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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)

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)

Participants of Mayors’ Day learn the importance of Buckley’s 460th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight Feb. 1, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base.  Mayors’ Day offered an opportunity for Team Buckley leadership to reach out and communicate with local Colorado mayors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk/Released)

Participants of Mayors’ Day learn the importance of Buckley’s 460th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management flight Feb. 1, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base. Mayors’ Day offered an opportunity for Team Buckley leadership to reach out and communicate with local Colorado mayors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk/Released)

Participants of Mayors’ Day view a demonstration by the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters Feb. 1, 2013, at the Buckley Air Force Base fire training ground. This was one of several demonstrations given to local Colorado mayors during Mayors’ Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk/Released)

Participants of Mayors’ Day view a demonstration by the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters Feb. 1, 2013, at the Buckley Air Force Base fire training ground. This was one of several demonstrations given to local Colorado mayors during Mayors’ Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk/Released)

Participants of Mayors’ Day pose for a group photo Feb. 1, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base.  Mayors’ Day was an event hosted by the 460th Space Wing created to improve relations with local Colorado mayors and inform them on the base mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk/Released)

Participants of Mayors’ Day pose for a group photo Feb. 1, 2013, at Buckley Air Force Base. Mayors’ Day was an event hosted by the 460th Space Wing created to improve relations with local Colorado mayors and inform them on the base mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- More than 10 mayors of Colorado cities visited Buckley Air Force Base Feb. 1 for Mayors' Day to learn the mission and 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 said that 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 local mayors were invited onto Buckley for a view of 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, 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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