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Installation Overview

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. 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.

History

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.

Mission

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.

Population Served

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+
DoD Civilians 3,300+
DoD Contractors 1,700+
Dependents 15,000+
Retirees/Vets 62,000+

Base Transportation

Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation.

Sponsorship

Buckley AFB does not have a 24 hour in-processing unit. 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 to:

Your Name, General Delivery, 16890 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80017-2190. Mail will be held for pickup for up to 30 days. Valid ID is required at pickup.

Temporary Quarters

Rocky Mountain Lodge is located on 341S Beaver Creek St, Bldg 331, on Buckley AFB. For more information and to make reservations, please call 720-847-5899. Reservations can als be made online at the DoD Lodging website.

Relocation Assistance

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

Child Care

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.

Telephone Use

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.

Vehicle Registration

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.


Associated Links

Military OneSource
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families.

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

DS Logon (formerly DEERS)
TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Stars and Stripes
Current editions for European, Mid East and Pacific newspapers.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides infomation on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

AF Wounded Warrior Program
Provides benefits and services available to wounded warriors and families.

U.S. Air Force Services
Comprehensive information on all Air Force service member and family issues.

USAF Home Page
Provides comprehensive resources and information on all Air Force issues.

Military ID/CAC Card -- Locator
Find all military ID and CAC card facilities worldwide.

Air Force Reserve Command
Information on all reserve affairs and family issues.

Air Force Services Agency
Find information on all AF installations worldwide.

MilitaryKidsConnect.org
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Explore the links to the left for in-depth information.

Need personal assistance?

Call your relocation manager »

Or, for 24/7 assistance, call Military OneSource. »

MilitaryOneSource.mil, No question is too big or too small 800-342-9647

Plan My Move, Take control of your PCS move

Do you have orders?

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