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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
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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
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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.
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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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Airman 1st Class Cody Kirby, a pavement and equipment operations apprentice assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, rolls the dice for his character in a role playing game at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 1, 2016. During a recent deployment, Kirby discovered board games as a way to occupy several people when weather conditions encourage indoor activity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) Sit down, unplug, and let the dice roll
Whether it is because of blistering heat or chilling snow, sometimes spending time indoors is necessary.For Airman 1st Class Cody Kirby, a pavement and equipment operations apprentice assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, he has experienced both extremes of the weather spectrum. He recently returned from a deployment to Kuwait, where
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Batu, a military working dog assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, clings to his handler while his kennel is cleaned at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 15, 2015. For health and safety purposes, kennels are sanitized every four hours and thoroughly cleaned at least once a week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert) Man’s best friend: the journey they take
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four articles on the Security Forces Squadron mission here at Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Man’s best friend – a saying that holds true in the home as well as the battlefield. For a lap dog, life seems simple. They eat, play and sleep. While some aspects may be similar, the life of a
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Chap. (Maj.) David Knight, the base chaplain assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, reads his bible in his office at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., August 31, 2016. During Knight’s 14 years as an Air Force chaplain, he has been deployed four times, provided memorial services for approximately 80 troops killed in action and 1,600 patients who were wounded in action during his Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom deployments, as well as being named the 2005 Edwin Chess Award Winner (Company Grade Officer Chaplain of the Air Force). (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson) My 9/11 story: defending liberty
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – It was a day just like any other when then Reverend David Knight drove to his Air Force recruiter’s office to drop off an application for active duty chaplaincy.Knight had begun the application process in March 2001 after learning the age limit for chaplains to enter active duty was 40 – he was 39 at the time. He
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Default Air Force Logo My 9/11 story: bringing the fight to the enemy
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives, and more than 6,000 people were injured in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. For many currently serving their country in the armed forces, the attacks on Sept. 11 cemented their determination to bring the fight to the nation’s enemies,
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