Flying High, Living Large
New transport planes, dormitories, control towers and other state-of-the-art updates make for exciting changes at Dover Air Force Base.
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Things are looking up at Dover Air Force Base as a number of major projects near completion.
For example, spacious new digs will soon provide airmen with a more gracious sense of home.
“The goal of the Air Force is quality,” says DAFB spokesman John Sclesky. “And if we expect a quality workforce, we have to start by providing the kind of accommodations that will achieve the highest level of quality possible.”
That means a whole new concept in on-base residential living that encompasses more of the comfort and privacy of mainstream apartment living.
“The housing project is formally named Dorm for Airmen Standard Apartment and is set up on a quad-living arrangement,” Sclesky explains.
That translates into civilian parlance as a four-bedroom apartment, each bedroom containing a private bath. The four individual bedrooms then open to a common kitchen and living room area, where a washer-dryer combination is also located.
It’s a big improvement over the current dorm configuration, where two bedrooms share a bath and the common areas must accommodate up to 150 residents.
“The initial 148-room complex is scheduled to be ready in March 2010,” Sclesky says. “And renovations on the remaining dorms to reflect the new residential standard will continue over the next five years, eventually accommodating all of the 500 to 600 on-base airmen.”
Situated on approximately 3,900 acres, DAFB represents some $5.7 billion in military resources. It is estimated the base’s economic impact exceeds $450 million covering a 50-mile radius, with about 2,300 outside jobs being maintained by the base’s operations.
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