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Staff Sgt. Michelle Hoyal, an honor guard flight sergeant assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron, inspects Airman 1st Class Roger Presswoods’ uniform during open ranks in the Pride hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 2, 2016. The Ellsworth Honor Guard is responsible for providing military honors throughout a 114,636 square-mile area including South Dakota, western Nebraska and northern Wyoming. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Ellsworth Airman triumphs, earns Vaught Award
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – An honor guard flight sergeant assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron was recently awarded the General Vaught Award for her exceptional commitment to the Air Force.Months after putting in for this award, Staff Sgt. Michelle Hoyal, the flight sergeant for the Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard, was shocked
0 12/06
2016
Maj. Travis Lytton, an operations officer assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., proudly displays a rooster pheasant he bagged on private farmland near Onida, S.D., Nov. 19, 2016. Lytton helps coordinate two pheasant hunts offered to Airmen by two landowners as a way of thanking them for their service. (Courtesy photo provided by 1st Lt. Jamie Seals) Landowners offer Airmen hunting opportunities as a way of saying thanks
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The chaos of dark feathers exploding from the snow crusted tall grass on the edge of a cut cornfield brings the line of orange-clad hunters to an abrupt halt – each gauging the distance and direction of the wily bird rocketing skyward.Shouts of “Rooster!” fill the air, giving the fowler with the safest and surest
0 12/05
2016
Daniel Laher and Jeffrey Yeargan, special purpose vehicle technicians assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron, disassemble and inspect a hydraulic pump at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 29, 2016. Vehicle management flight Airmen inspect and repair all government vehicles on base, to include police cruisers to snow plows used to clear the flight line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) Sleet or snow, Vehicle Management keeps the B-1 mission on the go
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four articles on the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron here at Ellsworth.Whether it’s a dead battery, flat tire or leaking fluids, when a government vehicle has problems, the Airmen at the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight are there to help.It doesn’t matter if it is Spring
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2016
Zach Donnelly, son of the late Dave Donnelly, displays a family photo decked out in St. Louis Cardinals gear Nov. 4, 2016. Donnelly’s father passed away on Oct. 15 after a long battle with cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson) Professional, dependable, honest: remembering a fallen defender
It’s spring in South Dakota, and the early morning sun has just begun to peak above the Black Hills. Two men sit hidden and silent in a field, waiting for the perfect shot during turkey season.Officers’ John Kost and Dave Donnelly, police officers assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, had been awake since the early morning hours, waiting
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2016
Senior Airman Tijon North, a response force leader assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, fires an M9 pistol at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance firing range at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 6, 2016. Ellsworth’s CATM has trained more than 2,000 Airmen this year with more than 500 sent downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Training the best, preventing the worst
Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of four articles on the Security Forces Squadron mission here at Ellsworth.ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Sweat beads off his forehead as bullets whiz by to his left, and then right. A lone gunman approaches his position at the base entrance. The protector, acting in the first line of defense for those
0 11/23
2016
A soldier from the South Dakota National Guard’s Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, descends from an UH60 Blackhawk helicopter during Exercise Combat Raider 1701 near Belle Fourche, S.D., Nov. 16, 2016. The exercise simulated rescuing two injured pilots that ejected from their aircraft in hostile territory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) Combat Raider keeps joint-force proficient, ready for battle
A young pilot dangles dangerously far from the grassy South Dakota tundra, held on by nothing more than a strap, a cable and a medic from the South Dakota National Guard.  As the Soldier and Airmen are hoisted up toward the HH-60 Pave Hawk medical helicopter, fake blood runs down the captain’s face.  Personnel recovery is a pilot’s nightmare, but
0 11/18
2016
Air traffic controllers, assigned to the 28th Operations Support Squadron, coordinate with aircraft at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 17, 2016. The Air Traffic Control Tower provides flight safety for all incoming and outgoing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel)

Alert eyes watching the skies
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Whether it’s an exercise, training, show-of-force or putting warheads on foreheads, aircraft need open skies and safe runways to operate. This wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of air traffic controllers, who provide pilots with all the information they need and ensure safety for the aircraft and her
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Airman 1st Class Justine Wilson, a traffic management journeyman assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron, counts out the parts of a package received at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 8, 2016. Each part in a shipment must be accounted for to ensure the accuracy of the base inventory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) LRS D-Flight gets all the shipping right
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of four articles on the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron here at Ellsworth.
0 11/16
2016
Robert O’Brien, a detective assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, gathers a sample of blood at a simulated crime scene at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 10, 2016. Once collected, samples are sent to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Labs where they are run for DNA before being sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine a match. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Getting a clue on what investigators do
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of four articles on the Security Forces Squadron mission here at Ellsworth.ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – A worn trench coat and faded fedora – an ensemble worn by memorable detectives like Dick Tracey, Columbo and Inspector Gadget. These gumshoes search the streets and back alleys for the truth and
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Staff Sgt. Anika Dexter, an individual protective equipment supervisor assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses for a photo in front of a B-1B Lancer at the South Dakota Air & Space Museum Nov. 10, 2016 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Dexter, a Navajo Native American, is proud to honor her traditions and serve in the military defending her country, following in the same footsteps as her grandfathers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anania Tekurio) LRS Airman inspired by family’s service to tribe, military
Serving has many meanings, and to one Airman assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron it is part of who she is and how she was raised.
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