Installation Info: Zip Code: 80914, Area Code: 719, DSN: 834
Providing missile warning and space control to commanders and forces worldwide, the Peterson Complex includes Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, and Cheyenne Mountain Air Station and serves 25 locations in nine countries around the globe. Established five miles east of Colorado Springs in 1942, the base's original mission was to train personnel in photoreconnaissance. It was named after 1st Lt. Edward J. Peterson, a Colorado native serving in the 14th Photoreconnaissance Squadron, who crashed during takeoff that same year.
Children attend schools in Colorado Springs. The base clinic provides health-care services, with other care at the U.S. Air Force Academy Hospital and Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, both in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs is a well-rounded community where one can ski in the morning, golf in the afternoon and take in the symphony at night. The city's altitude is 6,035 feet and some newcomers experience slight fatigue at first. The Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Training Center attract enthusiasts. Garden of the Gods Park and Pike's Peak offer hiking and photography opportunities. Base recreation includes a gun club; auto skills center; youth center; officer and enlisted clubs; bowling; golf; aero club; sports and fitness, aquatics, community centers; and a library.