Dover Air Force Base, DE
Dover Air Force Base is located in the center of the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) peninsula. The base is located two miles south of the city of Dover -- the capital of Delaware. Dover AFB covers more than 3,900 acres, has two runways, and 1,700 buildings. Capital assets and aircraft related equipment add $5.8 billion to the value of America's defense resources assigned here. The base supports 18 tenant units both on and off-base. It has an economic impact of more than $470 million on the local economy and ranks as Delaware's third largest industry.
There are more than 4,200 military, and 1,200 civilians and 2,500 reservists who work at Dover AFB. They are actively involved in a variety of off-base activities, and a strong base-community program provides a forum and spirit for military and civilian cooperation at all levels. A mutually-beneficial relationship has always existed between base personnel and the citizens of the peninsula.
Dover AFB is home to the 436th Airlift Wing, known as the "Eagle Wing" and the 512th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve associate referred to as the "Liberty Wing." The Dover Team's mission is to provide strategic global airlift capability. In order to accomplish our mission, Dover AFB also houses the world's largest aerial port, which moves more cargo than Federal Express and UPS combined. The port mortuary is the largest in the Department of Defense and plays a vital role as a place of honor where the remains of DOD personnel killed overseas are received.
Two sections of the 436th Aerial Port Squadron warehouse collapsed on Feb. 18, 2003, as a result of a snow storm. No one was injured in the collapse that caused more than an estimated $1 million in damages. The damage covers two of the six cargo processing bays in the facility.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign New Castle County Airport Air Guard Station (AGS), DE by moving flying related Expeditionary Combat Support (ECS) Dover AFB (aerial port and fire fighters).
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