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Leadership Aurora meets Team Buckley

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon flies past guests at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., March 16, 2023. Community leaders from the Leadership Aurora class spent a day at Buckley SFB learning the space mission and networking with Team Buckley. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aleece Williams)

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Col. Marcus Jackson, Space Base Delta 2 commander, provides a mission brief to visitors from the Leadership Aurora class at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., March 16, 2023. This brief was held as a part of Military Day which allows community leaders to tour Buckley SFB and learn about our base mission. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aleece Williams)

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The Leadership Aurora class poses for a photo in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., March 16, 2023. This class toured the flight line and experienced a flyover, following mission briefs of the different units at Buckley SFB. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aleece Williams)

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Staff Sgt. Monica Rickey, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Commander Support Staff, speaks to the Leadership Aurora class about her time as a servicemember at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., March 16, 2023. Rickey participated in a panel of enlisted members from each branch to answer questions from the class. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aleece Williams)

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A member from the Leadership Aurora class sits in a UH-72A Lakota at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., March 16, 2023. Members from the leadership class received a mission brief from 2-135 Aviation Battalion that concluded with a tour of their aircraft and facilities. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aleece Williams)


Team Buckley held “Military Day” with the Aurora Chamber of Commerce to host 47 community leaders from the Leadership Aurora class to experience a day at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., March 16, 2023.

This event provided mission briefs and tours for community leaders to gain an inside look at what mission Buckley Airmen, Guardians and civilians are accomplishing.

To kick off the event, the class received a Space Base Delta 2 mission brief from Jackson. Throughout the brief, he emphasized the importance of space observation and monitoring. Buckley assists our 111 tenant units to have mission success and ensure space domain awareness and missile defense for the United States.

“Having the opportunity for Team Buckley to host our community leaders from the City of Aurora for Military Day, allows our Airmen and Guardians to showcase the importance of what we do day in and day out,” said Col. Marcus Jackson, Space Base Delta 2 commander. “Developing those relationships with our civic leaders ensures support of our mission from those we serve and defend.”

The class also had the opportunity to visit Space Delta 4, and spoke with a panel of enlisted members from each service branch about missile defense and the Space Force. Furthermore they saw the 140th Fighter Wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons in action, with a flight line tour.

Concluding Military Day, 2-135 Aviation Battalion, briefed the class on their mission and allowed them to get an inside look of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook, UH-72A Lakota and even the UH-60 Blackhawk aircraft.

“Leadership Aurora was established in 1984 and has more than 1,300 graduates,” said Rene Simard, Aurora Chamber of Commerce executive vice president. “It’s a 10-month community engagement program designed to develop an awareness of the Aurora community, create a network of informed leaders and encourage greater involvement in the community through monthly sessions at non-profit organizations.”

Buckley is host to a multitude of Joint Service mission sets, supporting our Allies and Partnership keeping the synchronicity within the Department of Defense, allowing Buckley to maintain a peak operational readiness at all times.

Thank you to the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Class Aurora for coming out to support our mission!

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