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  • 7th Medical Group welcomes new commander

    The 7th Medical Group welcomed a new commander during a ceremony at The Heritage Club July 6. Colonel Kent Helwig replaced Col. (Dr.) Richard D. Trifilo, who retired after 26 years of service. The new commander and his wife, Kay, are making this their first stop at Dyess after he served as the deputy command surgeon at Headquarters, Pacific Air
  • B-1s dropping bombs on those engaged with Coalition forces

     Airmen from the 40th Air Expeditionary Group continue to make their presence felt in Operation Enduring Freedom through bombs dropped by B-1Bs. Just 30 days into Air Expeditionary Force Rotation 1/2, about 200 Airmen from here forward deployed to support the Coalition ground forces closer to the battlefront. According to Col. Scott Vander Hamm, 40
  • 7th MSG welcomes new commander

    The 7th Mission Support Group received a new commander July 7 as Col. James Hammes III took command of the 7th MSG at the parade grounds. Colonel Hammes replaced Col. Steven Tippets, who is retiring after 27 years of service. The new commander is taking over the 7th MSG after serving as the 7th Bomb Wing Inspector General since 2004. Colonel Hammes
  • B-1B pilot becomes first-ever to reach 4,000 B-1 hours; record should stand for some time

    A 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron pilot forever etched his name in the history books as he became the first pilot to go more than 4,000 flying hours in the B-1B. Lieutenant Col. Jeff Roetzel recently completed an Operation Enduring Freedom combat mission that put him on a plateau that no other pilot has ever reached. Immediately after landing at
  • Mesquite Grove maintains sanctuary status

    The Mesquite Grove Golf Course is once again one of the only Department of Defense golf courses that has earned and maintained the moniker of "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by the Big Country Audubon Society. The other course is at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the reason Dyess and they are the only bases to earn the title
  • 7th MUNS wins AF level explosive safety award

    The 7th Munitions Squadron recently received an explosives safety award from the Air Force. The recognition is the third consecutive year a safety award has been given to the squadron. "Safety is the key to our success in the ammo and weapons community. This squadron has taken care of the mission and kept their focus on safety for the last three
  • Sound the horn, the cavalry has arrived

    Like something right out of a Wild West movie, 11 riders and 11 horses in synchronization showed crowds at the Texas State High School Rodeo Championships that the cavalry is still alive and well in the U.S. Army. The 1st Cavalry Division, Horse Cavalry Detachment from Ft. Hood, Texas, visited the Abilene area June 14 through 19 for demonstrations
  • Force protection: everyone’s responsibility

    Remaining vigilant and alert is not an option for Airmen in today’s Air Force. A terrorist or an upset militant armed with the know-how could damage Air Force property or even worse – kill one of our own. Howard Thompson, 7th Bomb Wing antiterrorism officer, is charged with setting a defensive security posture for Dyess. “As an anti-terrorism
  • First-ever ALS field training exercise

    Dyess’ Airman Leadership School launched a first-in-the-Air-Force 14-hour field training exercise June 16 in order for students to implement the combat leadership skills they learn in the classroom in a simulated-deployed location. The FTX, held at “Sseyd Air Base” (Dyess spelled backwards), required coordination with security forces, explosive
  • 317th AG deploys to Africa, SW Asia

    Approximately 200 members of the 317th Airlift Group departed from Dyess June 15 for a four-month deployment to support operations in the Horn of Africa and Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom .Both the 40th Airlift Squadron and 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron are C-130 units that deliver basic supplies and equipment to Air Force and
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