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Buckley receives new name, commander

The U.S. Space Force sign revealing the new base name is illuminated at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., June 2, 2021. The base renaming ceremony changing the name to Buckley Space Force Base took place on June 4 and was followed by the Buckley Garrison Assumption of Command ceremony. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

The U.S. Space Force sign revealing the new base name is illuminated at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., June 2, 2021. The base renaming ceremony changing the name to Buckley Space Force Base took place on June 4 and was followed by the Buckley Garrison Assumption of Command ceremony. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, left, Space Operations Command commander, prepares to pass the guidon to Col. Marcus Jackson, incoming Buckley Garrison commander, during the Buckley Garrison Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. Buckley Garrison’s mission is to deliver unrivaled combat support to their joint mission partners and Allies, enabling uninterrupted missile warning, intelligence, and cyber operations.  (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, left, Space Operations Command commander, prepares to pass the guidon to Col. Marcus Jackson, incoming Buckley Garrison commander, during the Buckley Garrison Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. Buckley Garrison’s mission is to deliver unrivaled combat support to their joint mission partners and Allies, enabling uninterrupted missile warning, intelligence, and cyber operations. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Col. Marcus Jackson, right, incoming Buckley Garrison commander, receives the guidon from Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, left, Space Operations Command commander, during the Buckley Garrison Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. The passing of the guidon is a symbolic tradition accomplished in front of the unit so all can witness the new commander assuming the position. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Col. Marcus Jackson, right, incoming Buckley Garrison commander, receives the guidon from Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, left, Space Operations Command commander, during the Buckley Garrison Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. The passing of the guidon is a symbolic tradition accomplished in front of the unit so all can witness the new commander assuming the position. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Col. Marcus Jackson, Buckley Garrison commander, addresses the crowd after the transferring of leadership during the Buckley Garrison’s Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. Jackson expressed his gratitude for those who paved the way, his mentors, and his family for their support. He also highlighted the significance of the base renaming ceremony and the honor of serving in this new position. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Col. Marcus Jackson, Buckley Garrison commander, addresses the crowd after the transferring of leadership during the Buckley Garrison’s Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. Jackson expressed his gratitude for those who paved the way, his mentors, and his family for their support. He also highlighted the significance of the base renaming ceremony and the honor of serving in this new position. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Col. Marcus Jackson, Buckley Garrison commander, and his family pose for a photo after the Buckley Garrison’s Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. Jackson expressed his gratitude for those who paved the way, his mentors, and his family for their support. He also highlighted the significance of the base renaming ceremony and the honor of serving in this new position. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Col. Marcus Jackson, Buckley Garrison commander, and his family pose for a photo after the Buckley Garrison’s Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. Jackson expressed his gratitude for those who paved the way, his mentors, and his family for their support. He also highlighted the significance of the base renaming ceremony and the honor of serving in this new position. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Col. Marcus Jackson, Buckley Garrison commander, thanks Col. Brian Chellgren, Buckley Garrison vice commander, for his dedication as acting commander after the Buckley Garrison Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. Jackson expressed his gratitude towards his predecessors as well as his excitement for this leadership opportunity. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

Col. Marcus Jackson, Buckley Garrison commander, thanks Col. Brian Chellgren, Buckley Garrison vice commander, for his dedication as acting commander after the Buckley Garrison Assumption of Command Ceremony at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., June 4, 2021. Jackson expressed his gratitude towards his predecessors as well as his excitement for this leadership opportunity. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Danielle McBride)

BUCKLEY SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. --

During a historical U.S. Space Force ceremony, the Department of the Air Force renamed Buckley Air Force Base to Buckley Space Force Base at the Leadership Development Center, June 4, 2021.

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the commander of Space Operations Command, presided over the Base Renaming and Buckley Garrison Assumption of Command ceremonies.

"Moving forward, Buckley Space Force Base will continue to flourish as a hotbed for integrating new military space technologies, taking on new operational challenges, and providing innovative host support to its “Big Six” mission partners: Space Delta 4, the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing, the Army Aviation Support Facility, the Navy Operational Support Center, Air Reserve Personnel Center, and the Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado," remarked Whiting.

The history and mission of the base has evolved immensely over the past eight decades when this location was first activated as an installation in 1941. The renaming ceremony was critical to establishing a distinct culture and identity for the Space Force and is a monumental step forward in the recognition of the importance of space as a war-fighting domain.

“By renaming Buckley Air Force Base to Buckley Space Force Base, there is a clear message being sent to our adversaries: We are focused on maintaining space dominance!” stated Col. Marcus Jackson, Buckley Garrison commander. “This name change does not bespeak a change in Buckley’s mission, but rather signifies a realignment of our installation under the Space Force.

“We are proud to continue to honor our fellow Coloradoan, 1st Lt. John Harold Buckley, for his bravery and sacrifice,” added Jackson. “Today is much more substantial than a name change. Today we are transitioning together into a new and proud heritage.

After the base was officially renamed, Jackson assumed command. As the new Buckley Garrison commander, he highlighted the multi-faceted mission of the joint base and how Buckley is lethal across multiple domains – Air, Space, Cyberspace, Land, and Sea – because of the total-force integrated team integral to the success of the missile warning mission along with the success of Team Buckley.

Jackson concluded by expressing his gratitude towards his mentors and family who supported him as well as his excitement for this leadership opportunity.

 “While I am sure that there will be some long days and sleepless nights, I am excited to command at the Garrison level and more specifically work closely with the men and women of Buckley to make it the best Space Force Base.”

Semper Supra!

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