This book covers the history of Dyess Air Force Base from 1941 to the present. The reader is led from the construction and World War II training operations through the Cold War with the Soviet Union, to bomber and missile nuclear alert, and to the transition of a world-wide conventional weapons response capability with the B-1B and air mobility options provided by the C-130 Hercules transport. The book includes a photo tour of the base as well as information on topics such as: Abilene Air Force Base, 96th Bombardment Wing and the Boeing B-47E Stratojet, Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter and the 11th Aerial Refueling Squadron, 578th Strategic Missile Squadron and the Atlas F Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, 4th Strategic Support Squadron and the Douglas C-124C Globemaster II, the Nike-Hercules Surface-to-Air Missile, 96th Bombardment Wing and the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, and the Special Weapons Storage Area.
The author graduated from Iowa State University Bachelor of Science degree in History and a commission as a Second Lieutenant United States Air Force in May 1969. He earned a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Stanislaus at Turlock, California in June 1978. He served as a strategic intelligence officer with many Air Force Commands and intelligence agencies. He completed Air Force Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Naval War College, Foreign Service Institute program on the Middle East. He has published 300 magazine articles and eight books.