Cheyenne Mountain Division

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This article is about military unit. For the nuclear bunker, see Cheyenne Mountain. For AOC which "plans, directs, and assesses air and space operations" for NORAD, see 601st Air and Space Operations Center.
Cheyenne Mountain Division
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Cheyenne Mountain AFS includes the serpentine access road (NORAD Rd, left-to-right) to the parking area (right of center) near the tunnel entrance (small black rectangle). NORAD Rd provides access to the south portal road (diagonally toward left) and to a SH 115 interchange (not shown) on the west side of Fort Carson. As with Pennsylvania's Site R, the bunker has a ventilation outlet (upper right of center). Southwest is Blue Mountain (upper left).[1]
Active July 28, 2006 - present
Country United States, Canada
Type North American Aerospace Defense Command unit
Size tbd
Anniversaries 2006[when?] (began "warm standby")

The Cheyenne Mountain Division is a joint and binational military organization at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station[2] in the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker. The Division is responsible for several centers collecting data from a worldwide surveillance network of satellites, radars, and other sensors for year-round processing in real time.[citation needed] The centers include the Air Warning Center, Missile Correlation Center, Systems Center, Weather Center, and the Command Center. The Division maintains a skeleton crew at the Cheyenne Mountain facility as a "warm standby"[3] to a joint NORAD-NORTHCOM center[4] at Peterson Air Force Base which conducts the day-to-day operations once done at the Cheyenne complex.

Over 200 men and women from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Canadian Forces work at the facility.[citation needed]

Previous designations[edit]

  • Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center in 1966[5]
  • Cheyenne Mountain Complex by 1987[5]
  • Cheyenne Mountain Directorate until 2006[6]


  1. ^ Google Maps (copyright 2012) (Google-designated summit). Cheyenne Mountain (Map).,-104.88081&hl=en&ll=38.738084,-104.861283&spn=0.021189,0.052142&sll=38.725095,-104.892998&sspn=0.042387,0.104284&t=m&z=15. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  2. ^ Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station Official website
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  4. ^ Zubeck, Pam (June 16, 2006). "Cheyenne Mountain’s fate may lie in study contents". The Gazette (Colorado Springs). Retrieved 2012-07-22. "Cheyenne Mountain's command center was revamped at a cost of $13 million in 2003 and 2004." 
  5. ^ a b Del Papa, Dr. E. Michael; Warner, Mary P. (October 1987). A Historical Chronology of the Electronic Systems Division 1947-1986 (Report). Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  6. ^ "Cheyenne Mountain Complex". website: North American Aerospace Defense Command. Retrieved 2012-07-19. "The Cheyenne Mountain facility became fully operational as the NORAD Combat Operations Center on April 20, 1966. ... On July 28, 2006, the Cheyenne Mountain Directorate was re-designated as the Cheyenne Mountain Division"