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Buckley hosts 11th Annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Col. Clinton Crosier, 460th Space Wing commander, makes opening remarks at Buckley Air Force Base's 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day. Retirees from all five branches of service were present at the event July 18 at the Leadership Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Col. Clinton Crosier, 460th Space Wing commander, makes opening remarks at Buckley Air Force Base's 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day. Retirees from all five branches of service were present at the event July 18 at the Leadership Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Colorado's Adjutant General, gives a speech at Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. General Edwards is also the governor's Executive Director of Military and Veteran Affairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Colorado's Adjutant General, gives a speech at Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. General Edwards is also the governor's Executive Director of Military and Veteran Affairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Retirees and members of team Buckley gather for Buckley Air Force Base's annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Leadership Development Center July 18.  Members of all five branches were in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Retirees and members of team Buckley gather for Buckley Air Force Base's annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Leadership Development Center July 18. Members of all five branches were in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Colorado's Adjutant General, was the guest speaker at Team Buckley's 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. General Edwards is also the governor's Executive Director of Military and Veteran Affairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Colorado's Adjutant General, was the guest speaker at Team Buckley's 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. General Edwards is also the governor's Executive Director of Military and Veteran Affairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Retirees and members of team Buckley gather for Buckley Air Force Base's annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Leadership Development Center July 18.  Members of all five branches were in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Retirees and members of team Buckley gather for Buckley Air Force Base's annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Leadership Development Center July 18. Members of all five branches were in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - More than 30 organizations gathered in support of the retirees at the 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - More than 30 organizations gathered in support of the retirees at the 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Colorado's retirees and veterans were invited to Buckley Air Force Base's annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Leadership Development Center June 18. More than 30 organizations gathered in support of the retirees, including the Civil Air Patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Colorado's retirees and veterans were invited to Buckley Air Force Base's annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the Leadership Development Center June 18. More than 30 organizations gathered in support of the retirees, including the Civil Air Patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Lunch was provided to all attendees at Team Buckley's 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Lunch was provided to all attendees at Team Buckley's 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Bill Hanzel poses for a photo at Retiree Appreciation day held at the Leadership Development Center July 18. Chief Hanzel served in the Navy from 1964-1984 and now works as a volunteer for Colorado's United Services Organization. (Photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Bill Hanzel poses for a photo at Retiree Appreciation day held at the Leadership Development Center July 18. Chief Hanzel served in the Navy from 1964-1984 and now works as a volunteer for Colorado's United Services Organization. (Photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The Department of Veteran Affairs was just one of many organizations at team Buckley's annual Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)
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BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The Department of Veteran Affairs was just one of many organizations at team Buckley's annual Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - A hat belonging to retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Bill Hanzel, an attendee at the Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. Chief Hanzel served in the Navy from 1964-1984 and now works as a volunteer for Colorado's United Services Organization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)
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BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - A hat belonging to retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Bill Hanzel, an attendee at the Retiree Appreciation Day July 18. Chief Hanzel served in the Navy from 1964-1984 and now works as a volunteer for Colorado's United Services Organization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Buckley hosts 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)
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BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Buckley hosts 11th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Steve Czyz)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 460th Space Wing hosted the 11th Annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day July 18 to honor almost 500 military retirees from all branches of service in Northern Colorado.

"Thank you for being here," said Col. Clint Crosier, 460th Space Wing commander. "We care for you, we thank you for your service, and we thank you for your continued service in the community."

More than 31 organizations were on hand to provide information to the retirees and their spouses.

Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado and Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, was the keynote speaker at the event.

During his address, General Edwards thanked the Department of Veterans Affairs Board for their support of the myriad of veterans' issues at the state legislative level and praised those retired military members who continue to work for veterans' issues in the state.

He also talked about the stand alone VA hospital scheduled to break ground in late August, the five state nursing homes for veterans and the current initiative to reach out to veterans in rural areas of Colorado.

"Thank you for being here, for your service, your spouse's support and for helping us set the bar high for military in the future. The United States is a beacon of hope and liberty around the world because of your service," said General Edwards.

Participating organizations included the Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wares, National Association of Uniformed Services, American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association, Air Force Association, NCO Association, Retired Enlisted Association, Social Security Administration, VA Medical Center, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Casualty Affairs and Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Dozens of retirees had the opportunity to renew their ID cards, and the legal office executed 49 wills and power of attorneys during the day.
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