WELCOME TO TEAM PETE
Welcome to Peterson Air Force Base and the 21st Space Wing! You are now a member of “Team Pete,” home to 53 mission partners supported on Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, 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 (U.S. Air Force Reserves).
As the Air Force’s most geographically dispersed wing, the 21st Space Wing hosts these mission partners, while also providing and employing global capabilities to ensure space superiority to defend our nation and allies. The Knights of the 21st Space Wing can be found in 38 units at
22 locations in seven countries around the world.
Peterson AFB is in El Paso County on the east side of Colorado Springs off U.S. Highway 24 and is co-located with the Colorado Springs Airport. Colorado Springs is the second-largest city in the state, and the county has a population of over 622,000 people. The Colorado Springs area also hosts the U.S. Air Force Academy to the north, Cheyenne Mountain AFS to the west, Fort Carson Army Post to the south and Schriever AFB to the east.
Colorado Springs is sometimes referred to as the “nation’s military space capital,” and is clearly one of the premier military communities in the nation. Colorado Springs takes great care of the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, civilian employees and military families who proudly call this city their home. Whether you are a temporary visitor or a permanent resident, Colorado Springs has something for everyone. It is a world-class international community with breathtaking scenery, first-class accommodations, a variety of exciting attractions, a diverse selection of restaurants and cuisine, major shopping centers and eclectic local businesses to make any family vacation or business trip an experience to remember.
Often ranked as one of the most fit cities in the United States, residents and visitors alike have virtually unlimited options when it comes to recreational and sporting activities. Hiking, mountain biking, running, rafting, boating, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, golfing and ballooning are some of the most popular activities that are enjoyed year-round in our temperate climate, and just up the road are some of the best winter sports opportunities in the world.
When it comes to magnificent scenery and natural beauty, Colorado Springs has it all. Situated along the majestic Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is home to the famous 14,110-foot Pikes Peak. These “purple mountain majesties” inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful” over a century ago.
The city’s altitude is 6,035 feet, and some newcomers experience slight fatigue at first. New arrivals should allow time for their bodies to adjust to the elevation. Summers can be hot and winters cold in Colorado, but the dry climate is generally quite agreeable, whatever the season.
The Colorado Springs Airport, which shares runways with Peterson AFB, serves six airlines with more than 30 flights daily, offering nonstop service to 16 U.S. cities and one-stop connections to more than 1,500 destinations worldwide.
Our unique combination of geography and climate make Peterson AFB an enviable assignment. But the real strength of Peterson AFB is the men and women who work here; their energy, commitment and professionalism drive excellence for today and tomorrow.
Once again, welcome to Peterson AFB. Strength and Preparedness.