Cheyenne Mountain’s DSN prefix is 268. To reach Cheyenne Mountain from a commercial line, use a 474 prefix.
Some of the following telephone numbers may be helpful:
Peterson Operator (719) 556-7321 or DSN 834-7321
Schriever Operator (719) 567-1110 or DSN 560-1110
Cheyenne Mountain Operator (719) 474-1110 or DSN 268-1110
The Visitors Center is a good place to meet sponsors. It is located at the West Gate on Stewart Avenue.
Peterson’s Post Office, located in Building 1466, offers complete postal services, including money orders, stamps, parcel post, express mail, international mail service and registered, certified and insured mailing and limited service for people who collect stamps. The post office also rents lock boxes. A stamp vending machine is available 24 hours a day in the lobby.
To ensure uninterrupted mail service, send your sponsor a copy of your orders and your sponsor can have your mail held at the Postal Center until your arrival. Use: Your rank/name PSC Box 70000 Peterson AFB, CO 80914 as a forwarding address.
Identification card applications for DEERS—eligible people and civilian contractors are issued at the Military Personnel Flight customer service center in Building 350. For more information, call (719) 556-7377.
Peterson AFB no longer requires base vehicle registration. Drivers must show a military identification card to enter the base.
Automobile Titles: In order to title your vehicle, you must show proof of purchase with sales tax paid in a previous state or you will be subject to Colorado sales tax. You will be assessed state tax of 3 percent, plus county and city tax at your home address. City and county tax varies and can amount to as much as an additional 1.5 percent of the purchase price. The total sales tax can be as high as 7.5 percent. If you purchased a vehicle overseas within last six months, it is subject to Colorado State sales tax when registered. All others are exempt.
Insurance: Vehicle insurance coverage is mandatory in the state of Colorado. It must be verified at the time of vehicle registration. The mandatory liability minimum in Colorado is $25,000 bodily injury, $50,000 per accident and $15,000 property damage.
Driving Regulations: The speed limit on Peterson is 30 mph, unless posted otherwise. In the family housing areas, the limit is 15 mph. Colorado state law and base regulations require the use of seat belts at all times while riding in a car.
Child Restraints: Four Steps For Life. Step 1–Rear facing child seats for children from birth to at least 1 year old AND at least 20 pounds (keep child rear-facing for as long as possible). Step 2–Forward facing child seat for children over 20 pounds and 1 year old to at least 40 pounds and 4 years old. Step 3–Belt-positioning booster seats for children from over 40 pounds and 4 years to about 80 pounds and 4 feet 9 inches. If the child cannot sit all the way back in the seat and still bend his or her knees, then he or she needs a booster seat. Step 4–Seat belts for older children large enough to fit correctly Children under 12 years of age should not sit in a position where there is an air bag unless it has been deactivated. It is recommended children 12 and younger ride in a back seat. Not sure if your child is in the correct seat or if the seat is installed correctly? The 21st Space Wing Safety Office offers free car seat checks (by appointment) by calling (719) 556-4956.
AR 91-207: The United States Air Force Traffic Safety Program requires operators of motorcycles, motor scooters or mopeds to wear an approved motorcycle helmet, eye protection, long pants, long sleeved shirt or jacket, full-fingered gloves and sturdy over-the-ankle boots. Motorcycle operators must wear a Department of Transportation or Snell approved helmet (or better); impact resistant goggles or full-face shield covering the eyes; long sleeves and long pants; full fingered motorcycle gloves; sturdy footwear (over-the-ankle shoes or boots are highly recommended); brightly colored or contrasting vest or jacket and reflective materials at night. “Beanie” helmets are not authorized. Riders on the Peterson Complex may only wear a reflective belt on backpacks; the torso still requires a brightly colored outer garment.
Although Colorado is a no-helmet law state, active-duty riders and their passengers must wear the protective equipment outlined in AFI 91-207 whether riding on or off base. All military personnel at any time, on or off a DoD installation and all DoD civilian personnel on a DoD installation or off an installation in a duty status who operate a motorcycle on a roadway, and all operators of government owned motorcycles are required to attend and complete an approved motorcycle rider education course. Contractors and dependents are encouraged, but not required to attend an MSF course.
People living in base dormitories or temporary lodging facilities must register and store privately owned weapons in the armory in Building 1376.
You can check out your weapons temporarily, but they must be returned for storage within 72 hours unless you’re going on temporary duty or have written permission from the first sergeant or commander.
Base housing residents may keep their privately owned weapons in their quarters and don’t have to register them at the armory.
Concealed weapons permits issued by civil authorities are not valid on Peterson without written approval from the 21st Space Wing commander.
Don’t transport weapons on Peterson unless driving directly to and from the Rod and Gun Club, security forces armory for storage or your residence in base family housing.
Tell the gate guards if you have a weapon and where you intend to take it. Weapons must be unloaded and transported in a vehicle’s trunk.
Don’t leave weapons unattended at any time. They must be under the control of a person 21 years old or older.
In addition to broadcasting Reveille and Retreat, the Giant Voice system plays a critical role in notifying base members of severe weather warnings and operational notifications such as force protection condition changes.
For example, if a tornado is spotted in Colorado Springs, a tornado siren warning would be a steady three-to five-minute tone.
There is a weekly base siren system test every Friday at noon. An announcement is made prior to, and immediately after the test, informing base personnel to disregard the sirens.
The 21st Space Wing plays Reveille, Taps and the national anthem every day Monday through Friday.
Each weekday, Team Pete members observe customs and courtesies when they hear the national anthem at 5 p.m. over the Giant Voice public address system.
Since Reveille and Taps are not part of official ceremonies, it is proper to proceed about your business. However, when the national anthem is played, it is appropriate to face in the direction of the flag (or music if flag is not visible) and salute (when in uniform) or to place your hand over your heart (if in civilian attire). When driving, stop and sit quietly until the music ends.
To meet mission requirements and still take the best possible care of people during inclement weather, delayed reporting, early release and base closure procedures are in place for all military and civilian people assigned to Peterson.
For purposes of reporting during inclement weather, base members will be designated as either essential or non-essential.
Everyone should check with their supervisor to see which category applies to them.
Essential: The minimum number of people needed to keep critical operations functioning until additional support arrives.
These people include, but are not limited to, firefighters, security forces, command and control, snow removal, medical personnel, dining facility workers, designated child care workers, shift workers.
Now-Essential: People who could be delayed for short periods of time (hours to days) without serious mission impact.
Notification: The Peterson Snow Information line (719) 556-SNOW (7669) will be updated by 5:30 a.m. Inclement weather decisions will also be relayed to selected radio and television stations for broadcast and be available at www. peterson af. mil.
Military members assigned to Schriever should call (719) 567-SNOW (7669) and members assigned to Cheyenne Mountain should call (719) 474-3333.
Delayed Reporting: This authorizes nonessential members additional time to safely report to work. The 21st Space Wing commander initiates delayed reporting when off-base driving conditions require additional time to arrive safely and gives on-base snow removal teams time to prepare the base for normal activity following a major winter storm.
People should not plan to arrive earlier than 30 minutes prior to the delayed reporting time to minimize interference with snow removal operations. Base housing residents should consider walking to work to minimize traffic on streets and in the parking lots.
Delayed reporting is based on normal duty hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is mandatory for non-essential members to comply.
For example, in a two-hour delay, all nonessential members should plan to arrive at 9:30 a.m. and not earlier than 9 a.m.
Phased Early Release: Non-essential people may depart their duty location at a specified time before the end of the duty day. Phased early release notification will be passed through unit commanders and will be completed in 30-minute intervals by zip code.
The 30-minute interval reduces traffic congestion leaving the base and helps ensure everyone makes it home safely. Based on mission requirements, supervisors should use their judgment in deviating from the phased early release plan.
Base Closure: This means only essential personnel must report to duty (or remain on duty) if weather is severe enough to prevent replacements from safely reporting.