Christmas Comes Early To Alameda

Twas the weekend before Christmas when all the the Alameda Community Center, not a creature was stirring except for the Dyess We Care Team volunteers who gave up their weekend to spread a little paint along with some Christmas cheer. The project was led by team leader SrA Brandon Barksdale (photo above).

A total of five rooms were painted. One room was painted with a fish aquarium motif, complete with sponge painted coral and various little swimming sea creatures. Another room looked like several cans of brightly colored paint exploded all over the walls and ceiling. A perfect look for the creative art room. The kids will love it. The very large movie/meeting room walls were taped off and painted with three shades of beige paint along the walls, providing a very elegant look to the room along with a few move fixtures to hang on the wall. The citizens of the Alameda community will be in for one big surprise when they see this room.

The WCT would like to thank the Star Family of Dealers, The Home Depot and The Paint Center for helping to make this project possible and helping spread the spirit of Christmas.

Mark Preston Concert Benefits WCT


Mark Preston, former member of The Lettermen performed in Abilene on December 5, 2014 at Radford Auditorium on the campus of McMurry University. All proceeds fom the ticket sales will be donated to The Dyess We Care Team.  The concert raised a total of $4,848 for the WCT.

Two-time Grammy nominee Mark Preston spent 10 years with the world famous recording group, The Lettermen. In 2001, Mark’s contributions to The Lettermen were recognized when the group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame. Check out the video below that showcases a part of Mark’s talented performance and even includes a few favorites from The Lettermen.  Mark is also a former member of the United States Air Force’s Tops in Blue, an elite group made up of the Air Force’s top 20, most versatile entertainers.

The overall consensus of those that attended the concert stated they would like to see Mark come back again next year.  For those that were not able to make the concert you missed one heck of a show.  A big shout out and thank you goes to Stacey Chapman who organized and spent countless hours putting this event together.  It was truly a memorable evening.

Buffalo Gap Makeover

The Dyess We Care Team headed south of Abilene to Buffalo Gap to provide new paint and a few other minor repairs to a mobile home that was is some much needed tender loving care. Thanks to the funds provided by our Airmen through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC#71767) the WCT was able to purchase supplies, and The Home Depot donated paint and primer! This project’s Team Leader was MSgt Joseph Duren. It was a beautiful fall day but the WCT didn’t quite finish with all the needed work. So the WCT will be meeting again next Saturday, October 25 to complete the makeover.

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Mark Preston, Former Lettermen To Perform In Abilene Benefitting The Dyess We Care Team

Mark Preston Singing
Mark Preston, former singer with The Lettermen is scheduled to perform in Abilene on December 5, 2014 at Radford Auditorium, located on the campus of McMurry University. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00 per person. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to The Dyess We Care Team.

Mark is also a former United States Air Force member and performer with the Tops in Blue.

Concert tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Kristen Robertson-Weber at 325-320-9857. Enjoy a memorable evening with the talented Mark Preston with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Dyess We Care Team. We hope to see you there.

To learn more about Mark and the concert event, simply click on the link located on the right hand sidebar of our webpage.

First Lieutenant Victor Guinn Named Volunteer of the Year

Dyess Airmen were recognized for their volunteerism July 26, during the 14th Annual We Care Team Awards Banquet at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. This year first lieutenant Victor Guinn (photo above) was named Volunteer of the Year. Victor is assigned to the 7th CES and is the first officer in WCT history to receive the award. The 7th CES also received the Squadron of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.

The banquet is held to honor those who spend their free time with the Dyess WCT helping rebuild the lives of less fortunate Abilene community members. Through hard work and dedication, volunteers are awarded points for hours, projects, fundraisers and consistency.

The top volunteers represented 525 of the WCT’s estimated 4,000 volunteer hours and assisted in raising a significant amount of money for Abilene organizations and the community.

Retired Col. Todd McCready, former 7th Maintenance Group commander, who was active in the WCT while stationed at Dyess AFB, returned to Abilene to help present the Volunteer Squadron of the Year Award, an award in which he has sponsored. Col McCready was one of the We Care Team’s biggest supporters while he was here at Dyess. The evening meal was provided by long time WCT supporters Classic Fare Catering.

Judge Downing Bolls for served as Master of Ceremonies for this years event with special guest speaker State Representative Susan King. All meals were bought and paid for by our wonderful banquet Sponsor – Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Hyundai, allowing all ticket donations go towards the purchase of some much needed ladders!

Below are photos of this years award winners. The awards were presented to the Airmen by Col Steven Beasley (7 BW/CC) and Command Chief Master Sergeant Eddie Webb.


#2 Outstanding Volunteer Award Winner – SrA Dale Briggs III – 7 CES


#3 Outstanding Volunteer Award Winner – A1C Miles Hambly – 7 CES


#4 Outstanding Volunteer Award Winner – A1C Zach Warlick – 7 CS


#5 SSgt John Tomsich – 7 OSS (Top 5 award winner for 5 consecutive years)


#6 A1C Justin Hoffner – 7 AMXS


#7 TSgt Matthew Childers – 7 CES


#8 SSgt Chris Bowen – 7 CES


#9 A1C Michael Harbin – 7 CS


#10 TSgt Shella Duque – 7 LRS


Squadron of the Year Award – 7 CES


Superior Community Service Award (250 hours community service) – SrA Jocob Hicks

Founders Award Winner – A1C Steven Vermillion – 7 CES

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