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Namesakes: Dyess AFB, Texas

November 27, 2017

Air Force Magazine’s back-page feature is “Namesakes.” Every month it profiles the person or people after whom an Air Force facility was named. This post is about Castle AFB

Dyess Air Force Base (AFB) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Abilene, Texas.

The host unit at Dyess is the 7th Bomb Wing (7 BW) assigned to the Global Strike Command Eighth Air Force. The 7 BW is one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bomber wings in the United States Air Force, the other being the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.

Dyess AFB was established in 1942 as Abilene Army Air Base (AAB). It is named in honor of Texas native and Bataan Death March survivor Lieutenant Colonel William Dyess.

Namesakes: Dyess AFB

Dyress AFB website

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