Abilene leaders tour Dyess Air Force Base

Abilene leaders tour Dyess Air Force Base

Members of Leadership Abilene take a group photo in front of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 16, 2018. The group had the opportunity to tour multiple facilities on the base such as explosive ordnance disposal, the air traffic control tower and the B-1B Lancer simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Guerrero)

Abilene leaders tour Dyess Air Force Base

Taylor Sturgis, a member of Leadership Abilene, tries on a bomb suit at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 16, 2018. During their visit with the explosive ordnance disposal flight, the group had the chance to see different equipment such as protective gear, robots and weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

Abilene leaders tour Dyess Air Force Base

Airmen from the Civil Engineer Squadron teach Elyse Lewis, a member of Leadership Abilene, about various equipment used by the explosive ordnance disposal flight at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March 16, 2018. While touring, members of the group learned about what EOD members do during deployments and how they assist local bomb squads in the surround communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kylee Thomas)

Abilene leaders tour Dyess Air Force Base

Members of Leadership Abilene fly on a C-130J Super Hercules for a familiarization flight at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March, 16, 2018. A familiarization flight is used to teach military and civilian partners on the global capabilities of the C-130 such as troop movement, humanitarian mission and cargo transportation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

Abilene leaders tour Dyess Air Force Base

Members of Leadership Abilene walk onto a C-130J Super Hercules for a familiarization flight at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, March, 16, 2018. The Abilene, Texas Chamber of Commerce select several key community leaders a year to participate in Leadership Abilene. Through the program, the members receive the opportunity to visit and tour Dyess as the base is integral to the community partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Copeland)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

On Friday, approximately 25 Leadership Abilene members toured Dyess Air Force Base to understand what the Airmen do on a day-to-day basis to accomplish the mission.

Every year, participants from multiple city organizations are selected to take part in Leadership Abilene, a program sponsored by the Abilene Chamber of Commerce that develops strong community leaders. The tour gives members of the group the opportunity to learn about the relations between Dyess and the city of Abilene.

“The purpose is to take various up and coming community leaders and train them on the city of Abilene and the relationship we have with Dyess,” said Laurin Kocurek, a member of Leadership Abilene.

Throughout their visit, Airmen from the 7th Bomb Wing and the 317th Airlift Wing were able to showcase the Dyess mission and the daily operations of the C-130J Super Hercules and the B-1B Lancer. The group toured various facilities such as explosive ordnance disposal, the B-1 simulator and the air traffic control tower.

“I am so glad I got this opportunity to be able to learn more about the operations of the base,” said Elyse Lewis, a Leadership Abilene participant. “I really enjoyed our tour through EOD and getting to learn about the equipment used as well as being able to try on the 80 pound bomb suit.”

This tour, which takes place annually, includes a new group of civic leaders every time.                                                                                      

Inviting Leadership Abilene to visit Team Dyess highlights the long standing partnership between the base and the city.

“I think Abilene has a great relationship with Dyess,” Kocurek said. “The city wants the base to come to all of our events and we want the Airmen to be a part of our programs. As a community we really feel the base is a key part of Abilene.”