Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame picks Dover Air Force Base veteran

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE — A Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame Board member officially notified a former 512th Airlift Wing reservist of her selection into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame Aug. 3 during a surprise gathering at Dover Air Force Base. Kathleen Lambert, a retired senior master sergeant formerly assigned to the 326th Airlift […]

Dover Air Force Base part of school outreach mission

DOVER — When Col. Chris Karns looks at the high quality of education that is offered at several schools around Dover Air Force Base, he sees an opportunity to expand the base’s mission. Col. Karns, director of public affairs at Air Mobility Command (AMC) in Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, said that increased outreach […]

Dover Air Force Base to play role in identifying Korean War remains

DOVER — Last week, 55 boxes of remains, presumed to be U.S. war dead from the Korean War, landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The return of the remains was part of an agreement reached between North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump during a June summit. The symbolic gesture has […]

Former Dover Air Force Base commander relieved of post in California

DOVER — A former Dover Air Force Base commander was relieved of his duties Monday as head of the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, due to an investigation into alleged personal financial misconduct, officials confirmed. Col. Ethan C. Griffin had lost the “trust and confidence” of 18th Air […]

Investigators say John Glenn’s remains not disrespected at Dover base mortuary

DOVER — A lengthy investigation by Air Force officials has concluded that the remains of astronaut and former U.S. Sen. John Glenn were not treated disrespectfully at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary before he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery last year. The Air Force launched a probe in May 2017 amid concerns that […]

Air Force reservist pleads guilty in child rape case

DOVER — A former Dover Air Force Base reservist has pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree rape after impregnating a 14-year-old girl. Thirty-four-year-old Staff. Sgt. Byron White entered the plea Thursday, averting this week’s trial. Sentencing is set for Sept. 13. An investigation began in December after someone complained on a Division of Family […]

Dover Air Force Base implements new bird radar system

By Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs DOVER AIR FORCE BASE — Team Dover installed the Merlin bird radar system June 8, 2018, at Dover AFB, Del. The system was implemented to provide members of the 436th Operations Support Squadron airfield management flight with data on bird migration, allowing them […]

Changing command: Col. Safranek takes charge at DAFB

DOVER — Airmen at Dover Air Force Base saluted Col. Ethan C. Griffin as he relinquished his position as commander of the 436th Airlift Wing in a Change of Command ceremony on Wednesday morning. Just moments later they welcomed Col. Joel W. Safranek as the new commander of the 436th — also known as the […]

Keeping an eyes on the skies in Dover

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** As mentioned here before, one of the joys of working at the Delaware State News is our regular chance to watch planes flying in and around Dover Air Force Base. We haven’t had a long string of days with blue skies lately, so […]

COMMENTARY: Dover Air Force Base commander gives thanks to Dover

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — “Dover is a special place.” This was the phrase most spoken two years ago as our family prepared to join Dover Air Force Base. It didn’t take long to understand the true meaning. Nestled in rural Delaware alongside the capitol city of Dover and its quaint downtown area — […]