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New wing commander eager to take on challenges

Col. Dan Wright, 460th Space Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Col. Dan Wright, 460th Space Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Since joining the Air Force in 1986, the 460th Space Wing's new commander has made it his objective to serve his nation, work in a high-tech career field and lead people.

What better way to do all three than being a space wing commander? Col. Dan Wright, 460th SW commander, took charge of the wing June 28 and said he has since been eager to catch up on the 460th SW's and Team Buckley's agendas.

"I feel very fortunate to be entrusted with command of Air Force Space Command's best wing, the 460th Panthers," Wright said. "It's exciting to meet all of the new members of Team Buckley. This base has really grown since my first arrival in 1993, and I feel fortunate to once again be part of creating the future for the Space-Based Infrared System, the 460th Space Wing and Team Buckley."

As Wright said, this isn't his first rodeo at Buckley. His first assignment here was from 1993-1996 and included roles as the 2nd Space Warning Squadron crew commander, flight commander, and chief standardization and evaluation. Then, from 2005-2007, he was the 2nd SWS commander and now returned to take command of the 460th SW.

"What can I say? It is fantastic to be part of Buckley again; it feels like I'm coming home," Wright said. "The entire Team Buckley has been super to my family and myself. Even with the amazing growth, Buckley still has a family feel to it."

Wright said he truly believes there are top-notch military, civilian and contractor teams here that provide amazing service to our nation on a daily basis. He's also very pleased with the relationship with the local community and said it adds a special dimension to being part of the larger community in Aurora and Denver, as well as the entire state.

Wright said he felt from past experiences he has what it takes to lead the wing.

"I have learned a tremendous amount from the leaders around me. I was fortunate to work for Gen. Duane Deal when he was 2nd SWS commander. He was a natural, genuine leader that motivated people at a personal level," Wright said. "I was able to observe, interact and learn as I watched him turn a good squadron into a great squadron.

"On the personal side, I have tried to approach every job as an opportunity to learn, grow and put more tools in my leadership toolbox," he added. "I have been fortunate to be given leadership opportunities and formal training throughout my career that have prepared me for wing command."

During his command, Wright said he wants to continue to foster good relationships with Buckley's 84 mission partners and its numerous community partners. He looks forward to those opportunities to work together as Team Buckley supports the local community, Colorado and the nation.

He promised 460th SW Airmen that he and his leadership team will give their best every day and stated that he is proud to work side-by-side with them as the Panther's provide unmatched space-based warning and awareness.

"Each Airman is a highly trained professional and we are proud of the initiative, dedication and mission focus that they bring to Team Buckley every day," Wright said.
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