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Peterson Air Force Base

Peterson Air Force Base is located at an altitude of 6,035 feet on the east side of Colorado springs near the junction of highways US 24 and Colorado 94. The Base covers approximately 1,278 acres. Peterson Air Force Base is considered a joint-use installation because the airfield is owned and operated by the city of Colorado Springs, and collectively used by military and civilian aircraft. Other military installations in the area include:

 

Peterson Air Force Base traces its roots to the Colorado Springs Army Air Base, established in April 1942 at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. The base carried out photo reconnaissance training under the auspices of the Photo Reconnaissance Operational Training Unit. The base is named after 1st Lt. Edward J. Peterson, an Operations Officer and native of Colorado  who crashed while attempting to take off from the airfield on August 8, 1942.

 

In October 1943, the mission at "Peterson Field," as it was then called, changed to heavy bomber combat crew training. In April 1945, Peterson Field was assigned to Continental Air Forces. The base mission changed again with the location of the Army Air Forces Instructors School at the base. On December 31, 1945, the Army inactivated the base, turning the property over to the City of Colorado Springs.

 

In September 1947, the newly formed United States Air Force reactivated the base from September 1947 to January 1948, and again from September 1948 into 1949. In January 1951, the Air Force activated Peterson Field once more and on March 1, 1976, Peterson Field was renamed Peterson Air Force Base. Strategic Air Command assumed control of the base on October 1, 1979, and United States Air Force officials activated Air Force Space Command at Peterson in September 1982.

 

Today, the 21st Space Wing is host at Peterson Air Force Base. The Wing commands and supports sensor units located throughout the world. Its primary mission is to provide management, training and evaluation for assigned missile warning, space surveillance, intelligence and communication sites. Peterson Air Force Base is also responsible for providing support functions for Schriever Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Headquarters North American Radar Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and Headquarters Air Force Space Command (HQ AFSPC).

Land use at Peterson Air Force Base consists of a combination of administrative, industrial, special space mission, residential, community, recreational and aircraft operations. Industrial operations have generally be associated with aircraft and vehicle maintenance such as engine repair, aircraft systems maintenance and painting.

 

The Phase I study identified past operations at Peterson Air Force Base that generated hazardous waste, the types of wastes generated, and where the wastes ended up. A summary of this information is found in the Remedial Investigation Report (Hazardous Waste Remedial Action Program, September 1989). The landfills, Former Fire Training Area and Industrial Area Storm Sewer/Leach Field were estimated to have received the majority of hazardous waste generated during Base activities.

 

Site Summaries

  • Active Environmental Projects pdf file
    • Active Environmental Projects pdf file Site 3-LF005: Southeast Landfill

    • Site 6-SD008:  The Industrial Storm Sewer

    • Site 7-ST007:  The Fuel Tank Yard

    • Site 8-FT003: The Fire Training Area, Rapier Area 6 (FTA/DA)

    • Rapier Property-TM009: The Rapier Site

    • Rapier Small Arms Range- SR501

 

  • Closed Environmental Projects pdf file
    • Site 1-LF004: East Fork Sand Creek Landfill 1

    • Site 2-WP006: East Boundary Leach Field

    • Site 4-WP001: Building 104 Industrial Waste Drain Line

    • Site 5-FT002: The Former Firefighter Training Area

    • Trap and Skeet Range pdf file

      • Military Housing Privatization Initiative

Documents related to the environmental cleanup and Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) activities at Peterson Air Force Base can be found at the following locations:

 

F.E. Warren Air Force Base
Cheyenne, WY
307-773-4147 telephone

 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division Records Center
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO
303-692-3331 telephone

 

Colorado Springs

Electronic versions of all final documents can be found in the two libraries listed below:

 

Colorado Springs Penrose Library - Special Collections

20 North Cascade Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO  80903

719-531-6333

Hours of operation:

Monday - Thursday

10:00 am to 9:00 pm

 

Friday and Saturday

10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

Sunday

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 



 

  

 

Colorado Springs East Library branch

5550 North Union Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO  80918

719-531-6333

Hours of operation:

Monday - Thursday

10:00 am to 9:00 pm

 

Friday and Saturday

10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

Sunday

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 



 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) Contact:

Tracie White

State Remedial Project Manager

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South

Denver, CO  80246-1530

303-692-3452

1-888-569-1831 Ext. 3452

tracie.white@state.co.us

 

Installation Restoration Program (IRP) contact:

Lee Pivonka

State Remedial Project Manager

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South

Denver, CO  80246-1530

303-692-3453

1-888-569-1831 Ext. 3453

lee.pivonka@state.co.us

 

Community Involvement contact:

Jeannine Natterman

State Public Involvement Coordinator

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South

Denver, CO  80246-1530

303-692-3303

1-888-569-1831 Ext. 3303

Jeannine.Natterman@state.co.us

 

F.E. Warren Air Force Base

John Wright

USAF AFSPC 90 SW/EM

F.E. Warren AFB

Cheyenne, WY

307-773-4147

john.wright@warren.af.mil