Directions from airport: The Colorado Springs Airport is south of Peterson AFB. Following the road exiting the airport, turn right on Powers Boulevard. Stay on Powers for about 6 miles. Turn right at the Airport Road intersection. This is the access road to the Peterson AFB West Gate. If you wish to enter Peterson AFB through the North Gate, stay on Powers Boulevard until you reach Platte Avenue, U.S. Highway 24. Exit right; the exit for the North Gate is about 1 mile east of Powers Boulevard.
Directions if driving: If entering Colorado Springs on Interstate 25 from south or north, exit on Academy Boulevard. Proceed toward the center of the city, turn east on Platte Avenue, U.S. Highway 24. The Peterson AFB North Gate will be on the right, about 1 mile east of Powers Boulevard. If coming from the east on Highway 24, the Peterson AFB North Gate will be on your left, on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs.
Your sponsor can help make your arrival and inprocessing procedure smooth. Talk with your sponsor about your needs and ask for assistance with transportation, maps and base procedures. The Air Force established the sponsor program to make reassignment easier. Your sponsor has experienced the relocation you are about to make and has answers to many of your questions. If you don’t hear from your sponsor within 60 days of your reporting date, call your new unit’s orderly room. The Visitors Center is a good place to meet sponsors. It is at the West Gate on Stewart Avenue.
ARRIVAL AND SIGNING IN
Peterson AFB has three visitor control gates.
- Open 24 hours daily
- Monday through Friday: 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Closed Saturday and Sunday
For the most up-to-date gate hours please check the website at www.peterson.af.mil.To sign in at Peterson AFB or Cheyenne Mountain AFS, report to the Military Personnel Flight in Building 350. The base dorm manager can be called at 719-556-3832. The number for the lodging office in Building 1042 is 719-556-6293.
TELEPHONE AND DSN INSTRUCTIONS
The Colorado Springs and vicinity area code is 719. Peterson AFB’s DSN prefix is 692 for numbers with a 554 commercial prefix. For numbers with a 556 prefix, the DSN prefix is 834. Cheyenne Mountain AFS’s DSN prefix is 268. To reach Cheyenne Mountain AFS from a commercial line, use a 474 prefix.
Identification card applications for Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System-eligible people and civilian contractors are issued at the Military Personnel Section customer service center in Building 350. For more information, call 719-556-0008.
Temporary License Plates: Personnel with temporary license plates can’t register their vehicle until they receive permanent tags; however, they are still required to maintain proof of current vehicle registration, insurance and valid military or civilian employee identification.
Automobile Titles: To title your vehicle, you must show proof of insurance and proof of purchase with sales tax paid in a previous state or you will be subject to Colorado sales tax. You will be assessed state tax of 3 percent, plus county and city tax at your home address. City and county tax varies and can amount to as much as an additional 1.5 percent of the purchase price. The total sales tax can be as high as 7.5 percent. If you purchased a vehicle overseas within the last six months, it is subject to Colorado sales tax when registered. All others are exempt.
Insurance: Vehicle insurance coverage is mandatory in Colorado. It must be verified at the time of vehicle registration. The mandatory liability minimum in Colorado is $25,000 bodily injury, $50,000 per accident and $15,000 property damage.
Driving Regulations: The speed limit on Peterson AFB is 30 mph unless posted otherwise. In the family housing areas, the limit is 15 mph. Base regulations require the use of seat belts at all times while riding in a car.
Restraints: The operator of a motor vehicle is responsible for ensuring that all individuals in the vehicle properly use appropriate restraint devices while the vehicle is in motion. All adults will wear a seat belt and all children will be properly secured in a child safety seat or adapted seat belt configuration, as appropriate, and as stated below.
All children are required to be properly restrained on and off base.
Four Steps for Life:
Step 1 — Rear-facing child seats for children from birth to at least 1 year old and at least 20 pounds (keep child rear-facing for as long as possible).
Step 2 — Forward-facing child seat for children more than 20 pounds and 1 year old to at least 40 pounds and 4 years old.
Step 3 — Belt-positioning booster seats for children from more than 40 pounds and 4 years to about 80 pounds and 4 feet 9 inches. If the child cannot sit all the way back in the seat and still bend his or her knees, then he or she needs a booster seat.
Step 4 — Seat belts for older children large enough to fit correctly. Children younger than 12 years of age should not sit in a position where there is an air bag unless it has been deactivated; it is recommended that children 12 and younger ride in a back seat. Also, effective Aug. 1, 2010, all children 8 years old or younger must be restrained in a booster seat (new Colorado law).
DRIVING ON PETERSON AFB
To operate a vehicle on Peterson AFB, drivers must comply with AFI 31-218, AFMAN 31-116 and any local supplements. Drivers must have proof of ownership or registration, a valid driver’s license and proof of current vehicle insurance with at least minimum liability limits in accordance with any applicable laws. Drivers cited for not having proof of insurance must bring proof to the security forces squadron, Building 626, Suite 1253, within 24 hours, or the next duty day. Failure to do so can result in a suspension of their base driving privileges. Additionally, drivers may not use a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle unless using a voice-activated hands-free device. The operator may not wear any form of portable headphones, earphones or other listening device while operating a motor vehicle on base except for a hands-free telephone headset or a single ear bud piece. Also, restraints are required for all occupants of vehicles being driven on Peterson AFB. Finally, the use of speed detection devices is prohibited on Peterson AFB.
The U.S. Air Force Traffic Safety Program requires operators of Motorcycle, ATV and Three-Wheeled vehicle riders to wear head protection, eye protection, protective clothing, and foot protection. Wearing of long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers and full-fingered gloves or mittens is required. The gloves or mittens must be made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material. Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles is required. See AFI 91-201 for specific requirements. All military personnel, on or off a DOD installation, and all DOD civilian personnel, on or off a DOD installation, in a duty status who operate a motorcycle on a roadway are required to attend and complete an approved motorcycle rider education course. Contractors and family members are encouraged, but not required, to attend a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course.
People living in base dormitories or temporary lodging facilities must register and store privately owned weapons in the armory in Building 1376. You can check out your weapons temporarily, but they must be returned for storage within 72 hours unless you’re going on temporary duty or have written permission from the first sergeant or commander. Base housing residents may keep their privately owned weapons in their quarters but must register them at the armory (719-556-7066). Concealed weapons permits issued by civil authorities are not valid on Peterson AFB without written approval from the 21st Space Wing commander. Don’t transport weapons on Peterson AFB unless driving directly to and from the security forces armory for storage or your residence in base family housing. Advise the gate guards if you have a weapon and where you intend to take it. Weapons must be unloaded and transported in a vehicle’s trunk, or in the cab of a truck. Don’t leave weapons unattended at any time. They must be under the control of a person 18 years old or older.
GIANT VOICE SYSTEM
In addition to broadcasting Reveille and Retreat, the Giant Voice system plays a critical role in notifying base members of severe weather warnings and operational notifications such as force protection condition changes. For example, if a tornado is spotted in Colorado Springs, a tornado siren warning would be a steady three- to five-minute tone. If an announcement for “lockdown” is heard, seek shelter and lock all doors to your location. There is a weekly base siren system test every Friday at noon. An announcement is made prior to, and immediately after the test, informing base personnel to disregard the sirens.
CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES
On Peterson, reveille plays at 7 a.m., followed by “To the Colors.” Retreat, followed by the national anthem, sounds at 5 p.m. and taps plays nightly at 10 p.m. Reveille and retreat, respectively, signal the beginning and end of the official duty day while “Taps” signifies lights out or the beginning of quiet hours.
Regardless of whether they are in uniform, Airmen are required to stop and turn toward the flag at the first sound of reveille or retreat and stand at the position of parade rest. In the event the flag is not visible, they should turn toward the general direction of the music. Those in uniform should come to the position of attention and render a salute when they see the flag being raised or lowered or at the first note of “To the Colors” or the national anthem. Those not in uniform may salute but at a minimum should come to attention and stand with their right hand over their heart. If not saluting, men wearing a hat should remove it with their right hand and hold it at their left shoulder with their right hand over their heart. In accordance with 21st SW policy, these courtesies should be held until “To the Colors” or the national anthem has finished playing or until the flag has been completely raised or lowered.
Airmen wearing the Air Force’s physical training uniform should render the same courtesies appropriate when wearing other Air Force uniforms.
Vehicle operators also have a role to play in rendering respect during reveille and retreat. Anyone driving a vehicle on base should come to a complete stop at the first note of “To the Colors” or the national anthem and put their car or motorcycle in park. Everyone inside the vehicle should remain quietly seated.
While formal protocol procedures are not required during the normal playing of “Taps,” if it is played at a military funeral or memorial honors ceremony it is a different matter. Service members attending these events should render a salute upon hearing the first note of “Taps” and should hold their salute until the last note is played. Anyone not in uniform should come to the position of attention and place their right hand over their heart. As with reveille or retreat, men wearing a hat should remove it with their right hand and hold it at their left shoulder with their right hand over their heart.
INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES
To meet mission requirements and still take the best possible care of people during inclement weather, delayed reporting, early release and base closure procedures are in place for all military and civilian people assigned to Peterson.
For purposes of reporting during inclement weather, base members will be designated as either essential or nonessential.
Everyone should check with their supervisor to see which category applies to them.
Essential: The minimum number of people needed to keep critical operations functioning until additional support arrives. These people include, but are not limited to, firefighters, security forces, command and control, snow removal, medical personnel, dining facility workers, designated child care workers and shift workers.
Nonessential: People who could be delayed for short periods of time (hours to days) without serious mission impact.
Notification: The Peterson Snow Information line 719-556-SNOW (7669) will be updated by 5:30 a.m. Inclement weather decisions will also be relayed to selected radio and television stations for broadcast, and via social media. To receive text alerts directly to your phone sign up by texting “follow @PAFBalert” to 40404.
Delayed Reporting: This authorizes nonessential members’ additional time to safely report to work. The 21st SW commander initiates delayed reporting when off-base driving conditions require additional time to arrive safely and gives on-base snow removal teams time to prepare the base for normal activity following a major winter storm.
People should not arrive earlier than the delayed reporting time to minimize interference with snow removal operations. Base housing residents should consider walking to work to minimize traffic on streets and in the parking lots.
Delayed reporting is based on normal duty hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is mandatory for nonessential members to comply.
Phased Early Release: Nonessential people may depart their duty location at a specified time before the end of the duty day. Phased early-release notification will be passed through unit commanders and will be completed in 30-minute intervals.
The 30-minute interval reduces traffic congestion leaving the base and helps ensure everyone makes it home safely. Based on mission requirements, supervisors should use their judgment in deviating from the phased early-release plan.
Base Closure: This means only essential personnel must report to duty (or remain on duty) if weather is severe enough to prevent replacements from safely reporting.