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Two B-1B Lancers sit on the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 19, 2016. Airmen assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron, part of the Air Force’s first and only B-1B Reserve unit, work with active-duty Airmen under Total Force Integration. Under TFI, active-duty and reserve Airmen work together to uphold the bomber mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kedesha Pennant) 489th MXS keeps aircraft “fit to fight”

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2016
According to the Dyess Chapel staff, those most at-risk for holiday depression include those who are unable to see friends and family over the holiday season. The staff encourages Airmen to look out for warning signs and encourage those they find displaying those signs to seek help. (U.S Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Van Syoc) Holiday blues: What they are, how to fight them
The winter and holiday season can create a wide variety of feelings in people: such as joy, warmth and generosity. While the holidays are celebrated by some as a time of giving and cheer, it can bring feelings of loneliness and depression in others. For some Airmen, especially those who are spending the holiday season away from family and friends,
0 12/22
2016
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason Jordan, 7th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician, retrieves the next meal to be delivered in Abilene, Texas, Dec. 15, 2016. Each volunteer delivers about 15 to 18 hot nutritious meals a day and a total of about 1,100 meal are delivered in one day by all the volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Mayfield)  Spreading joy, one meal at a time
The sounds of music fills the air with the same songs that have been played for many years, families and friends reunite and a bit of joy is in everyone, this must mean the holiday season is here. While many people are filled with the holiday spirit and are eager to spend time with their loved ones and de-stress from their typical work routine,
0 12/21
2016
A B-17E Flying Fortress sits on Hickam Field during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Dyess’ has a unique connection to Pearl Harbor that stems from the 88th Reconnaissance Squadron, which is now the 436th Training Squadron. Aircrew assigned to the 88th RS flew six B-17s during a scheduled mission to the Philippines to deliver aircraft. They were unknowingly attacked when entering Pearl Harbor to refuel the aircraft. They successfully evaded the Japanese attackers by showing the maneuverability of the B-17, repairing the damaged aircraft and eventually landing in Australia. (Courtesy photo)

The 88th RS: a Dyess connection to Pearl Harbor
On Dec. 7, 1941, at about 8 a.m., the sight of smoke and tracers in the air were in plain view for aircrew assigned to the 88th Reconnaissance Squadron as they were flying into Pearl Harbor. When they got a little closer, they realized areas on the island had been blown up and six aircraft were on fire. There were people scrambling to get to safety
0 12/09
2016
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Walter Frank, right, trains Airman 1st Class Xizhe Cui, both 7th Bomb Wing Dyess Honor Guardsmen, on how to properly fold a flag at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 28, 2016. Dyess Honor Guard members spend two weeks training before they are assigned to official ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class April Lancto) Behind the scenes: Honor Guard training
The mission of the Dyess Air Force Base Honor Guard is to represent Airmen to the American public. Dyess provides military funeral honors and military ceremonies throughout 38 Texas counties and the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
0 12/05
2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kevin Khanthavongsay, 489th Maintenance Squadron B-1B Lancer crew chief, communicates with B-1 pilots at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 22, 2016. The 489th MXS Airmen maintained 100 percent of their sorties with no maintenance issues for 13 straight months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kedesha Pennant)

489th MXS make perfection the norm
Do you know what it means to be 100% mission capable? If not, you sure could learn a thing or two from the 489th Maintenance Squadron, the B-1B Lancer’s first and only Air Force Reserve unit. The recently reactivated unit has maintained 100 percent of their sorties due to no maintenance issues for 13 straight months. The 489th Bomb Group, which
0 11/23
2016
The basic rules of firearm safety are integral for keeping gun owners safe from injury or accident. All Class A misdemeanors with a firearm, such as accidental or reckless discharging, can be punishable by fines up to $4,000, a year in jail, or both, in addition for what can be punishable according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Rebecca Van Syoc) Firearm safety: what you need to know
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives all American citizens the right to bear arms. As defenders of the Constitution, Dyess Airmen, along with all military members, retain the same right.Just as important as the right to carry arms, it’s vital to understand the responsibility that comes with owning and handling them. According to the
0 11/21
2016
Members of Abilene Christian University Rugby and Dyess Air Force Base leadership gather for a group photo after a two-hour practice at an outdoor stadium in Abilene, Texas, Nov. 8, 2016. Multiple members of Dyess attended the practice to learn about the game that has been gaining popularity in Abilene and to further strengthen Dyess’ relationship with the local college. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katherine Miller) Rugby: Bringing the community together one try at a time
Haven’t got a clue as to what rugby is about? Don’t worry, because chances are, you’re not alone. Thanks in part to the diversity brought to Abilene from military members and college students, rugby is progressively becoming a more familiar sport within the community.In hopes to spread the word of its existence and knowledge of the game, Abilene
0 11/16
2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jesus Soto, right, 1st Security Forces Squadron gunner, waits for a medical team to transport him to Forward Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, Nov. 21, 2005. During a routine convoy mission, Soto was thrown from his truck and ruptured his bladder, broke his left leg, forearm, clavicle and shattered his left wrist. The impact from him hitting the ground also blew out his right hip. (Courtesy Photo) Purple road to resiliency
When deployed, military members are trained to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. Even with all of the necessary training, some tragedies can’t be avoided.One of Dyess’ very own, Tech. Sgt. Jesus Soto, 7th Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector, a Purple Heart recipient knows all too well about unexpected tragedies and the
0 11/14
2016
Timothy Jace Maese was born June 10, 2011 at Abilene Regional Medical Center, Abilene, Texas. He came two weeks early, weighing seven pounds, 14 ounces. (Courtesy Photo) His name was Timothy
Death of a loved one is something everyone will deal with in their lifetime, but for one family no one ever dreamed that they would have to face the struggle of saying goodbye to their infant child.For Tech. Sgt. Jeff Maese, 489th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, and his wife, Sonia, this is a tragedy they were faced with that
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2016
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