Air Guard submissions under review for DNG History Book
By Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey , 166th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 13, 2013
NEW CASTLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Del. -- Wing HQ personnel are reviewing submissions made for the Delaware National Guard History book project, covering the period from the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to the end of 2012.
The submission deadline for Air Guard content was July 8, 2013.
If any unit needs to polish up their material with final review/editing or make vital last minute additions, now is the time to do so. Please finish up by the end of the July 13-14 Unit Training Assembly.
The project relies upon units to supply their own material and tell their own story. No one knows better than the uniformed members of a specific unit the importance and uniqueness of their missions, or know which ones ought to be highlighted for posterity.
The project is intended to give a fair shake to each unit in the Delaware Guard -- Army and Air -- and is coordinated by a task force at Joint Force Headquarters, Delaware National Guard.
The endeavor will result in a book of about 180 pages dedicated to Delaware Guard history. The welcome mat was put out for each section, flight, squadron and group in the wing to submit their unit contributions. Wing staff offices and Delaware Air Guard HQ will also be asked for input.
Your point of contact is your unit public affairs representative. Your unit commander or first sergeant can direct you to him/her, or whomever the unit appointed as the project POC. Squadrons were asked to contribute an average of one page per year of content (text and high-resolution photos, with subjects/event/location/date identified in writing).
Our Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, wants the story told of the evolutionary growth and development of the Guard from a strategic reserve to an operational asset in the post- 9/11 era.
Colonel Mike Feeley, commander of the 166th Airlift Wing, said, "Each wing unit will contribute to this great opportunity to tell our history. Have some fun, seize the moment, and make it worthwhile."
The project advisor and editor-in-chief is retired Brig. Gen. (Del.) Ken Wiggins. He has researched and written several books on Delaware Guard history.