Dyess Air Force Base
7th Bomb Wing
Arnold Boulevard and S 7th, 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 7 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, 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.
Members not assigned to the dormitory should make their first stop at The Inns of Dyess, 441 Fifth St. It’s open 24 hours a day. Reservations for billeting should be made early to ensure room availability. Priority l (orders) reservations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis without regard to rank.
Members are required to sign into 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 Personell 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 begins at 0720hrs 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 1330hrs, 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.
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.