DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Approximately 10 Airmen assigned to the 91st Missile Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, visited Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, to learn about 7th Bomb Wing operations on June 11, 2018.
During their visit, the group, which included the 91st MW vice commander, toured the 9th Bomb Squadron, saw a static display of the B-1 and job-shadowed people with jobs similar to their own.
“What we’re here for today is to exchange information and ideas with Airmen from the 7th Bomb Wing, as well as build a strong working relationship,” said Col. Craig Ramsey, 91st MW vice commander. “We’re looking at maintenance and munitions operations so we can inform each other on what practices work best while also seeing what innovations and ideas we can take back to our wing.”
This tour also gave the Airmen a chance to see how other bases under the Air Force Global Strike Command operate and contribute to the overall mission of global deterrence.
“This opportunity to host Airmen is so important because it strengthens the relationships within the AFGSC, and we can potentially use their experience to do our job better,” said Maj. Ryan Meiergerd, 7th Operations Group executive officer. “The idea is that deterrence does not just need to include their assets at Minot, but all components of the Air Force arsenal. The more we know about their capabilities and how that affects our own operations, the better we can do the business of defending and protecting the U.S.”
Along with Dyess AFB hosting a group from the 91st MW, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. also welcomed Dyess Airmen to learn about their operations. During this visit, these Airmen took part in guided tours of operations control, launch facilities, museums, and supporting agencies within the Space, Cyber and Missile career fields.
“Overall, this was a trip that provides valuable insight into the Air Force missile program and where they stand from a strategic perspective,” said Capt. Matthew Bailey, 9th Bomb Squadron weapons system officer.
Hosting Airmen from another base highlights the relationship of the various installations under AFGSC, as well as give Airmen the ability to expand on their knowledge of different missions and their operations.
“This visit gave the 91st the opportunity to further develop our Airmen,” said Ramsey. “We’re thankful to be able to learn about the mission of the Global Strike Command and get to see how it’s all put together throughout different bases.”