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Gen. Maryanne Miller, AMC commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams, AMC command chief, look out the pilot’s side window as AMC civic leaders and Team Dover members pose for a photo at the nose of a C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The civic leaders visited the base for a two-day tour of various units while meeting with Team Dover Airmen to better understand Team Dover’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Gen. Maryanne Miller, AMC commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams, AMC command chief, look out the pilot’s side window as AMC civic leaders and Team Dover members pose for a photo at the nose of a C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The civic leaders visited the base for a two-day tour of various units while meeting with Team Dover Airmen to better understand Team Dover’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Air Mobility Command civic leaders and aircraft maintainers assigned to the 436th Maintenance Squadron walk on top of a C-5M Super Galaxy wing while undergoing a major inspection Nov. 7, 2018, in the Isochronal Inspection Dock at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Maintenance personnel gave the civic leaders a guided tour of the aircraft, inside and out, while explaining the isochronal inspection process and schedule. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Air Mobility Command civic leaders and aircraft maintainers assigned to the 436th Maintenance Squadron walk on top of a C-5M Super Galaxy wing while undergoing a major inspection Nov. 7, 2018, in the Isochronal Inspection Dock at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Maintenance personnel gave the civic leaders a guided tour of the aircraft, inside and out, while explaining the isochronal inspection process and schedule. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Air Mobility Command civic leaders pose for a photo on top of a C-5M Super Galaxy T-tail while undergoing maintenance in the 436th Maintenance Squadron C-5 Isochronal Inspection Dock Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The vantage point gave the civic leaders a birds-eye view of the maintenance being performed more than 65 feet below. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Air Mobility Command civic leaders pose for a photo on top of a C-5M Super Galaxy T-tail while undergoing maintenance in the 436th Maintenance Squadron C-5 Isochronal Inspection Dock Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The vantage point gave the civic leaders a birds-eye view of the maintenance being performed more than 65 feet below. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Airman 1st Class Reynaldo Rodriguez, 436th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, watches Yvonne Batts, Air Mobility Command civic leader from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, install a rivet on a simulated aircraft part Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Batts installed the rivet during her tour of the Fabrication Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Airman 1st Class Reynaldo Rodriguez, 436th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, watches Yvonne Batts, Air Mobility Command civic leader from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, install a rivet on a simulated aircraft part Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Batts installed the rivet during her tour of the Fabrication Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Gen. Maryanne Miller, AMC commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams, AMC command chief, look out the pilot’s side window as AMC civic leaders and Team Dover members pose for a photo at the nose of a C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The civic leaders visited the base for a two-day tour of various units while meeting with Team Dover Airmen to better understand Team Dover’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Cheryl Clark, Air Mobility Command civic leader from Joint Base Charleston, S.C., holds a memento from the 436th Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight, Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Each civic leader received a wrench that was cut from scrap metal using a CNC machining tool, demonstrating how the flight uses technology to fabricate parts for aircraft and other equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Todd Mielke, Air Mobility Command civic leader from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., secures cargo netting on a  pallet Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Near the end of their tour of the 436th Aerial Port Squadron, Mielke and other civic leaders were divided into teams and participated in a contest to determine who could properly attach cargo netting on a pallet under the guidance of “Port Dawgs.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Todd Mielke, Air Mobility Command civic leader from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., secures cargo netting on a pallet Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Near the end of their tour of the 436th Aerial Port Squadron, Mielke and other civic leaders were divided into teams and participated in a contest to determine who could properly attach cargo netting on a pallet under the guidance of “Port Dawgs.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Cynthia Lloyd, Air Mobility Command civic leader from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., sits inside a C-5B Galaxy auxiliary fuel tank as she talks with Senior Airman Andrew Lee, 436th Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel systems journeyman Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This actual wing fuel tank is used by aircraft fuel systems section personnel and base first responders for worker extraction training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Cynthia Lloyd, Air Mobility Command civic leader from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., sits inside a C-5B Galaxy auxiliary fuel tank as she talks with Senior Airman Andrew Lee, 436th Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel systems journeyman Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This actual wing fuel tank is used by aircraft fuel systems section personnel and base first responders for worker extraction training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Left to right, Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander; Master Sgt. Amber Lawrence, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron unaccompanied housing supervisor; and Lt. Col. Travis Guidt, 436th CES commander, walk up to dormitory 401 for a briefing on its history Nov. 6, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Lawrence briefed Miller that this particular dorm was built in 1976 and received a minor renovation in 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Left to right, Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander; Master Sgt. Amber Lawrence, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron unaccompanied housing supervisor; and Lt. Col. Travis Guidt, 436th CES commander, walk up to dormitory 401 for a briefing on its history Nov. 6, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Lawrence briefed Miller that this particular dorm was built in 1976 and received a minor renovation in 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Master Sgt. Amber Lawrence, center, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron unaccompanied housing supervisor, briefs Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams, AMC command chief, both from Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; on typical room amenities in dormitory 401 Nov. 6, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Lawrence briefed Miller that this particular dorm was built in 1976 and received a minor renovation in 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Master Sgt. Amber Lawrence, center, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron unaccompanied housing supervisor, briefs Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams, AMC command chief, both from Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; on typical room amenities in dormitory 401 Nov. 6, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Lawrence briefed Miller that this particular dorm was built in 1976 and received a minor renovation in 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Airman 1st Class Reynaldo Rodriguez, right, 436th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, shows Gen. Maryanne Miller, left, Air Mobility Command commander, what a properly installed CherryMAX rivet looks like Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Miller installed a rivet on a simulated aircraft part during her tour of the Fabrication Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Airman 1st Class Reynaldo Rodriguez, right, 436th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, shows Gen. Maryanne Miller, left, Air Mobility Command commander, what a properly installed CherryMAX rivet looks like Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Miller installed a rivet on a simulated aircraft part during her tour of the Fabrication Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Airman 1st Class Reynaldo Rodriguez, right, 436th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, watches Gen. Maryanne Miller, left, Air Mobility Command commander, install a CherryMAX rivet on a simulated aircraft part Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Miller installed the rivet during her tour of the Fabrication Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Airman 1st Class Reynaldo Rodriguez, right, 436th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, watches Gen. Maryanne Miller, left, Air Mobility Command commander, install a CherryMAX rivet on a simulated aircraft part Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Miller installed the rivet during her tour of the Fabrication Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Gen. Maryanne Miller, right, Air Mobility Command commander, speaks with 436th Security Force Squadron Ravens, Staff Sgt. Tyler Smith, Senior Airman Nicholas Christopher, and Staff Sgt. Kirk Salvage, left to center respectively, Nov. 6, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The three briefed Miller about the construction and use of the shoot house in an unused building. The shoot house on base eliminates the need to schedule training times at local off-base facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Gen. Maryanne Miller, right, Air Mobility Command commander, speaks with 436th Security Force Squadron Ravens, Staff Sgt. Tyler Smith, Senior Airman Nicholas Christopher, and Staff Sgt. Kirk Salvage, left to center respectively, Nov. 6, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The three briefed Miller about the construction and use of the shoot house in an unused building. The shoot house on base eliminates the need to schedule training times at local off-base facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Gen. Maryanne Miller, center, Air Mobility Command commander, shakes hands with Senior Airman Alexander Tapnio-Williams, 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels preventative maintenance supervisor Nov. 6, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Miller spoke to and met with members of the 436th LRS fuels flight during her tour of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Gen. Maryanne Miller, center, Air Mobility Command commander, shakes hands with Senior Airman Alexander Tapnio-Williams, 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels preventative maintenance supervisor Nov. 6, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Miller spoke to and met with members of the 436th LRS fuels flight during her tour of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, signs her name after writing a message on the inside of a C-5B Galaxy auxiliary fuel tank Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This actual wing fuel tank is used by the 436th Maintenance Squadron Fuel Cell personnel and base first responders for worker extraction training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander, signs her name after writing a message on the inside of a C-5B Galaxy auxiliary fuel tank Nov. 7, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This actual wing fuel tank is used by the 436th Maintenance Squadron Fuel Cell personnel and base first responders for worker extraction training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Twenty-five Air Mobility Command civic leaders visited Dover AFB Nov. 7-8, 2018, for a two-day introduction to the base, its mission and its Airmen.

The civic leaders, key influencers from 12 regions across the United States. During the visit, they had the opportunity to observe similarities and differences between base missions and foster relationships with other civic leaders within the command.

Gen. Maryanne Miller, AMC commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Larry Williams, AMC command chief, arrived Nov. 6, a day before the civic leaders, to meet with Team Dover Airmen in a separately planned visit.

“It is important that our civic partners gain a broad understanding of the mobility enterprise,” said Miller. “It is important that community leaders understand where their Air Force is at, and where we are headed in the future.”

The civic leaders had breakfast with Airmen at the dining facility, lunch with Company Grade Officers Council members, toured the 436th Maintenance Squadron’s C-5 Isochronal Inspection Dock, Fuel Cell, Sheet Metal and Fabrication Flights, as well as the 436th Aerial Port Squadron. They also met with C-17 Globemaster III aircrew and maintenance personnel during a tour of a static display.

The civic leaders also visited several of Team Dover’s tenant units, including Joint Personal Effects Depot, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, and Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations.

“Bringing civic leaders to Dover helps them understand the Air Force’s level of activity, impact and need,” said Col. Christopher Karns, AMC Public Affairs director. “Civic leaders make valuable contributions to our mission that people may not be aware of, whether it is supporting Airmen and family members in a time of need or just helping people better understand what we do.”

Creating an opportunity for the civic leaders to see first-hand how Dover supports AMC’s mission set in routine and unique ways was essential to demystifying how Airmen across the command ensure rapid global mobility.

“Often times, people will draw beliefs about the military through media or even via Hollywood, but they won’t really understand what goes on behind the gate unless they are exposed directly to the mission,” Karns said. “People don’t realize that every 2.8 minutes somewhere around the globe, an AMC aircraft is taking off. It’s important for people to understand the level of activity and impact that the Air Force is delivering. . Whether it’s delivering hope, or delivering critical supplies in the fight against ISIS, AMC is getting the job done.”

Seeing the first-order effects of global reach and global power left a lasting impression for Karen Getchell, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, an AMC civic leader and former 627th Air Base Group honorary commander.

“The most rewarding part is the experience and seeing all the different missions that our Airmen have,” Getchell said. “It blows me away. It’s truly amazing. Sharing those things with people, seeing them understand and seeing that light in their eyes is a beautiful thing.”

Dover AFB was represented by five local and state civic leaders: Ernst Arndt, State of Delaware Deputy Chief Magistrate Emeritus; Joseph Yacyshyn, Wilmington Trust Company vice president and manager of community affairs; Lori Ewald, High 5 Hospitality, LLC marketing manager; Mark Rudo, Delaware Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, director of operations; and Robert Pancake, serial entrepreneur of multiple businesses.

Besides touring Dover AFB, the civic leaders were able to discuss topics such as retention, professional license reciprocity and education.

“One of the areas the Air Force is dealing with today is Airman retention,” said Karns. “These civic leaders are dedicating themselves to understanding the issues that will help keep Airmen in the service not only today but well into the future.”

One such topic of discussion was about how permanent change of stations can cause licensing or certification issues when family members seek employment in another state, a factor which may contribute to members choosing to separate from the service.

Karns stated, “You have civic leaders going to [Capitol] Hill helping people understand that when military families move, their lives are disrupted, and it takes a community to support transition from assignment to assignment.”

Understanding the importance of being better informed when discussing the Air Force in various forums doesn’t escape AMC’s civic leaders, as they continue to carry the air mobility flag with them, back to their home base.

“Every chance I get to talk about what we do at Dover AFB and what AMC does, I do it when I’m in our community and when I’m traveling,” said Pancake. “We’re out there bragging. We’re talking about you guys.”

Mission success relies on more than just those wearing the uniform.

“AMC is always there, always ready. But that takes support,” said Karns. That takes community leaders who understand what we are doing and how they can best help out.”