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 Inbound Welcome Guide

Commander’s Welcome


I would like to personally welcome you and your family to the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron.  We are located on Fort Carson Army Installation situated on the south end of Colorado Springs, and just east of the Rocky Mountains.  Your sponsor should be able to answer any of your questions and provide any assistance you may need.  If you are unable to contact him / her, please feel free to contact myself at DSN 691-9435 or commercially at (719) 526-9435.


Let me tell you a little about our mission. The post is currently home to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (2BCT), the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (3BCT), 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized).  The 13 ASOS includes a tactical air control party (TACP) that provides liaison and close air support. We also support special operations with TACP support.  During war, or when tasked, we deploy withy these units to provide the combat multiplier of airpower.  Our maintenance and support personnel indirectly support the 2BCT, 3BCT and 10 SFG(A) by directly supporting our operational units.


If you like the outdoors and mountains, you will love Colorado Springs.  There all sorts of available activities for the family.  Of course, Colorado has some of the best skiing in the world, which makes for a fun winter.  Denver is just north of the Springs by about 55 miles and provides just about has anything else that the Springs does not provide.


If this is your first time working on an Army post, things will look a little different.  Rest assured we are in an Air Force squadron with an Air Force identity, and you will become an integral part of our team.  Again, please contact your sponsor if you have questions, or call me if you need assistance.  I look forward to meeting and working with you.


 Commander, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron



General Information




More information about Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, and the USAF Academy can be located through your local Family Support Center.  There, you should be able to get access to Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES) booklets, installation brochures, and videos.  SITES can also be found on the Internet at http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/sites/.


We have enclosed some information in your sponsor package to help you become acquainted with the local area.  If you need any additional information, please contact your sponsor and he/she will be glad to obtain it for you.


Keep in touch with your sponsor.  Coordinate your arrival date and time with them and let them assist you in making lodging arrangements.  Lodging can be very tight during certain periods, so be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. 


In addition to your sponsor, use the resources available at your current location to make your move easier.  Be sure to contact your local Relocation Assistance Manager and your Family Support Center.  Both can greatly help you ease the pain and confusion of a PCS move.


Getting Here


Fort Carson is located 60 miles south of Denver on Interstate 25, exit 135, or Nevada Avenue (State Highway 115), Exit 140A.


The Colorado Springs Airport is currently served by over 10 airlines and is located about 10 miles from Fort Carson.  The USO booth, located near baggage claim area #4, is available for assistance.


 Climate and Altitude


The Colorado Springs area has a mild year-round climate.  Temperatures in January, the coldest month, average a high of 43 degrees and a low of 23 degrees, with a mean of 33 degrees.  August, the warmest month, has an average high of 84 degrees and a low of 61 degrees, with a mean of 73 degrees.  The area averages 42.4 inches of snow annually.  Some patterns to be aware of are:  during the summer, thunderstorms can develop every afternoon with the possibility of severe storms, but usually produce a few showers and move on.  Winter storms can develop quickly and make driving very hazardous.  If you will be arriving from Nov – Mar, be prepared for inclement weather.


Fort Carson’s elevation is above 6,000 feet and the U.S. Air Force Academy is at an elevation of above 7,000 feet.  Some newcomers experience slight fatigue at first and this will take a while to get used to.


 Housing Information


You are eligible to live on the USAF Academy.  The benefits of Academy housing are the conveniences of living on base, pleasant surroundings, Academy District 20 schools, and convenient childcare.  A drawback includes the distance required to drive to work.  It is a 25-mile one-way trip from the Academy to Ft Carson, and takes approximately 30 minutes.  Driving times vary with the amount of traffic and weather conditions.  To get on the waiting list, call the housing office at DSN 259-2100.  The waiting list can range from a short delay to one of approximately 10 months.  We are eligible to get housing on Peterson AFB, as well as dormitory space for E-5 and below, on a case-by-case basis.  We are eligible for Fort Carson housing, but the waiting list is 12 – 36 months; contact their housing at DSN 691-4715 to get on the waiting list.


Included in your sponsor package are several links to websites dealing with Colorado Springs housing.  Colorado Springs is a high cost living area, and your BAH will normally not cover all your living expenses.  The Academy, Peterson, and Ft Carson housing offices will help you with getting off-base housing.  Be sure to use their expertise and advice.


Vehicle Registration

Though Fort Carson does not require you to register your vehicles on post, you will need to register your vehicle with Ft Carson.  Military personnel are exempt from the requirement to have Colorado license plates within 30 days of arrival if they have valid plates from their home of record state.  To obtain Colorado plates, you must have verification of your vehicle’s identification number (VIN), the title or current registration, proof of insurance, and proof of emissions test.



Key Telephone Numbers

Base Operations
Housing Office
Child Care Centers

Peterson AFB
DSN: 834

USAF Academy





AFB Clinic






USAF Academy
DSN: 333

Fort Carson


USAF Academy


USAF Academy


Finance - PAFB


First Sergeant

Fort Carson
DSN: 691


Fort Carson


Fort Carson




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Last Updated: 12 Mar 2009