Schriever Air Force Base


Schriever Air Force Base
Near Colorado Springs, Colorado in the United States
Sign with emblems of units based at Schriever AFB
Sign with emblems of units based at Schriever AFB
Emblem of the Peterson-Schriever Garrison.svg
Schriever AFB is located in the United States
Schriever AFB
Schriever AFB
Location in the United States
Coordinates38°48′12″N 104°31′32″W / 38.80333°N 104.52556°W / 38.80333; -104.52556 (Schriever AFB)Coordinates: 38°48′12″N 104°31′32″W / 38.80333°N 104.52556°W / 38.80333; -104.52556 (Schriever AFB)
TypeUS Air Force Base
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defense
OperatorUnited States Space Force
Controlled byPeterson-Schriever Garrison
Site history
Built1983 (1983)–1985 (as Falcon Air Force Station)
In use1985–present
Garrison information
Colonel James E. Smith
GarrisonPeterson-Schriever Garrison (Host)

Schriever Air Force Base (Schriever AFB) is a base of the United States Air Force located approximately 10 miles (16 km) east of Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States.


Source: USAF Schriever AFB[1]

Groundbreaking for what would become Schriever Air Force Base took place in May 1983. It was originally called the Consolidated Space Operations Center (CSOC) during the development phase, and was renamed Falcon Air Force Station upon becoming operational. In July 1985, the 2nd Space Wing was activated at Peterson AFB and in September 1985, the organization relocated to Falcon Air Force Station (now Schriever Air Force Base), and 230 Air Force members, civilian employees, and contractors moved into its 12 new buildings. This wing took operational control of the Air Force Satellite Control Network in a phased system turn over that began in October 1987 and lasted several years.[2]

In June 1988, Falcon Air Force Station was redesignated Falcon Air Force Base. On 30 January 1992 the 2nd Space Wing inactivated and the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, redesignated as the 50th Space Wing, activated at Falcon AFB.

General Bernard A Schriever after whom the base is named.
General Bernard A Schriever after which the base is named.

On 5 June 1998, Falcon Air Force Base was renamed Schriever Air Force Base in honor of the retired General Bernard Adolph Schriever, who pioneered in the development of the American ballistic missile programs. Schriever AFB is the only Air Force base that was named for an Air Force veteran who was living at the time. General Schriever died June 20, 2005.

Role and operations

This Air Force Base is named in honor of General Bernard Adolph Schriever, who pioneered in the development of the American ballistic missile programs. It is the home of the 50th Space Wing of the United States Space Force, and this base provides command and control for over 170[3] Department of Defense warning, navigational, and communications satellites.

Also housed at Schriever AFB are the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center and the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. Building 400 at Schriever AFB is the main control point for the Global Positioning System (GPS).[4]

Schriever AFB is staffed by more than 8,100 active duty and guard/reserve personnel, civilian employees, and contractors.[5][6]

Based units

Notable units based at Schriever Air Force Base.[7][8][9]

Units marked GSU are Geographically Separate Units, which although based at Schriever, are subordinate to a parent unit based at another location.

See also


  1. ^ Schriever AFB Fact Sheet Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine Official Site
  2. ^ Housing construction offers historical glimpse of Schriever's growth from Schriever official site
  3. ^ "Schriever AFB Fact Sheet". Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Schriever Air Force Base - Global Positioning System". US Department of Defense. July 28, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2007.
  5. ^ 50 Space Wing, Public Affairs. "50 Space Wing Fact Sheet". Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Graff, Garrett M. (June 26, 2018). "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space". Wired.
  7. ^ "Units". Schriever AFB. US Space Force. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  8. ^ "Locations". Missile Defense Agency. September 18, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Vasquez, Senior Airman Arielle (March 29, 2017). "NRO opens new facility". Schriever AFB. US Air Force. Retrieved October 1, 2019.

External links

  • Schriever Air Force Base website
  • History of Schriever Air Force Base
  • Schriever AFB Installation Overview from