Buckley AFB (Mississippi Ave Gate)
1086 – 1094 S Vail St
Aurora, CO 80011

Phone 720-847-9011
Phone (DSN) 312-847-9011
Fax 720-847-6697
Fax (DSN) 312-847-6697

Buckley AFB 6th Ave Gate: Mon – Fri 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sat – Sun 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Buckley AFB Mississippi Ave Gate (Open 24/7)

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Fast Facts

Location: Located on the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains, Buckley AFB is in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb just outside of Denver. The city of Aurora is mainly located in Arapahoe County. Only a portion of the northern boundary lies in Adams County. There are many retired and military families within the community and Colorado in general. Buckley's homepage.

Cost of Living:  The Denver metro area is a high cost of living area, but moving slightly outside of the metro area, homes are more affordable.

Base Operator: 720-847-9011, or DSN 312-847-9011.


  • Military:  6,779
  • Dependents:  1,200 (privatized housing
  • Civilian:  2,150
  • Contractors:  2,075
  • Guard/Reserve:  2,400
  • Retirees:  92,000

Area Population: 325,078 in Aurora County and over 1.3 million people in the Denver area.

Child Development Centers:  Buckley AFB has two Child Care Centers that take children from six weeks old to kindergarten age. The newest one, A-Basin CDC offers spaces for 150 children. Crested Butte CDC offers spaces for 215 children. Please note that there is a waiting list for each child care center. There are no before/after school programs. 

Schools:  Privatized base housing is available on Buckley AFB. Military personnel and their families can also live close-by in the surrounding community. Where you live determines which public school district your children will attend. If you are planning on living in the privatized housing at Buckley AFB, you will be in the Aurora Public School District. Children K-8 grade attend Edna and John W. Mosley P-8 and grades 9-12 attend Vista Peak Preparatory.

Youth Services:  There is a before/after school program available for children from 6 years old to 12 years old. There are also spring, summer, fall, and winter camps for school-aged children. The Buckley AFB Youth Program is for children ages 6 to 18 years. Children are members of the Boys and Girls Club of America and the 4-H club.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Airman and Family Readiness Center, 720-847-6681.

Housing:  Visit the Air Force Housing website to find your new home with the Air Force. This website serves as a one-stop shop for Airmen and their families to obtain information about the housing options and support services available to them at Air Force bases world-wide.

Employment:  Unemployment rate (Colorado Statewide) is 2.3%. Aurora has become a major employment center in the eastern portion of the greater Denver area. Today, Aurora has a well-developed master plan and offers a diverse yet stable economic base. For more detailed wage and compensation information related to the Denver - Aurora area, please go online.  Median household income $46,507.

Base Services:

Medical Services: The 460 Medical Squadron provides high quality, comprehensive medical care to Buckley AFB and the Buckley community. The TRICARE contractor for Region 8 is United Healthcare Military and Veterans. United Healthcare Military West operates the TRICARE center (TSC) located at 13611 E. Colfax, Aurora CO 80045.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)

FVAP.gov ensures Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens have the tools and resources to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, regardless of their state of residence. The Voting Assistance Guide (VAG) is a reference guide for everything you need to know about absentee voting in all 50 States, territories and the District of Columbia.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) The Voting Assistance Guide is available at: www.fvap.gov/vao/vag. Select your state to find your local election office’s contact information.

Voting forms are available at: www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms.

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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