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Schriever Air Force Base

(Courtesy graphic)

(Courtesy graphic)

Photo of Gen. Schriever used on Page 9 of the June 23, 2005 Satellite Flyer.

Schriever Air Force Base is named after Gen. Bernard Schriever, the Father of the U.S. Space and Missile Program.

Schriever Air Force Base is located approximately 10 miles east of Colorado Springs, Colorado. After announcing in early 1981 that a 
military space systems control facility would be built, Falcon Air Force Station became home to that facility, the Consolidated Space 
Operations Center. Beginning in 1987, operational functions began transferring to Falcon AFS units. This process took several years 
and was completed with the formal turnover of the CSOC in September 1993.

Groundbreaking took place May 17, 1983, and Falcon AFS became a reality. Two years later, the 2nd Space Wing was formed, and 
mission capability from Onizuka AFS began transferring over to Falcon following the base's activation on Sept. 26, 1985. The wing took 
operational control of the Air Force Satellite Control Network in October 1987. On June 13, 1988, Falcon AFS was re-designated Falcon AFB.

Due to Air Force-wide restructuring, the 2nd SW was inactivated, and the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing re-designated as the 50th SW activated 
at Falcon AFB on Jan. 30, 1992. The 50th TFW had inactivated on Sept. 30, 1991, at Hahn Air Base, Germany. Its re-designation and 
activation at Falcon AFB continued the heritage of a highly decorated unit.

On June 5, 1998, Falcon AFB was renamed Schriever AFB in honor of retired Gen. Bernard A. Schriever, who pioneered the development 
of the nation's ballistic missile programs and is recognized as "the father of the U.S. Air Force's space and missile program." Gen. Schriever 
passed away June 20, 2005.

Schriever AFB is home to 8,000 military and civilian employees. The base indirectly contributes an estimated $1.3 billion to the local 
Colorado Springs, Colorado area annually.

(Current as of July 2020)


Schriever Air Force Base Public Affairs
Phone: 719-567-5040
E-mail: 50swpa.workflow@us.af.mil