Located a few miles west of the city of Cheyenne, Wyoming and 100 miles north of Denver, Colorado, F.E. Warren Air Force Base is an important part of what Air Force officials refer to as the “northern tier” for missile defense. It is also the oldest continuously active base in the U.S. Air Force. This base is unique among Air Force installations in that it has no runway facilities for non-helicopter fixed-wing aircraft.
Find information about F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, including the main commercial and DSN numbers for the base, information on basic services, base transportation, lodging for TDY and PSCing personnel, and inprocessing.
F.E. Warren AFB Mission & Units
F.E. Warren Air Force Base is a strategic missile base which operates and maintains intercontinental ballistic missiles such as the Minuteman III, and formerly home to Minuteman I, Peacekeeper, and Atlas missile operations. The base is home to 20th Air Force, the 90th Missile Wing, and many others.
Important missions and units include:
- 20th Air Force
- 90th Missile Wing
- 90th Operations Group
- 319th Missile Squadron
- 320th Missile Squadron
- 321st Missile Squadron
- 582nd Helicopter Group
- 37th Helicopter Squadron
- 90th Maintenance Group
- 90th Mission Support Group
- 90th Civil Engineer Squadron
- 90th Communications Squadron
- 90th Contracting Squadron
- 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron
- 90th Force Support Squadron
- 90th Security Forces Group
- 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron
- 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron
- 90th Security Support Squadron
- 90th Medical Group
- AFOSI Detachment 805
- 153rd Command and Control Squadron
- 30th Airlift Squadron
- 90th Comptroller Squadron
F.E. Warren AFB History
Said to be the oldest continuously operating Air Force Base, F.E. Warren got its’ start at the same time the city of Cheyenne, Wyoming did back in 1867 when the installation was known as Fort D.A. Russell.
F.E. Warren AFB has the distinction of being an Air Force base without an active runway for fixed-wing aircraft operations. The closest thing to a landing strip at Warren was a dirt runway that was made famous by a crash-landing by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker during World War One, and some use circa 1919 by the man who would later become the first Air Force Chief of Staff, Carl A. Spaatz (who was only a Major at the time).
1930 saw the Army change the name to Fort Francis E. Warren, in honor of Wyoming’s territorial governor and first state senator.
In 1949, the Air Force was coming into its’ own as a separate branch of military service (established in 1947) and many former Army posts had been converted to Air Force bases by the time Fort Warren became Francis E. Warren Air Force Base.
During the Korean War, thousands of reservists needed to be processed in order to be put on active duty; this was a job done mainly at F.E. Warren. At the time the base fell under Air Training Command (ATC), but after the Korean War ATC operations were transferred out of Warren and the base became a Strategic Air Command base. It wouldn’t be long before the first Atlas missile operations began there, circa 1958.
In 1964 the Atlas mission was phased out for F.E.Warren and the era of the Minuteman ICBM program began, and would run through the 1980s when Minuteman missiles were starting to be replaced in some silos and supplemented in others by multi-warhead MX missiles known as Peacekeepers.
Later presidential actions would end the Peacekeeper program-those missiles began to be deactivated in 2002 with the final inactivation of the Peacekeeper mission in 2005. The Minuteman III ICBM is still used in today’s mission at F.E. Warren AFB.
F.E. Warren AFB Contacts
Main Address And Phone Numbers
F.E. Warren Air Force Base
7601 Randall Avenue, Bldg. 207
F.E. Warren AFB, WY 82005-2502
- DSN 312-481-5946
Important Base Contact Numbers
- Emergency – 911
- Dormitory Management – (307) 773-2642
- Civilian Personnel Office – (307) 773-3340
- Dental Clinic – (307) 773-3461
- Family Readiness (Deployments) – (307) 773-5899
- Finance Office – (307) 773-1851
- Hospital Main – (307) 778-7550
- Housing Office – (307) 773-1840
- ID Cards/Customer Service – (307) 773-1845
- Legal Services and JAG – (307) 773-2256
- Personnel Support Office – (307) 773-1845
- Temporary Lodging – (307) 773-1844
- Welcome/Visitors Center – (307) 773-3694
- Base Operator – (307) 773-110
- Suicide Prevention Hotline – (800) 273-8255
- Medical Appointments – (307) 773-3461
- Clinic – (307) 773-346
- Child Development Center – (307) 773-2639
- School Age Program (Youth Center) – (307) 773-2564
- Military Personnel Flight Customer Service – (307) 773-1845
- Employment Program – (307) 773-2241
- Family Advocacy – (307) 773-4228
- Legal Office – (307) 773-2256
- Medical Clinic (No Emergency Services) – (307) 773-3461
- Housing Referral Office – (307) 773-1840
- Temporary Lodging/Billeting – (307) 773-1844
- ID/Cac Card Processing / Military Personnel Flight – (307) 773-1845
- Education Services Center – (307) 773-2117
- Public Schools Liaison Office – (307) 773-5943
- Household Goods/Transportation Office (inbound) – (307) 773-3824
F.E Warren Air Force Base Surrounding Area
F.E. Warren is 100 miles away from Denver Colorado, and during peak good weather months that is a journey many are tempted to make. The base’s location can make it tricky to venture far from the local area in winter; the base is on the high plains near the Rocky Mountains and while the area may get approximately 52 inches of winter snow in a season.
Snow season is roughly nine months out of the year, but the added hazard of winds up to 50 knots make it a challenging environment at times. Being on the high plains, the base is approximately six thousand feet above sea level.
The base has a strong relationship with the city of Cheyenne, culminating in the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days event which features a rodeo plus an open-house event at the air base. The area features an ICBM museum (not surprisingly), plus many features that lovers of the outdoors will appreciate.
Gowdy State Park, the Cheyenne Botanical Gardens, and Mylar Park are all good destinations in the area. There is also a Frontier Days Old West Museum, plus the Cheyenne Depot Museum for history buffs.
F.E. Warren AFB Inprocessing and Check-In
Arrival and check-in procedures at F.E. Warren include a stop at the base Visitor Center for directions to the Crow Creek Inn, the 24-hour check-in point for all newcomers. You will need copies of orders, valid military ID, and a driver’s license.
After checking in, all personnel are directed to contact the gaining unit orderly room and visit Customer Service in the Military Personnel Flight. There are daily inprocessing services starting at 8:30 AM including scheduling for Right Start orientation.
F.E. Warren AFB Services
There are no emergency services offered by the base; call 911 in case of emergencies. The F.E. Warren AFB community is served by the 90th Medical Group but 24 hour care is not available and there are no inpatient services offered. Clinics and medical services include:
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment
- Base Operation Medical Cell
- Behavioral Health Optimization Program
- Bioenvironmental Engineering
- Exceptional Family Member Program
- Family Advocacy
- Family Health
- Flight Medicine
- Health Promotions
- Medical Evaluation Board
- Mental Health
- Optometry Clinic
- Pediatric Clinic
- Personnel Reliability Assurance Program
- Physical Therapy
- Public Health
- Women’s Health
Medical appointments for all clinics can be made at (307) 773-3461, but new arrivals are strongly encouraged to register in person prior to any required services.
The Child Development Center (CDC) provides on-base child care services for children between the ages of six weeks and five years old. Care is available during regular duty hours, Monday through Friday but extended hours may be available depending on circumstances, mission requirements, demand, and other variables. Full-time and hourly care is available.
There is only one CDC on the base and a maximum capacity of under 200. Waiting lists for care may apply, contact the Warren CDC for more information on signing up and getting on the wait list when applicable.
There is also a Family Child Care (FCC) option. FCC at Warren AFB is provided by on-base military families who are supervised and inspected as per Department of Defense regulations. This type of child care includes the following offerings for parents who need care during and outside of normal duty hours:
- Extended Duty Care
- Missile Duty Care
- Return Home Care
- Air Force Aid PCS Care
- Volunteer Care
All personnel are directed to track and manage household goods shipments via the Defense Personal Property System at Move.mil. You can also call the F.E. Warren AFB Inbound TMO section for assistance and further information on receiving household goods at the base. Call (307) 773-3824 for help or advice.
Dependent And Retiree ID Card Renewal, Replacement, New Issue
The F.E Warren Military Personnel Flight handles ID card services for the base. Make an appointment online using the RAPIDS system. Walk-in services are also available but may require longer waiting times depending on mission requirements, demand, and other factors. All ID card services will require valid ID and may require a REAL ID Act-compliant photo ID.
F.E. Warren AFB Schools
For families living on base, students will attend Freedom Elementary School, McCormick Junior High School, or Central Senior High School. Off-base families will send their children to the nearest facility with available classroom space. Call 307-771-2100 for for help with school placement.
Off base, the Cheyenne Laramie County School District 1 serves the community with four high schools, three junior high schools and 27 elementary schools. School registration is scheduled in August each year. Birth certificates, shot records, and past attendance information may be required to enroll.
F.E. Warren AFB Housing
On-base family housing is privatized and run by Balfour Beatty Communities. The F.E. Warren official site states that arrangements should be made by called the Warren Housing Management Office at (307)-773-1840 as soon as you know you have been assigned to the base.
According to the official site, “On-base housing is comparable to the off-base housing in the local area”. Some larger families may find it challenging to locate off-base rentals in the area. Contact the housing office for assistance.
Unaccompanied service members with less than three years of military service (between the ranks of E1 through E4) live in on-base dorms. Unaccompanied servicemembers with more time in service are required to use off-base housing.
F.E. Warren AFB PCS and TDY Lodging
Temporary lodging facilities at F.E. Warren are reserved on a space-available basis. Contact the reservations desk up to 120 days in advance by calling 307-773-1844, extension 0.
F.E. Warren AFB Transportation
New arrivals should expect to take commercial transportation from the airport to the base unless other arrangements are made with the military member’s sponsor. At the time of this writing, no on-base shuttle or transportation services are offered.
F.E. Warren AFB Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
All drivers should anticipate 100% ID checks at all entry and exit points on the base, plus random searches required for any vehicle entering or leaving. All vehicles must have the following documentation to be driven on base:
- Valid state registration
- Driver’s license
- Military I.D.
- Minimum liability insurance required by the state
- Rental cars must have the valid rental agreement, proof of insurance and valid ID
Motorcycle riders may be required to complete a motorcycle safety course prior to being allowed to use their vehicles on base and all state-required safety equipment must be worn.