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Two camels rest in the back of a truck on a highway in Kuwait, April 9, 2016. Camels are some of the many unique sights Airmen can witness while deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) There is a first time for everything
The first step in sand, the first time trying to communicate with an Egyptian man that doesn’t speak English— there are many new experiences for first term Airmen, but there are even more during a first deployment. It did not start off like most deployments. I had 11 days to finish every computer based training and attend all pre-deployment
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Default Air Force Logo Celebrate Women’s Equality August 2016
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Every day we have choices and rights that we take for granted. We often don’t take the time to think what it would be like not having some of those abilities or privileges. A woman’s right to vote is one of those privileges.Women now have a voice in who will be elected in any office, and can also vote for other
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Default Air Force Logo Preparing for upcoming PT test? Read this first
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Whenever the physical training test rears its head, the chatter that comes with it is heard, spanning from confidence to self-doubt. Although an integral part of military life, there are those who struggle with certain components of the test, often time’s the run, and I just happened to be one of these people.But as
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Default Air Force Logo Family Days – Celebrating 4th of July
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – The 4th of July and family days associated with the federal holiday is time off that is well earned, in my opinion.  As the world’s best Airmen in the world’s greatest Air Force, leadership provides family days as additional time off to celebrate and reflect on the consistent and persistent efforts that produce
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Default Air Force Logo Questioning the sense of any supplement
Military members often turn to dietary supplements to enhance their performance in order to meet the demands placed before them, but sometimes they do little to no research beforehand.With such focus on professional, personal and societal demands, few questions on supplements are asked of sport and wellness nutritionists; not even important, basic
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Default Air Force Logo Be safe, be smart, be sober
As we head into the summer months, Ellsworth's Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program wants Airmen to be mindful of responsible alcohol use. Failure to drink responsibly affects all demographics, and each of us chooses where to go in our free time, as well as whether or not we consume alcohol. Responsible drinking requires
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force Reserve more than one weekend a month
"Weekend Warriors" is a common terminology that describes the part-time commitment of the Air Force Reserve.However, within the AFR, there are four different capacities in which a member may participate. The unit reservist, also called a traditional reservist, serves the well-known one weekend a month and two weeks a year. The other part-time
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Airman Brandon Hickman, 28th Security Forces Squadron response force member, verifies ID cards at the gates of Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 10, 2016. Airmen of the 28th SFS use the Defense Biometric Identification System to determine if an individual is authorized entry to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Nevins/Released) Defender for a day
"Hey, listen! Hey, listen! Hey, listen!" Oh my goodness, please let this be part of my dream, I thought to myself. But alas, the sound of my alarm was very real. Silencing my alarm, I looked at the time. Four in the morning, oh boy.I dragged myself out of bed, preparing for the day ahead. But this day wasn't like a normal work day for me, a
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Chap. (Capt.) Greg Lawrence, 28th Bomb Wing chaplain, left, talks with Airman Sadie Colbert, 28th Bomb Wing photojournalist, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 8, 2016. Personnel can use the chaplain corps to request confidential counseling, allowing Airmen to feel secure when discussing sensitive information. To contact the base Chapel Office, call (605) 385-1598. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released) Learning to lean on the chaplain corps
"Lean on me, when you're not strong and I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on. For it won't be long, til' I'm gonna need somebody to lean on." - Bill WithersChaplains are individuals who minister to military members, and their families of all faiths, while they are known for promoting spiritual growth and fulfilment, chaplains can also be
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Airman 1st Class Karen Wren, 28th Operations Support Squadron analyst, uses Christmas decorations as a way to get in the holiday spirit at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec 8, 2015. Many dorm Airmen experience their first Christmas away from home and use decorating as a way to boost morale. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller/Released) How to avoid shedding tears during holiday cheers
It happens every year-- military members start the long trek home for the holidays.For some, it is their first time going home after being away for an extended time, for others it may be their fifteenth. But it doesn't get any easier.In my limited experience in leaving home, there are some things I have learned so I don't cry (as much) when I say
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