In place of the regularly scheduled Defense Council meeting, the State of the Base was held on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Colonel David Miller Jr., Commander of the 460th Space Wing & Buckley AFB Installation Commander addressed community leaders at the annual State of the Base at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver- Aurora on January 18, 2017. Colonel Miller acknowledged the contributions of three outstanding Airmen from the 460th Wing – Technical Sergeant Jacqueline Woodard, Staff Sergeant Geoffrey LeClaire, and Staff Sergeant Bryce Neff.
He also highlighted the five major base partners that play such an important role in our nation’s defense – Aerospace Data Facility Colorado, 140th Wing (Air National Guard), Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center, Naval Operational Support Center, and the Army Aviation Support Facility.
“We are members of this community,” said Miller. “My Airmen live next door to you, their families live next door to you, so it’s important to us that we establish a good readiness posture and that we are welcome to our neighbors.
Colonel Miller shared that in 2016, Buckley’s impact on the local economy was more than $905 million, and 4,000 jobs were created.
The annual luncheon is organized jointly by the Aurora Chamber Defense Council and the Rotary Club of Aurora. Table sponsors for this year’s event are Colorado Technical University, Community Banks of Colorado, First Bank, Aurora Police Department, First Command Financial Services, American Legion Department of Colorado, Citywide Banks, Hyatt Regency Aurora Denver Conference Center, and The Rotary Club of Aurora.
Aurora City Manager Skip Noe and Colonel David Miller shake hands after the State of the Base Luncheon. During the luncheon, Colonel Miller reviewed the base’s accomplishments for 2016 and a preview of initiatives for 2017.