Carper, Coons, Blunt Rochester Congratulate Dover Air Force Base on Outstanding Unit Award

WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del.) congratulated Dover Air Force Base for recently earning the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. The award citation recognized the 436th Airlift Wing for its operation of the Department of Defense’s largest aerial port, flying more than 8,900 C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III sorties and delivering more than 196 million pounds of cargo and transporting 37,000 passengers. This award reflects the wing’s outstanding service during the time period of Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2017.

Additionally, during this time period, the wing conducted the Air Force’s largest runway reconstruction project worth $114 million, which replaced 90-year-old infrastructure with new materials extending the life expectancy by at least 50 years.

“I am thrilled that the men and women of Team Dover have won this honor for their hard work and dedication to maintaining an excellent base,” said Senator Carper. “Maintaining the largest aerial port in the Department of Defense is no easy task, but these patriots continue to be successful at making Dover Air Force Base a superior military installation that the rest of the Air Force can emulate. Our congressional delegation will continue to support infrastructure improvements at the base so it can continue its important mission.”

“It’s wonderful to see the talented airmen and women of Dover Air Force Base recognized for their hard work and dedication to excellence as an Air Force Outstanding Unit,” said Senator Coons. “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I was proud to fight for continued investment. The outstanding men and women of Team Dover deserve nothing less.”

“No one is more deserving of this honor than the outstanding men and women of Team Dover,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “As a unit, their unmatched dedication is vital to maintaining a successful operation at Dover Air Force Base. We see the results of their hard work day in and day out, but it is great to see them garnering the national recognition that they merit.”

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is given to U.S. Air Force units that demonstrate exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement of national or international significance, combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States, or military operations involving conflict with or exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force. This is the 19th time Dover Air Force Base received this award.