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Originally known as Abilene Air Force Base, the Strategic Air Command base was dedicated by the city fathers at the end of Abilene's Diamond Jubilee in 1956. On December 6 of that same year, the base was renamed Dyess AFB in honor of Lt. Col William Edwin Dyess.
Dyess Air Force Base a professional team, delivering bombing, airlift support, training and combat support to combatant commanders anytime, anywhere. Dyess AFB trains all Air Force B-1 crews and is commonly referred to as the "Home of the B-1."