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  • Hidden treasure

    Serving in the military is a noble profession; however, it comes with many challenges. One of those challenges is moving to a new community every few years, feeling like a stranger in your own community and struggling to become meaningful amongst “people who grew up together.” I’m here to tell you that the amazing people surrounding Dover AFB continue to welcome our Airmen with open arms. This sentiment truly makes Dover a treasure among Air Force assignments.
  • Challenge yourself … Get uncomfortable

    Team Dover … I hope the lights are back on by the time this prints! You’ve had a roller-coaster of a week, and you’ve earned some time off. Take the time for yourself to do nothing at all ... for a bit. Then, get back at it. Take the time to do what you love. Take the time to better yourself. Take the time to brush up on and hone your skills. Most importantly, take the time to get uncomfortable doing it.
  • What is a "military family"?

    Each November, the president signs a proclamation declaring it as Military Family Month, so as we prepare to enter this family-filled month, I ask myself: What, exactly, is a “military family”? Our family members are right there with us, enduring the hardships military life brings. For this, our families are forever the champions: the glue that keeps us on point, ready to do the nation’s business. It is everyone’s responsibility, whether you are married with children or a single Airman living in the dorms, to ensure our brothers- and sisters-in-arms are taken care of. It’s the military way, and it’s the family thing to do.
  • Balancing operations in congested and contested environments

    Today’s complex security landscape, characterized by an increased rate of technological change and rising great power competition, means the Mobility Air Force (MAF) faces a unique set of challenges. While maintaining the underpinnings of our nation’s power projection is still our critical mission, we find ourselves balancing operations in contested environments with operations in congested environments.
  • Who do you want to be?

    In any organization, people can feel pressured to conform to a certain mold in order to be accepted by the group. In the Air Force, this is a reality for many, regardless of whether or not their perceptions are founded. Personally, I have always ascribed to just doing my own thing and doing it well. Trust me: we need you more than you need to fit a certain mold.
  • Relationships matter

    Establishing real and lasting relationships is the key to mission success. The relationships you create here at Dover are crucial, and the bonds you build, both on- and off-base, move the rapid global mobility mission forward – every single day.
  • "West-Dover"

    The next time you look up and see a C-5 flying overhead, know that there are great Airmen – not only at Dover but at “West-Dover” – helping to get it up there.
  • A balancing act

    As we approach the end of our assignment at Dover Air Force Base, our family is overwhelmed with gratitude for the Dover community. When we were assigned to this base, we knew Carlos’ role as a squadron commander was going to be very demanding, and we anticipated the difficulties of juggling his duties with the needs of school-aged children and a professional working spouse. In order to succeed, we had to balance the following priorities: the Air Force’s mission, the needs of squadron personnel, Jen’s career and, most importantly, the values of our family with a focus on our faith. So for any of our fellow Airmen striving to balance military and family life, we’d like to share some of our experiences and express how much we’ve enjoyed being a part of the Dover community, both on- and off-base.
  • Plan ahead, and safely conquer summer!

    The summer season has officially kicked off … barbecues, beach trips, and permanent gridlock from Annapolis to Dewey Beach. As we tackle our weekends, we are warned of the imminent dangers that summer poses. We’ve read, watched and listened to lectures on how to be safe during these critical days. To be honest, summer safety is no different than being safe throughout the year … It often comes down to preparation. One of the safest things we can do is to not barbecue or travel to the beach, opting to stay inside and watch reruns of Game of Thrones or Dr. Pimple Popper. Fortunately, this is not our reality, and there are a few simple steps we can take to conquer summer … safely.
  • Define your "Dover Experience"

    When Airmen get their assignments to Dover, many may have to Google “Dover” just to find out where it is on the map. In addition to learning where Dover is located, many also learn about the “Dover Experience.” When I first heard the term, I did not really understand it; but now that I have lived it, the “Dover Experience” has become more meaningful to me. I see the “Dover Experience” as a combination of the countless unique opportunities Dover Air Force Base and our Dover community bring to those who live and work here. The various events our Dover Airmen attended this past weekend showcase this. Before leaving for the weekend, I enjoyed a fantastic First Friday at the Landings with Team Dover Airmen. This was no ordinary First Friday as we had a few extra visitors. NASCAR race cars were on display, and all attendees enjoyed a free event with country singers John Rich and Cowboy Troy. As I watched Master Sgt. Jesus Revilla and Master Sgt. Scott Priputen accompany John Rich on guitar and drums, respectively, in the background, I knew this would be a special experience they would never forget. Then, on Saturday, I donned my colonial garb, and as Caesar Rodney, I joined my fellow Airmen as they participated in and enjoyed the Dover Days Parade. My wife and I had the opportunity to serve as reviewing officials, and it was a blast! In the reviewing stand, I had the honor of accompanying Delaware Gov. John Carney and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen. Throughout the day, I was able to see firsthand how the Dover Mayor’s phrase of “Dover is Dover Air Force Base, and Dover Air Force Base is Dover” is absolutely true. As I watched the parade, I could not help but notice the level of involvement from our Dover AFB Airmen and their families. I saw our very own Dover AFB Honor Guard marching. I saw our Airmen and their families in the parade, integrated into the community organizations on display or enjoying the event as spectators in the crowd. What an incredible display of the long-standing partnership we share with our community!
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