence against the former USSR. Deemed “Operation Blue Jay,” building Thule Air Base was a herculean effort during the short summer seasons of 1951 and 1952, with a majority of construction completed in just 104 days.
Thule’s initial mission focus was aircraft operations: bombers, fighters and aerial tankers. Space operations began earnestly in the early 1960s and have continued to this day. The Ballistic Missile Early Warning System began operation as a mechanical radar in 1961, remaining in service until its upgrade to a solid state phased-array radar in 1986. Today’s even more modern and capable configuration is simply referred to as “Upgraded Early Warning Radar” and was completed in 2010. This system is operated by the 12th Space Warning Squadron, also part of the 21st Space Wing. The base’s other space operation mission is satellite telemetry, tracking and command. The Thule Tracking Station, operated by Detachment 1 of the 23rd Space Operations Squadron, part of the 50th Space Wing, began operations in the early 1960s and it is the largest site element of the Air Force Satellite Control Network.
Thule has been aligned under several commands since its inception, including Northeast Air Command, Air Defense Command and Strategic Air Command. Air Force Space Command assumed command of Thule Air Base in 1983.
Wing Staff Agencies
The 21st Space Wing staff agencies are responsible for supporting the Air Force’s largest geographical wing. Geographically and organizationally, the wing consists of a workforce of about 4,300 officer, enlisted, civilian and contract employees. This workforce provides missile warning and space control through its 39 units including four detachments operating from 25 locations in nine countries.
The base chapel in Building 1410 offers daily and weekly services, as well as other spiritual, social, educational, humanitarian and cultural activities in conjunction with various organizations, including programs for youth, women, men, retirees, and diverse music programs. A chaplain is available 24/7 by calling 719-556-4442 during duty hours or through the command post at 719-556-4555 during evenings, weekends and holidays.
The base chapel in Building 1410 offers Catholic Mass on Sundays at 9 a.m. A Protestant Service with Praise Band is offered Sundays at 11 a.m. The Chapel also offers other spiritual, social, educational, humanitarian and cultural activities in conjunction with various organizations, including programs for youth, women, men, retirees and diverse music programs. A chaplain is available 24/7 by calling 719-556-4442 during duty hours or through the command post at 719-556-4555 during evenings, weekends and holidays.
AIRMEN MINISTRY CENTER
Eclipse Cyber Café is a great place to hang out with friends. It offers free coffee, latte, cappuccino and Italian soda. There are high-speed Internet terminals; wireless Internet for your laptop; and computer and video gaming, which are all free. The café, on the first-floor dayroom of Building 1164, is open 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. All dorm residents are welcome. Check the flier information about upcoming social events!
Legal assistance is available primarily on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, by appointment only. Walk-in hours are 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday. Appointments may also be available on an as-needed basis outside of these times. Notary service and powers of attorney are available 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. daily, except Thursday when the office is closed from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All services are available for eligible clients free of charge. Call DSN 834-4871 or 719-556-4871 for more information. Legal information and worksheets may be accessed online at: https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/lass/lass.html.
Claims for damage to household goods and personal property are now processed through the Air Force Claims Service Center (AFCSC). Claimants have 75 days to file the DD Form 1840 with the carrier. The carrier must have received this form by the 75th day. Certified mail is recommended to ensure the carrier receives DD Form 1840 on time. Claimants have nine months to file a claim with the carrier for full replacement value. After nine months, but before two years, claimants can file with the AFCSC under the standard depreciation rules. Additional information can be found on the AFCSC website at https://claims.jag.af.mil or call 877-754-1212.
AREA DEFENSE COUNSEL
The Area Defense Counsel, in Building 350, Room 2041, provides legal services for Air Force members facing military criminal matters or adverse military actions. Defense functions include (but are not limited to) representing clients regarding rights advisements, letters of counseling, letters of admonishment, letters of reprimand, administrative discharge, Article 15 and court-martial action. Call 719-556-7611 or DSN 834-7611 for assistance.
Public Affairs advises and assists commanders in communicating Air Force messages. Staff members identify and manage communication issues impacting the Air Force’s ability to conduct its peacetime and wartime missions.
Public Affairs maintains the base’s public website at www.peterson.af.mil, publishes the base guide and map, and oversees the base newspaper, the Space Observer, which keeps people informed about base-level news and activities as well as Air Force issues and policies. More than 4,500 copies are distributed each Thursday. An electronic version is available at www.csmng.com.
Public Affairs is also Peterson AFB’s liaison with local and national media outlets. One of its key duties is releasing information about Air Force activities and people to local media. The staff also coordinates answers to media queries received and escorts media representatives onto base.
The civic outreach section provides the commander with guidance on community issues directly or indirectly affecting the wing. It works on issues with political leaders, civic leaders, chambers of commerce and nonprofit groups, and is the approving authority for base participation in public events and providing guidance to civilian organizations about military roles in community activities. Civic outreach manages community complaints and community outreach programs.
Public Affairs manages the commander’s action line, answering complaints, suggestions or comments. Callers should first try to solve problems or complaints by using their chain of command and the affected agency. Call the Action Line at DSN 834-7777 or 719-556-7777, and your call will be recorded, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other public affairs activities include posting messages on gate marquees, releasing crisis-related information via the Straight Talk Line (719-556-9154) and updating snow call announcements (719-556-SNOW and www.peterson.af.mil), and updating the wing’s Facebook (Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing) and Twitter (PeteAFB) pages. To contact public affairs, call 719-556-5185 or email email@example.com.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT COORDINATOR
The Community Support Coordinator (CSC) develops a comprehensive, coordinated plan for integrating and implementing military
community outreach and prevention programs by establishing a seamless system of services through collaborative partnerships with on- and off-base agencies. The CSC supports Comprehensive Airman Fitness through positive behaviors with the goal of helping our Airmen, Air Force civilians and family members become more resilient and better equipped to deal with the rigors of military life. For more information, contact the Community Support Coordinator at 719-556-6768, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Peterson AFB Community Support Facebook page.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE OFFICE
The Peterson Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) office is in Building 350, Rooms 2130, 2131, and 2132. The SAPR team provides training for the Peterson community to enhance awareness and education on the prevention of sexual violence. The SAPR office provides support and victim advocacy for military members and dependents 18 and older in the event of a sexual assault. For education and training inquiries, call 719-554-7272 or 719-556-6972. For 24/7 response to a sexual assault crisis, call 719-556-7272 (SARC).
The 21st Space Wing Comptroller Squadron is in Building 350, Suite 2009. Before you make a visit, check out our virtual finance link at https://www.my.af.mil/gcss-af/USAF/ep/globalTab.do?channelPageId=sA1FBF31D23D21F6B0123ED377B730575. Here, you can receive instant military and travel pay advice, including keyword searchable answers and GTC information. This site has links to help file your voucher via PIPs or eFinance. You can also enjoy the use of calculators to help estimate PCS, deployment allowances, leave sell, FITW and much more. Finance customer service is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Peterson Air and Space Museum in Buildings 981, 982 and 979, the airpark and the Medal of Honor Park, has exhibits and aircraft displays depicting Colorado Springs’ civilian aviation before World War II; and Peterson AFB history and missions from World War II to the present, including the air defense role of NORAD. Building 981 was once the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport terminal and today is part of the 8.5-acre Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Historic District.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. Volunteers are always needed to support the museum. For information on volunteer opportunities contact the museum staff at 719-556-4915 or visit the website at www.petemuseum.org.
The Air Force has a responsive complaint system. You can get help quickly and fairly when you ask a question. You can make your complaint at any level and you don’t have to worry about being intimidated when you ask for help. No one may take an action against you just because you contacted the Inspector General (IG). If you think an adverse action has been taken against you because you contacted the IG, tell the Inspector General or a member of the Inspector General staff.
The Inspector General complaint program also includes Fraud, Waste, & Abuse, and is described in AFI 90-301. The instruction tells you how to submit a complaint, and with whom you should speak. You may go to the Inspector General at any level, but experience has shown that complaints can best be solved by commanders and supervisors. For this reason, you are encouraged to discuss your problems with your supervisor or your commander.