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  • Homestation, deployed locations swap iron to keep C-130Js mission ready

    Wheels hit hot pavement before slowly coming to a halt along a flightline. Humidity and heat waft over busy Airmen as a ramp opens and they are greeted with forklifts. As quick as they landed, the cargo is offloaded within minutes and the C-130J Super Hercules is ready to leave.This describes the typical day for Airmen in Camp Lemonnier, Africa,
  • Avionics Airman carries on family legacy

    Not every person in the military can claim to have multiple relatives who have served or are currently serving in the military. Airman 1st Class Kyle Guthrie, 7th Component Maintenance Squadron B-1B Lancer avionics back shop technician, is fourth generation military, with his parents, grandfathers and great-grandfather all having served in the
  • 317th ISO: keeping the C-130s ready

    A car requires regular tune-ups and inspections to ensure that the vehicle is running correctly. The C-130J Super Hercules follow a similar cycle, requiring regular inspection and maintenance so that they don’t have issues during a mission. In a worst-case scenario a car can simply pull to the side of a road, but an aircraft does not have the same
  • Armament back shop keeps bombs dropping

    From rotary launchers to bomb racks and targeting pods, Airmen continuously test, repair and perform daily maintenance on the equipment used to drop munitions from the B-1B Lancer. These Airmen are the 7th Munitions Squadron armament back shop. Their day-to-day missions ensure that the 7th Bomb Wing provides ‘Death from Above.’“They call them load
  • 7th OSS AFE: The last line of safety

    There are a lot of pieces that play into the safety and security of a 7th Bomb Wing mission. By the time that the B-1B Lancer is in the air, Airmen from across the base have played an important role as part of it. There are maintainers keeping the B-1B primed and ready, aircrew members prepared to fly and plenty of support in the form of medical
  • 317th OSS AFE: Aircrew insurance

    There are many questions that C-130J Super Hercules pilots and other aircrew members have to worry about when preparing for a mission such as: what is the mission itself? Does the aircrew and aircraft have the resources that are needed? What can they expect to encounter on the mission?For some aircrew, their health and safety on the aircraft itself
  • 7th CES provides car seat checks

    The 7th Civil Engineer Squadron will check children’s car seats for free at building 5013 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on Nov. 9th, 2018.This event will help educate parents and caregivers about proper selection and installation of their child’s safety seats.“This event is not only important for the children, but also the parents,” said Staff
  • Meet your leadership: Chief Master Sgt. John Palmer

    Last month, Chief Master Sgt. John Palmer took on command chief duties for the 317th Airlift Wing from Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Swanger.As the command chief, Palmer maintains a connection between the wing commander and the enlisted force of the 317th AW. He is the primary advisor to the commander on matters concerning the morale, welfare, training,
  • What to know about Space-A Travel

    The Space-Available Travel program is one of the many Air Force programs available to military personnel, families, retirees and veterans with 100% disability. The program allows members to sign up for free transportation out of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, that is not taken by the mission essential Airmen and cargo, on a base’s aircraft. The 7th
  • Air Force Marathon: a run to remember

    The day starts early. Clouds cover up the sky above as runners from all different backgrounds take their spot at the checkered start line, each of them adorned with a number. It’s almost 7:30 a.m. at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As the clock ticks to the half-hour, a gunshot signals the start of what they have all gathered to take part
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