Dyess Air Force Base is located in the southwest corner of Abilene in Taylor County, Texas, about 183 miles west of Dallas and 250 miles north of San Antonio. It is the center of a 22-county area called “The Big Country” and considered the economic hub of this part of the Lone Star State. Near the geographic center of Texas, Abilene is easily accessible by five major highways: Interstate 20, Highways 80 and 84 east and west, and Highways 83 and 277 north and south.
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.” The total population of Dyess is nearly 27,000 personnel, including officers, enlisted, retirees, civilian employees and family members.
7th Bomb Wing
The 7th Bomb Wing is the host unit at Dyess Air Force Base. The Wing is one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bombardment wings in the U.S. Air Force, the other being the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. The Wing is responsible for providing combat-ready B-1B aircraft, crews and associate combat support for global engagement taskings, supervising 4,000 military and civilian personnel and managing the largest B-1B base and flying wing with 40 B-1 aircraft.
7th Operations Group
The 7th Operations Group is the operational flying component of the United States Air Force 7th Bomb Wing, stationed at Dyess. The group is responsible for executing global conventional bombing directed by proper command authority. It is the largest B-1B operations group comprised of 40 B-1s and 1,140 people assigned to four squadrons: the 9th and 28th Bomb Squadrons, 7th Operations Support Squadron and 436th Training Squadron.
9th Bomb Squadron
The 9th Bomb Squadron maintains combat readiness to deliver rapid, decisive airpower on a large scale in support of conventional warfare taskings. Squadron experts provide warfighting commanders with the best in maintenance support, operational aircrews and B-1B aircraft. The squadron repairs, services, launches, recovers and inspects 15 B-1 aircraft capable of sustained intercontinental missions and world-wide deployment/employment from forward operating locations. The 9 BS is the oldest active bomb squadron in the Air Force today.
28th Bomb Squadron
The 28th Bomb Squadron is the largest bomb squadron in the Air Force and the largest flying squadron in the command. Its primary mission is to provide all B-1 initial qualification, re-qualification and instructor upgrade training for Air Combat Command. The squadron determines, evaluates and implements formal training requirements to qualify crewmembers in long-range day and night, all-weather and air-to-ground attack. Each year the squadron trains more than 200 B-1 crewmembers from active-duty and Air National Guard B-1 units. The unit services, launches, recovers, repairs and inspects 25 B-1 aircraft. The squadron also maintains conventional combat readiness supporting higher headquarters contingency taskings worldwide.
7th Operations Support Squadron
The 7th Operations Support Squadron is responsible for B-1 combat effectiveness. The squadron directs wing flight operations, conventional mission planning, combat tactics, airfield management, aircrew training, exercise scheduling, aircraft scheduling, weapons and tactics standardization, intelligence integration, war plans, deployment planning, weather support, small computer support, simulator training, air traffic control, maintenance analysis, mobility processing and wing life support functions.
436th Training Squadron
The 436th Training Squadron provides formal training to Air Combat Command using 15 schools at Dyess and 38 other programs exported directly to units for local training needs. Training includes command and control, air, ground and weapons safety, Air Force Operations Resource Management System, classroom instructor training, Air Force Mission Support System administration, mission planning cell training, life support and survival, and computer software use and development. The squadron also develops multimedia and formal presentations used in training program development and formal presentations. Multimedia personnel are based at Dyess, and deploy worldwide to perform their mission. Unit products and services are used throughout DOD.
7th Mission Support Group
7th Civil Engineering Squadron
The 7th Civil Engineer Squadron maintains and repairs all base facilities, conducts disaster preparedness training, manages all fire protection and prevention activities, manages base environmental programs and handles housing responsibilities for accompanied and unaccompanied personnel.
7th Contracting Squadron
The 7th Contracting Squadron solicits and awards more than 20,000 contracts worth more than $35 million annually. It is also responsible for handling contracts covering operations and maintenance construction, services, supplies and environmental contracting for the wing including all deployed units and forces. The staff also provides emergency contracting operations during global contingency deployments and responds to support combat missions worldwide.
7th Communications Squadron
The 7th Communications Squadron provides communications-electronics maintenance on meteorological and navigational aid systems, a Doppler weather radar and land mobile and air traffic control radios. They also provide information systems services including computer network, telephone and mail support, and protection and planning for all communications and information systems. The unit provides visual information services including graphic, photographic and video support.
7th Logistics Readiness Squadron
The 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron provides home-base logistics support as well as mobility support of deployed forces. The unit provides supplies, equipment and fuel to all base units, receiving and storing more than 388,000 pieces of property valued at more than $211 million. It fulfills the base’s transportation requirements, managing and maintaining 588 vehicles, operation of the base taxi fleet, aircrew transportation, personal property shipments and recalling and training ready-augmentation-duty force personnel to support deployment exercises, inspections and contingencies. The unit provides more than 4 million gallons of aviation and ground fuels to all government vehicles and aircraft. It provides all contingency and peacetime deployment planning and execution, war reserve materiel management, base support planning and support agreement management.
7th Security Forces Squadron
The 7th Security Forces Squadron protects operational resources on the flightline and patrols the entire base in a law enforcement role. They conduct law enforcement and force protection for a population of 8,500 on a 7,016-acre base. The unit maintains a continuous presence in Southwest Asia and keeps several mobility teams in peak readiness for worldwide contingency deployment. The squadron also functions as a base and local community support agency providing services such as pass and registration, combat arms training, armory, investigations, military working dogs and drug abuse resistance education for students.
7th Force Support Squadron
The 7th Force Support Squadron provides activities such as food service, lodging, child care, clubs, skills development, auto skills, bowling, fitness center, community center, outdoor recreation equipment rental, golf, tennis, veterinary clinic, library, barber shop, youth center and mortuary service. The unit manages programs geared to the health and welfare of the entire base. The squadron is the focal point for military and civilian personnel matters, education services, family support issues and professional military education. The unit supports military and civilian employees, family members and retirees assigned to or supported by Dyess.
7th Maintenance Group
7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
The 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron provides combat-ready B-1 aircraft and trained aircraft maintenance and weapons load personnel to support JCS taskings for show of force missions and to destroy America’s enemies — anytime, anywhere. It performs organizational-level maintenance of aircraft and armament subsystems. The unit also provides support for the B-1 Flight Training Unit, Operational Test and Evaluation program and Weapons Instructor Course.
7th Component Maintenance Sqaudron
The 7th Component Maintenance Squadron supports the wing’s global power and the AMC tenant’s global reach airlift missions. The unit performs on-and-off equipment maintenance on avionics, fuels, egress, pneudraulic, electro-environmental and propulsion systems on the B-1 aircraft and provides limited support to the 317th AG’s C-130 aircraft. It also manages a F101 Engine Regional Repair Center.
7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
The 7th Equipment Maintenance Squadron provides on-and-off equipment aircraft maintenance assuring mission readiness for B-1s and C-130s to meet higher headquarter taskings. It maintains and delivers aerospace ground equipment, fabricates and installs components, performs time phased aircraft inspections and provides for crash recovery in a timely manner, whenever and wherever called.
7th Maintenance Operations Squadron
The 7th Maintenance Operations Squadron ensures the combat capability of 36 assigned B-1 aircraft to support combatant commander taskings by maintaining the health of the fleet, monitoring the quality of equipment maintenance, effectively scheduling aircraft utilization, coordinating programmed maintenance and ensuring efficient utilization of all wing maintenance assets. They provide training management for all wing maintenance and munitions personnel.
7th Munitions Squadron
The 7th Munitions Squadron is responsible for storing, maintaining and delivery of quality munitions and maintaining munitions release systems, assuring mission readiness for B-1 and C-130 aircraft to meet Secretary of Defense taskings.
7th Medical Group
The 7th Medical Group provides personalized health care through five military TRICARE Prime teams staffed by board-certified family practice physicians, flight surgeons, pediatricians, internists, general medical officers, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The facility boasts specialty clinics for optometry, mental health and general surgery.
Additional services include immunizations, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy and pharmacy.
7th Medical Support Squadron
7th Aeromedical/Dental Squadron
7th Medical Operations Squadron
317th Airlift Group
The 317th Airlift Group comes under the operational control of 18th Air Force and Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
39th Airlift Squadron
The 39th Airlift Squadron maintains quality aircrew and aircraft to mobilize, deploy and provide intratheater airlift worldwide for Department of Defense customers. The men and women of the 39 AS support theater commanders’ requirements with combat-delivery capability through tactical airland and airdrop operations as well as humanitarian efforts and aeromedical evacuation. With 227 members, the squadron provides approximately 45 combat-ready aircrew and maintenance for 16 assigned aircraft.
40th Airlift Squadron
The mission of the 40th Airlift Squadron is to maintain quality aircrew and aircraft to mobilize, deploy and provide intratheater airlift worldwide for Department of Defense customers. The men and women of the 40 AS support theater commanders’ requirements with combat-delivery capability through tactical airland and airdrop operations as well as humanitarian efforts and aeromedical evacuation. With a total of 146 personnel, the 40 AS maintains approximately 32 aircrews.
317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
The 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron support the nation’s war-fighting capability by performing flightline maintenance on 28 assigned C-130Js, valued at $1.5 billion, accomplishing global reach missions under the auspices of the 317 AG, 18th Air Force and Air Mobility Command. Personnel spanning nine Air Force specialties, provide all aspects of flightline maintenance and are responsible for the health of their aircraft. Together they support the mission, “From the Ground Up.”
317th Maintenance Squadron
The 317th Maintenance Squadron support the nation’s warfighting capability by performing on- and off-equipment maintenance on 29 C-130H/J aircraft and components supporting the group’s global reach airlift mission. Backshop maintenance includes fuel cell, propulsion, isochronal inspection, aero repair of key flight control surfaces and landing gear components and propeller valve housing rebuild. The squadron partners with the host wing to provide crashed, damaged, disabled, aircraft recovery response worldwide.
317th Operations Support Squadron
The 317th Operations Support Squadron is responsible for C-130H/J combat effectiveness. The squadron directs flight operations, war plans, aircrew/aircraft scheduling, combat tactics, aircrew training, cargo delivery, deployment planning and execution, simulator training, mobility processing, maintenance analysis and aircrew flight equipment functions. The 317 OSS coordinates with the host wing for airfield management, weather support and air traffic control.
317th Maintenance Operations Squadron
The 317th Maintenance Squadron provides operations support for all airlift group maintenance squadrons. The 317 MOS provides management oversight on all fleet health issues, formulates plans, establishes procedures for and provides training to group maintenance personnel, directs logistics support for all group assigned aircraft/engines through engine management, plans and scheduling. The MOS also manages the maintenance operations center, analysis, quality assurance program for the group.
ACC Training Support Squadron
Detachment 14 is the Operations Training Development Team with the primary responsibility for all B-1B syllabi and courseware in the command. Its personnel provide exceptional courseware products, state-of-the-art computer-based training and first-rate support to the Formal Training Unit in training B-1B aircrew memembers.
337th Test and Evaluation Squadron
The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron is a part of the 53d Test and Evaluation Group of the 53d Wing. Its primary task is to test and evaluate modifications on the B-1 bomber, as well as to train future aircrews to fly upgraded B-1s. The 337th is based at Dyess, though it operates out of a number of bases throughout the United States.
77th Weapons Squadron
The 77th Weapons Squadron is a geographically separated unit of the 57th Wing, assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The mission of the squadron is to provide B-1 Lancer instructional flying.
Dyess Air Force Base is named after Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess, a native of Albany, Texas, who was captured by the Japanese on Bataan in April 1942. Dyess escaped in April 1943 and fought with guerilla forces on Mindanao until being evacuated by submarine in July 1943. During retraining in the United States, his P-38 Lightning caught fire in flight on Dec. 23, 1943, near Burbank, Calif. He refused to bail out over a populated area and died in the crash of his P-38 in a vacant lot.
World War II
In 1942, the United States Army Air Forces built Tye Army Air Field, as it was popularly known, on the site of what is now Dyess Air Force Base. On Dec. 18, 1942, the field was opened and was initially named Abilene Army Air Base. The name was changed on April 8, 1943, to Abilene Army Airfield. The first host unit as Abilene AAB was the 474th Base HQ and Airbase Squadron, established Dec. 18, 1942. The airfield was initially assigned to the 2nd Air Force, and its mission was to be a flying training center for cadets.
Known groups which trained at the base during the war included:
77th Reconnaissance Group
(April 6, 1943, to Sept. 12, 1943)
69th Tactical Reconnaissance Group (Sept. 10, 1943, to Nov. 12, 1943)
408th Fighter-Bomber Group
(Nov. 10, 1943, to January 1944)
The 77th and 69th groups trained reconnaissance personnel who later served overseas. The 408th was a new group which received A-24, A-26, P-40 and P-47 aircraft in October 1943 and began training. It was disbanded shortly after leaving Abilene on April 1, 1944.
On March 25, 1944, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt training for flight cadets was taken over by the 261st Army Air Force Base Unit. Training continued until April 1, 1946.
With the end of the war, the base was declared inactive on Jan. 31, 1946. Although assigned to Continental Air Command, Abilene AAF was classified as an inactive sub-base of Fort Worth Army Airfield and was sold to the city of Abilene for $1. It was used as a training facility for the Texas Army National Guard for several years.
Shortly after the Korean War broke out, the city of Abilene called for the need of a military installation. They believed the 1,500 acres of the former Tye AAF was the perfect site for a new base. The city’s leaders went to the Pentagon with their request. The city showed their determination for a new base by raising almost $1 million to purchase an additional 3,500 acres adjacent to the site. They were able to attract Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson’s attention, who had the power to persuade military officials to reactivate the base in Abilene. Finally, in July 1952, Congress approved the $32 million needed to construct an Air Force base on the Tye AAF site. It was to be called Abilene Air Force Base, and a little more than three years after starting construction, the base opened on April 15, 1956.
Dyess’ first active combat unit was the 341st Bombardment Wing, which activated Sept. 1, 1955. The 341st was part of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), flying the B-47 Stratojet, which it continued to operate until its deactivation June 25, 1961.
On Dec. 1, 1956, the name of the base was changed to Dyess Air Force Base in honor of the late Lt. Col. William E. Dyess, USAAF.
The 96th Bomb Wing moved to Dyess on Sept. 8, 1957, and for a few years worked alongside the 341st. It included not just B-47 and B-52 nuclear bombers, but also the KC-97 and later on the KC-135 refueling aircraft. During the Cold War, the base was constantly on alert in case of nuclear attack. There were even signs in the base’s movie theater that would instantly alert pilots in the scenario that the Soviet Union would initiate a nuclear attack during a movie. These can still be seen today at the theater.
On Nov. 19, 1959, the United States Army conducted groundbreaking ceremonies at Dyess Air Force Base for the battalion headquarters of the 5th Missile Battalion, 517th Artillery of the U.S. Army Air Defense Command. Installed to defend the SAC bombers and Atlas F missile silos stationed at and around Dyess, the two Nike Hercules sites were controlled by a “BIRDIE” system installed at Sweetwater Air Force Station.
Units stationed at Dyess Air Force Base while the 5/517th was operational included SAC’s 819th Strategic Aerospace Division, the 96th BW and the 578th Strategic Missile Squadron. Several of the 578th’s Altas F Silos are located near the Nike sites. The Army Air Defense Command Post was 37 miles west at Sweetwater AFS. Both of the sites were located near former Army posts. Camp Barkeley served as a World War II infantry division training center, while Fort Phantom Hill was a frontier outpost stop on the Butterfield stage route.
Since 1961, various models of C-130 Hercules aircraft have been stationed at Dyess. The C-130s were originally assigned to the 64th Troop Carrier Wing, and from 1963 to 1972 the 516th Troop Carrier Wing was the host C-130 wing.
In 1972, the 516 TCW was replaced with the 463d Tactical Airlift Wing (463 TAW). During the Vietnam War, TAC C-130 crews routinely rotated to forward-based C-130 wings in the Pacific theater to support operations in Vietnam. In 1974, the 463 TAW was reassigned from Tactical Air Command TAC to Military Airlift Command as part of a USAF-wide initiative to place both strategic and tactical airlift assets under MAC control.
From 1962 to 1965 Dyess Air Force Base had 13 SM-65 Atlas Missile sites stationed around it. The Dyess sites were operated by the 578th Strategic Missile Squadron. After being decommissioned in 1965, the Atlas missiles were removed and all sites demilitarized.
In June 1985, the 96th received its first B-1B Lancer, replacing the B-52 Stratofortress, and in October 1986 assumed nuclear alert status. Since achieving IOC, Dyess has been recognized as the premier bomber training center and leads the fleet in maintaining the highest mission capability status. Shortly after, the Soviet Union fell and left many wondering the fate of the base. In 1991 the 463d Tactical Airlift Wing was designated the 463d Airlift Wing. In October 1992, the parent commands of both wings changed — the 96 BW being reassigned to the newly established Air Combat Command, and the 463 AW being assigned to the new Air Mobility Command.
On Oct. 1, 1993, the 96 BW and 463 AW were both deactivated and replaced by the 7th Wing, a former B-52 and KC-135 wing that had been at the former Carswell Air Force Base, which was being realigned as NAS Fort Worth JRB/Carswell ARS as a result of base realignment and closure action. The 7th Wing incorporated Dyess’ B-1Bs and C-130s, the latter transferred from Air Mobility Command to Air Combat Command.
Within its first year, the 7th Wing’s diverse mission made it one of the most active units in the U.S. Air Force. The C-130s were deployed around the globe performing several airlift missions to Europe and the Persian Gulf. The crews and support people of the B-1s focused on enhancing the purpose of the Lancer in a post-Soviet 21st century.
In the 1997, Dyess’ C-130s were transferred back to Air Mobility Command, and the 317th Airlift Group was created as the parent unit for Dyess’ C-130 squadrons. At the same time, the 7th Wing was redesignated the 7th Bomb Wing. Despite this separation as units, both the 7th Bomb Wing and the 317th Airlift Group remained at Dyess.
Global War on Terrorism
The 7th Bomb Wing and 317th Airlift Group were called to duty once again shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. Both played and continue to play vital roles in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Many of the 7th BW’s B-1s and support personnel deploy to Southwest Asia. From there the 7 BW provides close air support to troops in the field and precision strike missions with the B-1B Lancer. The 317th Airlift Group has been deployed continuously to Southwest Asia since December 2003 where the group provides airlift support to OIF, OEF and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa operations.
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.
The remnants of Tye AAF can still be seen today. Parts of the old runway still exist as well as part of its parking area on the west side of Dyess.
Dyess Air Force Base is in the southwest corner of Abilene, Texas, about 180 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
From Abilene Regional Airport
The closest airport to the base is Abilene Regional Airport, which services the Abilene and the Dyess community. It is about 15 miles east from Dyess Air Force Base. The airport is served by American Airlines. Taxis are available to bring you to the base, while Avis, Hertz and Enterprise offer car rental services.
From the East
While on I-20, take exit 283A (U.S. 83/U.S. 277), which is a left exit off the interstate. Follow this road to the Dyess Air Force Base exit (S. Seventh Street). Turn right onto S. Seventh Street and go about 1½ miles to the intersection of South Seventh and Arnold Boulevard. Turn left on Arnold, getting into the right hand lane, and go one block to the intersection of Arnold Boulevard and Military Drive. Turn right onto Military Drive. The Tye Gate entrance to the base will be a couple miles down the road on your left.
From the West
While on I-20, take exit 279 (Business I-20 toward Abilene ). Follow this road to the Dyess Air Force Base exit (FM 3438). At the end of the exit, turn right onto Arnold Boulevard . About ¾ mile down is the intersection of Arnold Boulevard and Military Drive. Turn right onto Military Drive. The Tye Gate entrance to the base will be a couple miles down the road on your left.
Contact your Commander’s Support Staff, Military Personel Flight or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at your current base to request a sponsor. This request should be part of every PCS move. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging/dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
The security guard at the front gate can direct you to the Inns of Dyess, the 24-hour arrival point for the base. If you arrive during duty hours, report directly to your duty section, then to your respective Group Commander’s Support Staff (CSS)/Group Orderly Room. If you arrive after duty hours, you should report to your duty section on the first duty day, then to your Group Commander’s Support Staff/Group Orderly Room to in-process and to schedule appointments for the Wing Right Start briefing.
Shortly after your arrival, you’ll join the the Right Start program; family members are encouraged to attend. At Right Start, you will receive mission briefings from senior officers and view a video presentation about the history of Dyess and its relationship with the Abilene community. You’ll receive informative briefings from organizations such as wing safety, base services, the fitness center and the chapel. An integral part of Right Start is the information fair. Your commander’s support staff will schedule you for the Right Start briefing upon your arrival.
You will need to turn in your records when you in-process, so please have them with you. Assistance with in-processing is yet another area where your sponsor can provide invaluable assistance.
The Inns of Dyess
441 Fifth St. 325-696-2681
The recently renovated Inns of Dyess is open 24 hours daily and offers lodging while you begin in-processing. Most rooms are within walking distance to the dining facility, club, base exchange and commissary. Dyess Inn reservations can be made for families inbound on PCS orders; however, reservations are not always guaranteed. Accommodations are on a first come, first serve basis by your reservation number. All rooms are nonsmoking; a limited number of pet-friendly rooms are available.
When making reservations, you will need to provide your name, social security number, rank, organization, arrival date and number of people in your family. Those who do obtain accommodations in one of the 40 TLF quarters may stay a maximum of 30 days. Extensions may be granted in cases of hardship if vacancies exist.
Housing Management Office
481 Fifth St. 325-696-2150
8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday
Dyess offers government housing in seven neighborhoods:
Eagle Heights - Senior Officer and Field Grade Officer
Freedom Run - Company Grade Officers
Patriot Acres - Senior NCO
Frontier Meadows - Senior and Junior NCO
Liberty Crossing - Junior NCO
Lonestar Trails - Junior NCO
Hunters Mesa - Junior NCO
The housing inventory consists of 674 family homes in the seven neighborhoods. Housing amenities include washer and dryer hook-ups, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, central heating and air conditioning, attached garages and fenced in yards. There are numerous playgrounds around the housing areas, as well as basketball courts and baseball fields. The Base Youth Center is centrally located in the housing area. Residents are welcome to check-out lawn equipment and the store carries a variety of household items.
Restrictions at Dyess include a limit of two pets per household. Dyess follows the approved Air Force Pet Policy, established in May 2011, which prohibits all pit bulls (American Staffordshire terriers, English bull terriers), Rottweilers, Dobermans, chows and wolf hybrids or any mix breed of these dogs.
5802 Kala Drive
Abilene, TX 79606 325-690-6698
Dyess families have the option of renting one of the 402 units in Quail Hollow. Quail Hollow is an off-base privatized housing community using new congressional legislation, which allows a private contractor to build, own and manage housing for the base’s use. The units remain owned and managed by the contractor, Hunt Military Community. It is not government housing.
The community is located close to schools and shopping and feature community centers as well as extensive recreational and play areas. Call the housing company or visit its website for information about the area’s amenities, community events and more.
424 Fourth Ave. 325-696-4402
7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Dyess has 11 dormitories with 744 bed spaces. The central dormitory management office maintains waiting lists, by dorm, of people who want to move off base and receive basic allowance for quarters at the single rate.
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Four dormitories have been renovated to the one-plus-one standard, which includes a shared kitchen and bath. Three dormitories are a room with a private bath configuration. The remaining four dormitories are room-bathroom-room configuration with no kitchen and residents share a bathroom. All dormitories are equipped with refrigerators. Residents may use coffee makers, toasters and popcorn poppers in dorm rooms as long as the appliances meet base fire regulation standards. All facilities have a recreation room equipped with a pool table or Ping-Pong table, foosball table and cable television. Washers and dryers are also provided.
Military members are assigned to a dormitory designated for their squadron personnel. Unit integrity is an Air Force requirement. Residents are provided a storage area in the facility they occupy. Storage will accommodate packing boxes and smaller items. Space is not available for large items such as furniture. The legal drinking age in Texas is 21. Alcohol is permitted in the dorms for occupants 21 or older.
226 Commissary Road 325-695-7965
To receive mail, list your forwarding address as follows:
226 Commissary Road
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
If you plan to live in the dormitories, you will receive an AF Form 624, base/unit locator and PSC directory from your orderly room.
Dyess Vet Clinic
941 Hospital Road 325-696-3367
The Vet Clinic provides wellness services for pets including annual immunization, treatments for skin disorders, eye and ear infections, microchipping and health certificates for travel. Heartworm prevention, flea and tick medication, vitamins, dental kits and shampoos are available for purchase at the resale counter. Equine vaccination clinics are also periodically offered. Call the clinic for details.
Residents of base housing are required to register their pets with the Vet Clinic within five days. Bring the animal’s shot record with you at registration time or get vaccinated there. Dogs are required to be on heartworm prevention as well.
There is a dangerous dog restriction for housing residents. Pets residing off base and within Abilene city limits are required to wear a city license. Licenses are available at veterinary services. Abilene and Dyess enforce a leash law.
425 Third St. 325-696-5544
The base education office has a wide variety of services and programs to assist with educational needs. These include general education and vocational counseling as well as counseling on the Community College of the Air Force, college courses and Air Force commissioning programs. Tutoring service for math is available at no cost. A wide variety of testing is available, including CLEP, DANTES and the scholastic aptitude test. In addition to the following college and university offerings, distance-learning opportunities are available. A baccalaureate degree in business administration can be completed at Dyess through McMurry University. In addition, on-base courses in general education are held during lunch hours or evenings.
School Liaison Office
382 Ave. D 325-696-5999
Students who live on base in kindergarten through fifth grade attend Dyess Elementary School, just outside the Delaware gate. Access to the school is through the Delaware gate, which is limited to walking traffic; no vehicle traffic is permitted at this time. Students in grades six through eight attend Clack Middle School. Students in grades nine through 12 attend Cooper High School. Bus service is provided by Abilene Independent School District for students attending Clack Middle School and Cooper High School.
Dyess Elementary School
402 Delaware Road
Abilene, TX 79607 325-690-3795
Clack Middle School
1610 Corsicana Ave.
Abilene, TX 79605 325-692-7961
Cooper High School
3639 Sayles Blvd.
Abilene, TX 79605 325-691-1000
TRICARE is the health care program for active duty and retirees of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. TRICARE’s primary objectives are to optimize the delivery of health care services in the military’s direct care system for all military health system (MHS) beneficiaries and attain the highest level of patient satisfaction through the delivery of a world-class health care benefit.
TRICARE coverage is completely portable so it moves with you when you relocate. The TRICARE Prime options include TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote in the United States, and TRICARE Prime Overseas and TRICARE Global Remote Overseas in regions outside of the United States.
Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:
Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
Update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) immediately when you arrive at your new location.
Select a new primary care manager (PCM), when moving within the same region or submit a new Prime enrollment form within 30 days if you’re moving to a new region.
Where you are moving will determine which Prime option you will enroll in. If you move to a new Prime service area, transfer your enrollment by submitting a TRICARE Prime Enrollment and PCM Change Form to your regional contractor. Be sure to include all family members who wish to use Prime on the form.
TRICARE Standard and Extra are available to family members only. Active-duty service members are required to enroll in one of the Prime options described above. TRICARE Standard and Extra are available throughout the United States, and enrollment is not required. Any active-duty family member who is registered in DEERS may use these programs by seeing any network or non-network provider that is authorized by TRICARE.
If you’re already using TRICARE Standard and Extra, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) immediately. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area.
Here are a few things to remember about using TRICARE Standard and Extra in a new region:
In the U.S., visit your new regional contractor’s website for a list of providers. Remember, if you see network providers, you’ll be using the Extra option and pay lower copayments.
If you move to a new region, you’ll have a new claims address for submitting your TRICARE claims.
Learn your new region’s prior authorization requirements as these requirements may differ by region.
For a complete description of the different types of coverage programs and regions, please visit www.tricare.mil.
7th Medical Group
697 Louisiana Drive
Appointment line 312-696-4677
The 7th Medical Group is an outpatient clinic that is the designated primary place of care for Dyess’ active-duty members and all dependents enrolled in TRICARE Prime. Priority for medical appointments is given to active-duty military personnel and TRICARE Prime enrollees. Dental care is available to active-duty military. Family members seeking dental appointments may be seen on a space available basis but are usually referred off base.
The 7th Medical Group does not have an emergency room. Emergency conditions are those that require immediate medical treatment (potential loss of life, limb or sight). For emergency care, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
Emergency care is available at the Hendrick Medical Center and Abilene Regional Medical Center.
If you need health care advice after hours, contact the Healthcare Information Line (HCIL) at 800-611-2875. The Healthcare Information Line offers guidance on personal health and wellness matters and is a benefit under the TRICARE contract. Registered nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to discuss treatments, symptoms, illness prevention and education.
The Primary Care Clinic provides limited service on the weekends, holidays, down days and monthly training afternoons. If you require care during these times, contact the Medical Information Center at 325-696-2334 for further instructions.
If you are active duty and have a spouse or child with a special need (mental, emotional, educational or physical) enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical (EFMP-M) is mandatory. This program can minimize hardships by providing referral to appropriate resources on and off base, assistance in reassignment or deferment considerations, information on community programs and support groups.
Obstetrical/Gynecological Services are provided in the local community. Pregnancy tests are accomplished by the primary care managers (PCM); either family practice providers or flight surgeons.
Flight Medicine 325-696-5490
Health & Wellness 325-696-4140
Mental Health 325-696-5380
Physical Therapy 325-696-5451
Prescription Refills 325-696-1585
Public Health 325-696-5478
Women’s Health 325-696-5432
Ancillary and Administrative Services
Family Advocacy 325-696-5380
Bank of America
251 Ave. B 325-690-6220
Lobby: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Drive-through: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Abilene Federal Credit Union
341 Ave. C 325-691-2300
Lobby: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Drive-through: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
217 Fifth St. 325-696-2405
398 Ave. C 325-696-4166
Longhorn Dining Facility
490 Ave. B
Longhorn facility 325-696-2421
Menu line 325-696-2478
QuickStop Flight Kitchen 325-696-4861
Airman & Family Readiness Center
382 Ave. D 325-696-5999
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
The Dyess Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness Center is the service organization for Air Force families and is a one-stop location where individuals can obtain reliable information and assistance on a wide range of important topics.
The center provides information and referral, counseling and follow-up and coordination and consultation with other base and civilian agencies to strengthen base policies and programs — all in an effort to benefit Air Force families. Programs and services include:
Workshops, self-assessment, review of job skills and job search seminar are offered to assist with employment/career development in the area.
Family Life Skills
The Family Life Skills Program offers classes to assist in learning new skills or to tune-up existing ones. A variety of workshops are offered to help improve quality of life.
Information & Referral
This program is designed to link people with resources to meet their needs, to help determine those needs and provide assistance and information for services available on-base and within the local community.
Personal Financial Management
This program includes individual and family financial counseling. Assistance with checking account maintenance, savings, financial planning, consumer credit and investments is available. Workshops are designed to put clients in control of their finances.
The Relocation Assistance Program provides a support system of information and services to military personnel and their families during a PCS move. The program staff coordinates with other base services to provide a comprehensive support system for relocating families.
This program helps prepare service members for a smooth transition to civilian life. Mandatory counseling, individual assessment and referral are some of the services offered. A three-day seminar to assist with preparation for the job search and information on veterans’ benefits is also offered.
Child Development Center
201 Ave. D 325-696-4337
6:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
The Dyess Air Force Base Child Development Center is committed to providing a diverse and rewarding developmental experience for the full growth of a child in a safe environment with a professional and caring staff. Full-time care for children age 6 weeks to 6 years is available during the week and parents can choose from hourly (space available), weekly and monthly rate. The center will provide breakfast, lunch and snacks. Fees are charged on a sliding scale based on the current year family income. The child’s immunization card must be provided on the first visit.
Family Child Care
366 Ave. D 325-696-2869
7:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
Family Child Care provides an in-home child care option to support the families of Dyess Air Force Base. Children up to 12 years old are cared for by licensed, professional child care providers. Full-time, part-time, weekly and hourly care is supplemented by weekend, evening, shift work, newborn, TDY, PCS, special needs and before- and after-school options.
School Age Program
232 Texas Drive 325-696-8562
3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3:30 to 6 p.m. (ages 9 to 12), 3:30 to 11 p.m. (ages 13 to 18) Friday; 4 to 7 p.m. (ages 9 to 12), 4 to 11 p.m. (ages 13 to 18) Saturday
The Dyess School Age Program provides support to working parents of children ages 5 to 12. It features safe, age-appropriate activities focused on building skills for life such as arts and crafts, computers, woodworking, cooking class and homework power hour.
232 Texas Drive 325-696-8561
3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday
The Dyess Teen Program serves youth from 13 to 18 years old with a wide variety of programs including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 4-H, Air Force and local activities.
232 Texas Drive 325-696-8561
3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday
The Dyess Tween program offers programs for youth ages 10 to 12. Activities include Boys & Girls Club Torch Club, 4-H, Fit Factor and art.
232 Texas Drive 325-696-4797
3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m. (ages 9 to 12), 3 to 11 p.m. (ages 13 to 18) Friday; 4 to 7 p.m. (ages 9 to 12), 4 to 11 p.m. (ages 13 to 18) Saturday
This program offers a variety of sports for children ages 5 to 18 as well as summer camps.
Dyess Air Force Base Legal Office
Notary and Powers of Attorney: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday
Walk-in legal assistance: 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, 9 to 10 a.m. Friday
Wills: By appointment only
RECREATION, LEISURE, FITNESS
Arts & Crafts Center
357 Ave. B 325-696-4175
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
The center offers ceramics, framing, radio control, sewing, stained glass and leather working tools. The frame shop and embroidery shop are part of the center too.
Auto Hobby Shop
565 Ave. B 325-696-4179
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Save money by doing car repairs yourself. Use the shop’s tools and conduct self-help repairs with the benefit of the knowledgeable staff to assist you. An ASE-certified mechanic onsite can conduct services and maintenance at low prices.
Community Activities Center
357 Ave. B 325-696-4305
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Located in the Hangar Center, the Community Activities Center features a video game room, pool, classes and a ballroom. The center hosts special community-wide events.
Dyess Lanes Bowling Center
398 Ave. C 325-696-4166
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday
Enjoy 16 lanes in a newly renovated bowling center. A variety of bowling programs are offered, and the pro shop offers a full line of services.
525 Ave. B 325-696-4306
5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays
Get fit while having fun. The center features state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment and a weight-lifting room and general exercise rooms for classes. The center has men’s and women’s locker rooms, running tracks, basketball courts and an indoor swimming pool.
Information, Tickets & Travel
260 Commissary Road 325-696-5206
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
The Information, Tickets & Travel Office is a full-service travel office offering airline fares, cruises, vacation packages, car rentals and accommodations information and arrangements. The office also features discounts on tickets to a wide range of local attractions and amusement parks.
349 Third Ave. 325-696-2618
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
The library is open to active duty, retired military, dependents, DOD civilians and contractors and offers a wide range of materials and services.
Mesquite Golf Course
766 Mesquite Trail 325-696-4384
Sunset to sunrise Monday through Sunday
This year-round course offers an 18-hole layout. Riding carts, locker rooms and pro-shop are available as well as instruction and rentals. Golf clinics are available with a PGA professional.
Outdoor Recreation Center
926 Louisiana Road 325-696-2402
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
The center’s services include equipment rental, a year-round paintball field, two outdoor pools, fishing licenses, batting cages and trips such as adventure, shopping and sightseeing.
7th Bomb Wing Chapel
158 Ave. B 325-696-4224
Office hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
Protestant services: Worship/Children’s Church, 11 a.m. Sunday; Bible Study, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday
Roman Catholic services: Mass, 11:30 a.m. daily, 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday; confession, 4:15 Saturday and 8:15 a.m. Sunday; youth group, noon Sunday
Bldg. 7339 325-692-8996
The Exchange at Dyess Air Force Base offers a multitude of services and products to authorized patrons, their families, all retirees and reserve components.
260 Commissary Road
Barber Shop 325-695-2086
Beantree Coffee Shop 325-692-4717
Beauty Shop 325-691-0960
Black Box Pizza 325-692-5555
Floral Shop 325-692-5770
Optical Shop 325-793-1750
The Cleaners 325-695-1999
Military Clothing Store
Charley’s Grilled Subs
Burger King 325-698-1171
Express/Instaflix DVD Kiosk
Bldg. 7302 325-692-6721
Dyess Air Force Base Commissary
250 Commissary Road 325-696-4802
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
Early bird hours: Tuesday through Friday, 7 to 10 a.m.
Save an average of 30 percent of your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the Dyess commissary. In-store amenities include custom photo cakes, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go, party cakes and plants.