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  • Are You Okay?

    It’s 2010 and Airman 1st Class Leonard James’ phone vibrates silently in his pocket; he quickly reaches down and sends the call to voicemail. “I was in class and we weren’t supposed to have our phones,” the now staff sergeant recalls. James was at Port Hueneme Naval Base, California, a technical training base for Airmen selected for vehicle maintenance career paths. The Air Force wasn’t what James planned for himself, but his high school sweetheart and fiancé, Mesha, was pregnant with their first child, McKenzie Harmony James, and he felt the Air Force would help him support his growing family.
  • CBD oil off limits for service members

    Water, tea, coffee, chocolates, gummies, oils, honey, and vaping oils are just some of the seemingly innocent products that could ruin a service member’s career.These products are being seen more on the market since CBD oil use has become more widespread across America.The Department of Defense has a zero tolerance policy for the illegal or
  • 2019 Year in Review

    As I work with the movers to pack my house, it has given me time to reflect on my Dover experience. I can honestly say this assignment has been the highlight of my career, and my family and I will greatly miss Dover. A large part of that is due to the community which surrounded us over the past year and a half. That community is as small and
  • 436th EOD team protects, supports base, local area

    Several explosive ordnance disposal technicians watch an object from behind a blue-green chain-link fence. A small flame emerges behind the device, and a cloud of smoke forms. Moments later, fire spits out as the object ruptures, sending a thud into the earth and kicking up a plume of dirt. The Airmen standing watch proceed inside of the fence’s
  • Airman extinguishes Friday the 13th bad luck, saves lives

    Tech. Sgt. Shiras Dara remembered being extra cautious the entire day, Sept. 13, 2019.
  • Security forces Airmen protect, secure during school dismissal

    Doors swing open, and a flood of kids pour out onto the sidewalk, buzzing about as they depart for the rest of the day. Some gather in groups to converse as others use bikes or their own two feet to return home.The end of August marks the beginning of the academic year for schools on base, causing an influx of traffic during school dismissal times
  • Cadets earn their wings in AFJROTC Summer Flight Academy

    A total of 23 cadets, enrolled in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and Air Force ROTC, descended upon Dover, Delaware to attend the eight-week AFJROTC Summer Flight Academy held at Delaware State University, June 17 through August 8, 2019.The AFJROTC Flight Academy is a bold initiative intended to inspire and encourage high
  • Fit to fight: redesigning aircrew flight equipment for females

    Over 60 female aviators from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy gathered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis to have their measurements taken. Across all of the U.S. military branches, flight equipment is in the process of being redesigned to find a better fit for females.
  • Warrior Fitness: Forging elite fitness

    In January 2018, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated, “Our first line of effort emphasizes that everything we do must contribute to the lethality of our military.”One noncommissioned officer believes Mattis’ statement includes being fit to fight.Tech. Sgt. William “Bradley” Martineau, 436th Aerial Port Squadron special handling
  • Healthy Vision Month: Annual exams are key to good eye health

    In 2003, the National Eye Institute established May as Healthy Vision Month to promote proper eye care, encourage routine eye examinations and educate personnel on serious eye conditions that warrant immediate medical attention.
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