DYESS air force BASe
1517 Arnold Boulevard, Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Dyess Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in the southwest corner of Abilene, TX and is about 200 miles west of Dallas. Dyess AFB has approximately 200 facilities on base, plus 988 units of family housing, and encompasses 6,117 acres of land. The host unit at Dyess is the 7th Bomb Wing assigned to the Global Strike Command Eighth Air Force. The 7th Bomb Wing is one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bomber wings in the United States Air Force. The 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota is the other.
Dyess is a professional team, delivering bombing, airlift support, training and combat support to combatant commanders anytime, anywhere. The base trains all Air Force B-1 crews and is commonly referred to as the “Home of the B-1.”
One of the many unique features of Dyess is its extensive collection of static military aircraft on display. Collectively known as the “Linear Air Park,” it contains 30 aircraft from World War II to the present, many of them formerly based at Dyess, and is located along the base’s main road, Arnold Boulevard. All but one plane has been flown before. Its most recent addition is the first operational B-1B Lancer, known as “The Star of Abilene,” which made its final flight in 2003. It can be seen at the front gate to Dyess along with a recently retired C-130 Hercules on the other side of the road (a tribute to the two main aircraft currently housed at Dyess).
Another unique feature of Dyess is its main source of energy. In January 2003, Dyess became the first Department of Defense installation in the United States to be powered exclusively from renewable wind energy. Today, most of the energy Dyess receives is from other sources of renewable energy, such as biomass, and is considered one of the “greenest” bases in the U.S. Air Force.
There are over 26,000 personnel assigned to Dyess Air Force Base including officers, enlisted, retirees, civilian employees, and military family members. Most of the population is Air Force but there is also a detachment of Marines and some Reservists.
Members are required to sign in to their gaining unit immediately upon arrival to Dyess. If arrival is after duty hours, members will report to their gaining unit the following duty day. Once accessed into the unit, the member will be provided an IDA worksheet, a unit specific checklist and a base in-processing checklist to start processing the base.
MPS Personnel must visit Customer Support in bldg. 7233, 2nd floor, Rm 203 for accession to Dyess AFB. First-term Airmen (4-6 yr. enlistee) will need to bring their BMT and tech school graduation certificates along with Commander’s Recommendation Letter (if applicable).
Right Start is an all-day event on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday and only half day on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month. Right Start held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month begins at 0720 hrs. with briefings from various base agencies, which provide newcomers an opportunity to learn about Abilene, Dyess and its mission. At Right Start, members receive mission briefings from senior officers, and view a video presentation about the history of Dyess and our relationship with the Abilene community. During the second half of Right Start, medical, TMO, Legal and Finance representatives will be on site to provide specific in-processing services.
Right Start held on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month begin at 1330 hrs., which encompass only the medical, TMO, Legal and Finance portions. This is to ensure members’ medical, household goods, and finance information is updated within the AFI prescribed timeline and to prevent any delays in cases of an unforeseeable emergency. There are no Right Start activities on the 5th Wednesdays of the month (when applicable). All Right Start briefings are held at the A&FRC and can be located just past the BX/carwash and to the right, heading south on 4th street. Family members are encouraged to attend.
The nearest international airport is the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), which is 176 miles from Abilene. By car, it is about a 3-hour drive west from Dallas. The Abilene Regional Airport (ABI) is also available.
The city of Abilene offers public transportation with the CityLink bus service.
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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders. For more information click here.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
The Abilene Independent School District serves the city of Abilene and the village of Impact, TX, as well as the children living at Dyess AFB.
The highly-rated Wylie Independent School District, also known as “Abilene Wylie”, also serves the southern part of Abilene and is made up of six schools.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
(512) 438-4800 Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Texas Department of Health and Human Services (512) 776-2150
The Texas Health and Human Services Department provides information, referral, support and assistance to residents at risk of or experiencing economic hardships, neglect, abuse, juvenile crime, or incapacities related to aging or disabling conditions.
Texas State Troopers (512) 424-2000
Abilene Animal Services (325) 698-0085
Airman & Family Readiness Center (325) 696-5999
Chaplain & Religious Services (325) 696-4224
ID Card/CAC Processing (325) 696-5722
Finance Customer Service (325) 696-4193
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFPM) (325) 696-8146
Education Center (325) 654-5544
School Liaison Officer (325) 660-8746
Family Child Care (325) 696-2839/8506
Child Development Center (325) 696-4337
Housing Management Office (325) 696-2150/3635/4812
Quail Hollow Housing (888) 566-4320 or (325) 690-6698
Inns of Dyess (Temporary Lodging) (325) 696-2681
Library (325) 696-6873
Medical Appointment Line (325) 696-4677
Veterinary Clinic (325) 696-3366
Visitor Center (325) 696-2432-4122
Commissary (325) 692-4802
Exchange (325) 692-8996
Military Clothing Sales (325) 654-3360
All service members not assigned to the dormitory are required to see a housing representative per AFI 32-6001. You will need to bring a copy of your orders, dependent information and/or step dependent verification (i.e. divorce decree or managing conservatorship documentation).
The Housing Management Office is located at 32 Louisiana Street and walk-ins are welcome. The HMO phone number is (325) 696- 2150 or DSN 461-2150.
At Dyess AFB, family housing is privatized. We currently have two private owners. The two partners are: Hunt Military Communities; (Apartment and Townhouses off-base), and Balfour Beatty Communities; (duplexes and single homes on-base). Visit Dyess Family Housing (325) 690-6698 or Dyess Family Homes (325) 701-9276 for more information.
Unaccompanied Housing is provided for unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each Airman is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. (Room arrangements may vary depending on location). Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4, with greater than 3 years of service and above, will move into housing in the local community.
There are many off-base housing options around Dyess Air Force Base including apartment complexes as well as duplexes and single family homes that can be rented for a decent price within the member’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). There are no areas in the Dyess area that are off-limits to military personnel. Call the Housing Management Office at (325) 696-2150 for more information.
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7.4 miles from base
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12.8 miles from base
Located within the highly-rated Wylie School District, Wylie offers a family-friendly community with great amenities.
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In Abilene, the summers are hot, humid, and mostly clear, while the winters are short, cold, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 95°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 101°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 26 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 88°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 95°F and a low of 74°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 24 to February 21, with an average daily high temperature below 64°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 35°F and high of 57°F.
The wetter season lasts 6.0 months, from April 22 to October 22, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on June 3. The drier season lasts 6.0 months, from October 22 to April 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on January 11.
The City of Abilene, Texas, is situated in west central Texas near the geographic center of the state. Abilene is the center of a 22-county area commonly referred to as the Texas Midwest or the Big Country. Located off Interstate-20, Abilene is about 150 west of the Fort Worth/Dallas area. The fastest-growing sections of Abilene include the southwest area near the base. Many developments have begun in these three areas within the last few years with a citywide focus on the reinvigoration of downtown Abilene.
The area offers many amenities commonly found in a big city, such as museums, arts and cultural events, shopping centers and a variety of restaurants to suit all tastes. The city offers public transportation with the CityLink bus service. Abilene is known as the “Storybook Capital of America” because of its many museums, sculptures, and festivals that are dedicated to children’s literature. The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature celebrates the achievements and imagination of children’s book illustrators.
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