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Mayors meet the mission

F.E. WARREN AFB, Wyo. -- Twenty Nebraskan civic leaders visited the Charlie-1 Missile Alert Facility on a first-ever Nebraska mayors tour July 20 to learn about the missile mission and Warren.

The tour was hosted by Gregory Robinson, the mayor of Kimball, Neb., and Col. Michael Carey, 90th Space Wing commander.

Many of the first-time mayors and town administrators were unfamiliar with the Air Force and the fact that there are missiles field in the state of Nebraska. The local leaders toured the facility and were able to see where Airmen work, live, eat and sleep. Throughout the tour, the visiting group interacted with security forces personnel, services Airmen and missile combat crew members.

"I've lived in the area all my life and I was excited to come out to the facility," said Pam Richter, the clerk of Kimball.

"It was very different than I expected. I didn't know that there were living quarters here and that there was anything underground."

Maj. Lloyd Buzzell, 319th Missile Squadron operations officer, gave the guests a mission briefing on the importance of intercontinental ballistic missiles to the strategic deterrence mission before the group arrived at the MAF.

"The mayor's tour was an important event for us," said Colonel Carey. "The citizens of Nebraska need to know who we are and what we do for them."

Although, Warren is located in another state, Col. Carey said Warren members are also citizens of Nebraska and have people working and living in their neighborhoods every hour of everyday.

"Our Airmen play a vital role in their lives, and it's our job to show them how we accomplish our mission," he said.

"It was invigorating to see Colonel Carey and Warren's Airmen at work," said Mayor Robinson. "The leaders of Nebraska have a lot of pride and respect for the women and men of the 90th Space Wing and we are awed, impressed and thankful for their service. They are truly ambassadors and citizens of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska

" As a result of the tour, a western Nebraska military affairs committee is under discussion with the goal of increasing the partnership between the citizens of Nebraska and Warren.

Tour participants ended the day committed to improving the already positive relationship between the base and the state of Nebraska and with more friends than they began the day with.