For the second year the Aurora Stake held it’s Community Veterans Day Concert at the Leadership Development Center on Buckley Air Force Base. The base has been part of the Aurora community since 1938 and makes for a great place to host a Veterans Day Concert.
There are almost 400,000 US military veterans in Colorado according to the US Census Bureau and many of them served in the Air Force and were stationed at Buckley.
In attendance were Base Commanding Officers, Community Leaders, Representatives from Aurora Fire, and friends from the Sikh faith. Gurpreet of Gurdwara Singh Sabha Colorado gave the invocation and Elder Thomas Priday of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave the benediction.
Colorado Mormon Chorale and Orchestra, conducted by Kent Jones provided all the music.
Each week the staff at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora Colorado highlight one of their own. These weekly posts introduce someone on base by giving a short bio. This last week we saw a familiar face on the Facebook Page…
Here is the post that was shared by the Base:
For this week’s #MeetTeamBuckley we are highlighting Staff Sgt. Vance R. Boyer, 460th Security Forces Squadron. Boyer was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He went to middle school and high school in the small town of Firth, Idaho. He worked on, you guessed it, a potato farm. “Spud harvest” is how most of the high schoolers in the area make their money.
After high school, and a brief stint in college, Boyer decided to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he was called to serve in what is called the Argentina, Neuquen Mission, which covered most of the Patagonia region of southern Argentina. There, he became fluent in the Spanish language by talking to people all day every day. “I absolutely loved my mission, and being a missionary! It was one of the highlights of my life,” said Boyer. When he returned from his mission, Boyer continued to attend Brigham Young University – Idaho, where he studied Recreation Leadership. In one of his classes he met his now wife, Lauren. They married before he graduated with his B.S. in 2013. He knew joining the military would be a great way to start a family. He became a Security Forces specialist and moved to Buckley AFB as his first duty station in October of 2014. After less than a year at Buckley, he deployed to Saudi Arabia.
From the beginning of his time at Buckley, Boyer has been known as “Smiley” by many people who see his cheerful face at the gate. He has certainly helped establish a positive image of policing on Buckley AFB. He was hand selected to work at the Buckley Visitor Center for the past year because it allowed him to interact face-to-face with the public. Boyer completed Airman Leadership School in November 2017, earning the prestigious John L. Levitow Award. He and his wife have been married nearly 6 years and have two beautiful daughters.
“I really love my job and I love the Air Force; it has been great for me and my family. I hope to project a positive image of the Air Force, for Security Forces, and of law enforcement in general,” said Boyer.