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Mayors’ Day: Buckley expands influence past Aurora
Airman 1st Class Nikolas Sanford, 460th Space Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission specialist, explains to participants of Mayors’ Day how information is received from satellites Feb. 1, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base. Mayors’ Day allowed local Colorado mayors to visit Buckley, learn its mission and create more transparency between Buckley and the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk/Released)
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Mayors' Day: Buckley expands influence past Aurora

Posted 2/6/2013   Updated 2/6/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk
460th Space Wing Public Affairs

2/6/2013 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- More than 10 Colorado mayors visited Buckley Air Force Base for Mayor's Day on Feb 1 to learn about the mission and strategic importance of the base.

"The idea for this came from one of my visits to Washington, D.C.," said Col. Daniel Dant, 460th Space Wing commander. "I had great ties to the community of Aurora, but not really to the surrounding areas. It was suggested to have a mayors' day."

For this event, Buckley AFB invited local mayors onto base for a view of the day-to-day operations.

"I think it is important for the local officials to see the good work of the men and women of Buckley Air Force Base," said Kim Stuart, city of Aurora director of communications, "so that they can bring that message back to their local cities."

During their stay on base, the mayors learned about the daily procedures of Buckley including intelligence operations, emergency management and response, and Buckley's importance to global defense.

"It was an opportunity of a lifetime," said Cathy Noon, Mayor of Centennial, "not only to get to see what happens here on the base, but to get up and close to the men and women who work here."

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