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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.
  • 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.
  • Thank you, Team Dover!

    Last January at my commander’s call, I talked about our strategic calendar. At the time, when we looked at September, it was extremely busy … too busy. So, we made decisions to lighten September’s load. We asked Air Mobility Command to move our Unit Effectiveness Inspection, and they did — we had it in May instead of September. We moved our next base exercise from September to the second week of November. This came at a price. For example, we lost a few months of preparation for the UEI, but it did not stop the wing from doing well and earning an “Excellent.” As September approached, the load still was not light enough. The air show and the Air Force Ball in the same weekend proved too difficult; so we modified how we commemorated the Air Force’s birthday, changing it from a ball format to celebrating it in the squadrons and on the flight line the day prior to the air show.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Pentagon trip excites 436th LRS members

    When I think about the Pentagon, one of the U.S.’s most iconic buildings and its distinctive shape with five equal sides that form the shape the building is known for, I am in awe of the structure and architecture. It’s also the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. Many people might think of it as only a building that has offices where a lot of generals and high-ranking personnel are stationed, and where they make decisions for all branches of the military.
  • The Dover Experience

    Our new wing commander wants us to all understand our Dover Experience, and I am excited to help craft that narrative. He also wants us to find a way to make the experience what we want it to be. I’ve been in command for a year now and I thought I’d share my thoughts on what my Dover Experience has been so far. More than anything else, it has been the people associated with this great base that defined my experience so far.
  • Looking back: From airman basic to squadron commander

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about how I got here. I’m a simple guy who comes from a simple family. Almost 20 years ago I left home for the first time, to join the Air Force as Airman Basic Stermer. I was joining the Air Force and I hadn’t even seen an airplane until I got on one to go to basic training. Now I’m the commander of an aircraft maintenance squadron, a wingman, a father and a husband. I’d love to tell you it was all part of some plan, something I had crafted in the middle of the night that I could be proud of and follow; no such luck. I wouldn’t say it was accidental either, that would take credit away from those who labored, some at great pain because I was stubborn, to make me better.
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