AFIMSC Portrait: David Dower

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Serving Airmen and Guardians is important to David Dower.

“I am passionate about serving my country and the Airmen and Guardians who are working the frontlines protecting our freedom,” he said.

His 40-year career has given him the chance to serve many important Air Force missions: at Kelly AFB, Texas, he was a systems engineer in the largest distribution center in the world for aircraft parts; at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, he designed mechanized material handling systems; and at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, he designed infrastructure for the intercontinental ballistic missile mission. 

“I’ve been blessed with a very rewarding and challenging career filled with opportunities and good times,” he said. 

Today, David is serving the Space Force mission as a member of Detachment 1 at Peterson SFB, Colorado. He’s the project manager for all Space Systems Command installations and the lead engineer responsible for civil engineering support for all Space Force basing activities. 

“I get a lot of satisfaction assisting Space Force bases with facilities resources that support weapons systems,” he said. “It’s exciting to be a part of the new Spaceport range program.”

David recently facilitated a continuous process improvement team that led to project execution improvements.  

“The success of this CPI exercise will ensure funding is available for important projects and their execution meets critical deadlines,” he said. 

It’s not just about work for David, though. His proudest moments are getting married and becoming a father. He also recently won best of show with a 1982 custom Corvette he restored. He enjoys many activities including outdoor recreation, tutoring high school students in math, and helping his neighbors.  

Through it all, he’s always lived by one simple mantra: “If you say you can or you say you can’t, either way you are right.”