Team Dover airmen and distinguished visitors attended a ground breaking ceremony for a new quad-style dormitory July 21.


    Team Dover airmen and distinguished visitors attended a ground breaking ceremony for a new quad-style dormitory July 21.

    Col. Steven Harrison, 436th Airlift Wing commander; Col. Randal Bright, 512th Airlift Wing commander; U.S. Sen. Tom Carper; U.S. Rep. Mike Castle; Senior Airman Carey Davis, 436th Operations Support Squadron, Dorm 401 and 402 council president; Pete Ksenich, Kent Construction; and Mike Wheedleton, of Davis, Bowen and Friedel Inc., dug in their shovels to officially break ground on Dover’s newest dormitory.

    “This is exciting, it’s like waiting to see your brand new home being built,” said Airman 1st Class James Burns of the 436th Mission Support Squadron. “I believe the new dorms will be a great environment to live in, helping to improve morale.”

    The building plan, called Dorms-4-Airmen, will house close to 150 service members through the rank of senior airman. The dorm is the first of its kind on Dover Air Force Base although the dormitory style is in use at other installations throughout the Air Force.

    Airmen living in the quad-style dorms each will get their own room and bathroom and?will share a living room and kitchen between every four members. The current dormitory rooms share a bathroom with a living room area per floor or building.

    “The blend of private and communal resources provides our airmen with a much larger living space overall,” said Harrison. “It is similar to apartment living and will give our airmen quality living spaces commensurate with the important jobs they do every day to protect our nation.”

    The $14 million four-person apartment-style dormitory is scheduled for completion in spring 2010.

    “This is definitely worth the wait,” Davis said. “As an airman living in the dorms, I feel appreciated by wing leadership who are making this happen for us.”