Milford’s Charles Gray and Eric Williams were officially inducted into Team Dover’s honorary commander program during a special ceremony that was held on February 8 at the Air Mobility Command Museum. In all, thirty-four civic and business leaders were accepted into the program which began in 1992.
Team Dover’s honorary commander program matches leaders from across the state of Delaware with base commanders from the 436th Airlift Wing, 512th Airlift Wing, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, Joint Personal Effects Depot and the 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 3 to help them better understand Dover’s mission. The program also allows base commanders and their units to learn more about local leaders and businesses in the community.
“This program is intriguing because it gives us the opportunity to share our mission and Airmen with the community that supports us,” said Col. Rick Moore, 436 Airlift Wing commander. “We’re thrilled for this year’s class and we hope they will find it as enriching as we do”.
Charles Gray, employed by Kent County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in Dover, has served as a coordinator and President of Milford Community Parades, Inc., for more than twenty-nine years. The not-for-profit organization has organized the annual parade that has drawn upwards of 30,000 spectators and more than 1,500 participants to the Milford community. As Director of Sales for Kent County Tourism, Charles works collectively with hotels, restaurants and attractions to promote Kent County’s hidden gems and popular sites for overnight stays for business and leisure. Charles is excited about his opportunity to share his Tourism experiences with Lt. Colonel Rader and illustrate how Tourism works to personify the great assets of Kent County and Delaware’s Capital Region.
“I am looking forward to learning as much as I can over the next year and to offer insight about our community to my partnering Commander,” commented Gray. “My father served in the National Guard as does my Nephew, currently serving through the Air National Guard. This allows me to share my experiences with them and to connect on another level of their life. I am looking forward to forging new friendships and becoming an ambassador to the community of all things great the base and its Commanders perform day in and day out.”
Eric Williams, originally from Newark, Delaware moved to the Greater Milford Area in 2007 and opened Milford’s first craft brewery, Mispillion River Brewing, in 2013. Eric is looking forward to working with the program to plan events that will build the relationship between military and civilian life and raise awareness about soldiers still fighting overseas.
“I hope that we can break down that wall between the military, civilians and businesses,” commented Williams. “Through our events we also plan to raise funds for a local organization that supports the military.”