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Senior Airman Carlos Del Valle III, a weapons load crew member assigned to the 37th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, retrieves a Mark 82 General Purpose bomb for a load competition at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 17, 2017. The loading standardization crew evaluates each competing team on performing safe and reliable weapons loading operations in accordance with B-1 bomber weapons loading technical orders and Air Force instructions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin) Ellsworth hosts annual load competition
Senior Airman Carlos Del Valle III, a weapons load crew member assigned to the 37th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, retrieves a Mark 82 General Purpose bomb for a load competition at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 17, 2017. The loading standardization crew evaluates each competing team on performing safe and reliable weapons loading operations in
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A B-1 bomber takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 14, 2017, as a part of exercise Combat Raider. The B-1 bomber has been a part of every large scale exercise since its arrival to Ellsworth in 1987. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Ellsworth participates in Combat Raider 17-02
A B-1 bomber takes off from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 14, 2017, as a part of exercise Combat Raider. The B-1 bomber has been a part of every large scale exercise since its arrival to Ellsworth in 1987. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel)
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Brig. Gen. (sel) Gentry Boswell, 28th Bomb Wing commander, presents Al Cornella with the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award during a Military Affairs Committee meeting at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., on March 16, 2017. Cornella received the award, the highest given to non-Department of Defense civilians by the Secretary of Defense, by advocating for the Air Force, connecting regional and professional communities to the service and bolstering a better understanding of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Rapid City leader garners AF Distinguished Public Service Award
A longtime friend of Ellsworth and champion for our nation’s military has received the highest award given to non-Department of Defense civilians.Alton “Al” Cornella, a civic leader and retired local business owner, received the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award for advocating for the Air Force, connecting regional and professional
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Senior Airman Robert Helvie, a military working dog handler assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, helps Chief Master Sgt. Alan Boling, command chief for the 8th Air Force, into the bite suit during a visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 9, 2017. MWD handlers train K-9s to detect narcotics or distinct bomb odors to ensure mission effectiveness is not hindered. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) 8th Air Force command chief pays visit to Ellsworth
Chief Master Sgt. Alan Boling, command chief for the 8th Air Force, visited Ellsworth March 7 to 9 to meet the Airmen and witness the 28th Bomb Wing execute its mission.
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Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams, Air Force Global Strike Command command chief, center, meets with Airmen assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron during a visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 2, 2017. The 28th LRS Airmen showed Williams around the base’s deployment center while briefing about the deployment process at Ellsworth. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson) AFGSC command chief visits Ellsworth
Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams, Air Force Global Strike Command command chief, center, meets with Airmen assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron during a visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 2, 2017. The 28th LRS Airmen showed Williams around the base’s deployment center while briefing about the deployment process at
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Airman 1st Class Hayden Wilson, a response force member assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, scans a Common Access Card at the Liberty Gate, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 9, 2017. The 28th SFS has upgraded their previous Defense Biometric Identification System, increasing the processing speed for information from the DBIDS database. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin) Implementing new scanners for a safer base
Since Feb. 24, Airmen and families of Ellsworth might have begun to notice a quicker wait time as they pass through the gates thanks to new scanning upgrades that the 28th Security Forces Squadron have installed at each gate on base.
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Heidi Sowers, a child program technician assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., reads to children inside a classroom March 3, 2017. Sowers was one of 50 childcare center educators in the U.S. who won the Terry Lynn Lokoff Award, a national-level award promoting teachers’ projects to better improve teaching environments for children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) CDC educator wins national-level award
A teacher from the Child Development Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., won the 2017 Terry Lynn Lokoff Award, a national-level award promoting young educators’ projects to improve teaching environments for children.   “Terry Lynn Lokoff was a caregiver years ago,” said Heidi Sowers, the award recipient and a child program technician assigned
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Default Air Force Logo Change to the Combat Raider exercise March 14-16
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – The Combat Raider exercise scheduled for March 14-16 will continue as planned. However, the large force exercise that was associated with this event has been canceled. All training activity associated with Combat Raider will be contained in the Powder River 2 Military Operating Area and the Gateway West Air Traffic
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Senior Airman Drake Anderson, an aircraft metals technology journeyman assigned to the 28th Maintenance Squadron, inputs instructions into a VF5 Super Speed at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 22, 2017. The Super-Speed Vertical Machining Center, or the VF-5SS, allows the shop to speed up the manufacturing process and run more efficiently, as well as provides a way to test the tolerance of new aircraft parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Forging the future, maintainers receive new equipment
The B-1 is a four-engine, supersonic bomber that has been providing combat airpower – anytime and anywhere for more than 30 years. This Black Dragon has been at Ellsworth since July 15, 1988, and is currently playing a major role in the war on terror. These aging aircraft are used frequently, putting them under constant wear and tear. The bombers
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Senior Airman Emelina Braden, a military working dog handler assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, and Eelsen, a MWD assigned to the 28th SFS, reports to Maj. Jaime Hernandez, commander of the 28th SFS, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 24, 2017.  In order to earn explosive detection certification, Braden and Eelsen were tested on their ability to detect multiple planted explosive aids throughout a building on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anania Tekurio) MWDs put nose to the test
Senior Airman Emelina Braden, a military working dog handler assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, and Eelsen, a MWD assigned to the 28th SFS, reports to Maj. Jaime Hernandez, commander of the 28th SFS, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 24, 2017. In order to earn explosive detection certification, Braden and Eelsen were tested on
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