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A member of the 28th Civil Engineering Squadron operates a snow blower to clear the flightline at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 16, 2015. The airfield is the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron’s biggest mission and number one priority during winter months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released) 28th CES plows a way for the mission to continue
It's the time of the year when temperatures drop and snow relentlessly falls on base.To handle this, the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron transforms into the "snow barn" and clears the base of snow and ice - their most critical mission of the year.During the winter, the snow barn maintains approximately 125 pieces of equipment used to keep the base and
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2015
A child holds up a sign for Santa during the annual Angel Tree program at the Youth and Family Services Center in Rapid City, S.D., Dec. 17, 2015. The Angel Tree program is put on annually by the 28th Operations Group from Ellsworth Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Nevins/Released) 28th OG brings holiday magic to local youth
Thirty volunteers from Ellsworth teamed up with Santa and Mrs. Claus to deliver donated gifts to children enrolled in the Youth & Family Services Child Development Center program in Rapid City, S.D., Dec. 17, 2015.The Angel Tree - put on by the 28th Operations Group - provided more than 200 gifts to children in the local area."The Angel Tree
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Tech. Sgts. Lillian and Gideon Stibor, 28th Medical Operations Squadron dental records NCO in charge and 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution NCOIC, met during their time as military training instructors at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Gideon Stibor had already been an MTI for two years when Lillian Stibor arrived at Lackland and he assumed the role as her mentor. (U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Denise M. Nevins/Released) Mil-to-mil MTIs, dynamic duo
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of four articles on mil-to-mil relationships, the struggles the Airmen face and how they overcome adversity.It was during his special duty assignment as a military training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, that Tech. Sgt. Gideon Stibor, 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution
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2015
Nolan Trautner gets a closer look at a salamander while attending Little Warriors Story Time at the Holbrook Library at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 19, 2015. The library holds three programs that aim to equip children with knowledge and promote literacy and socialization. For more information about these and other library programs, call (605) 385-1688. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released) Reading, learning, growing with Holbrook library
When people think about libraries, they sometimes visualize a building storing thousands of books.However, the Holbrook Library at Ellsworth provides active-duty members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians, family members and students a wide assortment of resources."I think some people still have the mindset that all we do is basically check
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2015
Senior Airman Richard Brown, 28th Security Forces Squadron visitor control center clerk, assists Justin Lata, a student at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, with a visitor’s pass at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 10, 2015. During an average week, the VCC issues approximately 150 paper passes and 80 Department of Defense identification cards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released) You shall not pass without VCC
As a vital part of the 28th Security Forces Squadron, the Visitor Control Center aids in providing integrated base defense by controlling the flow of access to the installation.The VCC oversees entry approval requests through an extensive process that begins with the individual.First, their identity is registered into the Defense Biometrics
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2015
Staff Sgt. Chris Meyer, 28th Contracting Squadron contract administrator, reviews paperwork at the 28th CONS office at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 4, 2015. One of Meyer’s primary duties is reviewing contracts to ensure adherence to Air Force guidelines prior to their approval. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller/Released) Family man with a contracting plan
From base landscaping to office computers, nearly everything found at Ellsworth flows through the 28th Contracting Squadron.Among the Airmen leading the charge is Staff Sgt. Chris Meyer, 28th CONS contract administrator, who provides agile contracting support and business advice to Ellsworth and combatant commanders, as he deals with base contracts
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2015
Senior Airman Colton Taylor, 28th Force Support Squadron services journeyman, poses with his boxing gear at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 10, 2015. Taylor started boxing to stay in shape, but now fights to help raise money and sends half of his earnings to his family to aid his grandfather who is battling liver cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller/Released) Fighting for a cause
"I'm not what the fight world wants; I'm what the fight world needs," said Senior Airman Colton Taylor, 28th Force Support Squadron services journeyman.Taylor has been boxing for three years, originally as a way to stay physically fit.However, over time, Taylor's motivations shifted and became far more personal - developing into a dedication that
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Joe Altergott, 28th Force Support Squadron visual information specialist, builds a shadowbox at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 23, 2015. The gift was made for retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, one of two surviving Doolittle Raiders, and included multiple squadron patches from Ellsworth, a photo of a 37th Bomb Squadron aircrew, bomb pins, a flag and a certificate showing authenticity from a combat mission flown on Cole’s 100th birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle/Released) Tigers honor Doolittle Raider
On Sept. 7, B-1 aircrews from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron patrolled the skies over Southwest Asia in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom's Sentinel.While the intent was to put bombs on target, there was a special twist to the sortie: the aircrew was carrying an American flag to be presented to one of the pioneers of
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2015
Default Air Force Logo 'Mil-to-mil' knows no distance
This is the first in a series of four articles on mil-to-mil relationships, the struggles the Airmen face and how they overcome adversity.When two people are married, it is usually expected that the spouse comes before anything or anybody else. However, things can change when both have made a commitment to serve their country through military
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2015
An Airman from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals a B-1 bomber as part of surge week at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 5, 2015. During a surge,  the wing generates nearly double the amount of sorties typically flown each week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Nevins/Released) Airmen behind the aircraft
Ellsworth's 27 B-1 bombers are a vital part of the 28th Bomb Wing's mission and require highly qualified maintenance personnel to keep them in the air.These men and women, 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, ensure aircraft are properly maintained at all times. "Our mission is to fix and fly aircraft," said Senior Master Sgt. Jason
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