Dover base awarded for community partnership

From left, are Richard Hartley, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Energy and Environment; Laura Kantor-Chupp (Program Manager, Community Partnership Program, 436 MSG/P4); Capt. Brian Scallion (Executive Officer, AFMAO/CCE); Jason Vandenberg (Deputy Commander, 436 MSG/DD); and Jennifer Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations. (Submitted photo)

DOVER — Dover Air Force Base received an award for outstanding commitment and support to quality of life initiatives at the Air Force Community Partnership Program’s Profiles in Partnership Ceremony on Feb. 12.

The ceremony took place at the Association of Defense Communities Installation Innovation Forum in San Diego, California. Three airmen from the base accepted the award on behalf of Team Dover.

The strong relationship between the base and the community translates into opportunities for the continued growth of leaders on the base. Each year, the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce sponsors two Dover airmen for the Leadership Central Delaware Program, which exposes airmen to various industries throughout the community to broaden their understanding of the civilian sector and strengthen community partnerships. Additionally, the program affords our civilian partners the opportunity to tour Dover AFB allowing them to see the mobility mission and fully understand the impact of their support.

The base also has an active Public-Public, Public-Private (P4) program called the First State Community Partnership Program. Initiatives implemented by this P4 program include the recent expansion of public transportation to the installation; community garden; and joint training with local police, fire and Emergency Medical Services.

“The P4 partnership has continued to forge and strengthen a working relationship that is not only beneficial to Dover AFB but the greater Dover community. These partnerships have afforded cost savings to the military and provided jobs and income. I look forward to the P4 program continuing with great success,” said mayor of the City of Dover Robin Christiansen.

“I am finishing the second year of my command, which has been enriched by the City of Dover, Honorary Commanders, Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, and the state of Delaware. The community’s compassion, engagement, and leadership is like none other,” said Col. Randy Boswell, 436th Mission Support Group commander.

“The Dover community makes Dover Air Force Base a special place. The community’s support is the foundation to our ability to support our rapid global mobility mission, grow strong, skilled Airmen and retain our resilient families. I have been truly blessed to be part of this community,” said Col. Randy Boswell, 436th Mission Support Group commander.

Event speakers during the ceremony included Richard Hartley, acting assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Energy and Environment; Jennifer Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations; and Teran Judd, Director of Community Partnership and Encroachment Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations.

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