A new era at Dyess as Col. Benson steps down and Col. Parker takes over

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - A big change at Dyess today as Col. David Benson retires from the US Air Force after more than two decades of services. His departure leaves a vacancy, one that was filled Friday morning.

The symbolic change of command ceremony drew local, state, and federal attendees, including Mayor Anthony Williams and Congressman Jodey Arrington.

In it, Col. Benson stepped down, and handed the duties of leading the Seventh Bomb Wing to Col. Brandon Parker.

Col. Benson, who has helmed Dyess for nearly two years, spoke to the airmen of Dyess and Col. Parker, saying, "Well done, team, well done. Col. Parker, you're going to take it to the next level. I know you will. Best of luck to Team Dyess. You're in very good hands."

The change of command ceremony dates back to the Revolutionary War, but now, it gives everyone a moment to reflect on the past and the future at Dyess.

Col. Parker, speaking to Col. Benson, made the promise that, "The Seventh Bomb Wing will build on your legacy as we move forward."

Col. Parker then turned to the airmen gathered in the hangar, saying, "Airmen of the Seventh, it is time to move out. My family thanks you for the warm welcome, but we are eager to start serving alongside you as valued members of this wonderful team."

As the new commander, Col. Parker says he's ready to get down to business and begin working for the men and women who are serving at Dyess.

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