PCS Guide: 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Del.
By Senior Airman Anne Gathua, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 05, 2012
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - --
Dover Air Force Base is located in the "First State," and the center of the Delmarva -- Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia -- peninsula. Dover AFB is home to the 436th Airlift Wing, known as the "Eagle Wing" and the 512th Airlift Wing, our Air Force Reserve associate--referred to as the "Liberty Wing." Together, these two wings make up the "Dover Team."
The 436th Airlift Wing is the active duty military host unit at Dover AFB, which provides command and staff supervision, along with support functions, for assigned airlift providing worldwide movement of outsized cargo and personnel on scheduled, special assignment, exercise and contingency airlift missions.
The "Eagle Wing" is a subordinate of 18th Air Force headquartered with the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The Eagle Wing consists of operations, maintenance, mission support and medical groups and 14 staff divisions. The wing has more than 4,000 active-duty military and civilian employees.
Home to the C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, the Eagle Wing flies hundreds of missions throughout the world and provides 25 percent of the Nation's strategic airlift capability, projecting global reach to over 100 countries around the globe.
Dover AFB operates the largest and busiest air freight terminal in the Defense Department and is also home to the Air Mobility Command Museum, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year. The Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs is the DOD's largest joint-service mortuary facility and the only one located in the continental United States.
(Dover AFB history and information are gathered from historical facts. Courtesy of the 17th Training Wing Public Affairs.)