A Colorado Springs military relocation means you get to live in this best city!
According to Money magazine, Colorado Springs is the best “large city” to live in in the United States. However, Colorado Springs is also one of the best towns for the military in the country.
Colorado Springs Loves our Military Personnel
In a city of 385,000 where 75,000 are either active military or family of active military, you can imagine the support that military personnel receive. This is a military town and we love having you here.
Help for Military Spouses
- Military.com has a great page for military spouses
- Find military family resources
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Military Life in the Shadow of Pikes Peak
When you get a Colorado Springs military relocation, you are entering a place that was built around its military installations. The first military station associated with Colorado Springs was the signal station on top of Pikes Peak. Since those beginnings, the military presence in the Springs has grown considerably. If you are facing a Colorado Springs military relocation, you are coming to a place with a long history of military presence.
The History of the Military in the Pikes Peak Region
This is a military town for more reasons than the 5 military facilities here in town. The military was the economic savior of Colorado Springs at a point when Spencer Penrose was no longer around to bail us out.
Colorado Springs saw its first military base in 1942 shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked. It was during this time the U.S. Army established Camp Carson near the southern borders of the city in order to train and house troops in preparation for the Second World War. It was also during this time that the Army began using at what was then and still is the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. It was renamed Peterson Field and used as a training base for heavy bombers.
The Army then started to expand Camp Carson, a venture that increased growth in Colorado Springs and provided a significant area of industry for the city. After World War II the military stepped away from the Springs and it seemed the city’s military boom was over, Camp Carson was declining and the military was activating and deactivating Peterson Field irregularly. That all changed when the Korean War erupted and the declining Camp Carson of 600 was re-vitalized, along with many parts of the Springs.
After the Korean war, Peterson Field was renamed as Peterson Air Force Base and was permanently activated. In 1954 Camp Carson became Fort Carson, Colorado Spring’s first Army post. Later that same year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose, out of 300 other sites around the nation, Colorado Springs to be the site of the Air Force’s military academy. With a new and growing Army post, an Air Force Base, and the Air Force’s military academy, Colorado Spring’s growth was jump-started.
The military boom continued and in 1963, NORAD’s main facility was built in Cheyenne Mountain. It placed NORAD directly next to Colorado Springs and permanently secured the city’s military presence. During the Cold War the city greatly expanded due to increased revenue from various industries and the prevailing military presence in the city. This presence was further increased in 1983 with the founding of Schriever Air Force Base, a base primarily tasked with missile defense. Fort Carson and Peterson are still growing and continue to contribute to the city’s growth.
(History provided by Wikipedia)