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Honorary Air Force Commanders Inspire Community Engagement

Division of Liberal Arts Director Dr. Matt Wilson was recently inducted as an honorary commander at Dover Air Force Base.

The program was established to partner the commanders of Dover AFB with Delaware’s distinguished community and political leaders. Dr. Wilson is assigned to the 436th Communications Squadron, where he uses his expertise to help engage military and civilian communities in Kent County.

“By building and strengthening community relationships, commanders and honorary commanders can positively impact their community,” Dr. Wilson says.

The 436th Airlift Wing has a proud history, tracing its roots back to the 436th Troop Carrier Group of World War II fame that activated at Baer Field, Indiana, on April 1, 1943. Flying the C-47 Skytrain and based out of Bottesford, and later, Membury, England, the 436th TCG participated in four major airborne operations prior to the Allied victory in May 1945. Known as the Eagle Wing, the 436th TCG is now based at Dover and operates the largest and busiest aerial port in the Department of Defense.

— Eileen Smith Dallabrida

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