166th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 166th Airlift Wing Public Affairs mission is to provide trusted counsel to its leaders; build, maintain and strengthen Team DANG's readiness and morale; and enhance public trust and support. The 166 AW/PA works strategically to shape the Air National Guard and Wing's public image through targeted communication.

The 166 AW/PA communicates with the internal audience, local public, and military and civic leaders by utilizing traditional news reporting; feature stories and commentaries; video reports, graphic campaigns; television, print media and radio interviews; and social media.

PA relies on its three sections to complete daily tasks. Those sections include: Internal Information, Community Relations and Media Relations. The professional staff members working in these sections are well-trained, and talented photojournalists and video broadcasters, all trained at the Defense Information School at Ft. George G. Meade, Md.

PA's duty is to keep base members and local civilians informed with complete and accurate information, and to increase public understanding of Team DANG's missions.

For questions or more information, you may email us at 166.AW.PA.Public.Affairs@us.af.mil / military personnel may contact us at DSN 445-7408 and all civilian/public may reach us at (302) 323-3408.

Normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Photo Studio Hours

Head & Shoulders / Full-Length Photos

  • Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., by appointment only.

We do not take photos for retirement programs or unofficial biographies. For special duty packages, please bring a copy of the photo requirements. Studio photography is by appointment only and available for official portraits as required by AFI as well as applications for special duty assignments, Chain-of-command studio photography will be provided for leadership at the group level and above as well as quarterly and annual award winners at the Wing level and above. Electronic copies will be provided to the requester. The photographer is NOT responsible for proper wear of the uniform. Military photographers are NOT authorized (AFI 35-109 and DODI 5040.02) to digitally alter image in any way.

Requesting Public Affairs Support

To request photography for on or off-base event: Complete AF Form 833, Multimedia Work Order, and submit to the Public Affairs Office no later than five duty days prior to the event. (Reference: AFI 35-109 Public Affairs Visual Information, 12 March 2010). 

Submit PA support requests to the 166 AW/PA mailbox, 166aw.pa.publicaffairs@us.af.mil, as far in advance as possible; requests for VI support should be submitted with a completed AF Form 833.

Advance notice provides PA the ability to ensure the necessary equipment and personnel are available. Failure to coordinate in advance will reduce the likelihood that the event can receive PA support. For high-priority events that PA cannot support due to conflicts, the PA office will provide the contact information to request support from another Delaware National Guard unit.

In addition, the PA office maintains consumer-grade self-help still cameras which can be signed out at the PA office. Units are encouraged to sign out self-help cameras or use Flt./Sq. cameras to photograph unit promotion and retirement ceremonies, change of commands, and for group photos of unit members. Contact Wing Public Affairs for assistance.

When photographing minors, it is mandatory to use DD FORM 2830, General Talent Release. You cannot post electronically or share in a public forum photos of minors taken on- or off-base without having this approval before publication. (Reference: AFI 35-109, 12 March 2010, Public Affairs, Visual Information - 3.3. Imagery Release; 3.3.2. Children/Minors).

Base Tours

Group tours are for school groups, scouts, etc., and should consist of at least 10 people.  Group tour organizers must fill out a Base Tour Request Form and Entry Access List Form and submit it to the 166th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office via email, no later than 30 days before the requested tour date.

Speakers Bureau

The 166th Airlift Wing Speakers Bureau is comprised of Airmen of all ranks across various AFSC’s who volunteer their time to speak within the community. Most requests for speakers come from the area schools and civic organizations. Our Speakers Bureau can be a valuable resource for your club or organization to learn more about the 166th Airlift Wing, Air National Guard and Airmen who perform the mission. If you'd like to request a military speaker for your event, please fill and return the Speakers Bureau Request Forms via e-mail to the Public Affairs Office. The forms can be found in the dropdown menu on the right side of your screen.

Public Events

The 166th Airlift Wing supports the participatation of our Airmen in public events when mission allows.This participation should further the understaning of the 166th Airlift Wing's mission. Requests for Armed Forces Participation can be submitted on the DD Form 2536 and submitted to the 166th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office.