HomeNewsFeaturesDisplay

2019 Year in Review

Wilson Colf spreads his arms under an F-15E Strike Eagle during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 15, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The F-15E is an all-weather tactical fighter designed for superior maneuverability and acceleration to outperform any current enemy aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Wilson Colf spreads his arms under an F-15E Strike Eagle during the 2019 Thunder Over Dover Air Show, Sept. 15, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The F-15E is an all-weather tactical fighter designed for superior maneuverability and acceleration to outperform any current enemy aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Former Tuskegee Airman, retired Col. Charles McGee, high-fives Airmen during his visit Dec. 6, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. He served a total of 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, beginning with the U.S. Army Air Corps, and flew a total of 409 combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The Tuskegee program began in 1941 when the 99th Pursuit Squadron was established, and its Airmen were the first ever African-American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Former Tuskegee Airman, retired Col. Charles McGee, high-fives Airmen during his visit Dec. 6, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. He served a total of 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, beginning with the U.S. Army Air Corps, and flew a total of 409 combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The Tuskegee program began in 1941 when the 99th Pursuit Squadron was established, and its Airmen were the first ever African-American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Mannequins lie in position prior to the aeromedical evacuation demonstration for media day at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 24, 2019, in support of exercise Mobility Guardian 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier large-scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel).

Mannequins lie in position prior to the aeromedical evacuation demonstration for media day at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 24, 2019, in support of exercise Mobility Guardian 2019. Exercise Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier large-scale mobility exercise. Through robust and relevant training, Mobility Guardian improves the readiness and capabilities of Mobility Airmen to deliver rapid global mobility and builds a more lethal and ready Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Esteban Esquivel).

Capt. Chris Rogoski, a pilot assigned to the 3rd Airlift Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Del., flies a C-17 Globemaster III during air refueling training with a Boeing KC-46A Pegasus on March 22, 2019 near Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The training marks the first time a Dover AFB aircraft and 3rd Airlift Squadron C-17 has refueled with the new KC-46 tanker (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley).

Capt. Chris Rogoski, a pilot assigned to the 3rd Airlift Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Del., flies a C-17 Globemaster III during air refueling training with a Boeing KC-46A Pegasus on March 22, 2019 near Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The training marks the first time a Dover AFB aircraft and 3rd Airlift Squadron C-17 has refueled with the new KC-46 tanker (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Laura Beckley).

Airmen from the 436th Maintenance Squadron service a U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft assigned to 552nd Air Control Wing, from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, May 17, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The aircraft spent the weekend at Dover AFB due to severe spring weather threatening the Plains and Midwest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell)

Airmen from the 436th Maintenance Squadron service a U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft assigned to 552nd Air Control Wing, from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, May 17, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The aircraft spent the weekend at Dover AFB due to severe spring weather threatening the Plains and Midwest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell)

Senior Airman Chad Helminiak, 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, left, and Staff. Sgt. Randolph Quarteroni 725th Air Mobility Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, right, lower a C-5M Super Galaxy engine June 6, 2019, Dover Air Base, Del. The engine needs to be balanced from the front, back and from each side while it is being lowered and raised. In order to accomplish this, each Airman must be able to communicate effectively as a team all while cranking and checking the scales attached to the engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Senior Airman Chad Helminiak, 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, left, and Staff. Sgt. Randolph Quarteroni 725th Air Mobility Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, right, lower a C-5M Super Galaxy engine June 6, 2019, Dover Air Base, Del. The engine needs to be balanced from the front, back and from each side while it is being lowered and raised. In order to accomplish this, each Airman must be able to communicate effectively as a team all while cranking and checking the scales attached to the engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Honorary pit crew members, NASCAR drivers and pit crew members salute during the singing of the national anthem before the start of the JEGS 200 race May 3, 2019, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. NASCAR teams partner with Dover Air Force Base to offer Dover service members the opportunity to participate as a team member during the race. Each race, roughly 35 service members attend as honorary pit crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Honorary pit crew members, NASCAR drivers and pit crew members salute during the singing of the national anthem before the start of the JEGS 200 race May 3, 2019, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. NASCAR teams partner with Dover Air Force Base to offer Dover service members the opportunity to participate as a team member during the race. Each race, roughly 35 service members attend as honorary pit crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Senior Airman Daniel Kolk, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron driver operator, extinguishes flames in a controlled exercise at the structural burn training facility April 26, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The firefighters train in structural live burns, aircraft burn exercises and vehicle extrication on a car crash victim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

Senior Airman Daniel Kolk, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron driver operator, extinguishes flames in a controlled exercise at the structural burn training facility April 26, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The firefighters train in structural live burns, aircraft burn exercises and vehicle extrication on a car crash victim. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

World War II reenactors pose in front of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain at the D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration May 4, 2019, at the Air Mobility Command Museum on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The plane was open for cabin and cockpit tours throughout the day.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Mauricio Campino)

World War II reenactors pose in front of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain at the D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration May 4, 2019, at the Air Mobility Command Museum on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The plane was open for cabin and cockpit tours throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Mauricio Campino)

2nd Lt. Ekaterina Thormann, 436th Aerial Port Squadron air freight officer in charge, squeezes a rubber ball at the Armed Services Blood Program blood drive Feb. 28, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Squeezing a rubber ball contracts the arm muscles and increases venous outflow into the blood collection bag, thereby expediting the donation process. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Mauricio Campino)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 10 of 16

2nd Lt. Ekaterina Thormann, 436th Aerial Port Squadron air freight officer in charge, squeezes a rubber ball at the Armed Services Blood Program blood drive Feb. 28, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Squeezing a rubber ball contracts the arm muscles and increases venous outflow into the blood collection bag, thereby expediting the donation process. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Mauricio Campino)

Underneath a vehicle, Airman 1st Class Jacob Vangchhia, 436th Aerial Port Squadron ramp operations specialist, attaches cargo chains to secure a vehicle to a C-17 Globemaster III cargo floor Jan. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Vangchhia and other ramp operations personnel loaded five vehicles belonging to the Delaware National Guard's 31st Civil Support Team, Weapons of Mass Destruction headquartered in Smyrna, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 11 of 16

Underneath a vehicle, Airman 1st Class Jacob Vangchhia, 436th Aerial Port Squadron ramp operations specialist, attaches cargo chains to secure a vehicle to a C-17 Globemaster III cargo floor Jan. 11, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Vangchhia and other ramp operations personnel loaded five vehicles belonging to the Delaware National Guard's 31st Civil Support Team, Weapons of Mass Destruction headquartered in Smyrna, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

From left to right, John Walters, 436th Force Support Squadron fitness program manager; Airman 1st Class Rodney Kerley, 436th Communications Squadron cybersystems operator; chef Robert Irvine and Tech. Sgt. Heath Hackwell, 436th Maintenance Group maintenance qualification training program noncommissioned officer in charge of instructors, flex their biceps, Aug. 27, 2019, at the Fitness Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Irvine talked with Airmen during his tour of the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 12 of 16

From left to right, John Walters, 436th Force Support Squadron fitness program manager; Airman 1st Class Rodney Kerley, 436th Communications Squadron cybersystems operator; chef Robert Irvine and Tech. Sgt. Heath Hackwell, 436th Maintenance Group maintenance qualification training program noncommissioned officer in charge of instructors, flex their biceps, Aug. 27, 2019, at the Fitness Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Irvine talked with Airmen during his tour of the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander, Airman 1st Class Ceasar Ventura, 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, and Airman 1st Class Mason Gray, 436th AMXS assistant dedicated crew chief, pull off tape during a DCC unveiling ceremony Oct. 4, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. A change in policy marked the first time in approximately 20 years that the names of dedicated crew chiefs were unveiled on an Air Mobility Command C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 13 of 16

Col. Joel Safranek, 436th Airlift Wing commander, Airman 1st Class Ceasar Ventura, 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, and Airman 1st Class Mason Gray, 436th AMXS assistant dedicated crew chief, pull off tape during a DCC unveiling ceremony Oct. 4, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. A change in policy marked the first time in approximately 20 years that the names of dedicated crew chiefs were unveiled on an Air Mobility Command C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Quail)

A U.S. Navy carry team transfers the remains of Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Mo., during a dignified transfer Jan. 19, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an operations support specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 14 of 16

A U.S. Navy carry team transfers the remains of Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Mo., during a dignified transfer Jan. 19, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Wirtz was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency as an operations support specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron help guide a U.S. Army Soldier loading an M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 30, 2019. Airmen and Soldiers coordinated efforts to transport the BFV within the U.S. Central Command theater of operations to assist in ongoing efforts within the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Thomas Barger)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 15 of 16

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron help guide a U.S. Army Soldier loading an M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Oct. 30, 2019. Airmen and Soldiers coordinated efforts to transport the BFV within the U.S. Central Command theater of operations to assist in ongoing efforts within the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Thomas Barger)

An F-22 Raptor and P-51 Mustang fly side-by-side during the heritage flight Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This year's Thunder Over Dover Air Show featured more than 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 16 of 16

An F-22 Raptor and P-51 Mustang fly side-by-side during the heritage flight Sept. 14, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This year's Thunder Over Dover Air Show featured more than 20 aircraft static displays, as well as numerous aerial demonstrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- 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 tight-knit as our neighbors on Bamboo Court (an exceptional group of people) and as broad as the entire base or surrounding cities. Regardless of how it is defined, the experience has been special, and as members of that community, you should be proud.

You should be proud of the environment you have helped to create and sustain, as well as the mission you accomplish every day. Our ability to provide rapid global airlift, combat-ready Airmen and unrivalled installation support is amazing. Although, we are not alone in these missions.

There are many wings in AMC who have similar missions; but with 12 assignments under my belt, I can testify, Dover has a special way of accomplishing them that sets us apart. Take pride in what you have done. It is not always easy, but many things worth doing are not easy. Delivering excellence is no different.

Along those lines is the task our nation has handed us: to be prepared to defend against rising threats, such as China and Russia. This is much different than what many of us have known over the past few decades and requires us to think and train differently than we have in the past.

During my time at Dover, we have just begin to accomplish this. Dover recently led the way in the Air Force with exercising while intentionally cutting power and having the Delaware Civil Air Patrol fly small drones as “Red Air” during the exercise. Both are “firsts” for the Air Force.

Although I am extremely proud to have seen Dover push the envelope in these areas, it is always an outgoing commander’s fear that the base will fall prey to other, changing priorities. I challenge all to not lose sight of what you have done and the work that remains. There is so much more to do, and honestly, it is not easy work; but as stated before, many things worth doing are not easy. Continue to prepare for a high-end fight, regardless of the future distractions which will inevitably arise.

As I move on to Scott Air Force Base and United States Transportation Command, I look forward to watching, from a distance, as Dover continues to push the outer envelope. I can only assume my pride in Dover and its Airmen will continue to grow as I look onward. With this pride, Hana and I will share our stories about Dover’s mission, its great sense of community and our extraordinary Dover experience.