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21st Medical Group at Peterson AFB, CO

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The 21st Medical Group is comprised of more than 500 medical professionals that provide healthcare and mission-readiness support for more than 26K active duty, retired and family member DOD beneficiaries of the 21st Space Wing, 50th Space Wing, Colorado Springs community and 39 geographically separated units around the globe. The group consists of a 10-building medical campus geographically distributed across three military installations and is also home to the DOD's largest Area Dental Laboratory which supports tri-service and Veterans Affairs dental facilities throughout the continental United States.

The 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron (AMDS) delivers comprehensive aerospace and operational medical services to 3,500 employees and supports a population-based preventive medicine program to 26K beneficiaries. In addition, 21 AMDS operates the Air Force's busiest hypobaric chamber with over 170 sorties per year. A staff of approximately 85 healthcare professionals organized into 6 flights ensures compliance with occupational and environmental health standards while supporting 3 combatant commands, 2 wings, 53 tenant units and 32 geographically separated units for global missile warning, missile defense, space situational awareness, space control and homeland defense missions.

The 21st Medical Operations Squadron (MDOS) provides comprehensive primary care to 26K beneficiaries. The squadron is comprised of 4 flights: Family Health Clinic, Maternal-Child, Mental Health, and Physical Therapy. They have a combined strength of nearly 150 assigned personnel. Available services include: Acupuncture, Allergy, Family Advocacy, Family Medicine, Immunizations, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Women’s Health. Combined, these clinics average more than 9K patient visits per month totaling approximately 108K visits per year.

The 21st Dental Squadron (DS) is AFSPC's largest dental squadron, consisting of locations at Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. A full range of dental services are provided for active duty military members including general dentistry, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics and prosthodontics. Clinical operations include 4 facilities and 3 clinics that provide over $5.5M of comprehensive dental care for 7K multiservice personnel annually. The 21 DS is home to the largest Area Dental Laboratory in the Air Force, the Military Consultant to the Surgeon General for Dental Laboratories, the Air Force Dental Service Enlisted Dental Laboratory Consultant, and is responsible for providing an annual $9M service in support of 343 DoD facilities world-wide.

The 21st Medical Support Squadron (MDSS) consists of 8 flights providing Personnel and Administration, Resource Management, TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration, Medical Readiness, Information Systems Management, Medical Logistics and Facility Management, Pharmacy, Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Services. The 21 MDSS supports healthcare delivery by managing the group's $25M budget, manpower programs for more than 500 staff members and a 10 building medical campus across 3 installations. The managed care program supports an enrolled population of 26K amounting to approximately 195K annual patient visits. Additionally, the squadron provides ancillary services with an $8M pharmacy budget, filling over 250K prescriptions a year; diagnostic imaging with 12K studies a year; and laboratory services with 90K tests per year.

The 21st Medical Squadron (MDS) serves the patient population and community of the 50th Space Wing and Schriever AFB. The 56-person squadron provides 1st-rate care supporting 4K warfighters operating a $6.2B satellite command and control network. With a $722K medical and dental operating budget, the men and women of 21 MDS optimize high-quality primary care, dental corp, aerospace medicine, pharmacy, medical lab and dental lab, mental health, radiology, bioenvironmental engineering, public health and health promotion services for the 8,500-person base population, including 21 mission partners. The squadron delivers 17K patient visits per year totaling $7M in equivalent private sector care.


Colorado Springs is a home rule municipality that is the largest city by area in Colorado as well as the county seat and the most populous municipality of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. It is in east central Colorado, on Fountain Creek, 60 miles (97 km) south of Denver. At 6,035 feet (1,839 m) the city stands over 1 mile (1.6 km) above sea level, though some areas are significantly higher and lower. Colorado Springs is near the base of Pikes Peak, which rises 14,115 feet (4,302 m) above sea level on the eastern edge of the Southern Rocky Mountains.

The United States Air Force Academy opened just north of Colorado Springs in 1958. The city is home to 24 national sports governing bodies, including the United States Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Training Center, and USA Hockey.

The city had an estimated population of 472,688 in 2018, and a metro population of approximately 738,939, making it Colorado's second most populous city, behind Denver, and the 39th most populous city in the United States. The Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated population of 712,327 in 2016. The city is in the Front Range Urban Corridor, an oblong region of urban population along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming, generally following Interstate 25.

The city covers 194.9 square miles making it the most extensive municipality in Colorado.

In 2017 and 2018, Colorado Springs received several accolades. In 2018 U.S. News named it the most desirable place to live in the United States. The previous year, Colorado Springs placed second on U.S. News's list of the 125 Best Places to Live in the USA. The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings found that Colorado Springs was the fastest-growing city for millennials.  Thumbtack's annual Small Business Friendliness Survey found Colorado Springs to be the fourth most business-friendly city in the country.