Installation Info: Zip Code: 80914, Area Code: 719, DSN: 268
Buried deep under the mountains of Colorado Springs, the top-secret, cutting-edge combat operations center formerly known as the North American Air Defense Command, or NORAD, has evolved into the Cheyenne Mountain Air Station. Charged with watching the skies to keep America safe, the station provides warning of missile or air attacks against North America and can serve as the focal point for air defense operations in the event of an attack. The station's mission is to provide Canadian and U.S. National Command authorities with accurate air, space, missile and nuclear detonation information. The station also directs NORAD air defense and USSPACECOM operations.
Housing for Cheyenne Mountain is available at Peterson Air Force Base, 15 miles away. Schools for the area are run by the Colorado Springs School District.
Peterson's health clinic requires appointments. It cannot handle inpatient or emergency care. The Air Force Academy and Fort Carson's Evans Army Community hospitals, both on the outskirts of Colorado Springs, can provide services Peterson's clinic cannot. The station has a park, pavilion and baseball diamond for its personnel. Nearby Peterson offers a gun club, auto skills center, youth center; officer and enlisted clubs, bowling, golf, aero club; library, fitness center and community center.