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460th Space Wing

460 SW

460 SW


Combat-ready Airmen advancing unrivaled missile warning, surveillance and integrated installation operations for America and our Allies.


Warrior Airmen dominating today's challenges and postured to win the fight-America's Missile Warning Wing.

The 460th Space Wing (460 SW) located at Buckley AFB, Colorado, is a Space Force base that serves Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and retired personnel throughout the Front Range community. The wing defends America through its air operations, space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations, space communications operations and installation support functions. It provides a number of deployed Airmen to Combatant Commanders to accomplish warfighter missions around the globe.

The Wing supports a Joint, Total Force and coalition base in all but name. This includes 3,500 active duty members from every service, 4,000 National Guard personnel and Reservists, four commonwealth international partners, 2,400 civilians, 2,500 contractors, and approximately 88,000 retirees, veterans and dependents combined. The base contributes nearly an estimated $1 billion annually to the local economy.

The 460th Space Wing falls under the direction of the Department of the Air Force and U.S. Space Force. For its day-to-day operational mission, the 460th SW directly supports Combatant Commands across the globe.

The 460th Operations Group (460 OG) provides missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence, satellite command and control, battle space characterization, and robust communications. The group’s team of space professionals operates the Defense Support Program (DSP), Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, and SBIRS Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) payloads, which provide continuous global surveillance, tracking and targeting.

The 460th Mission Support Group (460 MSG) provides trained personnel to support the Air Expeditionary Forces and Homeland Defense. The group is responsible for force protection, quality of life, human resources, contracting, logistics, base infrastructure and environmental stewardship support to the 460 SW and personnel throughout the Front Range area. 

The 460th Medical Group (460 MDG) supports military readiness to the Air Expeditionary Forces and Homeland Defense missions by ensuring base personnel are medically qualified for deployments and providing health care, life skills support, family advocacy, aerospace medicine, public health, bio-environmental engineering, optometry, ancillary services health and wellness services and dental care.

The 460 SW is unique in that it supports more than 90+ base partners located both on base and in the local community. The 460th Space Wing hosts five major base partners, known as Big 5: 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard (COANG); the Navy Operational Support Center; the Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado; the Army Aviation Support Facility and the Air Reserve Personnel Center.


Buckley Air Force Base was named after 1st Lt. John H. Buckley, a World War I flier from Longmont, Colo. In 1941 the city of Denver donated land to the War Department. A contract for $7.5 million and 700 structures was let in 1942 to build Buckley. The War Department transferred Buckley to the Colorado Air National Guard in 1946. The Department of Navy took over Buckley in 1947 and the installation was commissioned as Naval Air Station--Denver. Buckley NAS was subsequently decommissioned in 1959 and the COANG took charge of the installation again in 1960, designating it as Buckley Air National Guard Base. Buckley remained an Air National Guard base until Oct. 1, 2000 when the 821st Space Group became host and the base was renamed Buckley Air Force Base. The 460th Air Base Wing was activated Oct. 1, 2001, and assumed full control of the support mission in the Denver area. On Aug. 19, 2004, it was designated as the 460th Space Wing and added an operational space mission to its responsibilities.

(Last updated Dec 2019)