Installation commander addresses community leaders at State of the Base

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  • By Airman Jacob Deatherage
  • 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
Col. David Miller Jr., 460th Space Wing commander, seized the opportunity to address local community leaders at the annual State of the Base, Jan. 18, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Aurora, Colo.

The State of the Base allows the commander of Buckley Air Force Base to review the base’s activities and accomplishments from 2016, and give a preview of what to expect in 2017. The conference also covers the economic relationship between the city of Aurora and the base.

During his address, Miller highlighted a few Airmen who represent his priorities for the base.

Staff Sgt. Bryce Neff, 460th Security Forces Squadron flight chief who represented Installation Readiness, is responsible for a group of 20 Airmen and plays a critical role in improving anti-terrorism and force protection as well as security of the base.

Staff Sgt. Geoffrey LeClaire, 2nd Space Warning Squadron NCOIC of resource scheduling who represents Mission Excellence, operates through the space missile warning system and ensures that America and its allies are aware and protected from missile launches.

Tech. Sgt. Jacqueline Woodard, 460th Medical Group dental technician who represents Airmen and Families, optimizes readiness and resiliency for the Airmen and families of Buckley AFB through on and off base programs and emerging opportunities.

Miller also highlighted the five major base partners who play a significant role in the mission on Buckley and their contribution to the State of Colorado.

The Air Reserve Personnel Center delivers exceptional personnel service to 53 active-duty bases where reservists and guardsmen are assigned, and 54 Air National Guard Headquarters bases.

The 140th wing operates and maintains rapidly deployable, survivable and endurable space-based infrared systems, and supports domestic operations in response to state emergencies and/or natural disasters.

The largest Buckley base partner, the Aerospace Date Facility delivers integrated intelligence and 24/7 operations.

The Navy Operations Support Center plays a critical role for Buckley providing mission-capable units and individuals to combatant commanders.

Last but not least, the Colorado Army National Guard trains aircrew members to support their wartime and state missions, maintaining mission-ready aircraft to respond to state emergencies.

These units hosted by Buckley play a significant role in the preparedness for any crisis in the state of Colorado. But aside from the mission-ready installations, Buckley provides critical economic support to the city of Aurora. This year the economic impact was over $900 million, with over 4,000 jobs created.

“We are members of this community,” said Miller. “My Airmen live next door to you, their families live next door to you, so it’s important to us that we establish a good readiness posture and that we are welcome to our neighbors.

“To the community of Aurora, we thank you,” the commander added. “We continue to rely on good support from our local community to be successful at Buckley AFB.”