State of the Base 2018

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Buckley Air Force Base held its annual State of the Base event Feb. 7, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Aurora, Colorado. The event brings installation and community leaders together to build relations and discuss issues facing both the community and base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski)

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Col. Lorenzo Bradley, 460th Operations Group commander, interacts with Aurora community leaders Feb. 7, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Aurora, Colorado. Bradley, along with other commanders from Buckley Air Force Base, attended the annual State of the Base event which brings installation and community members together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski)

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Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, takes the podium at the State of the Base Feb. 7, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Aurora, Colorado. Endicott pointed out the amount of money Buckley AFB brings to the local community and the number of community members that work on Buckley AFB to drive home the importance a healthy relationship between the base and surrounding community is. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski)

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Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander, addresses an audience during Buckley’s State of the Base event Feb. 7, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Aurora, Colorado. Endicott highlighted the importance of having a healthy relationship between the installation and surrounding community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski)

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“As I look across this room, I would like to thank each of you for your continued partnership and friendship with Team Buckley,” said Col. Troy Endicott, 460th Space Wing commander. “I know I speak for all whom I represent in saying that we are extremely grateful to have such tremendous support from our federal, state, county and local city officials.”

Buckley Air Force Base held its annual State of the Base Feb. 7, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hiltion in Aurora, Colorado. The State of the Base brings installation and community leaders together to build relationships. They also discuss the current and future operations of the base and how it affects the surrounding community.

“Our primary mission centers on our combat-ready Airmen providing early missile warning, surveillance, and installation operations for America and our allies,” said Endicott.

The 460th SW commander highlighted each unit on Buckley AFB and the roles they play in continuing operations. He also mentioned additions to the base, such as the dental facility, to show how the base is expanding and taking on more mission sets.

“In my professional lifetime, I have not seen a more relevant connection to a mission as we have here today, just in your backyard,” said Endicott. “My focus is on today’s mission and tomorrow’s challenges and I am committed to shape our operations to defeat the threats we see across the globe.”

Many community members were in attendance at the event including Mayor Steve Hogan, city of Aurora, who maintains a close relationship with base leaders.

“Buckley AFB is the largest employment center in Aurora and the operations carried out there are critical to the safety of our country,” said Hogan. “I absolutely love having Buckley AFB in our community.”