Col. Michael W. Grismer Jr. likes what he sees when he looks over the men and women of Dover Air Force Base.
It’s the airmen and their families who make the base and its global airlift support mission so successful, he said in an email to the Dover Post.
“Without a doubt, the airmen make the mission, and I am impressed by what I see thus far,” he said. “These airmen look marvelous, and I look forward to serving alongside my Dover teammates and their families who make the mission happen.”
Grismer assumed command of the 436th Friday morning, in an ages-old military ceremony where leadership of the wing passed from outgoing commander Col. Richard G. Moore.
The ceremony was held as groups of airmen, lined up by unit, stood at attention, dressed in blue uniforms, a rarity in the wartime Air Force. The Dover AFB Honor Guard provided honors for the incoming and outgoing commanders, as well as for Lt. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander of the 18th Air Force, who presided over the ceremony.
Grismer comes to Dover from an assignment as vice commander of the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Moore, who has served at Dover since August 2012, is to move on as chief of the Air Force’s Global Mobility Division at the Pentagon.
The actual exchange of the 436th’s guidon − the pennant that serves as a military unit’s standard − was preceded by Everhart’s awarding Moore the Legion of Merit medal for exceptional service during his tenure as commander.
Everhart opened his remarks with an expansive tribute to the men and women of Dover AFB.
“Looking at Team Dover, it just fires me up!” he said.
Reflecting on the United States’ continuing military operations overseas, Grismer noted response to contingencies and support of any military effort will depend on the ability to rapidly move supplies and equipment to scenes of conflict.
That is Dover’s mission, first and foremost, he noted, adding the base’s airlift operations will continue to provide exemplary service.
“I have no doubt Team Dover will continue to enable combat power and deliver hope whenever we are called,” he said.