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The Cold War’s Effect on Dover Air Force Base and its Surrounding Communities

Written on: July 22nd, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

Photo of Governor Carvel christening “Diamond State Tanker” with Staff Sgt. Goodin, Dover Air Force Base, May 25, 1961

Governor Carvel (on the left) christening “Diamond State Tanker” with
Staff Sgt. Goodin
Armed Forces Day,
Dover Air Force Base,
May 25, 1961

Dover Air Force Base has been a cornerstone of Dover, Delaware for over 60 years. What is little understood is the impact the base has had on the communities that surround it. On Saturday, August 6, at 10:30 a.m. MSgt Eric Czerwinski, USAF, (Retired) will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about Dover AFB’s influence on the growth of the local area during the post-World War II era. The development of Dover and Camden were immeasurably affected by the growth of Dover AFB during the Cold War years. The need to house airmen and civilians became a driving force in the development of these local communities. New subdivisions sprouted up everywhere and for the first time, the commercial focus began its journey from downtown to the strip mall. This program will reveal how the fabric of Kent County was permanently changed by the growth of Dover AFB during the Cold War period of the 1950s.

Eric Czerwinski retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant after 20 years of service. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Wesley College and completed his Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation at Delaware State University in 2013. Currently, he serves as an adjunct Instructor of History at Wesley College.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

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