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Delaware National Guard hosts 20th Annual Senior Leaders Conference

Members from the 166th Airlift Wing pose for a photo with the Delaware State Command Chief, Patricia Ann Ottinger at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Jan 12, 2019. After closing remarks at the Senior Leader Conference, the Army and Air National Guard attended separate breakout sessions with their respective service to discuss topics specific to their branch of service.

Members from the 166th Airlift Wing pose for a photo with the Delaware State Command Chief, Patricia Ann Ottinger at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Jan 12, 2019. After closing remarks at the Senior Leader Conference, the Army and Air National Guard attended separate breakout sessions with their respective service to discuss topics specific to their branch of service. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Lowe)

The 2019 Delaware National Guard’s 20th Annual Senior Leaders Conference was held at Appoquinimink High School auditorium January 12, 2019, in Middletown, Delaware. Leadership from Delaware Air and Army National Guard gathered during their Unit Training Assembly to network with DNG peers from across the state, share successes and make plans for the future of the Guard. Delaware Governor John Carney, along with all members of Delaware’s Congressional Delegate attended and showed their support.

The 2019 Delaware National Guard’s 20th Annual Senior Leaders Conference was held at Appoquinimink High School auditorium January 12, 2019, in Middletown, Delaware. Leadership from Delaware Air and Army National Guard gathered during their Unit Training Assembly to network with DNG peers from across the state, share successes and make plans for the future of the Guard. Delaware Governor John Carney, along with all members of Delaware’s Congressional Delegate attended and showed their support. (U.S. National Guard Photo by Spc. Laura Michael)

U.S. Air National Guard Col Lynn K Robinson, Jr., 166th AW commander addresses senior leaders, both officer and enlisted during a breakout session at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Jan. 12, 2019. During the Delaware Air National Guard break out session, 166th AW leadership discussed the importance of communication, providing opportunities to both officer and enlisted personnel, improving processes for current and future Airmen and building leaders. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Lowe)

U.S. Air National Guard Col Lynn K Robinson, Jr., 166th AW commander addresses senior leaders, both officer and enlisted during a breakout session at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., Jan. 12, 2019. During the Delaware Air National Guard break out session, 166th AW leadership discussed the importance of communication, providing opportunities to both officer and enlisted personnel, improving processes for current and future Airmen and building leaders. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Lowe)

The 2019 Delaware National Guard’s 20th Annual Senior Leaders Conference was held at Appoquinimink High School auditorium January 12, 2019, in Middletown, Delaware. Leadership from Delaware Air and Army National Guard gathered during their Unit Training Assembly to network with DNG peers from across the state, share successes and make plans for the future of the Guard. Delaware Governor John Carney, along with all members of Delaware’s Congressional Delegate attended and showed their support. (U.S. National Guard Photo by Spc. Laura Michael)

The 2019 Delaware National Guard’s 20th Annual Senior Leaders Conference was held at Appoquinimink High School auditorium January 12, 2019, in Middletown, Delaware. Leadership from Delaware Air and Army National Guard gathered during their Unit Training Assembly to network with DNG peers from across the state, share successes and make plans for the future of the Guard. Delaware Governor John Carney, along with all members of Delaware’s Congressional Delegate attended and showed their support. (U.S. National Guard Photo by Spc. Laura Michael)

The 2019 Delaware National Guard’s 20th Annual Senior Leaders Conference was held at Appoquinimink High School auditorium January 12, 2019, in Middletown, Delaware. Leadership from Delaware Air and Army National Guard gathered during their Unit Training Assembly to network with DNG peers from across the state, share successes and make plans for the future of the Guard. Delaware Governor John Carney, along with all members of Delaware’s Congressional Delegate attended and showed their support. (U.S. National Guard Photo by Spc. Laura Michael)

The 2019 Delaware National Guard’s 20th Annual Senior Leaders Conference was held at Appoquinimink High School auditorium January 12, 2019, in Middletown, Delaware. Leadership from Delaware Air and Army National Guard gathered during their Unit Training Assembly to network with DNG peers from across the state, share successes and make plans for the future of the Guard. Delaware Governor John Carney, along with all members of Delaware’s Congressional Delegate attended and showed their support. (U.S. National Guard Photo by Spc. Laura Michael)

MIDDLETOWN, Del. --

The Delaware National Guard hosted the 20th Annual Senior Leaders Conference at Appoquinimink High School Auditorium, Middletown, Del., Jan. 12, 2019. Leadership from the Delaware Air and Army National Guard gathered for a time to network with peers from across the state, share successes and make plans for the future.

In addition to DNG leadership, Delaware Governor John Carney, along with all members of Delaware’s Congressional Delegate, attended and showed their support.

“I am humbled by the sacrifices that you make for our state and our country,” Carney said, speaking to the DNG Guardsmen in the audience. “The demands on each of you are greater than they’ve ever been before, and so let me salute all of you for the work that you do.”

“Your service speaks volumes about your citizenship and the nation that hopes to be worthy of your service,” said Delaware Senator Chris Coons. “Thank you.”

Select community leaders from throughout the state of Delaware were also present to support the hometown military and be inducted into the Honorary Commander Program.

The Honorary Commander Program is a prestigious program that gives the DNG one-on-one opportunities to inform and educate local community leaders about the mission of the National Guard and foster supportive relationships between the organizations.

Brig. Gen. Mike Berry, special assistant to the Adjutant General, welcomed the new honorary commanders, and explained the importance of the National Guard, local community relationship.

“The Delaware National Guard, and the National Guard as a whole, is the connection between the military and our communities,” Berry said. “It really does pay huge dividends in creating that bond, because our communities are made up of family members, friends and our coworkers who also put on their uniform on weekends, and go on deployments. That connection is vital, and it keeps our country grounded.”

After the closing remarks the Army and Air National Guard attended separate breakout sessions with their respective service to discuss topics specific to their branch of service.

During the Delaware Air National Guard break out session, 166th AW leadership discussed the importance of communication, providing opportunities to both officer and enlisted personnel, improving processes for current and future Airmen and building leaders.

“I think we have one of, if not the best, leadership teams this wing has ever seen,” said Col. Lynn K. Robinson Jr., 166th AW commander, “We talk about things, we socialize, we disagree about things, we come together on things and we make decisions based on this wing’s needs."