2017 Year in Review

Martin Garcia, the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron lead firefighter, rolls up a fire hose during the Ray Rangel Remembrance Muster Feb. 13, 2017, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Dyess Airmen participated in a firefighter geared workout to challenge the physical strength and endurance that is used during an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Noel Cheeseboro, 7th Security Forces member, walks through a mud pit with a jug of water and an ammo can during a resupply challenge March, 11, 2017, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The Top Defender Challenge tested the 7th SFS member’s ability to work together as two-man teams to accomplish different tasks. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tricia Bruton)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 7th Security Forces Squadron march back to the squadron after completing the Top Defender Challenge March, 11, 2017, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The event was designed to determine the best two-man team leading up to Air Force Global Strike Challenge. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tricia Bruton)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brennen Fletcher, left, and Senior Airman Cameron Taylor, both, 7th Security Force Squadron military working dog handlers, pose with their dogs Ddewey, left, and Ppirro after winning the Top Defender Challenge. Fletcher and Taylor were selected the 7th SFS top two-man team after beating out 10 teams. (U.A. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Mayfield)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jorge Arroyo, 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic, left, receives guidance on tool management and accountability from fellow LRS vehicle mechanic Airman 1st Class Isaiah Hyler, right, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 23, 2017. Each vehicle mechanic has their own personally identifiable chip, which is swapped for a tool the mechanic needs for accountability purposes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April Lancto)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Trevor A. Taylor-Tillet, contingency support cell NCO in charge, and SrA Daxton Perkins, contracting specialist, both assigned to the 7th Contracting Squadron, compete in a bean bag toss during the 2017 Air Force Assistance Fund kickoff at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 24, 2017. AFAF project officers set up the game for Airmen who attended the event to support the campaign, which uses donations to help Airmen and their families with emergencies, educational assistance and family support. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amn Kylee Thomas/ Released)
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U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-TX, bids farewell to senior Dyess leaders April 12, 2017, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Upon his departure, the congressman was given a flight streamer, coin and unit patch from the 7th Bomb Wing and 317th Airlift Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katherine Miller)
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brennen Fletcher, 7th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, tests his dog’s obedience with a ball at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 12, 2017. MWDs are trained to protect their handler while working to detect explosives or drugs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Mayfield)
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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 18, 2017. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the senator with the base and its mission sets, get a glimpse at a day in the life of Team Dyess Airmen and meet with Abilene community leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kedesha Pennant)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chance Barfield, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, toward the runway for his B-1B Lancer familiarization flight at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 19, 2017. During his visit, Bussiere, was given the opportunity to fly in the B-1 to understand the bomber’s critical role in security and deterrence while at home and abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)
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Volunteers serve barbecue to military members at the Abilene Civic Center, Abilene, Texas, April 22, 2017. The free meal for military members and their families include a range of barbeque options, beans, coleslaw and more to thank them for their service to the country and local community. (U.S. Photo by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Van Syoc)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Alan Boling, 8th Air Force command chief, receives a Wing Mission Briefing May 2, 2017 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Boling spent two days touring the base to better understand Dyess’ key role in supporting the Mighty Eighth’s mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katherine Miller)
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Members of the 40th Airlift Squadron line up to walk through the flight line entry control point at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2017. The 40th AS will be replacing the 39th AS in Afghanistan to continue conducting tactical airlift missions. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Guerrero)
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Members of the 40th Airlift Squadron step onto the flight line at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 6, 2017.  40th AS Airmen were sent to Afghanistan to maintain combat-delivery and airlift capabilities for U.S and coalition forces in the region. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Guerrero)
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From left to right, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Clements Dorsey, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Prevention craftsman, and Staff Sgt. Jared Weeks 7th Civil Engineering Squadron Fire Prevention crew chief, participate in a group-training exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, May 22, 2017. In addition to using water to extinguish fires, firefighters may use foam to prevent the fire from getting oxygen, resulting in the suppression of the fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katherine Miller)
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Members from the Dyess Air Force Base Honor Guard preform a firing party at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Abilene, Texas, May 29, 2017. The firing party is used to honor fallen service members by firing 3 volleys into the air over the service member’s head. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Austin Mayfield)
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The Abilene Fire Department team flips a tire during Battle of the Badges at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 10, 2017. Battle of the Badges is an event which brings together emergency response forces from Abilene and Dyess AFB to build comradery and partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April Lancto)
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The Abilene Police Department team wins the first Battle of the Badges at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 10, 2017.  The competing teams included: the Abilene Police Department, Abilene Fire Department and Dyess AFB Fire Department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April Lancto)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the 7th Munitions Squadron, complete a bomb build as the final event in the 2017 Global Strike Challenge at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 13, 2017. During the competition, 7th MUNS crew members built Joint Direct Attack Munitions and manufactured them on a munitions assembly conveyor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)
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A B-1B Lancer parks, while another taxis down the runway during weapons integration at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., June 14, 2017. In the final week of integration, the mission takes four days to review, prepare, plan and execute. To complete this three hour mission, 40 hours is invested by each participant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shannon Hall)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgts. Dominic Garcia (left), 7th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management journeyman and Joshua Oliver, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal journeyman (right), prepare for a training exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, June 29, 2017. Emergency management personnel often participate in exercises with EOD to show them first-hand what they can expect when in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 317th Airlift Wing render a salute during the 317th AW activation ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 6, 2017. The 317th AW supports the Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff and higher headquarter taskings, and reports to the 18th Air Force at Scott AFB, Ill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April Lancto)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Hodge, right, 317th Airlift Group commander, is awarded the Legion of Merit by Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, 18th Air Force commander, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 6, 2017. The Legion of Merit is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services. The performance recognizes key individuals for service rendered in a clearly exceptional manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)
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Members of Dyess Honor Guard present the colors during the 317th Airlift Wing activation ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 6, 2017. Col. David Owens assumed command of the 317th AW, which is now comprised of two groups and five squadrons: the 317th Operations Group,317th Maintenance Group  39th Airlift Squadron, 40th Airlift Squadron, 317th Operations Support Squadron, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and 317th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Copeland)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Stephen Hodge, 317th Airlift Group commander, speaks to Dyess Airmen, family members and civic leaders at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 6, 2017. Hodge was awarded the Legion of Merit for his contributions and accomplishments while commanding the 317th AG and then relinquished command to Col. David Owens. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexander Guerrero)
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Group stand in formation during the 317th Airlift Wing activation ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, July 6, 2017. In addition to Team Dyess members, civic leaders, community partners, distinguished guests and family members attended the deactivation of the 317th AG and activation of the 317th AW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kedesha Pennant)
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Texas Congressmen visit Dyess Air Force Base
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Texas Congressmen visit Dyess Air Force Base
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End of watch: Detective Elise Ybarra
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436th Training Squadron celebrates centennial
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Col. Brandon Parker hosts first commander’s call as 7th BW commander
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Dyess Airmen deploy to Africa
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Dyess Airmen remember lives lost on 9/11
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317th Airlift Wing vital to Hurricane Irma relief efforts
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Team Dyess pays tribute to POW/MIAs on Remembrance Day
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Team Dyess, Abilene community leaders attend 70th anniversary AF Ball
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317th Airlift Wing vital to Hurricane Irma relief efforts
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317th Airlift Wing receives newest C-130J Super Hercules
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317th Airlift Wing receives newest C-130J Super Hercules
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Fit for a King: C-130J pilot wins 2017 Dutch Huyser award
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Dyess hosts first ever Total Force Leadership Development Program
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Walking through history: EHRI director visits Dyess and LAMB
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Walking through history: EHRI director visits Dyess and LAMB
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Dyess hosts first Flight Commander’s Course
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A C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flight line, Dec. 1, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
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Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders visit Dyess
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Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders visit Dyess
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Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders visit Dyess
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Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders visit Dyess
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Dyess participates in USAFWS Joint Forcible Entry 17B
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Dyess participates in USAFWS Joint Forcible Entry 17B
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DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Dyess Airmen, friends and families rush to a C-130J Super Hercules to greet returning deployers at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2017. More than 50 Airmen and four C-130s returned to Dyess after supporting operations in Africa and Germany for four months.