Peterson AFB Relocation Information
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Welcome to Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado!
Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is home to the 21st Space Wing, the U.S. Air Force’s most geographically dispersed wing, with the “Knights” serving in locations in 9 countries and 13 time zones. The 21st provides missile warning and space control to unified combatant commands around the world.
Peterson AFB is also home to 52 mission partners at both Peterson and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force station. Partners include the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Command, and the 302nd Airlift Wing.
View of Colorado Springs
Peterson was the previous home of the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), which was deactivated and absorbed by the newly formed U.S. Space Force in Washington, D.C. USSF will maintain a critical command element at Peterson, composed of staff from the former AFSPC headquarters.
Year after year, Peterson AFB earns top billing on lists touting high marks for quality of life factors. Military families as well as civilian transplants from across the country are flocking to Colorado Springs to take advantage of idyllic settings and near perfect weather.
The majority of military stationed in the “Springs” are thrilled to live in Colorado’s second largest city, with glowing reviews of the city’s amenities and neighborhoods being typical. This duty station in Colorado is the perfect opportunity to break away from your norms and try something different. Whether it's rock climbing or learning to love craft brews, a new adventure awaits!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Peterson Air Force Base
1) What is the new Space Force?
This is the U.S. Space Force mission statement:
"The USSF is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. USSF responsibilities include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands.”
2) Where do families stationed at Peterson Air Force Base live?
The majority of families live in Colorado Springs. Nearby alternate options include Monument, Peyton, Calhan, Palmer Lake, Fountain, and Falcon. Some families choose to live in private military housing within the Tierra Vista Communities on Peterson AFB.
3) What other military installations are around Peterson Air Force Base?
Colorado Springs is home to several military installations belonging to multiple branches. Peterson AFB is centrally located and has two Air Force bases as their neighbors. Schriever AFB lies to the east and Cheyenne Mountain Air Station to the west. The Army’s Fort Carson is located south of Peterson AFB.
4) What is the zip code for Peterson AFB?
The zip code for Peterson AFB is 80914. Other nearby zip codes include 80913, 80903, 80906, 80908, 80913, and 80916.
5) What is the BAH for Peterson AFB?
BAH for Peterson AFB ranges from $1,986 for E-1 to $2,367 for E-9 with dependents, and from $2,064 for O-1 to $2,625 for O-7 with dependents. See the housing section for more info.
Military Installations Near Peterson Air Force Base
Base Location and Information
Garden of the Gods
Peterson AFB is located at 667 Ent Ave, Peterson AFB, CO, 80914, adjacent to and east of Colorado Springs off US Highway 24. If you continue on US 24 heading northeast, you will reach Falcon, CO in approximately 11 miles and then Peyton, CO at around 20 miles northeast of the base. Schriever AFB is about 13 miles east of Peterson AFB and Fort Carson sits just to the south of the base.
The vibe from Colorado Springs residents is one of overarching contentment. And why not? Outdoor adventures, vibrant arts and culture scene, and a growing economy are just the beginning of a long list of positive features. The convenience of city life and small town camaraderie intermingle to form a well-rounded community.
For these reasons, growing pains are emerging. Real estate remains affordable compared to national averages, but recent trends in relocation and the lack of housing have pushed the
local markets to higher price points. Inadequate public transportation and the inconveniences of continued road and housing construction are also contentious issues.
Travel both in and out of Colorado is a perk for those stationed at Peterson AFB. All season adventures await: skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, you name it, there’s a group who wants to adventure with you. Because of Colorado’s central location, military families take advantage of traveling to attractions in states near and far. For a quick getaway, Denver, the largest city in Colorado, has a drive time from Colorado Springs at about 1.5 to 2 hours.
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Air Force Inns
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80914
Peterson AFB Housing
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Tierra Vista Communities
650 McChord St.
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916
The military housing in Tierra Vista is operated by the Winn Companies and Lend Lease. Nearly 700 homes boast open concept living and a variety of 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom floor plans. The pet policy is generous with their size restriction limit, and the community is built around plenty of outdoor activities and entertainment. Residents enjoy splash parks, dog parks, a community center, sports fields, and planned resident events.
Peterson Air Force Base Military Housing Office (MHO)
Peterson AFB Off-Base Housing
From quaint downtown living to sprawling lots outside the city, you’ll find single family homes, apartment living, townhouses, and condos. Not only do the housing choices run the gamut of options, but sought-after lifestyle factors play a role in the demand. Outdoor enthusiasts might look for property near hiking and biking trails, while those who prefer walkability to the city's amenities hunt for homes with easy access.
First-time home buyers,renters, and veteran buyers have plenty of options, but will find competition in the most popular neighborhoods: Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, Broadmoor Bluffs, Briargate, Northgate, Fountain, and Powers.
Here are a couple of housing hunting tips:
1. If an air-conditioned home is a priority, double-check that for sale or rent home options are outfitted with AC. Some homes come equipped with swamp coolers or no AC system at all.
2. Many Colorado homes have basements and the area regularly has bursts of intense rains that invoke flooding. If your home does not have a sump pump, it likely is a wise future investment.
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Peterson AFB BAH Information
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S.-based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.
Peterson AFB is near Colorado Springs with many options to buy or rent. Some sample Peterson AFB BAH rates for zip code 80914:
E-1 with dependents: $1,986
E-1 without dependents: $1,605
E-9 with dependents: $2,367
E-9 without dependents: $2,073
O-1 with dependents: $2,064
O-1 without dependents: $1,914
O-7 with dependents: $2,625
O-7 without dependents: $2,334
Area & Weather
If you appreciate four distinct seasons without extremes, Colorado Springs is the perfect destination. You’ll need every season’s best gear and multiple pairs of quality sunglasses. Don’t forget sunscreen! The area experiences nearly 250 days of sunshine per year. And if you’ve never lived at a high altitude, it may take some time for you to adjust to the elevation.
- While cold during fall and winter, the city is temperate compared to other areas of the state, resulting in less snow and warmer temperatures.
- Spring snow is common, and provides moisture for glorious blooms. Warm days fill the summer, but relief comes from low humidity and quickly dropping temperatures at night.
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Peterson AFB Area Schools
Peterson AFB Area Schools
There are more than 10 public school systems in the Colorado Springs area that surround Peterson AFB. It’s important to become familiar with Colorado’s school choice policy, which equates to an open enrollment.
Families may choose between assigned neighborhood schools, or “choice in” to another school inside or outside of district if there is availability. Note that although you may attend a different school than your neighborhood is zoned for, its up to you provide transportation in most cases.
Other area school districts include Manitou Springs, Widefield District 3, Cheyenne Mountain District 12, Academy District 20, Falcon District 49, Harrison District 2, and Colorado Springs District 11.
Families looking for charter, private, and homeschooling education also have access to plenty of choices, including faith and non-faith based schools and groups. Refer to the School Choice Handbook provided by the School Liaison Officer to find more details about all of the public, private, and home schooling options on or near Peterson AFB.
Support for Military and Families
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One of the first stops military families should make online or in person is the Airman and Family Readiness Center. It’s there you’ll find access to many of the common resources servicemembers and their dependents need, including employment and volunteer opportunities.
The Information Tickets and Travel office provides free and discounted tickets to many of the popular activities and events not only near Peterson AFB but to destinations such as Disney properties.
For military spouses, the Peterson, Schriever, Cheyenne Mountain Spouses Club is a worthwhile source to connect with.
Some more helpful links:
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More Area Info
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667 Ent Ave