Buckley's impact stays above $1 billion
By Mr. John Spann, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 15, 2009
AURORA, Colo. -- The economic impact of Buckley Air Force Base continues to remain strong. Col. Wayne McGee, 460th Space Wing commander, announced the figures during the annual State of the Base address to a joint meeting of the Aurora Rotary Club and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Jan. 14.
In fiscal year 2008 which runs from Oct. 1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2008, the base infused $1,111,148,207 into the local economy, which is up from $1.08 billion in fiscal year 2007. This marks the fifth year in a row the base has topped the billion dollar mark.
This was Colonel McGee's second State of the Base address to the community regarding the state of the base, its mission, how the base is developing and how the base is taking care of the people who live and work at the base.
His 40-minute presentation covered the 460th SW's integral global missile warning mission, and the role it plays in providing information to combatant commanders around the world and Homeland Defense. He spoke on preparing and deploying personnel around the world for the War on Terror. The speech also covered Buckley's partnerships with the community on health care to military personnel, the extensive construction boon the base continues to experience and the economic impact the base provided the community in 2008.
"I am proud to be a part of this community and appreciate all of the support that you all provide us at the base," stated Colonel McGee during his address.
Colonel McGee made the address at the Red Lion Hotel Southeast in Aurora.