Vets recall roles in arrival of first C-5 to DAFB

DOVER — A routine day for Tom Dennis involves an afternoon at Dover Downs watching the horses race, followed by playing trivia games with longtime friends and competitors at Tom’s Bullpen in Dover. But the 86-year-old retired U.S. Air Force veteran had a far different view of normal when he co-piloted the first C-5 cargo […]

Ground broken on new hangar at DAFB

DOVER — It has been a project 20 years in the making, but Dover Air Force Base officials and local dignitaries finally broke ground Friday on a massive $41.2 million fully enclosed hangar that will allow maintenance on mammoth C-5 Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemasters during adverse weather conditions. Col. Matthew Jones, commander of the […]

Dover AFB instrumental in COVID-19 decontamination

DOVER — The dangerous COVID-19 virus has landed at Dover Air Force Base, but airmen are quite equipped to handle it. Dover AFB has had a pair of Transport Isolation Systems (TIS) at its disposal since April 30 aboard a C-17 Globemaster parked on its flight line, along with trained medical airmen who are receiving […]

Dover AFB installs water filtration systems on nearby properties

DOVER — Contractors and personnel from Dover Air Force Base completed installation of whole-house water filtration systems on four properties previously identified as being above the lifetime health advisory level for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination, believed to be caused by the base’s use of firefighting foam. The installations occurred throughout March, […]

Dover Air Force Base closes pharmacy for one week

Citing “an abundance of caution related to possible COVID-19 exposure, and in line with Department of Defense and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines,” Col. Matthew Jones, 436thAirlift Wing commander, ordered a temporary closure of the Dover Air Force Base pharmacy to all beneficiaries effective April 2 for one week. A press release from […]

Commentary: Thinking Independently … Together

By Lt. Col. Joshua Coakley When you think about diversity, you probably think first about variations in racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, culture, lifestyle, experiences and interests. When people who embody these differences coexist together with a mutual understanding of a common goal, the result is always more positive than the outcome of too […]

Congressional delegation sends letter over well contamination at DAFB

WASHINGTON — Members of the Delaware’s congressional delegation on Monday sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett requesting a site visit to Dover Air Force Base to address the per– and polyfluoroalkyl substances discovered in some private and commercial groundwater sources. The substances, which can be harmful to humans, were […]

Two more wells near Dover Air Force Base found to be contaminated

DOVER — Two more wells near Dover Air Force Base have been found to have possible high levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), dangerous chemicals which are contained in firefighting foam. The U.S. Air Force and Dover Air Force Base have notified Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) that […]

Cool under fire: Dover C-5 crew responds to flight challenges

DOVER — It was troubling enough when an indicator light lit up inside the cockpit of a C-5M Super Galaxy telling Capt. Geoff Howard, the pilot and aircraft commander, that one of the doors on the monstrous cargo airplane might have been open as he was ascending to 18,000 feet above the earth. Not long […]

Dover Air Force Base colonel joining Coons at State of the Union

WASHINGTON – Air Force Col. Dawn Lancaster will be Sen. Chris Coons’ guest for tonight’s State of the Union Address, which is scheduled to take place in the U.S. Capitol. Col. Lancaster, who is retiring after 26 years of military service, led the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, or AFMAO, at Dover Air Force Base […]