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Staff Sgt. Jonathan Balko, an electrical and environmental craftsman assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, left, prepares to fly his American flag at Fort McHenry during a family vacation. From a young age, Balko knew he wanted to have a career related to military aviation. (Courtesy photo) Old Glory travels from sea to shining sea
The young boy stared in awe as military aircraft powered through the skies. “Which jet is that?” asked his father, pointing to the sky. “That’s an F-14! And that one over there is an F-16!” the boy answered proudly.
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Senior Master Sgt. Ryan Carson, U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact superintendent and vocalist, hits a high note at the FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Nov. 20, 2016. The band played before the Washington Reskins military appreciation game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez) The power of music
“I had just finished performing and this Green Beret, Special Forces guy, all bearded up, came up to me afterwards. He grabbed his ranger tab and Special Forces tab, and he threw it at me.”The performer thought he had offended the Green Beret, that he did something wrong during his performance. “He had this stoic look on his face, and he said ‘I
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A 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels vehicle is tested by a preventative maintenance team before it goes out for the day at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 14, 2016. Each vehicle goes through an inspection to ensure all the functions work properly to prevent any hindrance to operation tempo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) 28th LRS fuels the fight
Editor’s note: This is the final in a series of four articles on the Logistics Readiness Squadron.Fuel… The water of the winged warfighter, without it, aircraft wouldn’t fly, trucks couldn’t drive, and the mission would stop.Much like water, fuel needs to be transported, pumped, monitored and ready for use, and it is the Airmen of the Fuels
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A Radar Electronic Warfare station from the late 1970’s sits in the avionics workstation at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2016. Though the old REW systems take upwards of a week to fix a single line replaceable unit, the wing will be receiving an Advanced Radar Electronic Warfare Test Station upgrade that will lower runtimes to mere hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Upgrading old science with the ARTS
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – A worn-down station wagon wheezes its way up to an auto shop, its engine light on. A technician treads over to the damaged machine. Entering the car, he plugs in his scan tool allowing him to analyze the vehicle and pinpoint the ailments.The process is similar for that of an aircraft when it needs repairs, but far
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Airman 1st Class Rebecca Nunez, an Aircraft Parts Store technician assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron, organizes a cabinet of aircraft parts in the aircraft parts store at Ellsworth Air Force Base S.D., Dec. 7, 2016. The aircraft parts store has more than 35,000 assets to ensure maintenance can get the right part as quickly as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller)  Keeping the B-1 put together
One-point-two billion dollars… Most people won’t see that much money in 10 lifetimes.But the Airmen of the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron Materiel Management flight work with parts worth that amount every day as they ensure B-1 bombers are mission ready and mobility supplies are available for deploying Airmen at a moment’s notice.With more than
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Ellsworth Airmen shovel gravel to encase piping for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Rapid City, S.D., Dec. 10, 2016. The gravel dug by the volunteers helps prevent pipe damage by creating a stable foundation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Airmen help provide homes for the holidays
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Curled up by a warm fire with their family and sipping from a piping hot cup of cocoa, they look out the window to see the gentle snow fall lightly across the Black Hills of South Dakota. They laugh, play games and enjoy the holidays from the warmth and safety of their home.Not everyone has such good fortune and a
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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
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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
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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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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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