21st Force Support Squadron

The 21st Force Support Squadron supports Space Base Delta One (SBD 1), operating location Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, personnel and mission partners at Peterson Space Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station. Indirect support is provided to all of Peterson's geographically separated units and mission partners. The 21 FSS is comprised of the 11 flights in the most diverse squadron in the United States Space Force. Services include: Military and Family Readiness Center, R.P. Lee Youth Center, Child Development Program, Family Child Care Program, High Frontier Honor Guard, Dining Facility, Fitness and Sports Center, Peterson Hub & Colorado Pizza Sports Grill, Aquatic Center, Bowling Center, Rocky Mountain Flight Training Center, Outdoor Recreation Program, Framing & Engraving/Information, Tickets & Tours (ITT)/Leisure Travel, Education and Training Center, Library, Mortuary Affairs, Professional Development: Development Advisor, the First Term Enlisted Course (FTEC), Airman Leadership School, Pikes Peak Lodge, Military Personnel Flight, Manpower and Organization Flight, NAF Human Resources Office and Civilian Personnel Flight.

The 21 FSS's programs, facilities, and services enhance force readiness and esprit de corps. The squadron's administrative offices are located in Building 350. The staff strives to provide the best leisure and recreational services ranging from sports and fitness to outdoor adventure. The squadron also manages the transient quarters and lodging facilities, provides mortuary affairs services and honor guard teams, and provides all personnel services for the base. The 21 FSS keeps the base community informed of programs, activities and upcoming events through a direct-mail newsletter and an informative Web site, www.21FSS.com. The direct-mail program sends notice of programs to your home address bi-monthly and sends club coupons to club members. Call the marketing and publicity office at 719-556-4598 or DSN 834-4598 to subscribe. FSS events are published weekly in the Space Observer and the Peterson website. Patrons can also subscribe to eNews at www.21FSS.com for the information they want and only the information they want.

Military and Family Readiness Center
The Military and Family Readiness Center's (M&FRC) mission is to support readiness by linking individuals and families with the effective resources to meet their professional and personal needs. The M&FRC offers 60 various services under the following nine core program areas: Information and Referral, Personal and Family Readiness, Transition Assistance, Relocation Assistance, Personal Financial Management, Air Force Aid Society, Volunteer, Spouse Employment Program, and the Family Life Education. All services are available to military ID cardholders. The M&FRC is located in Bldg. 350, Suite 1203, and is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 719-556-6141 or DSN 834-6141.

R.P. Lee Youth Center
A variety of programs are available at the Youth Center, Bldg. 1555, on Peterson SFB. Parents can request care for youth in kindergarten through 12-years.  The School-Age Program offers a before-and-after school program as well as seasonal camps. This program is accredited by the National Afterschool Association and provides chances to participate in exciting and educational and recreational activities. Innovative Pre-Teen and Teen programs are offered to provide youth with opportunities to participate in BGCA and 4-H clubs, field trips, leadership clubs, and computer labs while also receiving homework help. Additionally, youth can just hang out and play pool or video games, watch movies, or grab a snack at the café. During the summer, teens can participate in Teen Adventure Camps, such as white-water rafting, hiking and rock climbing. As a recipient of the excellence in Youth Sports Award from the National Alliance for Youth Sports in 2023, the Youth Sports Program is one of the best in the nation. League sports are recreational and include baseball, indoor/outdoor soccer, basketball, and flag football. During the summer, youth can choose from a variety of sports camps, such as archery, flag football, baseball, soccer, and tennis. For more information on any programs offered at the youth center, visit MilitaryChildCare.com, call 719-556-7220 or DSN 834-7220 or go to www.21FSS.com

Child Development Program
The Child Development Program is comprised of two centers (Buildings 1350 and 2004) and offers care to 458 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and certified by the Department of Defense. Full-time and limited hourly care is available at both centers. For detailed information on the waiting list, available programs and enrollment procedures, parents should go to MillitaryChildCare.com to create a profile or visit www.21FSS.com. Parents can also call 719-554-9573 or DSN 834-9573 for information.

DoD STARBASE is a premier educational program, sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Although there are 84 STARBASE Academies located throughout the United States, STARBASE Peterson is the only STARBASE Academy located in Colorado.  At DoD STARBASE students participate in challenging “hands-on, minds-on” activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). They interact with military personnel to explore careers and observe STEM applications in the “real world.” The program provides students with 25 hours of stimulating experiences on military installations throughout the United States. DoD STARBASE’s primary focus is the program for fifth graders. The goal is to motivate them to explore STEM opportunities as they continue their education. The academies serve students that are historically underrepresented in STEM. Students who live in inner cities or rural locations, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, low in academic performance, or have a disability are in the target group. The program encourages students to set goals and achieve them.
Family Child Care Program
The Family Child Care (FCC) program offers an alternative to large-group child care. The SBD-1 Peterson Mission Director oversees the licensures of both on- and off-base providers who provide child care in their homes. The FCC Program providers offer full-time, part-time care, and hourly and before-and-after school care. Moreover, FCC providers can accommodate non-traditional care needs such as evening, weekend, and shift work. The FCC Program supports the Extended Duty Care program, Returning Home Care program, Child care for PCS program, Subsidy support, Home Community Care, Deployment Care, and Respite Care.  Becoming a licensed or affiliated FCC provider offers family members a chance to operate a home-based business with minimal start-up costs. The FCC program makes it easy by providing all required training and an extensive supply lending library with no cost. The Air Force offers several incentives for potential providers who would like to become an FCC provider. AF pays the providers to provide care for their own children. FCC providers receives incentives for initial and renewing their licenses. AF reimburses the expenses for liability insurance, pet exam, physical, and immunization requirements. Providers can move their business from base to base allowing them to establish a career.  For more information on the FCC program, other Child and Youth Programs, or if you are an interested potential provider, visit MilitaryChildCare.com, call 719-556-4322 or DSN 834-4322 to speak with the Community Care Coordinator, or check out www.21FSS.com

School Liaison Program
The School Liaison advocates for the educational needs of military connected children, assists military members and families with information and referrals regarding local school districts and other education options, and ensures a communication link with inbound or outbound family members on educational challenges for Pre-K to 12th grade. The School Liaison provides support to families with Transitions, Home School Support, Deployment/Parental Absence Support, School and Community Communication, Post-Secondary Preparations, Special Education Support, and Community Relations, Partnerships and Outreach. The School Liaison supports parents and school districts with interpretation and training on the Military Interstate Compact (MIC3) on Educational Opportunities for Military Children.  For more information call 719-556-8029, DSN 834-8029. 

High Frontier Honor Guard
The High Frontier Honor Guard fulfills a key role in the quality of life of active duty, retiree and veteran families by providing final tribute for deceased military members on behalf of the president of the United States and the United States Air Force. The High Frontier Honor Guard supports 37 counties in Colorado and nine counties in western Kansas. The area of responsibility of the High Frontier Honor Guard extends from the Utah border to Colby, Kansas, and from the New Mexico border to Longmont, Colorado. This area consists of approximately 78,000 square miles and contains two national cemeteries, located at Peterson Space Force Base, Bldg. 1465, next to the base post office. Telephone 719-556-8228/3589 Fax 719-556-8205 DSN 834-8228. Office is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. On call seven days a week.

Dining Facility
The Aragon Dining Facility, located in Building 1160, operates seven days a week on an a-la-carte system. It is open to Active-Duty military, civilians, and contractors. Hours Monday - Friday are 6-8 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for lunch, and 5-6:30 p.m. for dinner. Weekend/Holiday hours are 7-8 am for breakfast, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for lunch, and 5-6:30 p.m. for dinner.

Fitness and Sports Center
The Fitness and Sports Center offers year-round physical conditioning programs for groups and individuals, serving 2,000 active duty, family members and civilians each day. The Fitness Center, located in Bldg. 560, features indoor and outdoor basketball courts; a multi-purpose room; a three-stage indoor climbing wall for novice, intermediate and expert climbers; a cross-fit/functional fitness room including a Total Resistance Exercise (TRX) rig; an indoor running track; outdoor tennis and pickleball courts; handball and racquetball courts; men's and women's saunas; weight room; the Colorado Room with cardiovascular workout equipment; spinning and personal trainers; a football/soccer field with a quarter-mile track; softball fields; and a 20-station fitness trail. The Fitness Center offers intramural sports, five varsity sports, free aerobics and spinning classes, physical conditioning, massage therapy, cardiovascular training, and special tournaments and competitions. Current hours of operation are Monday - Friday 5:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Closed on weekends, holiday, and family days. For information, call 556-4462 or DSN 834-4462.

Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station
Cheyenne Mountain SFS has three fitness facilities. Gould's Gym inside the mountain has cardiovascular equipment, free weights, and a men's and women's sauna. The second area, in the Technical Support Facility, has weightlifting and exercise equipment, and a co-ed sauna. The racquetball facility has a men's and women's locker room. Hours of operation are 7 x 24, including holidays. For more information, call 719-474-2286 or DSN 268-2286.

Aquatic Center
The Aquatic Center is a year-round indoor facility featuring:

  • Family swimming
  • Lap swimming
  • Masters Swim
  • Triathlon Club and skill sessions
  • Aqua Functional Fitness
  • Private swim lessons

The water temperature hovers at a pleasant 81 degrees. Taking a dip in the pool is refreshing at any time. Also available is a water slide; a small physical conditioning area including kettle bells, dumbbells, and a pullup bar; aqua bicycles, six-person therapeutic spa; a dry co-ed sauna; and a handicapped swim lift for the pool. Rent the pool after hours for private parties or schedule a birthday party during open swim. Annual and quarterly passes are available for frequent swimmers. Call 719-556-4608 or DSN 834-4608 for information.

Peterson Hub
The Peterson Hub is an all-ranks club located in Building 1013 on Stewart Avenue. Lunch is served Monday through Friday. Bingo is featured every Monday evening. Colorado Pizza & Sports Grill is located in the back of the Peterson Hub. It features 17 High Def TVs and more than 100 beers; Colorado Pizza & Sports Grill is open every day at 11 a.m. featuring a great pub food menu. Take advantage of professional party planning and catering services. The Hub Community Center offers a casual lounge, main lounge with fireplace, several party rooms, and a spacious ballroom. For more information, call 719-556-4181 or DSN 834-4181.

Rocky Mountain Flight Training Center
If the sky's your limit, the flight training center is for you. It offers Federal Aviation Administration certification flight training for private, commercial, instructor, and instrument pilots for single-engine, multi-engine, and Airline Transport Pilot certification. All courses offered by the club are Federal Aviation Regulation Part-141 and Department of Veteran's Affairs Administration approved. The center's aircraft are for training, recreational flights, multi-engine training, and temporary duty assignments. The Air Force encourages the use of the center's aircraft as a means to get to temporary duty assignments whenever possible to save money and time. Ground schools for all ratings are available and the flight training center's training school is FAA approved. Military aircraft mechanics can take classes to transfer their military certificate to an FAA certificate. For more information, call 719-556-4310 or DSN 834-4310.

Outdoor Recreation Program
With Colorado's great outdoors right in our backyard, the Peterson Outdoor Adventure Program is your ticket to a world of adventure. Warm weather programs include fishing, camping, rock climbing, hiking, and whitewater rafting trips. During Winter, we offer ski lessons, snowmobiling, and transportation to various resorts. Outdoor Recreation also has a retail shop to help outfit you with snow goggles/helmets, gloves, and pants/jackets for your Winter adventures. If you have your own skis or snowboard, our full-service ski shop can wax, edge, and repair your equipment. Outdoor Recreation also offers rentals for those that want to plan their own adventures. We rent everything from skis, snowboards, & snowshoes to camping equipment to stand-up paddleboards & kayaks. We also offer rentals for picnics and parties such as tables, chairs, bounce houses, and yard games. If you are new to the area or new to the outdoors, we would love to talk with you and provide information to help you enjoy your time in Colorado! For more information, call 719-556-4867, or visit us at building 640.

  • Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Closed Weekends and all Federal Holidays.
  • Recreation supply is also the place to rent a space to store your recreational vehicles in the base RV lot. For information, call 719-556-4867 or DSN 834-4867, or go to building 640.

Framing & Engraving/ITT/Leisure Travel
Framing & Engraving, ITT, and Leisure Travel are collocated in building 640, with Outdoor Recreation. The Information, Tickets, and Tours office offers discount lift tickets for select ski resorts, entertainment, educational, cultural, and sporting events. The Leisure Travel office offers worry-free travel arrangements which can consist of airline travel, car rental reservations, vacation packages, cruises, and lodging accommodations around the world. Framing & Engraving is a full-service awards shop, which provides custom laser engraving on almost anything from wood plaques, acrylic awards, clocks, pen sets, key chains, globes, eagles, knives and even flashlights. For more information, call Framing & Engraving at 719-556-1731, ITT at 719-556-1760, or Leisure Travel at 719-556-2116/719-556-6447.

  • ITT Operating Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Closed Weekends and all Federal Holidays.
  • Leisure Travel Operating Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. via phone only, office hours 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed Weekends and all Federal Holidays.
  • Framing & Engraving Operating Hours: Monday – Wednesday & Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Closed Weekends, Family Days, and all Federal Holidays.

Education, Testing, and Training Services: 
Education Services provides counseling services for voluntary education to include Community College of the Air Force and information and guidance on military tuition assistance, SkillBridge, AF COOL, GI Bill, and enlisted commissioning opportunities. In addition to executing nearly $3 million in military tuition assistance each year, College Level Exam Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) are available to earn college credits.  Testing includes Career Development Courses (CDC), Professional Military Education (PME), and other military testing such as Defense Language Proficiency Testing (DLPT), Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB), Air Force Classification Test (AFCT) and Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) and promotion exams.  On-base schools hold evening classes in the education center for a variety of education levels and education goals.  Along with weekly and monthly briefings for tuition assistance, and SkillBridge program, Education Services provides a monthly two-day Transition GPS (Goals, Planning, Success) Higher Education Course. Enlisted Specialty Trainingprovides Status of Training Briefings and trend analysis for Peterson SFB conducts staff assistance visits upon request to provide commanders with the tools to maintain readiness, instructs the Air Force Trainers Course, manages CDCs and provides assistance/support to Unit Training Managers. Military Formal Training, manages in residence PME courses such as SOS, SNCOA, and NCOA and Mission Readiness/Technical Training Schools. Civilian Formal Training, manages employee development for Peterson Space Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station, HQ USSF (including HQ SpOC) and NORAD/NORTHCOM, provides oversight to the Management Training Committee, manages Mission Ready Training and 88751 Funding from AFPC.  To schedule an appointment or send a message via Student Messages, visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center.  For more information visit https://21fss.com/about/education-and-training-services/. Peterson SFB Education and Training Center is located at Building 1141/301 W. Stewart Ave.  

Peterson Library:
We are your one-stop shop for all things library – and a few extras as well. Need a book? We have fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels, audio books and e-resources for all ages. Our collection includes a wide variety of test-prep and language-learning materials. Looking to relax with a movie or binge a TV series? We have you covered! We also have board games for game night, and video gaming systems and games for your enjoyment. If you are looking to try something new you can check out one of our many, varied programs! Our computer lab has both NIPR and commercial computers, all of which are CAC enabled. We provide free scanning, copying, and printing (up to 10 copies per day). Peterson Library has a relaxed, friendly environment with places to work or study. You can also reserve one of our study rooms for you or your small group. Finally, if you’re looking for a community gathering spot or simply need to use our free Wi-Fi, please come in and see us. For more information, visit us online at  https://airforcelibraries.libguides.com/PetersonLibrary

Professional Development: 
The Development Advisor (DA) offers several personal and professional development courses for all Airmen, Guardians, Joint, and Civilians looking to improve their leadership and supervisory skills. The DA also oversees the First Term Enlisted Course (FTEC) which sets the mission foundations for members arriving to their first duty station. Additionally, the DA hosts a variety of Professional Enhancement Seminars/Enlisted Airmanship Continuum Foundations courses, and many more, all providing varying levels of information, resources, and tools designed to support career progression.

Airman Leadership School: 
Prepare Total Force Airmen, Guardians and Staff Sergeants to be adaptable for current and future leadership and management challenges in a joint environment to prepare them to lead [think/act/respond] in complex and ambiguous operations through the application of five outcome-based objectives: Enlisted Leadership, Enlisted Supervision, Enlisted Warfighting, Enlisted Problem Solving, and Enlisted Communications.

Pikes Peak Lodging Office
Pikes Peak Lodge is located in Building 1042, 125 E. Stewart Ave. The front desk is ready to serve you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Check in time is 2 p.m. or earlier depending upon room availability. Check out time is 11 a.m., unless arrangements are made with management, prior to 8 a.m. on the day of check out. Pikes Peak Lodge has 155 Visiting Quarters, including Visiting Airmen Quarters, in Buildings 1026, 1030 and 1143. VQ rates range from $99 to $114 per night from September through May, and $134 to $154 from June through August. They also have 67 Temporary Lodging Facilities that primarily serve families in permanent change of station status. TLF rates are $121 per night from September through May, and $164 from June through August. In addition, they also have 11 Business Suites at $121 per night from September through May, and $161 per night from June through August. All rooms are equipped with wireless high-speed internet. Smoking is not allowed in any guest rooms or common areas. Pets are only allowed in our "pet friendly" rooms. Pikes Peak Lodge has eight pet-friendly Temporary Lodging Facility units for an additional fee of $10 per day. For more information, call the Pikes Peak Lodge at 719-556-7851 or DSN 834-7851. You can also fax reservations to 719-556-7852 or DSN 834-7852 or e-mail Pikes.Peak.Lodge@Peterson.af.mil.

Military Personnel Flight
The MPF provides service to more than 6,400 active-duty Air Force, multi-service and multi-national members, and more than 50,000 family members and retirees in the greater Colorado Springs area. The MPF is in the SBD 1 Headquarters Building 350. The customer support counter is your first stop enroute to any MPF office. General information and identification cards for active-duty members, retirees, and authorized family members are provided at the front counter. Information and assistance are also available on a variety of programs including base in-processing, leave, evaluations, classifications, awards and decorations, personnel reliability program, assignments, promotions, separations, and retirements. To contact the MPF leadership e-mail 21FSS.FSMP@us.af.mil or call 719-556-0006/6299 or DSN 834-0006/6299. To review the hours of operation, direct phone numbers and workflow addresses, view the MPF online at http://www.21fss.com/about/military-personnel/.  

The NAF Human Resources Office is located in Building 350, Suite 1097, on the first floor. The NAF HRO provides personnel services to more than 275 civilian workers assigned to Peterson and Pituffik, Greenland. Personnel services provided include the classification of positions, staffing of positions, employee benefits and entitlements, and employee and labor management relations.

Civilian Personnel Flight
The civilian personnel office is located in Building 350, Suite 1088, on the first floor. The CPF services more than 4,000 civilian workers assigned to Peterson, Cheyenne Mountain, and Pituffik, Greenland. Personnel services provided include position management and employee and labor management relations. The staffing of positions, position classification, and employee benefits and entitlements are processed through the Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas. The CPF is open M, Tu, Th, Fri from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wed from 8 a.m. – 1300, and by appointment. For current information, call 719-556-4775 or DSN 834-4775

Manpower and Organization Flight
The Manpower and Organization Flight (FSM) is located in Building 350, room 1116. FSM provides manpower and organizational support to all SBD 1 units, Space Delta 1, 2, and 7; to include their geographically separated units. FSM manages manpower and organization functions supported, for USSF and AF units, including organizational structure; organizational and manpower standards; manpower resources, military grades, manpower planning and execution system, and peacetime and wartime manpower requirements and utilization; commercial activities and competitive sourcing, privatization studies and hierarchy for the Defense Civilian Personnel System (DCPDS). FSM also manages process reengineering, continuous improvement initiatives, management consulting services, and teambuilding. Support services include facilitating off-site workshops, and meetings. For more information about manpower and organization support, call 719-556-4837 or DSN 834-4837.