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Dyess Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)
Dyess Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome CenterDyess Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center

Dyess Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Dyess Air Force Base, located 8 miles out from Abilene, Texas. About 13,000 personnel and their families are active on the base that covers about 6,409 acres. Abilene is a military-friendly town with a close-knit community. It acts as a hub for this part of Texas, with five major highways intersecting and going off in all directions that can get you to anywhere else you need to go.

We hope this guide helps you get settled in your new posting and helps take some of the stress out of moving.

1. Where Is Dyess Air Force Base?
2. Google Map View
3. Getting There – Directions to the Base
4. Entering Dyess Air Force Base and Amenities

5. Where Should I Live Near Dyess Air Force Base?
6. What Schools are Near Dyess Air Force Base?
7. What’s the Weather Like in Dyess Air Force Base?
8. Things to Do Near Dyess Air Force Base

Where Is Dyess AFB?

Where Is Dyess AFB?

Dyess Air Force Base Welcome & Visitors Center
1518 East Arnold Boulevard
Building 9265
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 696-2432

Hours:

  • Monday-Friday – 0600-2200
  • Saturday-Sunday – Closed
  • Holidays – Closed

Dyess AFB Map

Dyess AFB Map

Directions to Dyess Air Force Base

Driving Directions

From Dallas, Texas

  1. Take I-30 W
  2. Continue onto I-20 W
  3. Take exit 281 toward FM 3438/Dyess AFB/Hayter Rd
  4. Merge onto I-20 Frontage Rd/W Overland Trail
  5. Turn left onto Arnold Blvd
  6. Enter Dyess through the main gate

From Austin, Texas

  1. Take TX-1 Loop S
  2. Take the exit toward US-290 E/TX-71 E/Southwest Pkwy
  3. Use the right lane to merge onto Frontage Rd/S Mopac Service Rd
  4. Turn right onto Southwest Pkwy
  5. Turn right onto TX-71 W
  6. Keep left to stay on TX-71 W
  7. Turn right onto TX-16 N/TX-71 W/Ford St
  8. Continue to follow TX-16 N/TX-71 W
  9. Turn left onto TX-29 W/TX-71 W/W Young St
  10. Continue to follow TX-29 W/TX-71 W
  11. Turn right onto TX-71 W
  12. Turn right onto FM2309 N
  13. Turn right onto S Bridge St
  14. Turn left onto US-87 N/W Commerce St/County Courthouse Square
  15. Slight right onto US-283 N
  16. Turn left onto US-283 N/US-84 W/Wallis Ave
  17. Continue to follow US-283 N/US-84 W
  18. Turn right onto US-283 N/US-84 W/N Neches St
  19. Continue to follow US-283 N/US-84 W
  20. Use any lane to turn slightly left onto US-84 W/Mt View Rd
  21. Continue to follow US-84 W
  22. Take the exit toward S 7th St
  23. Merge onto S Danville Dr
  24. Keep right to stay on S Danville Dr
  25. Turn left onto S 7th St
  26. Turn left onto Arnold Blvd
  27. Enter Dyess through the main gate

From Abilene Regional Airport

  1. Head southwest on Airport Parking Cir toward Short Dr
  2. Keep left to stay on Airport Parking Cir
  3. Slight right to stay on Airport Parking Cir
  4. Airport Parking Cir turns slightly right and becomes Airport Blvd
  5. Turn left onto TX-36 N
  6. Continue onto Loop 322
  7. Take the ramp on the left onto TX-322 Loop S
  8. Merge onto TX-322 Loop S
  9. Use the left lane to merge onto US-83 N/US-84 W toward Anson/Sweetwater
  10. Take the exit toward S 7th St
  11. Merge onto S Danville Dr
  12. Keep right to stay on S Danville Dr
  13. Turn left onto S 7th St
  14. Turn left onto Arnold Blvd
  15. Enter Dyess through the main gate

Greyhound Bus Station in Abilene, Texas

  1. Head southwest on TX-351 W toward E Overland Trail
  2. Turn right onto E Overland Trail
  3. Use the left lane to take the ramp onto I-20 W
  4. Take exit 281 toward FM 3438/Dyess AFB/Hayter Rd
  5. Merge onto I-20 Frontage Rd/W Overland Trail
  6. Turn left onto Arnold Blvd
  7. Enter through Dyess main gate
  8. Amtrak Station in Abilene, Texas
  9. Head northwest on S Jones St toward E 8th St
  10. Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto E 6th St
  11. Continue onto W 7th St
  12. Turn left onto Macon St
  13. Use the left lane to take the ramp to I-30 W
  14. Use the right lane to merge onto West Fwy
  15. Use the left lane to merge onto I-30 W via the ramp to Abilene
  16. Merge onto I-30 W
  17. Keep left to stay on I-30 W
  18. Continue onto I-20 W
  19. Keep left to stay on I-20 W
  20. Keep left to stay on I-20 W
  21. Take exit 281 toward FM 3438/Dyess AFB/Hayter Rd
  22. Merge onto I-20 Frontage Rd/W Overland Trail
  23. Turn left onto Arnold Blvd
  24. Enter through Dyess main gate

Flights To Dyess AFB

You’ll be flying through Abilene Regional Airport that’s just a quick drive from the other side of the city. American Airlines and United Airlines both make direct flights in and out of this smaller airport.

Dyess AFB Transportation Office

Dyess AFB Household Goods/Transportation Office

217 5th Street
Building 7402
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 696-2266

Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 0800-1600
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays: 0800-1400
  • Saturday/Sunday: Closed
  • Federal Holidays: Closed

 Entering Dyess Air Force Base and Amenities

Entering Dyess Air Force Base and Amenities

All drivers on base must have a valid military ID, veterans or retiree ID, a valid driver’s license, and a valid driver’s insurance card. All visitors must stop by the Visitor Control Center through the Dyess Main Gate on Arnold Blvd.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

For all military personnel arriving during duty hours, contact your unit or squadron of assignment immediately. Your Commander Support Staff (CSS) will in-process you from there and schedule you for your mandatory in-processing and Newcomer’s Welcoming/Orientation briefings. You will need these items for your appointment: IDA worksheet, orders, and mandates, envelope from your losing base, any graduation certificates that apply, and all travel receipts. And remember, if you are bringing any dependents with you, bring all legal documentation that applies.

Dyess AFB Visitor Center

Dyess AFB Visitor Center

Dyess Air Force Base Visitors Center
1518 East Arnold Boulevard
Building 9265
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 696-2432

Hours:

  • Monday-Friday – 0600-2200
  • Saturday-Sunday – Closed
  • Holidays – Closed

Dyess AFB DEERS Office

Dyess AFB ID Card & DEERS Office
417 3rd Street,
Room 132,
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 696-5724

Hours:

  • Monday-Friday – 0700 – 1500
  • Saturday/Sunday – Closed
  • Federal Holidays – Closed

Dyess AFB Gate Hours

Dyess Air Force Base has two gates. The main gate is through Arnold Blvd. that will lead you right through the Visitor’s Control Center.

  • Main Gate: Open 24/7
  • Tye Gate: Monday – Friday 0530 – 1730

Dyess AFB Commissary

Dyess AFB Commissary

250 Commissary Road
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 696-4802

Dyess AFB Commissary Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday-Friday: 1000 – 1900
  • Saturday: 0900 – 1900
  • Sunday: 1000 – 1700

Dyess AFB Exchange

260 Commissary Rd.
Bldg. 7339
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 692-8996

Dyess AFB Exchange Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday: 1000 – 1800
  • Sunday: 1100 – 1700

Dyess AFB Barber Shops

Dyess AFB Barber Shops

260 Commissary Rd.
Bldg. 7339
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 232-8107

Dyess AFB Barber Shop Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 1000 – 1700
  • Saturday: 1000 – 1500
  • Sunday: Closed

Dyess AFB Post Office

2201 Avenue B.
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 695-7965

Dyess AFB Post Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0900 – 1630
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Dyess AFB Finance Office

Dyess AFB Finance Office

382 Avenue D.
Building 7215
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 696-5999

Dyess AFB Finance Office Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 0730-1630
  • 1st and 3rd Friday of the Month: 0730 – 1630
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

7th Bomb Wing Headquarters
7 Lancer Loop
Building 7316
Phone: 1 (325) 461-2232

Dyess AFB Legal Office Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 0830 – 1430
  • Friday: 1330 – 1600
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Dyess AFB Library

Dyess AFB Library

357 Ave. B
Building 7106
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
Phone: 1 (325) 696-6873

Dyess AFB Library Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 0900 – 1900
  • Friday: 0900 – 1700
  • Saturday: 1300 – 1800
  • Sunday: Closed

Dyess AFB Hotels

Dyess AFB Hotels

Dyess AFB has many hotel selections within Abilene, Texas. We’ve selected a few for you to consider if you or your family members need a stay at one of the hotels near the base.

1. Comfort Suites
3225 S Danville Dr,
Abilene, TX 79605
Phone: 1 (325) 480-8409

2. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Abilene
3112 S Clack St,
Abilene, TX 79606
Phone: 1 (325) 695-0500

3. Candlewood Suites Abilene
3050 Catclaw Dr,
Abilene, TX 79606
Phone: 1 (325) 437-4741

4. Hampton Inn Abilene
3917 Ridgemont Dr,
Abilene, TX 79606
Phone: 1 (325) 695-0044

5. Courtyard by Marriott Abilene
4350 Ridgemont Dr,
Abilene, TX 79606
Phone: 1 (325) 695-9600

Download MyBaseGuide’s Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide’s Dyess Air Force Base Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Where Should I Live Near Dyess AFB?

Where Should I Live Near Dyess AFB?

If you’re considering living on base, check out the available on-base housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base.

Major Cities Near Dyess AFB

With an over 2 and a half hour drive to Dallas, Texas, the most major city near Dyess AFB is Abeline, Texas. The population here hovers around 120,000, with many new major housing developments that have sprung up. Dyess AFB is on the western edge of the city, so you will find it a convenient spot to live while stationed at the base.

Best Places to Live Near Dyess AFB

Abilene

Abilene, Texas, is the nearest option for anyone stationed at Dyess AFB. It’s just 8 miles from the base and is a prime location for military personnel to make a home in the constantly growing community.

Even though it’s located over two and a half hours out of Dallas, there’s plenty to do in Abilene. A popular location is the Abilene Zoo that, even though the zoo covers just 16 acres, has a diverse population of animal attractions that include over 250 different species. There is also a ton of history in Abilene, with traditional and living museums alike. The Buffalo Gap Historic Village is one of those places. This living museum tells the story of the Texas frontier. To get a look upwards, be sure to visit the Morgan Jones Planetarium.

Look for homes and apartments for rent or sale at AHRN.com.

Hot Tip: Look for Dyess Air Force Base homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at AHRN.com.

Dyess AFB Schools

Dyess AFB Schools

Dyess Air Force Base has no public schools on the base itself. The base is located, however, within the Abilene Independent School District. For students on base, they will attend Dyess Elementary, Clack Middle School, or Cooper High School. For students living off base, be sure to look up the local school district based on your location. Bus transportation is provided by the school district.

Find more local school information at The Best Dyess Air Force Base Schools: Daycare – High School.

Dyess AFB Weather

Dyess AFB Weather

At Dyess Air Force Base, you can expect weather fairly typical of Texas with hot and humid summers. Over the summer, the temperatures can sit in the average range of the mid to upper 90’s while reaching temperatures just over 100 at times. So be sure to pack the sunscreen and have water with you wherever you go. Winters are short, dry, and cold. The temperatures in the winter can hang around in the 30’s sometimes getting into the low 20’s. Spring can also see severe weather, including tornados, so be sure to have a severe weather radio handy.

Things to Do Near Dyess AFB

Things to Do Near Dyess AFB

With Abilene, Texas, so near the base, there’s plenty to do and explore just a few miles away. The city is steeped in history, including military history museums like the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum specializing in exhibits about the 12th Armored Division during WWII. For a night out with the whole family, the PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center in Abilene is the place to be. There are bowling lanes, laser tag, archery tag, bumper cars, indoor soccer field, over 80 arcade games, mini-golf, go-karts, billiards, and that’s just scratching the surface. Abilene also has many parks and outdoor trails to get out in the sun.

Suggested Read: 19 Of the Best Dyess AFB Things to Do

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Conclusion

Relocating can be a stressful experience, but we hope this guide has given you a clearer picture of the area surrounding Dyess Air Force Base. We hope that you find your next adventure here around the base, whether in the downtown area of Abilene or the many museums and historical spots around town.

The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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