Mayors' Day: Buckley expands influence past Aurora
By Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 05, 2013
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."