Current Situation

Current as of 3/28/2020 @ 5:00 p.m.         
There is 3 confirmed COVID-19 case on Buckley AFB.
There are 204 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arapahoe County.
There are 2061 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Colorado.

              Col. Devin Pepper, the 460th Space Wing commander, declared a public health emergency on March 17 for Buckley AFB. Starting at 12 p.m., only mission and service essential personnel should report for duty.

               Buckley AFB officials raised the base’s Health Protection Condition level to Charlie from Bravo in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Colorado. The HPCON Charlie declaration defines base measures for a substantial disease threat and ensures Team Buckley is using the proper protocols and processes to prevent transmission. 

                Social distancing whenever possible will greatly aid in reducing the spread of this virus and limit the risk of exposure to personnel with the following measures already in effect:

  • If you or a member of your household is sick, stay home and discuss your situation with your supervisor or commander;

  • To reduce contact exposure, avoid handshaking and practice good hygiene (hand washing for 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer, etc.);

  • Practice social distancing; staying 3-6 feet away from each other and not participating in groups larger than 10 people;

  • Common Access Cards and base access identification will be visually inspected or scanned at a distance unless absolutely required for security/privacy;

  • Reduce time in common use areas. If required to be in an area, wipe down and sanitize the area upon arrival and prior to leaving;

  • Cancel non-mission essential meetings, if possible, use teleconferencing.

  • The 460th Medical Group is increasing virtual visits and screenings at the door.

              The Buckley AFB clinic is not able to conduct testing for COVID-19. All testing is performed through the Colorado Health Department. Team Buckley members who are feeling ill during duty hours are encouraged to contact the Buckley AFB clinic at 720-847-9355 for specific guidance on how to proceed. If members are feeling ill after duty hours, they can contact the nurse advice line at 800-874-2273 for further direction. Tricare beneficiaries can also visit https://www.tricare.mil/coronavirus for more information.        
*Please remember these helpful definitions that are being used by Public Health officials and the media:
  • Isolation: term used for actions taken with a patient with symptoms/sick. A sick person (either COVID-19 positive or being tested for COVID-19) is placed in Isolation, not Quarantine.
  • Quarantine: term used for actions taken with an ASYMPTOMATIC (does not have symptoms) BUT had contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive patient (also termed exposed). When a person in Quarantine become ill, they are moved to Isolation.   Be aware that Quarantine usually carries legal obligations and enforced restriction of movement; it is typically applied through a legal Quarantine order enforced by an arrest authority.
  • Social Distancing: term used for all other actions not covered under Isolation or Quarantine. Includes actions such as: staying home (including teleworking), not attending large gatherings, etc.  Also referred to as “self- quarantine”

Press Releases



Buckley AFB is complying with all DOD travel restrictions, limiting uniformed and civilian personnel and family member travel to, from or through Center for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Health Notices Level 3 designated locations for the next 60 days.

This includes personal leave and all forms of official travel, including Permanent Change of Station, Temporary Duty and government-funded leave. Local leave is now limited to a 75 mile radius.

For more information on DOD travel restrictions please visit www.defense.gov 

Buckley Pharmacy

In an abundance of caution, effective Monday, March 16, the 460th Medical Group at Buckley Air Force Base is implementing additional precautions to pharmacy operations. The pharmacy building will be closed to walk-in customers and will only operate out of the drive-thru for prescription drop off and pick up.

Team Buckley is taking this precaution in efforts to reduce face-to-face interactions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 on Buckley AFB and other respiratory viruses, protect pharmaceutical recipients and preserve healthcare system functioning.

For information about receiving prescriptions by mail or at alternate pharmacies please see https://www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Pharmacy.

Phone Directory

  • 460 MDG Clinic (Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.): 
  • TRICARE/Nurse advise line (Hours 24/7): 
  • Public Affairs: 
  • Buckley Visitors Center (Hours: 5:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.): 
  • Pharmacy (Hours 8 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Mon-Thurs/8 a.m.-11 a.m. Fri):