Dyess Air Force Base is located in the southwest corner of Abilene in Taylor County, Texas, about 183 miles west of Dallas and 250 miles north of San Antonio. It is the center of a 22-county area called “The Big Country” and considered the economic hub of this part of the Lone Star State. Near the geographic center of Texas, Abilene is easily accessible by five major highways: Interstate 20, Highways 80 and 84 east and west, and Highways 83 and 277 north and south.
Dyess is a professional team, delivering bombing, airlift support, training and combat support to combatant commanders anytime, anywhere. The base trains all Air Force B-1 crews and is commonly referred to as the “Home of the B-1.” The total population of Dyess is nearly 27,000 personnel, including officers, enlisted, retirees, civilian employees and family members.
7th Bomb Wing
The 7th Bomb Wing is the host unit at Dyess Air Force Base. The Wing is one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bombardment wings in the U.S. Air Force, the other being the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. The Wing is responsible for providing combat-ready B-1B aircraft, crews and associate combat support for global engagement taskings, supervising 4,000 military and civilian personnel and managing the largest B-1B base and flying wing with 40 B-1 aircraft.
7th Operations Group
The 7th Operations Group is the operational flying component of the United States Air Force 7th Bomb Wing, stationed at Dyess. The group is responsible for executing global conventional bombing directed by proper command authority. It is the largest B-1B operations group comprised of 40 B-1s and 1,140 people assigned to four squadrons: the 9th and 28th Bomb Squadrons, 7th Operations Support Squadron and 436th Training Squadron.
9th Bomb Squadron
The 9th Bomb Squadron maintains combat readiness to deliver rapid, decisive airpower on a large scale in support of conventional warfare taskings. Squadron experts provide warfighting commanders with the best in maintenance support, operational aircrews and B-1B aircraft. The squadron repairs, services, launches, recovers and inspects 15 B-1 aircraft capable of sustained intercontinental missions and world-wide deployment/employment from forward operating locations. The 9 BS is the oldest active bomb squadron in the Air Force today.
28th Bomb Squadron
The 28th Bomb Squadron is the largest bomb squadron in the Air Force and the largest flying squadron in the command. Its primary mission is to provide all B-1 initial qualification, re-qualification and instructor upgrade training for Air Combat Command. The squadron determines, evaluates and implements formal training requirements to qualify crewmembers in long-range day and night, all-weather and air-to-ground attack. Each year the squadron trains more than 200 B-1 crewmembers from active-duty and Air National Guard B-1 units. The unit services, launches, recovers, repairs and inspects 25 B-1 aircraft. The squadron also maintains conventional combat readiness supporting higher headquarters contingency taskings worldwide.
7th Operations Support Squadron
The 7th Operations Support Squadron is responsible for B-1 combat effectiveness. The squadron directs wing flight operations, conventional mission planning, combat tactics, airfield management, aircrew training, exercise scheduling, aircraft scheduling, weapons and tactics standardization, intelligence integration, war plans, deployment planning, weather support, small computer support, simulator training, air traffic control, maintenance analysis, mobility processing and wing life support functions.
436th Training Squadron
The 436th Training Squadron provides formal training to Air Combat Command using 15 schools at Dyess and 38 other programs exported directly to units for local training needs. Training includes command and control, air, ground and weapons safety, Air Force Operations Resource Management System, classroom instructor training, Air Force Mission Support System administration, mission planning cell training, life support and survival, and computer software use and development. The squadron also develops multimedia and formal presentations used in training program development and formal presentations. Multimedia personnel are based at Dyess, and deploy worldwide to perform their mission. Unit products and services are used throughout DOD.
7th Mission Support Group
7th Civil Engineering Squadron
The 7th Civil Engineer Squadron maintains and repairs all base facilities, conducts disaster preparedness training, manages all fire protection and prevention activities, manages base environmental programs and handles housing responsibilities for accompanied and unaccompanied personnel.
7th Contracting Squadron
The 7th Contracting Squadron solicits and awards more than 20,000 contracts worth more than $35 million annually. It is also responsible for handling contracts covering operations and maintenance construction, services, supplies and environmental contracting for the wing including all deployed units and forces. The staff also provides emergency contracting operations during global contingency deployments and responds to support combat missions worldwide.
7th Communications Squadron
The 7th Communications Squadron provides communications-electronics maintenance on meteorological and navigational aid systems, a Doppler weather radar and land mobile and air traffic control radios. They also provide information systems services including computer network, telephone and mail support, and protection and planning for all communications and information systems. The unit provides visual information services including graphic, photographic and video support.
7th Logistics Readiness Squadron
The 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron provides home-base logistics support as well as mobility support of deployed forces. The unit provides supplies, equipment and fuel to all base units, receiving and storing more than 388,000 pieces of property valued at more than $211 million. It fulfills the base’s transportation requirements, managing and maintaining 588 vehicles, operation of the base taxi fleet, aircrew transportation, personal property shipments and recalling and training ready-augmentation-duty force personnel to support deployment exercises, inspections and contingencies. The unit provides more than 4 million gallons of aviation and ground fuels to all government vehicles and aircraft. It provides all contingency and peacetime deployment planning and execution, war reserve materiel management, base support planning and support agreement management.
7th Security Forces Squadron
The 7th Security Forces Squadron protects operational resources on the flightline and patrols the entire base in a law enforcement role. They conduct law enforcement and force protection for a population of 8,500 on a 7,016-acre base. The unit maintains a continuous presence in Southwest Asia and keeps several mobility teams in peak readiness for worldwide contingency deployment. The squadron also functions as a base and local community support agency providing services such as pass and registration, combat arms training, armory, investigations, military working dogs and drug abuse resistance education for students.
7th Force Support Squadron
The 7th Force Support Squadron provides activities such as food service, lodging, child care, clubs, skills development, auto skills, bowling, fitness center, community center, outdoor recreation equipment rental, golf, tennis, veterinary clinic, library, barber shop, youth center and mortuary service. The unit manages programs geared to the health and welfare of the entire base. The squadron is the focal point for military and civilian personnel matters, education services, family support issues and professional military education. The unit supports military and civilian employees, family members and retirees assigned to or supported by Dyess.
7th Maintenance Group
7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
The 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron provides combat-ready B-1 aircraft and trained aircraft maintenance and weapons load personnel to support JCS taskings for show of force missions and to destroy America’s enemies — anytime, anywhere. It performs organizational-level maintenance of aircraft and armament subsystems. The unit also provides support for the B-1 Flight Training Unit, Operational Test and Evaluation program and Weapons Instructor Course.
7th Component Maintenance Sqaudron
The 7th Component Maintenance Squadron supports the wing’s global power and the AMC tenant’s global reach airlift missions. The unit performs on-and-off equipment maintenance on avionics, fuels, egress, pneudraulic, electro-environmental and propulsion systems on the B-1 aircraft and provides limited support to the 317th AG’s C-130 aircraft. It also manages a F101 Engine Regional Repair Center.
7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
The 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron provides on-and-off equipment aircraft maintenance assuring mission readiness for B-1s and C-130s to meet higher headquarter taskings. It maintains and delivers aerospace ground equipment, fabricates and installs components, performs time phased aircraft inspections and provides for crash recovery in a timely manner, whenever and wherever called.
7th Maintenance Operations Squadron
The 7th Maintenance Operations Squadron ensures the combat capability of 36 assigned B-1 aircraft to support combatant commander taskings by maintaining the health of the fleet, monitoring the quality of equipment maintenance, effectively scheduling aircraft utilization, coordinating programmed maintenance and ensuring efficient utilization of all wing maintenance assets. They provide training management for all wing maintenance and munitions personnel.
7th Munitions Squadron
The 7th Munitions Squadron is responsible for storing, maintaining and delivery of quality munitions and maintaining munitions release systems, assuring mission readiness for B-1 and C-130 aircraft to meet Secretary of Defense taskings.
7th Medical Group
The 7th Medical Group provides personalized health care through five military TRICARE Prime teams staffed by board-certified family practice physicians, flight surgeons, pediatricians, internists, general medical officers, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The facility boasts specialty clinics for optometry, mental health and general surgery.
Additional services include immunizations, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy and pharmacy.
7th Medical Support Squadron
7th Aeromedical/Dental Squadron
7th Medical Operations Squadron
317th Airlift Group
The 317th Airlift Group comes under the operational control of 18th Air Force and Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
39th Airlift Squadron
The 39th Airlift Squadron maintains quality aircrew and aircraft to mobilize, deploy and provide intratheater airlift worldwide for Department of Defense customers. The men and women of the 39 AS support theater commanders’ requirements with combat-delivery capability through tactical airland and airdrop operations as well as humanitarian efforts and aeromedical evacuation. With 227 members, the squadron provides approximately 45 combat-ready aircrew and maintenance for 16 assigned aircraft.
40th Airlift Squadron
The mission of the 40th Airlift Squadron is to maintain quality aircrew and aircraft to mobilize, deploy and provide intratheater airlift worldwide for Department of Defense customers. The men and women of the 40 AS support theater commanders’ requirements with combat-delivery capability through tactical airland and airdrop operations as well as humanitarian efforts and aeromedical evacuation. With a total of 146 personnel, the 40 AS maintains approximately 32 aircrews.
317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
The 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support the nation’s war-fighting capability by performing flightline maintenance on 28 assigned C-130Js, valued at $1.5 billion, accomplishing global reach missions under the auspices of the 317 AG, 18th Air Force and Air Mobility Command. Personnel spanning nine Air Force specialties, provide all aspects of flightline maintenance and are responsible for the health of their aircraft. Together they support the mission, “From the Ground Up.”
317th Maintenance Squadron
The 317th Maintenance Squadron support the nation’s warfighting capability by performing on- and off-equipment maintenance on 29 C-130H/J aircraft and components supporting the group’s global reach airlift mission. Backshop maintenance includes fuel cell, propulsion, isochronal inspection, aero repair of key flight control surfaces and landing gear components and propeller valve housing rebuild. The squadron partners with the host wing to provide crashed, damaged, disabled, aircraft recovery response worldwide.
317th Operations Support Squadron
The 317th Operations Support Squadron is responsible for C-130H/J combat effectiveness. The squadron directs flight operations, war plans, aircrew/aircraft scheduling, combat tactics, aircrew training, cargo delivery, deployment planning and execution, simulator training, mobility processing, maintenance analysis and aircrew flight equipment functions. The 317 OSS coordinates with the host wing for airfield management, weather support and air traffic control.
317th Maintenance Operations Squadron
The 317th Maintenance Squadron provides operations support for all airlift group maintenance squadrons. The 317 MOS provides management oversight on all fleet health issues, formulates plans, establishes procedures for and provides training to group maintenance personnel, directs logistics support for all group assigned aircraft/engines through engine management, plans and scheduling. The MOS also manages the maintenance operations center, analysis, quality assurance program for the group.
ACC Training Support Squadron
Detachment 14 is the Operations Training Development Team with the primary responsibility for all B-1B syllabi and courseware in the command. Its personnel provide exceptional courseware products, state-of-the-art computer-based training and first-rate support to the Formal Training Unit in training B-1B aircrew memembers.
337th Test and Evaluation Squadron
The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron is a part of the 53d Test and Evaluation Group of the 53d Wing. Its primary task is to test and evaluate modifications on the B-1 bomber, as well as to train future aircrews to fly upgraded B-1s. The 337th is based at Dyess, though it operates out of a number of bases throughout the United States.
77th Weapons Squadron
The 77th Weapons Squadron is a geographically separated unit of the 57th Wing, assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The mission of the squadron is to provide B-1 Lancer instructional flying.