Current Situation

Updated Sept. 15, 2021 
Religious Accommodation Request  - Vaccination
OF NOTE: The member (requestor) needs to notify their commander of their intent to pursue a Religious Accommodation Request (RAR) AND get the RAR MFR template from their commander.”




SUBJECT: Buckley Garrison Public Health Directive #21 - 6

1. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves we must continue to adapt installation

policies and preventive actions to appropriately balance protecting base personnel with ensuring continued mission effectiveness and satisfactory quality of life. To those ends, the following guidance is effective 30 August 2021.

2. Buckley Space Force Base will change to HPCON Bravo Plus and all personnel

should continue to take necessary actions to keep themselves and those around them safe. The Public Health Emergency Officer (PHEO) is delegated the authority to order medical isolation and quarantine. Violations of isolation or quarantine or this order may be punishable under Article 92, Uniform Code of Military Justice, and may result in removal from the installation

3. The following higher headquarters (HHQ) Public Health policies are in effect for Buckley Garrison and tenant units in or near Aurora, Colorado.

a. All commanders/directors are directed to reduce in-person manning to

no more than 75% of non-mission essential personnel. Beyond that directive, I ask that all commanders and/or directors exercise their authority to maximize teleworking in situations where employees have a telework agreement in place and can effectively fulfill the duties of their position via telework based on mission conditions.

b. Contact tracing: In accordance with CDC guidelines, non-vaccinated individuals who have been identified as having close contact with a someone who has COVID-19 will quarantine for 14 days after last contact. With the increase in breakthrough positive testing, highly recommend that those who who are fully vaccinated and identified as having had a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, quarantine until five days after last exposure and also receipt of a negative COVID test result (tested on day five).

c. Wear of face coverings: All individuals on the installation will continue to adhere to the Secretary of Defense’s 28 July 2021 guidance which requires all Service members, Federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors to BSFB, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in an indoor setting in installations and other facilities owned, leased or otherwise controlled by DoD.  

d. Commanders will evaluate all meetings and events within their unit, and whenever feasible, ensure these are held virtually. When in-person events are necessary, commanders will ensure ample physical spacing that is appropriate for the group size and venue and ensure proper mask-wear. This applies to both indoor and outdoor events.

e. Patrons of the fitness center will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks have passed since the last immunization in their series) to gain access to the facility. Patrons will need to show fitness center personnel their CDC card or a clear picture of their CDC card, as well as a valid identification card. Blanket exemptions will be communicated for event-specific reasons (i.e. vaccinate POD). There will be no individual exceptions to this requirement.

f. Official military fitness assessments will take place outdoors.

4. Mission partner leads, unit commanders, and supervisors may direct additional restrictions to manage risk to their missions, personnel, and operational areas, as required. These leaders should execute judgement and risk management principles for situations not dictated by HHQ or Garrison guidance including outdoor mask wear and the number of personnel in office spaces, operations floors, or gatherings. Please consult Public Health if additional guidance is desired for a specific situation.

5. This policy supersedes any previously published 460 SW or Buckley Garrison public

health directives but does not impact any declaration-of a public health emergency.

Updated Mask Guidelines For All DOD Installations and Other Facilities
In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on "Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People," issued July 27, 2021 , the above reference is hereby rescinded.
Beginning July 28, 2021:

• In areas of substantial or high community transmission, DoD requires all Service members, Federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in an indoor setting in installations and other facilities owned, leased or otherwise controlled by DoD.

• Service members, Federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated also need to continue to physically distance consistent with applicable CDC and DoD Force Health Protection guidance.

• DoD installations, other facilities, and worksites shall, as soon as possible, post signs and post information on their websites clarifying what masking requirements apply in each installation, other facility, and worksite.

• Organizations should consult with their servicing Labor Relations Office for guidance regarding implementation for bargaining unit employees.
CDC guidance and definitions of low, moderate, substantial, and high spread can be found at:
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/pdfs/mm7030e2-H.pdf. Data on levels of community transmission can be found at the CDC COVID Data Tracker website found at: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/.

Personnel coming on to a DoD installation, other facility or workspace who do not have a mask may be provided one by DoD. All DoD personnel should continue to comply with CDC guidance regarding areas where masks should be worn, including within airports. The Department will review and revise all applicable Force Health Protection guidance to address the new CDC guidelines. Further guidance will be provided as appropriate by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)). In addition, the Director of Administration and Management may, as appropriate and in coordination with the USD(P&R), issue further guidance for the Pentagon Reservation.

Press Releases

  • Buckley implements restrictions amidst rising COVID-19 cases in the area

    Due to the continuous increase in COVID-19 cases in the local area, Buckley AFB will augment some preventative measures on base.
  • Buckley's Medical Group conducts Ready Eagle exercise

    The 460th Medical Group conducted exercise Ready Eagle, a week long training event culminating in a capstone full-scale exercise Sept. 18, 2020, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.

    At approximately 8 p.m. on April 22, out of an abundance of caution, Buckley Air Force Base leadership closed the A-Basin Child Development Center until further notice as a result of a potential coronavirus (COVID-19) case for one of the employees. Everyone this employee has been in contact with has been notified. The Crested Butte Child Development Center is expected to open on April 27 to accommodate and care for the children who were attending the A-Basin Child Development Center.

    Effective Wednesday April 8, 2020, and to the greatest extent possible, all individuals on Buckley AFB will wear protective face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in all public areas and work centers. The Department of the Air Force supports, and will continue to implement, all measures necessary to mitigate risks to the spread of the disease.

               Two Buckley Air Force Base housing residents were confirmed positive for coronavirus

Phone Directory

  • Buckley Visitors Center 
    The 6th Avenue Gate
    Mon-Fri 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 460 MDG Clinic Hours
    Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • TRICARE/Nurse advise line (Hours 24/7): 
  • Public Affairs: 
  • Pharmacy Hours
    The pharmacy is operating by drive through and the lobby is open as of March 1, 2021.
    Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Tuesday - Friday: 9 - 10 a.m. for mission essential personnel and their dependents only.
    Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for all other beneficiaries.
  • Commissary Hours 
    Monday - CLOSED
    Tues-Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    (720) 847-7100
  • Exchange Hours
    Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    (720) 859-8926
  • Legal Office
    Mon and Wed: 8 a.m. to noon open for POAs/notaries walk-ins
    Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to noon open for appointments only