About Buckley AFB, CO
Located in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Buckley Air Force Base was established in 1942. Named after Colorado native and First Lieutenant John Harold Buckley, the base services more than 92,000 active duty personnel and is the home of the 460th Space Wing. Buckley Air Force Base primarily serves as a missile defense and space surveillance station.
Buckley Air Force Base has seen many changes over the years. It served as a basic training ground for airmen during World War II, and as the United States first stand-alone Air National Guard base during the Cold War. Originally named Buckley Field, the grounds were renamed to Buckley Air Force Base in October of 2000.
Colonel John W. Wagner currently serves as the commanding officer at Buckley, as he leads the 460th Space Wing. Also garrisoned at the base is the 460th Medical Group, which provides medical services and support.