Ground broken on new school at Dover Air Force Base

DOVER — It all began with a ceremonial groundbreaking near Dover Air Force Base housing on Monday. If everything goes according to schedule, the site of that groundbreaking will be occupied by the Major George S. Welch Elementary School in time for the 2021 school year. The new school that will begin actual construction within […]

Delawarean among war dead in dignified transfer

DOVER — Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, a Newark resident, was among the war dead being transferred back to their families at Dover Air Force Base on Thursday night according to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations. Marine Corps Reservists Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks and Sgt. Slutman were killed by a roadside bomb Monday along […]

A team effort: Community support has Dover Air Force Base flying high

DOVER — Life in the United States Air Force isn’t just about climbing aboard enormous aircraft and flying to some of the farthest reaches of the globe. Maj. Gen. Sam C. Barrett, commander of the 18th Air Force (the only Numbered Air Force in Air Mobility Command) at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois — […]

Speak Out: Possible cuts at Dover Air Force Base

A new aircraft maintenance hangar for Dover Air Force Base may be sitting in the crosshairs of a 20-page list of military construction projects sent from the Pentagon to Congress on Monday. The money saved would help pay for the balance of the wall wanted by President Trump to help secure the United States-Mexico border. […]

Scenic Delaware: Oh deer

Christie Cole of Harrington took this photo of in a field near Dover Air Force Base on Jan. 11.

Dover AFB airmen wed in cargo hold in a C-17

By Roland Balik 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs DOVER AIR FORCE BASE — On a brisk winter day on the flight line, two Airmen from the 436th Maintenance Group exchanged marriage vows in the cargo compartment of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Airman 1st Class Michelle Speer, 436th Aerial Port Squadron air transportation journeyman, from […]

Dover Air Force Base announces D-Day anniversary event and return of ‘Thunder over Dover’

DOVER — Dover Air Force Base will pay tribute to a landmark D-Day anniversary and will also honor today’s Air Force as it welcomes the public for a pair of free separate and significant events this year. First, a commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, hosted by the 436th Airlift Wing and the Air […]

Where’s the B.E.E.F.?

By Airman 1st Class Dedan Dials DOVER — Prime B.E.E.F. Day is not a holiday that the Dover Air Force Base sets aside once a year to give praise to delicious cuts of meat; it’s a once-a-month function that the men and women in the Prime B.E.E.F. (Base Emergency Engineer Force) office lead. Over 200 […]

AMC command chief retires at DAFB

DOVER — It turns out that Larry C. Williams Jr. didn’t have his head in the clouds after all when he envisioned what his future would hold for him as an 8-year-old growing up in North Carolina. U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Williams, command chief of the Air Mobility Command, wrote a letter at […]

Touching base: Annual ‘State of the Base’ briefing praises the bond between DAFB and Dover community

DOVER — Col. Joel W. Safranek has served as the commander of the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base for almost half a year. However, even in that brief of a time frame, he has learned first-hand that there is a special bond between the airmen at DAFB — also known as “Team […]