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Enlighten Me: New commander at Dover Air Force Base

Delaware Public Media

Dover Air Force Base recently welcomed new leadership when Col. Matthew Husemann took command of the 436th Airlift Wing.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Joe Irizarry introduces us to the new commander

Delaware Public Media's Joe Irizarry interviews Dover Air Force Base commander Col. Matthew Husemann

A familiar face is in command of the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base.

Col. Matthew Husemann took over earlier this year in June, and he’s no stranger to Dover.

This is his third stint at the base. He was previously a C-5M Super Galaxy evaluator aircraft commander with the 9th Airlift Squadron, an operations officer with the 436th Operations Support Squadron, and as commander of both the 436th Force Support and 9th Airlift Squadrons.

Husemann comes back to Dover after serving as vice commander at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Husemann says Dover is home for him.

"Delaware is like family to me," said Husemann. "This is the third time I've been stationed here. We started here as a family as young lieutenants. I had my first daughter here, and it's just coming home."

Col. Matthew Husemann Dover Air Force Base
Master Sgt. Chuck Broadway
Col. Matthew Husemann, 436th Airlift Wing commander, during assumption of command ceremony on June 4, 2021.

He adds the community is so welcoming and cares about the base, calling it the best community he’s served in.

Husemann notes in this position he gets to talk and work with other community and state leaders to help make the base and Delaware better.

His goals in Dover are clear.

"As airmen that we can take care of each other, that we can work for each other's families, that as we're out rocking this mission across the globe that were able to know that our family members and that our
friends are being taken care of back here at home in Dover and across this Delaware community that we live in," said Husemann. "That's one of the main goals and to continue to strengthen the relationship with our downtown partners."

He adds their first focus is to look at their mission to deliver and take care of airmen around the globe.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.