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19th AW, Dyess Airmen complete BACE exercise

a C-130 takes off

A Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, C-130J Super Hercules aircraft takes off at Dyess AFB, Texas, Dec. 10, 2019. The 19th Airlift Wing and 317th Airlift Wing often involve each other in training efforts to ensure lessons learned and expertise gained is not limited to Dyess or Little Rock, but rather is shared across the C-130 enterprise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Porter)

a C-130 takes off

A pilot assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, signals the “thumbs-up” as they taxi a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 12, 2019. The exercise tested Airmen’s capabilities to travel to an austere location with minimal manning and equipment as they support the B-1B Lancer mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Porter)

a C-130 takes off

Airman 1st Class Trayvon Jackson, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, left, and Airman 1st Class Lance Blankenship, 317th AMXS guidance and control systems journeyman, salute the pilots inside of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft as it taxis off the flightline at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 10, 2019. Both the 19th Airlift Wing and 317th Airlift Wing trained together during the Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Porter)

a C-130 takes off

Airmen assigned to the 7th Logistics Readiness Squadron load cargo onto a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during an exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 9, 2019. The exercise is part of a series of Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercises designed to develop and test Dyess AFB’s capability to deploy B-1B bombers, personnel and equipment to austere or unfamiliar locations worldwide and on short notice in support of Combatant Commander objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Porter)

Dyess Airmen complete BACE exercise

A B-1B Lancer aircraft takes off during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 12, 2019. Airmen with the 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conducted minimum regeneration time maintenance on the B-1B Lancer aircraft. During this time, they tested the ability to use Airmen from multiple career fields coming together to launch the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Dyess Airmen complete BACE exercise

A loadmaster with the 317th Airlift Squadron waves a K-loader towards a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 10, 2019. This exercise tested Dyess Air Force Bases capability to successfully maintain and support the mission for two B-1B Lancers from the 9th Bomb Squadron on short notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Dyess Airmen complete BACE exercise

Airmen sit in a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft as they prepare to depart for a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 10, 2019. The training is part of a local initiative at Dyess AFB to develop and improve Airmen’s capabilities to deploy B-1B Lancer aircraft, personnel and equipment to austere or unfamiliar locations worldwide and on short notice in support of Air Force strategic objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Dyess Airmen complete BACE exercise

Maj. Gen. Jim Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, receives a briefing from Airmen within the 7th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment section on their mission during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 11, 2019. This exercise enabled Dyess Airmen to experiment with minimum equipment and personnel while developing multi-functional Airmen concepts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Dyess Airmen complete BACE exercise

Staff Sgt. Steven Rechy, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects the outside of a B-1B bomber aircraft during a post-flight check at a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 12, 2019. This exercise enabled the Airmen to test their deployment capabilities to more easily adapt to operational requirements and compete, deter and win in future power competitions both great and small. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Reilly McGuire)

Dyess Airmen complete BACE exercise
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Staff Sgt. Steven Rechy, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, inspects the outside of a B-1B bomber aircraft during a post-flight check at a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 12, 2019. This exercise enabled the Airmen to test their deployment capabilities to more easily adapt to operational requirements and compete, deter and win in future power competitions both great and small. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Reilly McGuire)

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Airmen with the 7th Operations Support Squadron ensure survival vests are properly fitted for B-1B Lancer aircraft pilots to conduct flying missions during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 11, 2019. Implementing the lessons learned from this training will allow Dyess Air Force Base to easily adapt to operational requirements and compete, deter and win in future power competitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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A B-1B Lancer pilot completes a helmet check during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 12, 2019. The B-1B Lancer aircraft completed multiple training sorties during the exercise to test the personnel’s capabilities to complete the mission in potentially austere locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Staff Sgt. Lesner Dimaoala, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, takes equipment out of a B-1B Lancer aircraft cockpit during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 12, 2019. This integrated training tested the capabilities of multiple wings coming together to develop and test short notice deployment capabilities to cold base and civilian locations throughout the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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An Airman with the 317th Airlift Squadron directs a K-loader away from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 10, 2019. The training is part of a local initiative at Dyess AFB that tested the abilities of multiple wings coming together to develop and improve the capabilities of Airmen to deploy B-1B Lancer aircraft and send personnel and equipment to austere or unfamiliar locations worldwide on short notice in support of Air Force strategic objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base board a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, after completing a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 12, 2019. The exercise tested Airmen’s capabilities to travel to an austere location with minimal manning and equipment as they support the B-1B Lancer mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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A B-1B Lancer aircraft taxis toward the runway during a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 12, 2019. This training is part of a local initiative at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, to develop and improve Airmen’s capability to deploy B-1B Lancer aircraft, personnel and equipment to austere or unfamiliar locations worldwide and on short notice in support of Air Force strategic objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Airmen from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, completed a Bomber Agile Combat Employment exercise at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, December 10 – 12, 2019.

The training is part of a Dyess AFB initiative to develop and improve the ability to rapidly deploy B-1B bomber aircraft, personnel and equipment to austere or unfamiliar locations worldwide in support of Air Force and Combatant Command strategic objectives.

“As we look toward our future, and the threats we may encounter, this training will help us deploy and employ our aircraft and personnel quickly within much closer striking range of our adversary,” said Maj. Gen. Jim Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander. “We want to be agile as we move around unpredictably with a small footprint. This experiment allows us to see how small our footprint can be while generating combat power.”

During the exercise, three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing and the 19th Airlift Wing transported the equipment and personnel needed to successfully maintain and support flying operations for two B-1B Lancer’s from the 7th Bomb Wing’s 9th Bomb Squadron.

Both the 317th Airlift Wing and the 7th Bomb Wing are stationed at Dyess AFB, making it the only U.S. Air Force base to host both bomber and transport aircraft at the same location.

“Integrating both of our wings allows us to practice and execute employment methods that would take a great deal of coordination if not geographically collocated,” said Lt. Col. Brenton Gaylord, 317th AW Chief of Safety. “Even though our wings have trained together before, this scenario is groundbreaking because it is developing new competencies in both communities preparing us to execute distributive operations in the future. The planning and logistics of organically integrating tactical airlift and strategic bombing assets without centralized command and control drives toward a level of agility that will be necessary in the Air Force going forward.”

The exercise also gave Airmen across the base the opportunity to develop new competencies to help execute potential real-world operations.

Airmen with the 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conducted minimum regeneration time maintenance on the B-1B Lancer aircraft, where they tested the proficiencies of using Airmen from multiple career fields, coming together, to launch aircraft, as quickly as possible.

“Completing this training is important because the world is constantly changing and we need to be able to provide global power to combatant commanders throughout the world,” Maj. Kolt, 9th Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer instructor pilot. “As we continue to perform these types of exercises we are going to increase its complexity so we can successfully complete real-world missions like these, if and when, they come our way.”

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