In Pursuit of “Pancho” Villa: The Delaware National Guard’s 1916 Mexican Border Service

In 1916, Mexican Revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa, led a raid against the U.S.-Mexican border town of Columbus, New Mexico. The U.S. government sent U.S. Army General John J. Pershing to capture Villa in an unsuccessful nine-month incursion into Mexican sovereign territory that ended when the United States entered World War I. Among Pershing’s troops were members of the Delaware National Guard. On Saturday, August 20, at 10:30 a.m. General Kennard Wiggins, Jr., USA, (Ret.), will be presenting a program at the Delaware Public Archives about the Delaware troops who served in this campaign. This presentation, a Delaware World War I Centennial Event, is sponsored jointly by the Delaware Public Archives and the Delaware Heritage Commission. Copies of General Wiggins’s new book, Delaware in World War I, will be available for purchase at the event, with a book-signing to follow.

General Wiggins, who retired from active duty in 2004, began his military service when he enlisted in the Delaware Air National Guard as a Reciprocating Aircraft Engine Mechanic in February, 1966. He served in a variety of assignments before he was commissioned in 1978 as the Public Affairs Officer with the 166th Airlift Group. He entered active duty in 1986, holding positions at Andrews Air Force Base. In 1997, he was assigned to duty at the Pentagon. General Wiggins is the author of illustrated histories of the Delaware Air National Guard, the Army National Guard, Dover Air Force Base, and Delaware Aviation. He was a contributing author to Histories of Newark, 1758-2008, and recently published his latest book, Delaware in World War I. Among other interests, he presently serves as vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation.

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 thomas.summers@delaware.gov.

The Delaware Public Archives is located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. On the second Saturday of every month the research room is open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Delaware Public Archives (DPA, archives.delaware.gov), an agency of the State of Delaware, is one of the oldest public archives programs in the United States. DPA serves the citizens of Delaware by identifying, collecting, and preserving public records of enduring historical and evidential value; ensuring access to public records for present and future generations; and advising and educating interested parties in the creation, management, use, and preservation of public records.


Department of State Accepting Comments on Regulations until October 1st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Heather Contant, Ombudsman
302-736-7564, Heather.Contant@delaware.gov

Dover, DE (August 8, 2016) – The Delaware Department of State held three public hearings last week, one in each county, as part of Governor Jack Markell’s effort to modify or eliminate regulations that may be outdated or unnecessarily burdensome. Members of the public are still encouraged to submit comments online until October 1, 2016.

Department of State agencies with regulations subject to review include:

• Human Relations Commission
• Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
• Division of Arts
• State Banking Commissioner
• Boards and Commissions of the Division of Professional Regulation
• Public Service Commission

The public is also invited to comment on any policies or programs within the Department of State including the Division of Archives, Division of Corporations, Commission of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of State’s Office. Please see http://sos.delaware.gov/divisions.shtml for a complete listing of agencies associated with the Department of State.

Comments can be submitted online or by sending mail to:

Regulatory Comments
Office of the Secretary
Delaware Department of State
401 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

“It is extremely important that the public is involved in this process,” Secretary of State Jeff Bullock stated. “We want to hear from folks who have experienced the effect of these regulations and see how we can make the process more efficient.”

The Regulatory Flexibility Act provides an opportunity for state agencies such as the Department of State to review regulations on their books, and streamline or eliminate those that might be outdated, inconsistent or no longer serve their intended purpose. After formal comment, the Department will consider the input received in addition to its own evaluation and begin the process for amending or repealing regulations accordingly.

“This review process provides us with the opportunity to evaluate how we can make our existing regulations more efficient,” said Secretary of State Jeff Bullock. “We look forward to receiving specific and thoughtful comments from the public and business community in this effort.”

The Department of State’s regulatory review is being conducted in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (29 Del. C., Ch. 104, § 10407). This Act provides an opportunity for the Department to review regulations on the books, and streamline or eliminate those that might be outdated, inconsistent or no longer serve their intended purpose. After October 1st, when all comments are received, the Department will consider the public’s input in addition to its own evaluation and begin the process for amending or repealing regulations accordingly.

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Reminder: Department of State Announces Public Hearing Schedule for Review of Agency Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Heather Contant, Ombudsman
302-736-7564, Heather.Contant@delaware.gov

Dover, DE (July 29, 2016) – The Delaware Department of State would like to remind people that it will hold public hearings next week in all three counties as part of Governor Jack Markell’s effort to strengthen Delaware’s economy by modernizing and streamlining regulations that may be outdated or unnecessarily burdensome, while maintaining the state’s commitment to improving public health and environmental performance.
The Department of State’s public hearings are being conducted in accordance with Regulatory Flexibility Act (29 Del. C., Ch. 104, § 10407). Agencies with regulations subject to review include:

• Human Relations Commission
• Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
• Division of Arts
• State Banking Commissioner
• Boards and Commissions of the Division of Professional Regulation
• Public Service Commission

The public is also invited to comment on any policies or programs within the Department of State including the Division of Archives, Division of Corporations, Commission of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of State’s Office.

The Department’s hearings are scheduled for:

· Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, 12:30pm, at the Carvel State Office Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19803
· Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, 12:30pm, Secretary of State’s conference room, Townsend Building, 401 Federal Street, Dover, DE 19901
· Thursday, Aug 4, 2016, 12:30pm, at the Georgetown Public Library,123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE 19947

The Regulatory Flexibility Act provides an opportunity for state agencies such as the Department of State to review regulations on their books, and streamline or eliminate those that might be outdated, inconsistent or no longer serve their intended purpose. After formal comment, the Department will consider the input received in addition to its own evaluation and begin the process for amending or repealing regulations accordingly.

“This review process provides us with the opportunity to evaluate how we can make our existing regulations more efficient,” said Secretary of State Jeff Bullock. “We look forward to receiving specific and thoughtful comments from the public and business community in this effort.”

In addition to participating in the public hearings, members of the public are also encouraged to submit comments online. Comments relative to the Regulatory Flexibility Act will be accepted through October 1, 2016.

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Los Efectos de la Guerra Fría en la Base Aérea de Dover y las Comunidad Vecinas

El gobernador Carvel (izquierda) bautizando el “Diamond State Tanker” con el sargento (en inglés Staff Sgt.) Goodin en el Día de las Fuerzas Armadas en la Base Aérea de Dover el 25 de mayo de 1961.
El gobernador Carvel (izquierda) bautizando el “Diamond State Tanker” con el sargento (en inglés Staff Sgt.) Goodin en el Día de las Fuerzas Armadas en la Base Aérea de Dover el 25 de mayo de 1961.

La Base Aérea de Dover ha sido la piedra angular de Dover, Delaware por más de 60 años. Poco se sabe del impacto que tuvo la base en las comunidades a su alrededor. El sábado 6 de agosto a las 10:30 a.m. Eric Czerwinski, sargento maestro retirado de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos, hará una presentación en los Archivos Públicos de Delaware sobre la influencia de la Base Aérea de Dover en el crecimiento del área durante la época posterior a la Segunda Guerra Mundial. El desarrollo de Dover y Camden fue inmensamente afectado por el crecimiento de la Base de Dover durante los años de la Guerra Fría. La necesidad de alojar a los soldados y civiles fue la fuerza que guio el desarrollo en estas comunidades. Se vieron nuevas subdivisiones de terrenos en todas partes y por primera vez el enfoque comercial inició su travesía desde el centro a la franja del centro comercial. Esta presentación revelará cómo el crecimiento de la Base de Dover durante el periodo de la Guerra Fría de los años cincuenta cambió la imagen del Condado de Kent permanentemente.

Eric Czerwinski se retire de las Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos como sargento maestro después de 20 años de servicio. Obtuvo su licenciatura en historia del Wesley College y completó su maestría en preservación histórica en la Universidad Estatal de Delaware en el 2013. Actualmente sirve como instructor adjunto de historia en el Wesley College.

Este es un evento gratuito, completamente en inglés y no necesita reservaciones. Los Archivos Públicos de Delaware están ubicados en el 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North en Dover. La sala de investigación Mabel Lloyd Ridgely está abierta al público de lunes a viernes en horario de 8 a.m. a 4:15 p.m. El segundo sábado de cada mes, la sala de investigación está abierta de 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Los Archivos de Delaware (DPA por su nombre en inglés, archives.delaware.gov, es una agencia del Estado de Delaware y es uno de los programas de archivo más antiguos en los Estados Unidos. DPA sirve a los residentes de Delaware identificando, coleccionando y preservando los registros públicos de evidente valor histórico; asegurando el acceso a los registros públicos para las generaciones presentes y futuras; y educando a los interesados en la creación, manejo, uso y preservación de los registros públicos.


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

Governor Carvel (on the left) christening “Diamond State Tanker” with Staff Sgt. Goodin, Armed Forces Day, Dover Air Force Base, May 25, 1961
Governor Carvel (on the left) christening “Diamond State Tanker” with Staff Sgt. Goodin on 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 at (302) 744-5047 or e-mail
thomas.summers@delaware.gov.

The Delaware Public Archives is located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard North in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. On the second Saturday of every month the research room is open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Delaware Public Archives (DPA, archives.delaware.gov), an agency of the State of Delaware, is one of the oldest public archives programs in the United States. DPA serves the citizens of Delaware by identifying, collecting, and preserving public records of enduring historical and evidential value; ensuring access to public records for present and future generations; and advising and educating interested parties in the creation, management, use, and preservation of public records.