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A crew chief assigned to the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Tiger Aircraft Maintenance Unit poses for a photo in front of an MQ-9 Reaper Aug. 24, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada.  The first MQ-9 launch from Tiger Aircraft Maintenance Unit signals the start of the transition to an all MQ-9 force. (U.S. Air force photo by Airman 1st Class James Thompson) Creech reaps benefits from an all MQ-9 force
Maintainers assigned to the 432d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Tiger Aircraft Maintenance Unit launched their first-ever MQ-9 Reaper Aug. 25, 2016.
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Senior Airman William Evans, 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance customer service technician, responds to a vehicle service call at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 17, 2015. Evans maintains Ellsworth’s vehicle fleet through routine inspections, troubleshooting issues and repairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anania Tekurio/Released) 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance

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Senior Airman Bradley Sutter, 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution technician, has served in the Ellsworth Honor Guard for more than two years and was recognized as the 2013 Ellsworth Honor Guardsman of the Year. The Ellsworth Honor Guard is responsible for providing military honors throughout a 114,636-square mile area covering South Dakota, western Nebraska and northern Wyoming. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Hada/Released) With Honor

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Staff Sgt. Jesse Lownds, 432nd Attack Squadron medical element, issues a flu vaccination to Kamaliah Scally, wife of Staff Sgt. Stephen Scally, 28th Security Forces Squadron security response leader, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 3, 2013. An annual influenza vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting Airmen, families and civilians against flu viruses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer/Released) Immunization specialists help safeguard Airmen from illness
On any given day, millions of germs and viruses circulate around the neighborhoods, homes and workspaces of Airmen and families. One way the base combats harmful germs and viruses and prevents them from harming team Ellsworth is through various immune building vaccinations. The responsibility for ensuring Ellsworth's Airmen, family members and
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Staff Sgt. Jade Hunter, 28th Force Support Squadron mortuary affairs NCO in-charge, takes a new U.S. flag to display over a transfer case during a training session at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Aug. 13, 2013. Mortuary affairs ensure that these flags are pressed and folded by an honor guard at the funeral and presented to the family with dignity and honor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio/Released) Ellsworth's Mortuary Affairs cares for fallen Airmen
Upon entering the Air Force, all members swear to support and defend the constitution of the U.S. For some, that commitment results in making the ultimate sacrifice.Guaranteeing servicemembers who make that sacrifice are honored with the utmost respect, is the mission of the 28th Force Support Squadron Mortuary Affairs section."Dignity, honor and
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Brenda Eiman, B-One Yard Thrift and Consignment Store manager, explains the many items and resources available to Airmen during a tour of the B-One Yard Thrift and Consignment store at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 17, 2013. The store offers eligible Airmen resources ranging from the Airman’s Attic – a loan closet offering necessary household items to the Car Seat Program – which provides Airmen one free convertible infant car seat per child. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio/Released) Getting thrifty at the B-One Yard Store
The B-One Yard and Consignment store has been in the business of providing Airmen savings on household goods for more than five years.While its primary purpose is to function as a non-profit thrift shop, it also offers various programs designed to provide savings for active duty members and their families.The store offers eligible Airmen resources
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Senior Airman Heather Starling, 28th Operations Support Squadron radar air traffic controller, is one of 32 victim advocates on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 13, 2013. Starling has been a victim advocate since August 2011, and remains ready to offer encouragement and support to individuals who have experienced sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released) Victim Advocate Files: Senior Airman Heather Starling
(Editor's Note: This feature story is part of the "Victim Advocate Files" series that focuses on the Airmen who provide support to sexual assault victims and do their part to prevent future incidents among Ellsworth Airmen.)Ellsworth is currently home to 32 victim advocates - men and women who sacrifice their time and energy to make certain no
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Paul Marcello, 28th Bomb Wing historian, holds a photograph taken in 1944 that includes his grandfather, Alfred Marcello, and his B-17 aircrew. The group received its combat crew training at Ellsworth nearly 70 years ago. Studying his grandfather’s military career ultimately inspired Marecello to become Ellsworth’s historian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alystria Maurer/Released) Historically speaking -- Ellsworth's human database
Decades ago, a young boy dug through an old box in his grandmother's closet and found a faded and tattered photo of his grandfather wearing all of his military ribbons and badges. Wonder, curiosity and a sense of awe ensued.The boy would spend much of his young life trying to figure things out about the image and studying more about his
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Airman 1st Class Michael Bryant, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, secures inert guided bomb units to a munitions trailer during training at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Aug. 13, 2013. The 28th AMXS is the largest squadron in the 28th Bomb Wing, with more than 700 Airmen supporting Ellsworth’s combat coded B-1 bombers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Hada/Released) Weapons load Airmen help win the fight
Weapons load crew Airmen assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron enable the base's B-1 fleet to provide critical air presence, precision strike and reconnaissance capability worldwide. While this may sound general to some, those who understand the crucial role played by these Airmen know full well how important they are to the base
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Staff Sgt. Aaron Waite, 28th Medical Operations Squadron bioenvironmental engineering technician, explains his job to Dr. Roger Wilson, 28th Medical Group honorary commander, during a Military Affairs Committee luncheon at the 28th Medical Group on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 18, 2013. Waite is using a Surveillance and Measurement 940 radiation detector in a Level B hazardous material suit to illustrate one of his many roles as a bioenvironmental engineering technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio/Released) Detect, prevent, protect- bioenvironmental engineers
Most Airmen do not pause before entering a building or drinking from a water fountain to wonder if the air they are breathing or the water they are drinking is safe, and a select group of Airmen makes sure they never have to. The 28th Medical Operations Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Office ensures that base facilities' air and water quality
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