Buckley AFB (Mississippi Ave Gate)
1086 – 1094 S Vail St
Aurora, CO 80011
Phone (DSN) 312-847-9011
Fax (DSN) 312-847-6697
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. The Denver metro area is a high cost of living area, but moving slightly outside of the metro area, homes are more affordable. There are many retired and military families within the community and Colorado in general. Those relocating here will find a wealth of outdoor activities within easy reach and fabulous sunny days. The base operator's phone number is 720-847-9011, or DSN 312-847-9011.
Initially activated in July 1943, the 460th Bomb group "Black Panthers" flew B-24 liberator bombers from Spinazolla, Italy supporting combat missions throughout Europe during World War II. Activated a second time during the Vietnam, War, the 460 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing supported the Air Force reconnaissance mission in Vietnam from 1966 to 1971. Renamed and reactivated a third time and flying the F-4 Phantom, the 460 Tactical Reconnaissance Group performed reconnaissance missions at the Taegu Air Base, Korea for one year starting in the fall of 1989, and inactivating in October 1990. With four Presidential Unit Citations, one Distinguished Unit Citation, and three Air Force Outstanding Unit Citations (two with Combat Service), the 460 Air Base Wing (ABW) reactivated on October 1, 2001. On August 19, 2004, the 460th ABW was redesignated the 460th Space Wing. Tasked to build the newest base in the Air Force, the 460th Space Wing supports varied space missions and 28 tenant units. For more history visit Buckley's homepage.
The 460th Space Wing (Air Force Space Command) is responsible for providing space-based missile warning data to Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, Colorado and the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
88,000 Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps active duty, National Guard, Reserve, Defense Contractors, military family members and a large retired community.
|Active Duty (all branches)||3,600+|
|Guard/Reserve (all branches)||2,400+|
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.
The 24 hour arrival point for Buckley AFB is the Rocky Mountain Lodge, 345 S. Beaver Creek St #331, Aurora, CO 80017. It is extremely important to contact your sponsor to coordinate a smooth transition onto the base. If you do not have a sponsor, please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center, 720-847-6681 or DSN 312-847-6681, so that we may notify your unit and assist you with obtaining a sponsor. While your sponsor should meet you upon arrival if you fly in, if you drive in you will need to coordinate with your sponsor as to where they would like to meet you. All new arrivals should report to their unit Commander's support staff (orderly room) to sign in. If you do not know where this is please go to the Visitor's Center, at the main gate off 6th Avenue, and ask for assistance, 720-847-9381. After completing unit in-processing, you should report to the Military Personnel Flight (MPF), Building 606, with your personnel records package for in-processing. After MPF in-processing, you will be referred to the 460th Finance office for in-processing and travel voucher completion.
All newcomers not assigned to the dormitory may have mail forwarded. Contact the official Mail Center at 720-847-9710 to set up a temporary mail box. In order to set up a temporary mail box the official mail center will need a copy of your orders, a phone number, and a personal email address. The official mail center is located on Telluride St just north of the BX and Commissary.
Rocky Mountain Lodge is located on 345 S. Beaver Creek St, Bldg. 331, on Buckley AFB. For more information and to make reservations, please call 720-847-5899. Reservations can also be made online at the DoD Lodging website.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center offers the Newcomers’ Orientation Briefing on the third Wednesday of every month in Bldg 606 Auditorium, to welcome new in-bounds to the Buckley community. Courses and one-on-one assistance are also offered by the Airman and Family Readiness Center to assist spouses seeking employment in this new location. The loan locker is maintained by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Household items, such as pots and pans, toasters, alarm clocks, irons, and mats are available for 30 day checkout with a copy of the PCS orders. When you are preparing to PCS out, the Airman and Family Readiness Center offers Smooth Move courses and provides information for various military installations and locations.
Critical Installation Information
Buckley AFB has two Child Care Centers that take children from six weeks old to kindergarten age. Please note that there is a waiting list for each child care center. There are before/after school programs available.
Colorado's telecommunications industry has introduced a 10 digit local dialing within the 303 area code and select communities in the 720 area code. The commercial number on Buckley is 720-847-6693 or DSN 312-847-6693. The base operator number is 720-847-9011 or DSN 312-847-9011.
Seat Belt Laws
Colorado state traffic laws apply on Buckley AFB. Seat belts are mandatory. State and local base officials can stop vehicles for suspected violations of seat belt laws. Child seats/restraints are mandatory for children under 40 lbs.
All vehicles must be registered within three days of arrival; failure to do so could lead to a traffic citation.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
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