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Health Services

Air Force Academy Services & Facilities


The 10th Medical Group is a well-equipped clinic with ambulatory (same-day) surgery. The clinic is in the DOD Western Region and provides services with our TRICARE managed care support contractor, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans. Our professional medical staff provides care in most major medical specialties. Located in the cadet area is an outpatient clinic, which provides primary medical care for cadets, flyers and other eligible beneficiaries who work in the cadet area. All other active-duty members and their families receive care at the main clinic or within the local TRICARE network.

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


All nonemergency medical care is provided by appointment. There is no emergency department at the Academy. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department for emergency medical care.


719-524-CARE (2273)


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

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



Education and Activity Services

Air Force Academy Services & Facilities Education and activity


The Child Development Center is at 6250 Sunflower Drive, off Pine Loop, in the Pine Valley housing area. It maintains two separate centers, encompassing several programs with a variety of services for parents and the early developmental needs of children 6 weeks through 5 years old. The second center is at 5150 Community Center Drive and maintains the preschool program for children ages 3 to 5. Both centers offer the hourly care program, which is designed for children of parents not in need of full-day services.

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

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

The center participates in the Adult and Child Care Food Program from the Colorado Department of Health, which ensures children have nutritious meals during their stay. It also supervises a family home child care program, with a potential of 15 licensed homes at the Academy. This program participates in the United States Department of Agriculture Food Program and provides quality activities for children and youth.

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


6250 Sunflower Drive

5150 Community Center Drive


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

The base library in the Community Center serves the educational and professional needs of base personnel and families as well as the Preparatory School with online resources, CAC access computers and a variety of language programs. It has a collection of more than 31,000 items, including subscriptions for more than 60 periodicals and newspapers. The base library sponsors weekly story times, summer reading programs and other activities developed to serve all ages of family members and to support continuing education opportunities for military personnel. All DOD ID card holders may check out materials from the base library.

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






719-333-7200 (fax)

The Airman & Family Readiness Center provides services for both single and married Air Force members and their families, all aimed at boosting productivity and mission readiness. A full-time Airman & Family Readiness Center staff manages programs and services directly related to readiness. The Airman & Family Readiness Center is in Pine Valley, adjacent to the Child Development Center and temporary lodging facilities.

Programs and services include:

  • Deployment planning and support.
  • Personal financial readiness.
  • Personal and work life skills development.
  • Relocation assistance.
  • Employment assistance.
  • Volunteer resources.
  • Military child education information.
  • Exceptional Family Member support.
  • Transition assistance.
  • Air Force Aid Society.
  • Casualty assistance and survivor benefit services.



There are two schools on the United States Air Force Academy, both operated by Academy School District 20. Air Academy High School accommodates grades nine through 12. Douglass Valley Elementary has kindergarten through fifth grades. Students in middle school attend classes off base at Eagleview Middle School.

The district does offer choice of enrollment during January and February. Families can choose a school other than their neighborhood school during the choice enrollment window.

Academy School District 20 offers support services for students with disabilities and students with special education needs. There are six preschools in the district and each elementary school offers before- and after-school day care. All new elementary school students are assessed when they register in Academy School District 20 so teachers have recent and accurate information about each student’s academic level.



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

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

A before- and after-school program and summer day camp is offered along with programs during school holiday breaks. These varied activities include games, arts and crafts projects, and field trips. Day-camp programs are ideal for working parents with young children. An extensive teen program is available to eligible teenagers of the Air Force Academy.

The center is a United Way organization and is affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. All Boys & Girls Clubs members in the Colorado Springs area may participate in youth center sports.


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

Education specialists offer advice on:

  • Degree programs.
  • Goal setting.
  • Financial support for education.
  • Other educational opportunities and programs.
  • Course selection.
  • Obtaining transcripts.
  • Interpreting test results.
  • A host of other education-related activities.

Counselors offer help with:

  • Commissioning programs.
  • Education deferments.
  • Correspondence courses.
  • Veteran’s education benefits.
  • Other education programs and opportunities.

Services are available for adult family members as well as active-duty personnel and are provided at no cost. Access to the Kuder program, a computer-based guidance system and self-directed search, is also available at no cost, and is used to assess interests, attitudes, work values and abilities.


7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Appointments for counseling are strongly encouraged.

The Force Development Flight also assists with a variety of testing options to include Enlisted Professional Military Education, career development courses, and CLEP and DANTES.

Visit to visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center on the AF Portal.

Faith, Religion and Spirituality

Air Force Academy_2019 Services & Facilities Faith, Religion and Spirituality


The U.S. Air Force Academy is proud to offer members the opportunity to worship at two chapels, the Community Center Chapel and the Cadet Chapel. The Community Center Chapel is in the Community Center near the base exchange and commissary, and the Cadet Chapel is in the cadet area. The Community Center Chapel offers programs to permanent party members and their families and the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School. The Cadet Chapel team’s main focus is to provide religious accommodation for cadets. Both chapels offer weekly worship opportunities for the Academy base populace.


The Community Center Chapel offers services and programs including religious education, Sunday school, children’s church, vacation Bible school, holiday programs, high school youth group, community service projects and mission trips. If you require assistance in finding a place to worship in the local community or if you have specific religious accommodation needs, the chapel staff will be happy to help.


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


The Protestant worship service is held every Sunday and includes a blending of the gospel, traditional and contemporary styles. Special worship opportunities, including various social gatherings, are held throughout the year.


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


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


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


During the academic year, a variety of religious education classes are available to all cadets, including Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and Earth-centered religious studies. Cadets may freely choose to attend any of the classes.

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

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

The Jewish cadet community offers religious education.

The Buddhist cadet community offers meditation, instruction and discussion of meditation practice, and study of Buddhist texts and core values.

The Islamic cadet community offers education through Quran, history and jurisprudence classes.

The Earth-centered cadet community is led by a lay leader.


For emergencies requiring a chaplain after duty hours, call the command post at 719-333-2633.


Weekday Mass
11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday

Weekend Mass
3 p.m. Reconciliation
4 p.m. Saturday Mass
9 a.m. Sunday Mass

Holy Day Masses
11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday

This service includes gospel, traditional and contemporary elements.

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


The Cadet Chapel worship program offers weekly Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist services, which are open to the public. There are certain days and times services may not be open to the public.


During the academic year (August through May), Catholic Masses are celebrated weekdays (except Friday and academic holidays) and Sunday. Roman Catholic holy days are celebrated during the academic year. Call to confirm Mass times, especially during the summer months or on academic holidays. Services and meals are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.


Protestant worship services are held every Sunday throughout the academic year (August through May), with special worship opportunities on holy days. Worship includes traditional and contemporary services. During the academic year, Holy Communion will be offered on the first Sunday of each month at the traditional service. Please call to confirm service times, especially during the summer months or on academic holidays. Services and meals are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.


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


The Islamic Chapel offers a wide range of religious services and education for cadets, staff and families. Noon Zuhr prayers, weekly Friday jumah prayers and luncheons are conducted every Friday. Islamic holy days, including the month of Ramadan, are celebrated with daily services and prayers. Services and meals are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.


Special observances are held by a lay leader.


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


Retreats are an important part of the chapel program. Each fall, the fourth-class cadet retreats are held following the rigors of Basic Cadet Training. Other retreats are scheduled throughout the academic year. They include choir retreats, upper-class retreats, women’s retreats, the Catholic Together Encountering Christ retreat, a monastic spirituality retreat, a Buddhist meditation retreat and parish council planning retreats.


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


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

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



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

Dining, Retail and Other Services


Air Force Academy_2019 Services & Facilities Dining and Other ServicesAAFES (ARMY AND AIR FORCE EXCHANGE SERVICE)


The Academy’s exchange provides a full range of services. The base exchange is across from the bowling alley near the bank on Community Center Drive. The exchange also has a General Nutrition Center, with the same hours as the exchange, in the Community Center. A Burger King is between the exchange and commissary. The main Community Center complex includes a military clothing sales store. Clothing sales not only provide uniform and accessories but Academy-specific gifts. The barber and beauty shops are in the complex as well. The complex also features some AAFES service facilities such as an alteration shop, laundry and dry cleaner, optical shop and flower shop.


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday


9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


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


9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday


8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

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

A small retail annex on the third floor of the cadet academic building stocks snacks, beverages, stationery and other convenience items. Its hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A snack bar is on the same floor of Fairchild Hall and provides short-order food items as well as a coffee shop. Its hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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



The High Country Inn dining facility is restricted to Preparatory School cadet candidates, enlisted members and those authorized by the installation commander to meet mission requirements. The facility serves three meals per day during the Prep School academic year.

Monday through Friday

Breakfast: 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Dinner: 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays

Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


2302 Cadet Drive

Located adjacent to the Cadet Area, Arnold Hall is the student center for the cadet wing but is open to all guests. It houses a theater, a ballroom, meeting rooms, the Polaris Perk Coffee Shop and an AAFES food court to include Subway and Domino’s. The Academy concerts office hosts a full season of entertainment shows.


7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday
(closed federal holidays)


719-333-4497 for show and ticket information
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
(closed federal holidays)



10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
On-base delivery is available during operating hours.


10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday


10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday


9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday

The Air Academy Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution offering checking and savings accounts, mortgages and home equity loans, auto loans, electronic services — including online banking, mobile apps, online bill paying — and access to nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide, as well as identity theft protection and much more.

Membership is open to anyone in the military (active or retired) and their family members, and individuals and their families assigned, attached or detailed for duty at the Academy. In addition, AAFCU serves 10 local school districts and more than 160 area businesses.

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

AAFCU has seven other branch locations along the Front Range, and is a part of the CO-OP Shared Branching Network, giving you access to your account nationwide.


Building 5122
888-929-2265 (BANK)
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. main branch,  8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. cadet branch, both Monday through Friday

Armed Forces Bank is a full-service bank with a main branch in Building 5122 (next to the Community Center) and a cadet branch in Sijan Hall (Terrazzo level). Hours for the main branch are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the cadet branch, both Monday through Friday. The bank also operates five conveniently located ATMs: main bank, Sijan Hall, Vandenberg Hall, USAFA clinic and the AAFES Express.

Academy Bank, part of the same banking family as Armed Forces Bank, provides six day a week banking in most Colorado Springs Super Wal-Mart stores.

Armed Forces Bank operates branches on 37 military instillations in 16 states. For complete information on locations and products call 888-929-2265 (BANK) or visit


9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Located west of the base exchange, the commissary features full-service shopping along with a bakery, delicatessen and sushi bar.



9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

The Academy Thrift Shop is in the Community Center complex, next to the Academy Credit Union, and is operated by the Officer’s Spouses Club. Anyone with a DOD ID card may consign their unneeded items. You do not need a DOD ID card to purchase items in the shop. There are bargains on household goods and sporting goods, as well as clothing, electronics and decorating items. Thrift Shop profits are distributed by the Officer’s Spouses Club to Air Force and civilian communities for scholarships and other charitable concerns.



The Veterinary Treatment Facility provides low-cost, quality health care to privately owned pets of active-duty and retired military members eligible to receive care at any military medical treatment facility through DEERS. Services include vaccinations, microchips, heartworm testing and prevention, and limited sick call, which focuses on the prevention of zoonotic diseases (diseases transmitted from animals to humans). Clinic staff will determine if the medical condition is within their scope of care when the owner calls for an appointment.

Emergency care, surgery, radiology, and boarding and grooming services are not provided. Newly arriving families should find a civilian clinic for services the base facility does not provide.




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