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Racing for heroes

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Service members of Team Buckley along with firemen, police and first responders from around the community, came together at Bandimere Speedway in an effort to participate Racing for Heroes Sept. 11.

This event was hosted by Craig and Marilyne Mansfield in a tribute to honor the men and women who have given their time, service and life for this country as well as the memory of everyone that lost their lives in the tragedy of 9/11.

The Mansfield family sponsored the event through the Peak One Award Program. This award has been given annually since 2005 to participants who demonstrate the three qualities of leadership, citizenship, and safety.

Racing for Heroes was comprised of a three-event go-kart race. The races were designed to challenge the various teams, and the winners were awarded trophies, prizes and bragging rights. Spectators continuously showed their appreciation to the participants throughout the event.

The event started at 8 a.m. with Buckley's Honor Guard posting the colors, followed by racing at 9 a.m. The racing continued throughout the afternoon.

"I feel it was an awesome day," said Chief Master Sgt. Robert A. Ellis, 460th Space Wing command chief. "It was a great opportunity to get Airmen out and to take a moment to remember everyone involved in the tragic 9/11 incident."

"I definitely recommend more military personnel to come out in the future," said Staff Sgt. Cameron Kintzle, Security Forces supervisor. "It was good to come out and cut loose from work and have fun."

"On behalf of Buckley Air Force Base, we would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield for giving us this opportunity," said Ellis. "They are greatly appreciated."
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