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FORT CARSON: Since being established in 1942, Fort Carson has
grown to an approximate military population of over 18,000 troops
covering over 137,000 acres of land south of Colorado Springs. The
sole mission of Fort Carson is combat readiness. The post employs many
civilians and has excellent interaction with the community by providing
helicopter rescue squads, bomb disposal units, and many other free community
assistance programs. During World War II, Fort Carson housed prisoners
of war and has since been the site for production of several movies.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE: A fighter training post and civilian
airport before and during WWII, Peterson Air Force Base was known as
"Pete Field." Today it is headquarters for the 46th
Aerospace Defense Wing and the support facility for the North American
Air Force Defense Command (NORAD) and Space Command. Located east of
the city, Peterson adjoins the cityís municipal airport.
NORTH AMERICAN AEROSPACE DEFENSE COMMAND (NORAD):
NORAD is a joint facility staffed by all branches of the military.
Established in the 1950ís to coordinate interception of unidentified
aircraft by our combat forces, NORAD is located inside Cheyenne Mountain,
southwest of Colorado Springs. NORAD provides early warning for North
America and vital space tracking functions.
FORCE ACADEMY: The combination of a top rated university with
military training, the academy was established to be the training ground
for future Air Force officers. Out of 13,000 applicants each year, only
1,500 freshmen are accepted. The beautiful grounds of this facility
are known as a major tourist attraction for the city of Colorado Springs.
It is situated on 18,000 acres of wooded, picturesque land north of
the city. The Air Force Academy employs over 6,000
personnel, approximately 2,000 of which are civilians.
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE: 640 acres made up of former ranch
land east of Colorado Springs, Schriever Air Force Base houses the Consolidated
Space Operations Center (CSOC) and provides military satellite control
operations. Other operations conducted at Schriever include the Global
Positioning System, MILSTAR Satellite control, and the Defense Satellite
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