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  • NEVER FORGET: Holocaust Remembrance Day

    We have invited one of the last Holocaust survivors alive today to speak to us about his story and to share his life lessons with us. In this very same month of April, Chaim Grossman was liberated from Auschwitz by American forces in 1945 and subsequently moved to Israel. He served in the Israeli Air Force and was a copilot and an electrical engineer. Eventually, he immigrated to the United States, where he has lived as a proud American ever since. Grossman was invited to our base and is commuting all the way from New York City to show his appreciation to all the Airmen of Dover AFB and to share his experiences with us. By attending, you will learn from him, show solidarity with your fellow Airmen and truly be a part of us never forgetting our past. To hear Grossman speak, please join us at 2 p.m. on April 30, 2019, at the Air Mobility Command Museum, and seize this rare opportunity to participate in one of the last Holocaust remembrance events to feature a Holocaust survivor.
  • Recovering from sexual assault: help is within reach

    “I was raped, Emily … And I’m ready to talk about it.” I can still hear the crisp determination in my college friend’s voice over the phone as she spoke words I had never heard from someone so close to me. I listened to her, in shock.
  • AFOSI seeks top-quality Airmen

    The majority of the Air Force correlates the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) with criminal investigations; however, AFOSI is much more than a criminal investigative organization. AFOSI is a federal law enforcement and investigative agency that operates throughout the full spectrum of conflict in numerous domains, conducting criminal investigations and providing counterintelligence services. AFOSI’s mission is to identify, exploit and neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the Air Force, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Government.
  • BEDROCK: It only takes a SPARK …

    If pressed, every Airman could likely create a list of “pain points” they suffer in their day-to-day jobs – in other words: things that suck. It could be the hours a day your team spends inventorying thousands of tiny parts that collectively aren’t worth much more than a reflective belt. Maybe you spend your afternoons transferring data between two different spreadsheets or manually transcribing meetings because … Well, it’s always been done that way. Perhaps, your government-issued tablet keeps falling and breaking expensive things. Regardless of the problem, you suspect there’s a better way; BEDROCK – Dover’s SPARK hub – is here to help.
  • Military service: more than just a job

    The U.S. military has a long and proud tradition; this tradition is captured within the Profession of Arms, executed through the Code of Conduct and lived through the respective services’ values. These values, although similar in many ways, differ in some respects. But what are the similarities and differences, and what drives them? And why do the armed forces need a code of ethics?
  • Tech Expo comes to Dover

    Gadgets, gizmos and tech … Oh, my! On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the 436th Communications Squadron will be hosting the 2019 Dover Air Force Base Technology Expo! This is the eleventh year it’s being held at Dover Air Force Base, and you’ll have the opportunity to see the latest products from over 30 companies.
  • Preparing for the unknown

    The phrase “Full Spectrum Readiness” has been identified as a priority by our senior leadership extensively this last year…but what does it really mean? I don’t think there is a perfect definition because it depends on a variety of factors in an ever-evolving and complex global environment. As I understand it, Full Spectrum Readiness is a new way of thinking about an enemy and preparing for a different kind of conflict than what we have done for the past three decades. Conflicts of the future may see America facing off against an equal fighting force with the ability to strike us in a way we have not seen since World War II. This requires us to think about training, tactics and procedures in a whole new way; and it requires us to practice so it becomes second nature.
  • Dover’s unofficial historian

    I’ll never forget the day I met Patricia Edwards. It was Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, and I had just been assigned to the 436th Force Support Squadron as the First Sergeant. I went to the Airman and Family Readiness Center to meet the staff. As I made my rounds, I was introduced to Edwards.
  • Will you deliver your “message to Garcia”?

    As you know, we have three basic core values, all of which are equally important. I’d like to take a moment to discuss a short essay regarding those values, especially as it pertains to commitment and, more importantly, selfless service.
  • Beyond the buzz(word)

    Have you ever heard someone say something over and over until it loses its meaning? Instead of embracing its true meaning, you get hung up on the buzzword. In fact, names for meaningful concepts can often become cliché. Eye-rolling sighs follow. “Oh, here we go again ... ” Understandably, it’s not the ADLS, Green DOT – you name it – that makes us excited to do the business that we do so well. Over the last few years, there have been a few new buzzwords that have infiltrated our military lingo. Although not a new concept, we have embraced “resilience” in our Air Force; however, if you are hanging out on the flight line, the mention of resilience training would more than likely prompt an eye roll. “Resilience” has become a buzzword - but the meaning behind it is so important! It is more than just a Wingman Day or a Comprehensive Airman Fitness program. It is more than just a block in First Term Airmen’s or a Professional Development Course. As Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright explains, without Airmen who can recover from difficulties, who are able to work through difficult times, we would not be the world’s best Air Force.