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A 7th Bomb Wing B-1 Lancer takes off for a training mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The aircraft is flown by an aircrew comprised of Airmen from the 7th Bomb Wing’s 28th Bomb Squadron, and the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Wing at Dyess, which is assigned to 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A 7th Bomb Wing B-1 Lancer takes off for a training mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The aircraft is flown by an aircrew comprised of Airmen from the 7th Bomb Wing’s 28th Bomb Squadron, and the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Wing at Dyess, which is assigned to 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A B-1 Lancer aircrew receive a pre-flight briefing prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The aircrew consists of three crewmembers assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 345th Bomb Squadron and one member assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing’s 28th Bomb Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A B-1 Lancer aircrew receive a pre-flight briefing prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The aircrew consists of three crewmembers assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 345th Bomb Squadron and one member assigned to the 7th Bomb Wing’s 28th Bomb Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Denis Heinz, a weapons systems officer, performs a preflight inspection of a B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. Heinz is Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which is assigned under the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Denis Heinz, a weapons systems officer, performs a preflight inspection of a B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. Heinz is Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which is assigned under the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Denis Heinz, a weapons systems officer, performs a preflight inspection of a B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. Heinz is Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which is assigned under the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Denis Heinz, a weapons systems officer, performs a preflight inspection of a B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. Heinz is Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which is assigned under the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brett Sailsbury checks the aircraft forms of a B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Sailsbury is a B-1 pilot assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 345th Bomb Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brett Sailsbury checks the aircraft forms of a B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Sailsbury is a B-1 pilot assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 345th Bomb Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brett Sailsbury performs a preflight inspection of a B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. Sailsbury is a B-1 pilot assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 345th Bomb Squadron, which is assigned under the 489th Bomb Group at Dyess. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Brett Sailsbury performs a preflight inspection of a B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. Sailsbury is a B-1 pilot assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 345th Bomb Squadron, which is assigned under the 489th Bomb Group at Dyess. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A 489th Maintenance Squadron crew chief jumps to close the cockpit hatch of a 7th Bomb Wing B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The squadron is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A 489th Maintenance Squadron crew chief jumps to close the cockpit hatch of a 7th Bomb Wing B-1 Lancer prior to a mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The squadron is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jesse Walters, a crew chief assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron, prepares to marshal a 7th Bomb Wing B-1 Lancer from its parking spot in support of a training mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The 489th MXS is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jesse Walters, a crew chief assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron, prepares to marshal a 7th Bomb Wing B-1 Lancer from its parking spot in support of a training mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The 489th MXS is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jesse Walters, a crew chief assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron, marshals a 7th Bomb Wing B-1 Lancer from its parking spot in support of a training mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The 489th MXS is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jesse Walters, a crew chief assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron, marshals a 7th Bomb Wing B-1 Lancer from its parking spot in support of a training mission on Feb. 20, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The 489th MXS is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A weapons load crew assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron, prepares to download a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon from the bomb bay of a B-1 Lancer during an exercise on Feb. 21, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Members of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group participated in the exercise alongside their Active Duty counterparts from the 7th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)
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A weapons load crew assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron, prepares to download a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon from the bomb bay of a B-1 Lancer during an exercise on Feb. 21, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Members of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group participated in the exercise alongside their Active Duty counterparts from the 7th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A weapons load crew member assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron secures a tie-down strap on a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon during a downloading operation from the bomb bay of a B-1 Lancer on Feb. 21, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Members of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group participated in an exercise alongside their Active Duty counterparts from the 7th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)
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A weapons load crew member assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron secures a tie-down strap on a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon during a downloading operation from the bomb bay of a B-1 Lancer on Feb. 21, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Members of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group participated in an exercise alongside their Active Duty counterparts from the 7th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A weapons load crew assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron downloads a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon from the bomb bay of a B-1 Lancer during an exercise on Feb. 21, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Members of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group participated in an exercise alongside their Active Duty counterparts from the 7th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)
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A weapons load crew assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron downloads a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon from the bomb bay of a B-1 Lancer during an exercise on Feb. 21, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Members of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group participated in an exercise alongside their Active Duty counterparts from the 7th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

A weapons load crew assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron downloads a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon as an inspector from the 7th Bomb Wing looks on during an exercise on Feb. 21, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Members of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group participated in an exercise alongside their Active Duty counterparts from the 7th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)
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A weapons load crew assigned to the 489th Maintenance Squadron downloads a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Weapon as an inspector from the 7th Bomb Wing looks on during an exercise on Feb. 21, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Members of the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group participated in an exercise alongside their Active Duty counterparts from the 7th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dachelle Melville/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Maese, 489th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) propulsion shop production superintendent, looks on as Senior Airman Matthew Waliszewski reads jet engine technical orders on Feb. 22, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The 489th MXS is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Maese, 489th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) propulsion shop production superintendent, looks on as Senior Airman Matthew Waliszewski reads jet engine technical orders on Feb. 22, 2016, Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. The 489th MXS is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 489th Bomb Group at Dyess, which assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Greg Steele/Released)

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Five months after the reactivation of the Reserve 489th Bomb Group, they are working side-by-side with the Active Duty Airmen in the 7th Bomb Wing, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. During the Bomb Group’s February Unit Training Assembly, the maintenance crews from both units combined to complete an Aircraft Generation Exercise.

 

“My Airmen are working the same 12-hour shifts as their active duty counterparts,” explains Maj. Garth Ranz, the 489th Maintenance Squadron commander. “Active Duty and Reservists need to be able to work as one team because we are all in the same fight and need that team cohesion.”

 

The 489th Bomb Group and its subordinate units, the 345th Bomb Squadron, 489th Maintenance Squadron and the 489th Aerospace Medicine Flight, is an active association with the 7th Bomb Wing. This type of Total Force Integration has the reserve unit integrate to support the active duty’s mission and assets.

 

“We have only been around for five months but Active Duty is already depending on us,” explains Col. Denis Heinz, the 489th Bomb Group commander. “Going forward, there is no doubt that our Air Force is going to rely more, not less, on our Reserve and National Guard forces. The inclusion of all components of the Air Force Structures is vital to sustaining the capabilities required to meet the challenges from strategic uncertainty, fiscal constraints, and rapidly evolving threats.”

 

Initially, almost half of the Airmen that came to the 489th were fully qualified. The Reserves provide a great way for the Air Force to retain knowledgeable Airmen, thus providing access to a larger pool of qualified Airmen for the mission.

 

According to Heinz, hiring for the Group has been better than expected and sits at 38%. While still only a third manned, the Group was able to participate in almost all facets of the generation to include medical processing, unit deployment duties, flight operations, weapons loading and aircraft generation.  The Group is well ahead of the target to be fully mission capable by 2018, and has already proved itself to be valuable total force partner with the 7th Bomb Wing.