Dyess Honorary Commander's Program

About The Program

The Dyess Honorary Commander's Program is an executive-level program aimed at building partnerships with Abilene civic leaders while educating our community partners on the Air Force and Dyess missions. Dyess has a rich history and connection to the city of Abilene and is committed to serving together to maintain and enhance open and positive relations with the local community. The program also serves as a forum in which Dyess commanders can solicit advice and support from their civic leader counterparts on matters affecting military and civilian communities.

Member responsibilities

Honorary commanders will be assigned to unit commanders serving in the 7th Bomb Wing, 317th Airlift Wing, 489th Bomb Group, 436th Training Squadron, 337th Test Evaluation Squadron, 77th Weapons Squadron and Det. 1 U.S. Marine Corps.

Honorary commanders will be invited to on-base functions, unit functions and special events such as awards ceremonies, changes of command and holiday events. Dyess unit commanders are encouraged to immerse their assigned honorary commanders into their respective missions. Honorary commanders are likewise encouraged to share their civilian professions and business with the Airmen in their assigned units.

Civic leaders and community leaders selected as honorary commanders will serve a two-year term. At the end of their term, the program’s goal is to have forged a mutually beneficial relationship between influential community members and Dyess Airmen and their families that last beyond their term as honorary commanders.

How to join

Anyone interested may nominate themselves or someone they believe would be a great asset to the program. Click here to fill out an application. The 7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office is accepting applications from June 15 until August 31, 2022.