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  • Dyess Airmen support hurricane relief

    In late-November at Dyess AFB, the 317th Airlift Wing was in the midst of a wing-wide exercise; this meant 24-hour operations for the men and women participating in the ‘Ability to Survive and Operate’ or ATSO exercise, “Chemical Fury.”But real-world demands stop for no one, Air Force exercise or not.As exercise events progressed at Dyess, the
  • 317th AW enhances training with VR systems

    In 2018, the 317th Maintenance Group began researching how to use virtual reality systems to enhance training for maintenance Airmen. Now, the maintenance group has used the VR lab to successfully train about 60 students for 20 hours. The 317th Airlift Wing's maintenance leaders seek to save money and increase retention among maintainers through the more efficient training processes virtual reality labs create. In the VR lab, maintenance Airmen can learn in a distraction-free, climate-controlled environment.
  • Dyess Memorial Park wins 2020 USAF Design Honor Award

    The Dyess Memorial Park has been awarded the 2020 Air Force Design Honor Award in the Landscape Architecture category at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 14, 2020. The Honor award is the highest achievement among the three levels in the United States Air Force Design Awards Program, with the intent of the awards to set the benchmark of design
  • Chief & Julie Umfleet: Growing Together

    In August 1997, Chief Master Sgt. Mark Umfleet, 317th Airlift Wing command chief, married his wife, Julie, less than a month before his Air Force journey began.
  • Dyess, Little Rock conduct largest formation flight in C-130J history

    The C-130 community rewrote history July 14, 2020, successfully piloting the largest formation flight ever of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in support of a Joint Forcible Entry exercise over Dyess Air Force Base and Big Bend, Texas.In total, the “Herk Nation Stampede” featured a formation flight of 24 aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing based at
  • Dyess Airmen revolutionize C-130 maintenance

    Aircraft maintenance. Purists may argue that nothing can replace real-world, hands-on learning. Some may say that virtual reality, or VR, platforms are simply video games. But for Airmen at Dyess Air Force Base, TX, VR technology is transforming the way C-130J Super Hercules aircraft maintainers are learning and perfecting their craft.Two
  • Dyess Airmen commemorate retaking of Corregidor Island

    U.S. service members from the 317th Airlift Wing from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment from Vicenza, Italy, commemorated members of the allied forces in World War II during a ceremony marking the 75th Anniversary of the retaking of Corregidor Island at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila,
  • TORQE 62 memorial day events

    Airmen assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, gather for the TORQE 62 Memorial Run Oct. 2, 2019. A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, call sign TORQE 62, crashed in Afghanistan during a deployment and caused the deaths of 14 service members, contactors and allied troops. The aircrew onboard were Airmen from the 39th Airlift Squadron: Capt. Jordan
  • Brave pilot keeps crew safe during hostile flight

    Capt. Mark King Jr., 39th Airlift Squadron assistant chief of tactics and C-130J Super Hercules pilot, received the U.S. Air Force Exceptional Aviator Award in August 2019 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.The award is presented annually to an aviator selected by the USAF, based on exceptional deeds performed to assure mission success, acts of valor
  • New memorial honors 79 fallen Dyess Airmen

    Dyess leadership, along with Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Mobility Command commander; the Abilene community; and approximately 100 Gold Star family members of fallen Airmen, came together for a memorial dedication ceremony July 19.After 10 months of construction and over $600,000 raised by the Abilene community, the newly established Dyess Memorial
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