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  • Commentary by the 7th Bomb Wing Commander

    (Editor's Note: This article was first published in "Progress 2015," a 52-page special report on Abilene and the Big Country, by the newsroom of the Abilene Reporter-News, on March 29, 2015.)Today's Air Force is the smallest, oldest and busiest it has ever been, so referring to growth in this context may seem counter intuitive. When most people
  • The contract that started it all

    Editor's Note: The 7th Contracting Squadron has a copy of the Army Signal Corps "contract that started it all" hanging in their hallway, and invite anyone interested in seeing this piece of history to stop by and view it.)Many of us who have been through history class will remember the story of the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, and their
  • Holiday Guidance 2014

    The holidays are a time of giving, but it's important to remember that federal employees must follow certain rules in giving and accepting gifts even during this time. These rules are designed to guard against conflicts of interest, maintain professional relationships among co-workers, and ensure proper balance between supervisors and
  • Message from the 7th Bomb Wing Commander

    Team Dyess,Like many of you, I have much to be thankful for this holiday season. First, I am thankful to be celebrating the holidays here in Abilene withKim, our son, Tyler, and our friends.  We've spent enough Thanksgivingsapart that we truly treasure the ones we can spend together.Which is why I'm especially thankful for the families of the more
  • Declaring death from above

    It is November.Very soon, we will pause to remember Armistice Day and all that it represents.  We'll reflect on our freedom; how it was won and how it must be maintained.  We'll remember those who fought and continue to fight for it.  And, of course, we'll remember those who died for it. History, traditions and heraldry help remind us of all that
  • Message from the 7th Bomb Wing Commander

    Airmen, Families, and Friends of Dyess Air Force Base:As you've entered through the gates over the past few weeks, the Defenders of the Security Forces Squadron have greeted you by saying, "Death from Above!" Some have expressed concerns over being welcomed to the base with such a militant declaration, and I owe you an explanation of what is
  • Veterans Day

    On Nov. 11, the United States will gratefully remember and honor the men and women who have served in our military. It is a day born of sacrifice, courage and bravery. There are two important stories to this day of remembrance: the story of how it came to be and the story of those who made it.Veterans Day began as Armistice Day. On the 11th hour of
  • Columbus Day

    Five hundred twenty-two years ago, three ships changed the world forever. On October 12, 1492 an Italian adventurer sailing for Spain landed in the Bahamas and encountered groups of people who had been isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years.  Though convinced he had discovered a shorter route to China and Japan, Christopher
  • The new Air Force Inspection System is here at Dyess!

    "Mission ready is inspection ready." Many of you have heard your 7th Bomb Wing Inspector General inspection team say this new phrase, but what does this really mean? It means that we should become adept at accomplishing our mission and stop worrying about preparing for the next inspection -- no more building continuity binders just before the Air
  • Hercules: Still going strong after 60 years

    Editor's Note: This article contains excerpts from the article, "C-130 Airlifter: The Most Successful Military Aircraft Ever," by Loren Thompson, Contributor, Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2014/08/04/c-130-airlifter-the-most-successful-military-aircraft-ever/This past week marked yet another milestone for the venerable C-130