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An image from 1989of the South Dakota Air and Space Museum when it first opened in Box Elder, S.D. Since the museum opened there have been multiple changes to the facility, additional displays have been installed and more changes are fourth coming as the Adopt-A-Plane Program is implemented. (Courtesy photo) ‘Adopt a plane program’ takes off
The aerial park at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum offers a glimpse into the past with Air Force relics dating back to World War I. The museum is a place for all ages to come and see Ellsworth’s proud heritage on display. Glistening aircraft, towering missiles and artifacts galore await visitors within its grounds and facilities.   Over
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The traje de luces (suit of lights) is the traditional clothing that Spanish bullfighters wear. The term originates from the sequins and reflective threads of gold or silver. Hispanic Heritage Month: a difference through diversity
“What’s in a name?” A popular reference to William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, and yet something more entirely. For Airmen who don the uniform, they wear their family’s name on their chest. Names that carry a long history of tradition and culture.
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Master Sgt. Leon Partin, the unit deployment manager assigned to the 28th Operations Support Squadron, checks emails on his computer Aug. 14, 2017, on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Squadron UDMs often stay after work to ensure that Airmen who are deploying have all the necessary equipment, training and paperwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol) The people behind the deploying Airmen
As Airmen prepare for deployments, they’re usually presented with a checklist of different items to be completed. Yet the Airmen are not alone in the process.
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The 28th Bomb Wing honored the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks during a Patriots Day memorial at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Sept. 11, 2017. Never forget: B-1 aviator recalls 9/11 attacks
“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified,” said Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, during a dedication speech on Dec. 31, 2001. “We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.”
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This flight was one of Edwards’ many firsthand experiences of the Ellsworth mission. Colonel Edwards takes first flight as Bomb Wing Commander
A young boy sits in the bleachers surrounded by hundreds of people, eagerly waiting. A hush falls over the crowd as the air stands still. Within a second the silence is shattered and replaced with the boom of roaring engines and thunderous applause.
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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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