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Dyess conducts series of BACE exercises

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises

An Airman assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, walks behind the wing of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 3, 2020. BACE exercise planners included C-130 crews and aircraft from both Dyess and Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, to support the B-1B Lancer and enable the execution of the bomber mission in the unfamiliar training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing flies over Northeast Texas during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise March 2, 2020. The BACE exercise tested Dyess Air Force Base’s combat capabilities and readiness through simulated and short-notice combat scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises

Staff Sgt. Britton Esser, 7th Component Maintenance Squadron B-1B Lancer craftsman, climbs out of the cockpit of a B-1 during the Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 3, 2020. The participating Airmen conducted minimum regeneration time maintenance on the B-1B Lancer aircraft, where they tested the proficiencies of using the minimum amount of materials and Airmen from multiple career fields to launch aircraft as quickly as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kylee Thomas)

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises

Senior Airman Shelby Ries, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron propulsion journeyman, checks for damage in a B-1B Lancer aircraft during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 3, 2020. During the BACE exercise, Airmen assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, participated in simulated combat scenarios designed to replicate potential real-world combat missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes-off during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 3, 2020. The BACE exercise tested the 7th Bomb Wing’s ability to adapt and overcome uncommon obstacles while preparing for potential real-world combat scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises

A B-1B Lancer aircraft assigned to the Dyess Air Force Base, Texas sits on the flightline during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 3, 2020. The goal of BACE is to test Dyess’ skills to develop and execute short-notice, light and agile deployment capabilities to various unfamiliar locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes-off during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 3, 2020. The BACE exercise tested the 7th Bomb Wing’s ability to adapt and overcome uncommon obstacles while preparing for potential real-world combat scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes-off during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 3, 2020. The BACE exercise tested the 7th Bomb Wing’s ability to adapt and overcome uncommon obstacles while preparing for potential real-world combat scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes-off during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 3, 2020. The BACE exercise tested the 7th Bomb Wing’s ability to adapt and overcome uncommon obstacles while preparing for potential real-world combat scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

Dyess conducts series of B-ACE exercises
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A B-1B Lancer aircraft from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, takes-off during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., March 3, 2020. The BACE exercise tested the 7th Bomb Wing’s ability to adapt and overcome uncommon obstacles while preparing for potential real-world combat scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Colin Hollowell)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas and Little Rock AFB, Arkansas participated in multiple Bomber Agile Combat Employment Exercises recently.

The goal is to improve Dyess AFB's aptitude to deploy B-1B Lancer bomber aircraft personnel and equipment to unfamiliar locations worldwide and on short notice in support of combatant commander objectives.

Most recently in support of those objectives, the exercise took participating aircraft and Airmen to Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina and Robins AFB, Georgia in order to test their ability to deploy to multiple locations in the least amount of time possible.

“The intent of BACE is to stress and test our readiness and support capabilities to take the B-1B Lancer, rapidly deploy it to a location, and from there, redeploy it to the next place in the timeliest manner possible,” said Capt. David Teubl, 9th Bomb Squadron chief of training.

A key part of the training involves sending Airmen and equipment to bases the 7th Bomb Wing hasn't trained at before. This allows them to simulate deploying to, and operating from, unfamiliar locations with limited bomber support functions in order to easily adapt to a variety of potential real-world operational requirements.

“BACE gives us the opportunities to practice critical readiness skills, such as preparation of deployable equipment for transportation, mission planning, and loading and off-loading cargo,” said Maj. Andrew West, 7th BW senior intelligence officer. “This also lets us test the boundaries of how quickly and efficiently we can complete those tasks.”

The training encourages Dyess Airmen to experiment with minimum equipment and personnel while developing multi-functional/hybrid Airmen concepts.

“BACE seeks to assess what we can and cannot operate without by challenging and testing the previous normal level of support we’re all used to,” said West. "The 7th BW aircrew and all of the maintenance and support personnel required to operate the B-1 are tested to their limits and encouraged to reimagine their bomber combat capability.”

In addition to the B-1s, BACE also includes multiple C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from both Dyess and Little Rock AFB for the purpose of transporting personnel and essential equipment that allow the execution of the bomber mission in unfamiliar locations.

“BACE cannot happen without Dyess’ airlift counterparts,” said West. “The ability to quickly deploy all of the maintenance and support functions for the B-1 require rapid and adaptable airlift that our C-130s can supply. The 317th Airlift Wing has been an outstanding mission partner in this endeavor as true experts in the field.”

Overall, BACE is designed to enable bomber forces to rapidly deploy to unfamiliar locations and self-sustain operations for an extended period of time. With the goal of ensuring airpower resiliency and operational capability in potentially contested environments, Dyess Airmen have and will continue to test their abilities no matter the situation.

“We look at BACE as more of an experiment than an exercise,” said Teubl. “This means that as we assess our capabilities and test our efficiency in unaccustomed situations, we’re going to find the areas in which we need improvement as well as catch any failures and say ‘okay lets learn from this and move forward’.”