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  • From BUFFs to Herks, a rare bird retires

    U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Ronald B. Wesley, a C-130H2 navigator, landed at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del. for the last time on January 31, 2019. His final flight was greeted with an arc of water fired from the cannons of two Station 33 aircraft crash fire rescue trucks. When the crew parked the Herk and shut down its engines,
  • The 166th Airlift Wing C-130H2 flight simulator: An essential training tool

    Visitors to the Delaware Air National Guard Base often overlook the tan-colored block of a building sitting alone behind the maintenance hangar at the top of Spruance Drive. Inside this windowless structure resides the base’s C-130H2 Hercules flight simulator.The building’s interior is painted flat black. Encircled by whiteboards, conference tables
  • 166th Security Forces Squadron earns two Outstanding SF awards

    The Air National Guard recently recognized two 166th Security Forces Squadron Airmen with coveted 2019 Outstanding Security Forces individual awards.
  • 166th Airlift Wing fuel cell maintainers: High places and tiny spaces aren’t for the faint of heart

    This is part three in a series, The Wind Beneath Our Wing, stories of our 166th Maintenance Group Airmen.
  • 166th Airlift Wing Welcomes Center of Influence Members

    Members of Delaware National Guard’s Center of Influence visited the 166th Airlift Wing to learn more about the Delaware Air National Guard during a base tour on October 31, 2019.
  • The Air Force’s Crystal Ball: The 166th Airlift Wing tests CBM+ to prognosticate aircraft maintenance needs

    (Editor’s note: This is part two in a series, The Wing Beneath Our Wing, stories of our 166th Maintenance Group Airmen). Proven effective by Delta Airlines and the commercial airline industry, Conditions-Based Maintenance Plus (CBM+) uses predictive analytics to portend part failures and maintenance issues before they arise – sometimes before the
  • 166th Maintenance Operations Flight: Behind the curtain work the wizards of wing operations

    (Editor’s note: This is part one in a series, The Wing Beneath Our Wing, stories of our 166th Maintenance Group Airmen. The gatekeepers of wing operations, the MOF manages every detail of aircraft maintenance, operations and training. From coordinating fuel to propulsion to parts, the MOF directs the planning, scheduling and maintenance of our
  • 166th Airlift Wing Hosts Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Event

    The 166th Airlift Wing hosted a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Event at the Hilton Double Tree in Wilmington, Del., Aug. 12, 2019. The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, a federally-mandated program, encompasses a cooperative network of military services, veteran service organizations, federal and state governmental departments and other
  • Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester Visits the 166th Airlift Wing

    Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester visited the 166th Airlift Wing Aug. 5, 2019 after completing a tour of the New Castle County Airport. The purpose of the visit was to introduce Blunt Rochester to the base, its mission sets and deployments, and to discuss legislative priorities. She was also briefed by senior leaders on the capabilities of the
  • Dover Does Right By Our Fallen Heroes

    There is a palpable sense of veneration upon first entering the lobby of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations center, here at Dover Air Force Base. The gracefully bowed and lofty glass ceiling, the heavenly lighting, the tile and marble accents speak to the solemnity of the mission. The memorial wall – its central feature – punctuates the