by 1st Lt. T. Zane Zakrzewski
460th Space Wing Public Affairs
10/9/2015 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo -- Eight
mayors and two mayor's representatives from the Denver metro area
visited Buckley Air Force Base Oct. 9 for Mayors' Day hosted by Col.
John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander.
"The opportunity for mayors to be here... is just invaluable. It helps
to pass the word along. Whether it's something as simple as the amount
of yearly economic impact and how many people are here or how many jobs
are created," said City of Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, referring to
Buckley's nearly $1 billion annual stimulation to the local economy.
"Thank you for not only today but thank you for what you do every day"
The city mayors and representatives visited several locations on base to
learn about Team Buckley's varied and globally-reaching missions.
The visit kicked off with an overview of Team Buckley's missions at the
460th SW headquarters building. Wagner and base leadership emphasized
the importance of the sister services at Buckley AFB working with the
surrounding communities to improve the quality of life for service
members and civilians alike.
"We have a lot of great people here who do a lot of great things and
they work very hard to do it," said Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick,
460th Space Wing command chief master sergeant, "but we just can't do it
without the partnership we have between the community and the base."
The second portion of the tour brought mayors and delegates out to see
UH-72 Lakota, UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and F-16
Fighting Falcons up close on the flight lines of the Colorado National
Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility and the Colorado Air National
Guard 140th Wing. Between the two stops, the visitors stopped for lunch
at the Air Reserve Personnel Center.
The tour closed with an in-depth trip through the 2nd Space Warning
Squadron restricted area and the Space-Based Infrared System Mission
Control Center. Walking behind the fence afforded the group a rare
opportunity to become acquainted with the 460th SW's mission of
persistent global surveillance.
Wagner said he hoped this day would inspire more civic and community
leaders to come out to Buckley AFB to understand its value and
importance to national defense. 460th SW Vice Commander Col. Scott
Romberger, echoed his sentiments.
Between state emergency relief, critical records management of almost
one million reservists and retirees across the country, support to
global deployments, and essential national security and defense
missions, the mayors were treated to a comprehensive look at Buckley's
defense community microcosm.
"This is your Air Force Base too," said Romberger, addressing the
conference room of mayors and delegates. "We couldn't do it without