Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado has officially changed names as of June 4, 2021. The Department of the Air Force has renamed the base to Buckely Space Force Base according to the base's site during the ceremony.

Credit: Buckley.Spaceforce.Mil by Senior Airman Danielle McBride

After the name change of the base, Col. Marcus Jackson assumed command of Buckley Space Force Base. "Today is much more substantial than a name change. Today we are transitioning together into a new and proud heritage" Jackson said.

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9 News says that Pentagon plans also include name changes that will also hit the Colorado Springs Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases. Colorado is expected to have the most bases named for the space force due to the location of the U.S. Space Command, Space Operations Command, and the majority of the 13,000 troops that make up the Space Force.

Buckley Space Force Base will see be home to F-16 jets and the Colorado Air National Guard's 140th Fighter Wing.

Buckley Space Force Base is the first Colorado military location to change the name in honor of the new service branch. Buckley Air Force Base was named after 1st Lt. John Harold Buckley from Longmont. Buckley, a World War I Army pilot died in combat in 1918.

Source: 9 News - Buckley Space Force Base

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