ABILENE, Texas (KRBC)- Dyess Air Force Base celebrated two promotions to the 317th Airlift Group.
Not only did they activate a new commander, the 317th Airlift Group is now known as the 31th Airlift Wing.
Lt. General Giovanni K. Tuck, Commander of the 18th Air Force told KRBC that, “today was a huge day and the reason why it’s an important day is because it makes sense for us to do it. This base is the right size that this unit ought to be, in terms of a full blown wing.”
The 317th Airlift Wing has 28 C-130’s that are all maintained and operated by more than 1,200 airmen.
Because of that, Lt. General Tuck says that transforming the Group into a Wing is beyond necessary.
The recently activated commander of the 317th Airlift Wing, Colonel David Owens says that although they have been promoted, they will continue to do what the Airfling Wing has been known for.
“We are just putting a Wing on top of this, and we’re just going to try to grow it and make it better.” Said Colonel Owens.
The C-130’s at Dyess are known to be the best.
“They are extremely successful, they deploy, they are tacticalllly sound, tactically C130 unit in the Air Force.”
Together, both the Bomb Wing and Airlift Wing continue to prosper.
“They are the Global Strike Command, they fly Bombers, we have C130’s, we fly for Air Mobility Command, and it has been a thriving successful relationsihp with the Bomb Wing.”
During the ceremony, Dyess Honor Guard presented the colors during the 317th Airlift Wing acitivation Ceremony at Dyess Air Force Base. Col. David Owens assume dcommand fo the 317th Airlift Wing, which is now compromised of two groups and five squadrons. The newest wing consists of the 317th Operations Group, 317th Maintenance Group, 39th Airlift Squadron, 40th Airlift Squadron, 317th Operations Support Squadron, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 317th Maintenance Squadron.