Current Situation

Current as of 12/14/20 

There are 288,193 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Colorado.

Due to the continuous increase in COVID-19 cases in the surrounding local area, on October 29, Buckley AFB transitioned into the second phase of recovery actions. Buckley has reverted to Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo. Additionally, the Declaration of Public Health Emergency, which was renewed on October 29, 2020 remains in effect. The HPCON Bravo declaration defines base measures for a moderate health threat to base personnel that has the potential to rapidly move into an area.  

Colonel Devin R. Pepper, Buckley Garrison Commander, has authorized no more than 25 percent of non-mission essential personnel to return to duty while still emphasizing maximum use of telework.

All personnel will continue to practice social distancing, good hygiene and appropriate mask wear. 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.

    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.
  • Buckley AFB is currently in phase 2B of recovery actions. The installation commander has authorized no more 25 percent of non-mission essential personnel return to duty while maintaining teleworking where possible. All personnel will continue to be required to practice social distancing, good hygiene and appropriate mask wear at all times.


Base Exchange/Commissary

●        The Base Exchange and Commissary has limited purchases on the following items: This info can be found on our FB page.



Support Functions

  •  Effective Oct. 29, 2020, the 460 CPTS customer service section will only be open for walk-ins Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

●        Finance is now open for walk-ins during normal hours. The finance office is also encouraging all Active duty AF personnel to utilize the Comptroller Support Portal platform  (usaf.dps.mil/teams/saffmCSP/portal/)     for any finance inquiries. It is a transparent and friendly inquiry system to use.

●        Ent Credit Union hours of operations shall be between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, except on government holidays when the financial institution may be   closed.

●        The Panther Den is back serving STARBUCKS COFFEE as well as breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., carry out only.

●        Outdoor Rec is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all your rental needs -- Paddleboards are a real hit! They will also begin “Meet Up” adventure trips. Patrons will travel to the site in their own vehicles and adhere to the social distancing and mask wear/face covering guidelines. No more than 10 people per event.

●        The Child Development Centers will begin accepting new childcare applications. The CDC will offer care up to 50% of returning non-mission essential personnel. The school Age Care will have a maximum of 24 spaces for full day care. (Both CDC’s open to those working during the duty day) 

●        The Fitness Center will be open to military service members (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve) and government civilians only, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workouts will be limited to 90 minutes and only 50 patrons will be allowed in the building at one time. Fitness center classes will resume while adhering to current social distancing and group gathering policies. Restrooms and touchless water bottle fill stations will be available for use. If patrons want to use the water bottle fill stations, they are required to bring their own water bottle. Locker rooms will remain closed. As a reminder, only the main entrance at the front of the building will be accessible, and masks must be worn at all times while transitioning from one piece of equipment or room to the next. Active duty spouse/dependents are now accepted. No more than 10 people in each fitness room. Masks will be worn at all times other than when utilizing cardio equipment.



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


Members of Team Buckley can take leave but can't travel further than a 250 mile travel radius from the installation.

The DoD Stop movement Order has been lifted and personnel movement and travel is determined on a conditions-based phased approach. Leave is beyond the local area, defined as 250 miles, is approved at the squadron commander level.

Buckley Pharmacy

The pharmacy is closed to walk-in customers and will only operate out of the drive-thru for prescription drop off and pick up on Tuesday through Friday. 

Pharmacy Hours:
Tue-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Mission & Service Essential Personnel and their family only)
Tue-Fri 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (All Customers)

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

  • Buckley Visitors Center 
    The 6th Avenue Gate
    Mon-Fri 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 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 thru only, until further notice.
    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 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Mission & Service Essential Personnel Only and their family)
    Tues-Sun 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (All Customers)
    (720) 847-7100
  • Exchange Hours
    Mon-Sun 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Mission & Service Essential Personnel Only and their family)
    Mon-Sun 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (All Customers)
    (720) 859-8926

  • Legal Office
    The legal office will be virtual appointments only. Notary/POA by appointment only.