by Airman Quay Drawdy
7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
10/19/2015 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 489th Bomb Group was reactivated as an Air Force Reserve unit during a ceremony here Oct. 17.
The 307th Bomb Wing's newly reactivated 489th BG, which encompasses more
than 250 Airmen across the 345th Bomb Squadron, 489th Maintenance
Squadron and the 489th Aerospace Medical Flight, will be working closely
with the 7th Bomb Wing, providing a formal training mission and combat
support operations as the first-ever B-1B Lancer-occupied Air Force
Reserve unit. The unit will be furthering Total Force Integration, which
aims to integrate active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air
National Guard components by using the B-1B Lancers at Dyess for their
"We are fairly small and have been trying to get integrated and be a
part of this team, and we are pleased with the 7th Bomb Wing's
reception," said Maj. Stephanie Treadaway, 489th BG executive officer.
"Everyone from leadership level to Airmen has been extremely helpful. We
want to be here, and we are very excited for this new transition."
The influx of Airmen and their families that will be a part of the 489th
BG will add several hundred people to the Abilene community.
"I'd say the community is excited about having more Airmen," said Bob
Christopher, honorary commander for the 7th BW vice commander. "People
are the driving machines for us. The Airmen spend their money on
Abilene, Abilene spends its money on Dyess and vice versa. It all flows
together and does us good."
Establishing an Air Force Reserve unit helps retain Airmen already
trained in their fields when they choose to leave active duty, allowing
reservists to collaborate with active duty members in a local
environment. Working so closely creates better working relationships,
benefitting both parties when deployed while also providing the Air
Force with a larger force when needed.
"Now, more than ever, our nation demands dominance from our Air Force,"
said Col. Bruce Cox, 307th BW commander. "As the Air Force Reserve
Command's only bomber wing, it is my great honor to partner with the 7th
Bomb Wing in the B-1 mission area. The citizen-Airmen of the 489th are
incredibly excited to join the professional Airmen of the 7th Bomb Wing
in their quest to fly, fight and win with the mighty BONE."
The 489th Bombardment Group was first activated on Oct. 1, 1943, at
Wendover Army Air Field, Utah. The newly-formed group trained with the
B-24 Liberator before entering combat for the first time on May 30,
1944. The 489th BG supported the landings in Normandy and flew missions
into Germany, bombing strategic targets and was part of food drops for
Allied Forces in France.
"We were all just proud to be there," said Edmund Myles, a retired
armored gunner from the former 489th Bombardment Group. "There was a job
to do, and I did it to the best of my abilities. We all did."
The group was inactivated on Oct. 17, 1945, nearly two months after the
end of World War II, and was reactivated exactly 70 years later.