Senator Cornyn Presents Award and Speaks on Future of Dyess Air Force Base

Senator John Cornyn is a Houston native with close ties to the Air Force.

"I'm here to listen and see what I can do to help this community support our men and women in uniform and particularly the ones here at Dyess Air Force Base," said Cornyn.

Cornyn's father was a B-17 pilot in World War II before becoming an Air Force dentist, so the visit to Dyess Tuesday was special for the republican senator and the airmen.

"It was great for him to see the mission, for him to see the airmen, so that he can advocate for us appropriately," said base commander Colonel David Benson.

Cornyn had the chance to tour a C-130 J, a similar aircraft to the C-130 Hercules that dropped the mother of all bombs on Afganistan earlier this month, a move Cornyn says he is in full support of.

"It's really important that if we're going to put our men and women in harms way to fight terrorism, to fight the fight on behalf of our country, we give them all the tools they need in order to accomplish that goal," said Cornyn.

Senator Cornyn also spoke on the future for Dyess and the potential for a new mission at the base involving the new B-21 bomber.

"I see Dyess having an enduring mission with the military and national security. We've talked a little bit about the next generation bomber and where that might be located and it may be that Dyess Air Force Base may be one of those places," said Cornyn.

And the Dyess base commander says they will welcome a new mission.

"I am for wherever the air force decides the bomber should go; I think Abilene is a great location for a base," said Colonel Benson.

The senator's trip also included an award presentation for the son of a WWII and Korean War veteran.

Captain Stanley Scott was a pilot in World War Two when he was captured and imprisoned by the enemy twice, each time escaping.

He went on to serve in the Korean War, where he was killed.

65 years after the war hero's death, his son receiving a medal honoring his father's service.

"A wonderful privilege and an honor to have his feats finally recognized and the heroism  he exhibited finally recognized. It's a matter of a great deal of pride. Plus, we're an Air Force family all the way. Having it on this air force base makes it very special," said Dr. Stanley Scott Jr.

Senator Cornyn presented the award in the presence of the base commander, Colonel Benson, and representatives of the city of Abilene.


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