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Dyess Us Air Force Base Abilene Texas

Dyess Us Air Force Base Abilene, Texas

A worn and dusty outpost in arid west Texas

If you roll into Abilene, Texas for the first time as an adult, it is natural to think, “Who in the world thought it was a good idea to settle human beings here?”  But apparently someone did. And as is common with so many US Air Force base locations, the selection for the site seems to be based on three common criteria; a general appearance of desolation, a local economy that could use the infusion of federal dollars, and a minimal chance that the misfortune of a jet crash would mar the local topography.  

So, Dyess Air Force Base is so situated.  Consolation for the pilots and the airpersons who support them, some pretty cool aircraft fly in and out of the dusty red clay plateau on which Dyess sits.  Flight ops appear to be fairly gentile, not going past 2200 at night, though it is hard to see who would be disturbed if night ops were conducted.

I have tried a number of military justice cases out here over the years.  The commonality seems to be some sort of odd sex factor. I think I have enough empirical data to call for an EPA study to determine if the mineral tainted water supply, or the dust from the red clay, or perhaps JP fuel seepage has a disturbing effect on human behavior.  

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