Buckley Air Force Base

Buckley Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Aurora, Colorado.


Located on the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains, Buckley AFB is in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb just outside of Denver. The city of Aurora is mainly located in Arapahoe county. Only a portion of the northern boundary lies in Adams county. The Denver metro area is a high cost of living area, but moving slightly outside of the metro area, homes are more affordable. There are many retired and military families within the community and Colorado in general. Those relocating here will find a wealth of outdoor activities within easy reach and fabulous sunny days. The base operator’s phone number is 720-847-9011, or DSN 312-847-9011.

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Buckley AFB was established by the U.S. Army in 1943. The base was named in honor of the World War I Army pilot 1LT John Harold Buckley.

Initially activated in July 1943, the 460th Bomb group “Black Panthers” flew B-24 liberator bombers from Spinazolla, Italy supporting combat missions throughout Europe during World War II. Activated a second time during the Vietnam, War, the 460 Tactical Reconnaissance Wing supported the Air Force reconnaissance mission in Vietnam from 1966 to 1971. Renamed and reactivated a third time and flying the F-4 Phantom, the 460 Tactical Reconnaissance Group performed reconnaissance missions at the Taegu Air Base, Korea for one year starting in the fall of 1989, and inactivating in October 1990. With four Presidential Unit Citations, one Distinguished Unit Citation, and three Air Force Outstanding Unit Citations (two with Combat Service), the 460 Air Base Wing (ABW) reactivated on October 1, 2001. On August 19, 2004, the 460th ABW was redesignated the 460th Space Wing. Tasked to build the newest base in the Air Force, the 460th Space Wing supports varied space missions and 28 tenant units.


The 460th Space Wing (Air Force Space Command) is responsible for providing space-based missile warning data to Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, Colorado and the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Population Served

88,000 Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps active duty, National Guard, Reserve, Defense Contractors, military family members and a large retired community.

Active Duty (all branches) 3,600+
Guard/Reserve (all branches) 2,400+
DoD Civilians 3,300+
DoD Contractors 1,700+
Dependents 15,000+
Retirees/Vets 62,000+

Base Transportation

Taxi services from Denver International Airport, will generally run around $40 to Buckley AFB. Public transportation from the airport is almost non-existent, however once you are in the Denver area active duty military do ride the RTD systems for FREE.


If you do not have a sponsor, please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center, 720-847-6681 or DSN 312-847-6681, so that we may notify your unit and assist you with obtaining a sponsor.

Temporary Quarters

Rocky Mountain Lodge is located on 341S Beaver Creek St, Bldg 331, on Buckley AFB. For more information and to make reservations, please call 720-847-5899. Reservations can also be made online at the DoD Lodging website.

Buckley AFB is proud to showcase the newest lodging operation in the Air Force.  With the latest in furnishing, technology and design, this lodge is ideal for any type and length of stay.  Free wireless high speed internet, a large and spacious lobby, Dish Network, a resale store, Rickenbacker’s coffee shop, an outside fire pit with patio seating, and a warm comfortable fireplace provides our guests with all the comforts needed.

Please call 720-847-5899 (DSN: 847-5899), e-mail, Fax: 720-847-5663, Reservation Request Form, or through DoD Lodging.

Relocation Assistance

The Airman and Family Readiness Center offers the Newcomers’ Orientation Briefing on the third Wednesday of every month at the Fellowship Hall in the Base Chapel, Bldg 316, to welcome new in-bounds to the Buckley community. Newcomers are also invited to attend a free fellowship lunch sponsored by the Chapel which is held in conjunction with the Newcomers’ Orientation program from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Courses and one-on-one assistance are also offered by the Airman and Family Readiness Center to assist spouses seeking employment in this new location. The loan locker is maintained by the Airman and Family Readiness Center.  Household items, such as pots and pans, toasters, alarm clocks, irons, and mats are available for 30 day checkout with a copy of the PCS orders. When you are preparing to PCS out, the Airman and Family Readiness Center offers Smooth Move courses and

Contact Information

NIOC Colorado Quarterdeck
(303) 677-4018
Command Duty Officer (CDO)
(303) 210-1787
Joint Components Command (JCC)
(720) 847-6670
NIOC Sponsor Coordinator
(303) 677-4264

Buckley AFB Numbers
Barber Shop
Base Exchange
Base Operator
Beauty Shop
Education Office
Fitness Center
Health & Wellness Ctr (HAWC)
Household Goods
1 (800) 771-1819
Info, Tickets, & Travel (ITT)
Pass and Vehicle Registration