Schriever Air Force Base
Schriever Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force located approximately 10 miles east of Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States.
The history of Schriever AFB goes back to the decision to establish a new space control facility approved by the Secretary of Defense in September 1979. The site, formerly known as Falcon Air Station, was chosen from 12 possible sites and groundbreaking took place in May 1983. On June 5, 1998, Falcon Air Station was renamed Schriever Air Force Base in honor of retired General Bernard A. Schriever, who pioneered the development of the nation's ballistic missile programs and is recognized as "the father of the United States Air Force's space and missile program." Schriever AFB is the only Air Force base that was named after a person who was living at the time. General Schriever died in June 2005. For more information on Schriever's history, visit the installation's homepage.
Schriever AFB is located in El Paso County, the largest county in Colorado and 12 miles east of the city of Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is the second-largest city in Colorado and is located 61 miles south of the State Capitol. Offering an ideal blend of business opportunity, culture, and outdoor recreation, Colorado is home to more than 25 ski resorts. Colorado Springs is a vacation haven that draws over 6 million visitors annually. Notable attractions in Colorado Springs include the famous Broadmoor Hotel, US Olympic Center, and the Nation's highest elevation zoo. Colorado Springs is the largest municipality in El Paso County with a population of 439,886. The cost of living index Colorado Springs sits at 104 out of the composite index of 100. Colorado Springs is located on the eastern boundary of the Rocky Mountains with the 14,110 foot Pikes Peak to the west.