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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 oeqther 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. UNITS

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.

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.

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.

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.

The 436th Training Squadron provides training vital to warfighter readiness.  Annually, 1,400 ACC and fellow MAJCOM students graduate from 14 formal training courses.  Areas of instruction include air, ground, flight, and weapons safety, aviation resource management, aircrew flight equipment, classroom instructor training, and instructional systems development.  The 436 TS also deploys personnel to ACC units throughout the US to produce education and training videos used in training program development.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

The 317th Airlift Group comes under the operational control of 18th Air Force and Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

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.


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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Tenant Units

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 members.

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.

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.

The United States Marine Corp Detachment – 1, Motor Transport Maintenance Company, is a reserve unit that performs vehicle maintenance operations all across the United States as well as training for warfighting here at Dyess.  An active-duty staff of 10 and a Reserve element of 100 train together one weekend each month.  Their higher headquarters is 4th Maintenance Battalion, located in Charlotte, N.C. and Marine Logistics Group located in New Orleans, La. 

Regular events for the Marines include the annual marine Corps Ball, weapons and swimming qualifications, Toys for Tots, Marine Corps Martial Arts, Matintenance Operations and Field exercises. In addition, the Marines participate in numerous 7th Bomb Wing events such as the Air Force Ball, Dyess Olympics, wing runs and joint training adventures in weapons and field exercises.