Dyess Air Force Base Gives Media Inside Look at Daily Operations

Published 07/12 2014 01:00PM

Updated 07/12 2014 01:04PM

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ABILENE, TX -- Dyess Air Force Base opened their doors to the media Friday to show the inner workings of our area's largest employer. After a flight in a C-130J, pilots explain that they enjoy their jobs, mostly because each day is different. 

"It would be air drops. Its kind of the bread and butter of our mission. I enjoy just the crew coordination. Its a more challenging mission than just flying around," says Captain Jordan Pierson. 

"I enjoy doing the mission and making it matter. When I have been in Iraq and overseas. I have seen some of the local people and I see the sheer joy that they have of having and continuing a lifestyle of freedom where they are actually contributing to their nation," explains Captain Chris Coffman.

Other than the flying over the Big Country, seeing Dyess Fire Department in action was quite the treat. As part of their live fire training, the department extinguished a jet fuel fire around a burning plane. We also got to see the military working dogs in action. These dogs are typically used for searching from anything from narcotics to explosives. Each dog works for about nine years, unless they have a medical condition that forces them to retire early. 

Base tours are also available to the public on certain days of the month.

(Information from BigCountryHomepage.com)

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