Wing commander offers "State of the Base"
By Tech. Sgt. J. LaVoie, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 27, 2010
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Clint Crosier, 460th Space Wing commander, recently briefed local community leaders on the state of Buckley Air Force Base. The commander started the briefing by explaining the 460th Space Wing's role with both missile defense and the upkeep and security of Buckley.
Col. Crosier also talked about the uniqueness of Buckley, in that it is joint, total force, multinational and interagency. This has led to what the commander said, is one of the fastest growing Air Force bases in the world.
Lastly, Col. Crosier briefed what most of the civic leaders had come to hear, the economic impact of the base on the local community.
The impact starts with the 6,699 active duty, reserve and guard military personnel and 5,399 civilians stationed at Buckley. This leads to a total military payroll of $239,187,165 and civilian pay roll or $367,869,084. Through contracts, Team Buckley has created more than 5,500 Payroll, however is not the only way Buckley puts money into local economy.
As anyone who has driven through Buckley will notice, the base has numerous construction projects which total nearly $24 million. Buckley also pays for commissary services, TRICARE as well as other contracts.
All this adds up to an economic impact of roughly $1.044 billion.