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Airmen of the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare a B-1B Lancer to support Operation Odyssey Dawn on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 27, 2011.   Their work was made especially difficult by severe weather, including four inches of snow; glare ice, and freezing fog. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane) 28th BW reflects on Odyssey Dawn launch
Just over five years ago, a phone rang in the 28th Bomb Wing vice commander's office and made history.Less than 72 hours later, more than 1,100 maintenance personnel launched four B-1 bombers from the Ellsworth AFB flightline March 27, 2011 in blizzard conditions to support Operation Odyssey Dawn. It was the first time the aircraft had ever
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Col. Kristin Goodwin, the 2nd Bomb Wing commander, and Maj. Heather Decker, a 93rd Bomb Squadron instructor pilot, go through their preflight checklist prior to takeoff at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., March 22, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Jessica Adams) 90 female missileers, B-52 aircrews make history
Ninety female missileers made Air Force history March 22 as the first all-female missile alert crews to serve on alert at three intercontinental ballistic missile wings simultaneously.In honor of Women's History Month, missileers based out of Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming; and Malmstrom AFB, Montana, completed a
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Capt. Jesse Gronsky, 28th Medical Operations Squadron physician assistant, left, Airman Makenna Jensen, 28th MDOS medical technician, center, and Capt. Lisis Davila, 28th MDOS team nurse, are a part of the family health clinic team at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 15, 2016. The clinic is broken up into three teams, Acers, Angels and Bombers, and provide care for more than 11,000 patients. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert/Released) PCMH ensures quality medical service to patients
Not a week goes by when the 28th Medical Group is not available to service Airmen and their families' immediate chronic issues.The quality of the medical facilities service will be validated to Joint Commission Patient Centered Medical Home standards by a survey that will run April 4 through 6, 2016."Meeting that standard means that we are just as
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Chap. (Capt.) Benjamin Quintanilla, 28th Bomb Wing chaplain, speaks at the “Why not you?” campaign event at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 15, 2016. During the campaign, several agency representatives spoke on the different foster care programs willing families can take part in, and ways they can adopt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert/Released) Ellsworth holds adoption campaign for local community
The Ellsworth AFB chaplain corps held a "Why Not You?" adoption campaign at the Freedom Chapel on base, March 15, 2016.Several agencies spoke about different foster care programs willing families can take part in and ways they can adopt."For children, having an adult figure in their life is a major part of the foundation that is formed to help
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A bat flies low to the ground on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Aug. 27, 2015. Bats are one of the creatures found on base primarily during summer. To report a pest problem, call the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management office at (605) 385-2521. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Airman 1st Class Melissa Waszkiewicz/Released) Who ya gonna call? Pest Busters!
The health and wellness of our Airmen and the success of our B-1 bomber mission relies on Ellsworth's pests to be handled safely and humanely.Luckily, there's one agency on base to call - the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management flight.The flight ensures Airmen are protected from the dangers of wild animals and insects."We are basically
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B-1 bombers assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron receive final preparations before takeoff for a Red Flag 16-2 training sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 3, 2016. Red Flag exercises typically occur four times annually, with a focus on refining air, ground, space, and cyber integration in a contested-degraded environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Kleinholz) Bomber units refine skills at Red Flag 16-2
Since the earliest military operation in American aviation history, air bombardment has been a valuable asset to gain unique strategic and tactical advantages over opposing forces. This capability has helped to counter everything from enemy advancements in World War I to terrorist activities during our current overseas operations.Over the years,
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Airmen from the 28th Communications Squadron and Bomb Wing Staff rush to begin a game of dodgeball during the Air Force Assistance Fund kick-off at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 29, 2016. For more information about the different charitable organizations provided by the AFAF, call (800) 258-1413 for Air Force Enlisted Village, (800) 554-5510 for LeMay Foundation, (800) 655-3083 for Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation, and (703) 972-2650 for Air Force Aid Society. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Nevins/Released) Ellsworth kicks off fundraiser with dodgeball tournament
A dodgeball tournament was held to kick off a fundraiser for the Air Force Assistance Fund Feb. 29, 2016.From Feb. 29 to April 7, the 28th Bomb Wing's goal is to reach approximately $60,000 in donations to the AFAF charity and its four affiliates to lend support to fellow Airmen and their families. Anyone can help with onetime cash payments or a
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Staff Sgt. Jason Prescott, 28th Medical Support Squadron medical war reserve material NCO in charge, prepares to place a flag on a casket during Honor Guard training at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 22, 2016. Once fallen servicemembers have been brought to their duty location by a search and recovery team, Honor Guardsmen pay their respects by holding a ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert/Released) Mortuary affairs: Remembering those who have passed
An Airman's Creed stanza reads, "I am an American Airman, I defend my country with my life," - some personnel make that ultimate sacrifice in defense of the U.S. Constitution.When that happens, it is up to the 28th Force Support Squadron mortuary affairs personnel to ensure that the remains of the lost are honored and treated with respect; but even
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Staff Sgt. Aaron Bonner, 28th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, teaches his class about punishments and reinforcements at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 25, 2016. During their time at ALS, Airmen learn useful leadership and life skills to help them become effective supervisors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Nevins/Released) Growing, developing with ALS
Prior to joining the NCO corps of the Air Force, senior airmen are put through the first round of professional military education, Airman Leadership School.The five-week course places senior airmen in real-world situations to provide them hands-on leadership training while also gaining a deeper understanding of the meaning behind being an
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Staff Sgt. Dustin Jespersen, 28th Operations Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape specialist, left, instructs Chief Master Sgt. Sonia Lee, 28th Bomb Wing command chief, on emergency parachute training at the SERE building at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 10, 2016. Ejection is a last resort for aircrew members who are trained to stay calm while ejecting and avoid tensing up when landing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Donald C. Knechtel/Released) SERE: ensuring the worst is met with success
While navigating the skies, pilots can experience any number of challenges, especially in a combat environment.One critical error or malfunction could leave military aviators with nothing but their will to survive. Relying on their Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training will make the difference in life or death."In the event that the
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