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Xenia Mayor Sarah Mays is getting a first-hand look at the important role members of the local 445th Airlift Wing play each day. The 445th Airlift Wing is part of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and operates out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Mayor Mays and more than a dozen other local civic and business leaders boarded a C-17 Wednesday, October 9th, at WPAFB and flew to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Mays is accompanied by three other local mayors as well as business representatives from companies such as the Dayton Art Institute, Kettering Health Network and the Dayton International Airport.
The Civic Leader Tour is all about strengthening connections with community partners. The 445th is the local Air Force Reserve unit, meaning its members work and do business in the Miami Valley. Mayor Mays said the tour is a great opportunity for local leaders to get a first-hand look at how members of the U.S. Air Force Reserve serve their country.
Mayor Mays received the invitation for the tour in August and has been looking forward to the trip. This is the second Civic Leader Tour she has attended, in 2018 it was held in Tampa, Florida.
While at Peterson Air Force Base, the group will have a chance to visit the 302nd Airlift Wing, meet Air Force Academy Cadets and attend briefings with community leaders in the Colorado Springs area.