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Maj. Anthony Bares, the director of wing inspections assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing Inspector General office, speaks with participants of the Ride Across South Dakota off Highway 44, S.D., June 4, 2017. Bares took up cycling in 2004 as a way to train for triathlons, and leads the Dakota Regional Air Force Cycling Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol) Cycling for physical, mental fitness
Do you remember that feeling when you finally figured out how to ride a bike? Your brother or sister, or maybe your parent or guardian, taught you how to balance and pedal at the same time, and then took off the training wheels. Maybe you did a weird circle until you fell down. But you finally balanced, pedaled and rode that Superman or princess
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Master Sgt. Nathan Landry, the first sergeant assigned to the 28th Medical Group, and Master Sgt. Luis Guillen-Diaz, the mental health flight chief and additional-duty first sergeant assigned to the 28th MDG, join Staff Sgt. Ricky Dunbar, an education and training noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to the 28th MDG, while he teaches a course on CPR at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 9, 2017. Each first sergeant has a handful of additional-duty first sergeants, usually around four or five, ready to drop what they’re doing at moment’s notice to take up the mantel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) When away from fight, additional shirts take the flight
Behind every Airman is a first sergeant, an individual assigned to an Air Force unit who is responsible for providing a focal point for readiness, health, morale, welfare and quality-of-life issues.
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Gregory Carter, the Air Force Repair Enhancement Program manager assigned to the 28th Maintenance Group, stands in front of the 28th MXG Head Quarters at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 31, 2017. As the AFREP Program manager, Carter has help the 28th Bomb Wing save more than $34 million over the past decade he has spent with the group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) From munitions to AFREP supply manager: a life of service
Service before self; as one of the three Air Force Core Values, it is one of the most important values an Airman can have, enabling them to soar great heights in their career.
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Airman attend the First Term Airman Course at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March. 11, 2014. The new course, “Airmanship 300,” is a continuation of the training Airmen receive during Basic Military Training and technical training school. (U.S. Air Force photo) The tools of FTAC, crafting success
Every Airman goes through the trials of Basic Military Training and technical training school, all the while learning discipline, military order and the importance of the Air Force Core Values. This training sets the foundation for success but there is another course designed to help build on that foundation.
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A B-1 bomber takes off as a part of the Combat Hammer exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 10, 2017. The exercise produced valuable data to combatant command planners and holistically tests the systems, procedures, and Airmen from the initial mission planning to find the final weapon employment phases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Ellsworth Airmen participate in Air-to-ground exercise: Combat Hammer
Two Ellsworth B-1Bs deployed 30 inert precision-guided bombs, cluster bomb units, and decoys during a weapons system evaluation May 8 to 11 at the Utah Test and Training Range, Nevada.
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Dana Powell, the chief treaty officer for the 28th Bomb Wing, explains the role of a combat systems officer to Marcus Knuth, a member of the Danish parliament, in a B-1 Bomber simulator at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 1, 2017. To keep updated with different situations that could occur while flying in the B-1, pilots and CSOs routinely simulate aerial missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald Knetchel) From curating to simulating: retired officers help shape the future
The retirement pin represents multiple accomplishments; pensions, a long career and the achievement of serving the country. It also represents the duality of the military. The military is a machine, and whether enlisted or commissioned, the moment an individual retires they are replaced because the machine must continue.
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A colony of ants begin transporting eggs to a hive at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 7, 2017. The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management shop facilitates utilize tools such as the Hudson one gallon sprayer to spray pesticide on the ants to facilitate the issue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Entomology rids Ellsworth of insects, critters
Uninvited and unwelcome, rodents and insects tip-toe through the cracks and into the everyday lives of the base populous. Thankfully there are select individuals ready to rid these pests.
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The 28th Bomb Wing Command Post at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., was named the 2016 Medium Unit Command Post of the Year for Air Force Global Strike Command. The unit is on call 24/7 to deliver rapid notifications to the base populace during any type of emergency. The command post will go on to compete for the Air Force 2016 Medium Unit Command Post of the Year award. (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise Jenson) Award gives recognition, team gives glory
In a confined area sparsely decorated, computers with phones attached that look like they’re straight from the 1983 Classic “War Games” are manned by waiting Airmen.
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Brian Lewis, an advocacy board member for Protect Our Airmen and a sexual assault survivor, spoke at the Deployment Center as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 11, 2017. Lewis spoke on the importance of acknowledging male sexual assault victims as well as highlighting the avenues of support victims have. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) The life of a victim: a survivor’s story
Sexual assault is a topic at the forefront of news, movies and TV. There is a stigma that females are the only victims of sexual assault. However, males are included in this list as well. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, was established to educate, advocate, and collaborate to respond to and stop sexual assault and its harmful effects on the Air Force.
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Tech Sgt. Corey Goodfellow, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the First Term Airmen Center, learned of his relationship to 1st Lt. John Goodfellow, the namesake of Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, once he had enlistment in the Air Force. Corey aspires to leave a legacy like his distant relative, John Goodfellow, and make his family proud. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) A legacy of valor - remembering Lt. Goodfellow
Family legacies, if left unspoken, can fade away into time and be forgotten. This does not necessarily mean lost. Although, it can be difficult to recover their stories, even when they are hidden in plain sight.
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