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Staff Sgt. Alexander Buchanan, a 28th Operations Support Squadron aviation resource manager, stands next to an unfinished mural inside the 28th Operations Group building at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 8, 2018. An Airman and an artist, Buchanan has spent three months designing and creating this painting outside the host aviation resource management office where he works (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl J. Jenson) The unfinished mural
A simple blue, ballpoint pen glides across a crisp white page as an artist drafts a blueprint. Concepts of his imagination come to fruition as he expertly sketches, outlines and shades images. A creature emerges from the chaos of lines, shapes and gradients. With every detail, the griffin, a powerful mythical creature resembling a lion with the
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2018
Tim Simmonds, an instructor with the 28th Security Forces Squadron, leads an active shooter brief inside the Installation Deployment Readiness Cell during an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 22, 2018. Ellsworth AFB conducted an active shooter exercise, testing Airmen in nearly 20 locations on their ability to respond to different situations in their buildings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randahl J. Jenson) Ellsworth conducts active shooter exercise
Ellsworth Air Force Base conducted an active shooter exercise Feb. 22. The exercise inspected nearly 20 different locations on base, testing each individual’s ability to respond to an active shooter situation within their building. “We were evaluating the base’s ability to react to an active shooter situation by going into at least one building
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2018
Children tear open presents from Santa inside the Youth & Family Services Child Development Center in Rapid City, S.D., Dec. 19, 2017. This event has been hosted by the 28th Operations Group for 11 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicolas Z. Erwin) Santa flies with 28th OG giving gifts to families
Santa Claus has been flying with the 28th Operations Group for the last 11 years delivering Christmas gifts to children enrolled in the Youth and Family Services Child Development Center in Rapid City, S.D.
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2017
A new contractor team stands together in the 34th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 20, 2017. The 34th and 37th Bomb Squadron were recently given eight contractors to help alleviate the workload on their personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin) Bomb squadrons hire contractors, alleviate aircrew additional duties
Putting bombs on target entails more than flying 950 miles per hour and dropping munitions. It requires planning, training and the resolve to do the unthinkable.
0 11/07
2017
Airmen listen to the feedback Col. John Edwards, 28th Bomb Wing commander, received during the Air Force Global Strike Senior Leader Conference during a wing all-call in the Pride Hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 13, 2017. The senior leaders of AFGSC complemented the work ethic and determination that the base Airmen put forth for both AFGSC and U.S. Pacific Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin) Ellsworth commander hosts wing all-call
Col. John Edwards, the 28th Bomb Wing commander, held an all-call in the Pride Hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 13, 2017. Edwards recognized the accomplishments of the wing, addressed his priorities for the future and highlighted the squadron revitalization initiative that is occurring in the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons.
0 10/13
2017
Ellsworth Airmen return from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, after participating in Red Flag 17-3, July 29, 2017. Red Flag is the world’s largest combat exercise and incorporates ground, air, space and cyber space elements to prepare aircrews for future threats and environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Aircrew, maintainers test skills at Red Flag 17-3
Aircrew and maintainers from Ellsworth returned from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, after participating in Red Flag 17-3, July 29, 2017. Red Flag, a three week exercise, is realistic combat training in the Nevada Test and Training Range that incorporates ground, air, space and cyber forces to increase combat readiness.Working side-by-side with
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2017
Becky Thatcher, daughter of the late Doolittle Raider Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. William Hatten from 28th Maintenance Squadron from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Ruptured Duck dedicated crew chief, unveil the newest rendition of the Ruptured Duck artwork during a ceremony for the new Ruptured Duck artwork, Apr. 17, 2017 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The original artwork featured a cross-eyed duck, wearing a leather helmet, staring out over crossed crutches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth) B-1 ‘Ruptured Duck’ rechristening honors Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ 75th anniversary
The 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was commemorated April 17 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a B-1 bomber from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, was rechristened the “Ruptured Duck” and its new nose art unveiled in tribute to a B-25 Mitchell bomber that was flown during the Doolittle Raid in 1942. Ellsworth’s 34th and 37th Bomb
0 4/17
2017
Airman 1st Class Jaylin King, an aerospace propulsion apprentice assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., performs maintenance on a grounded B-1B Lancer during Red Flag 17-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 27, 2017. Aircraft and personnel deploy to Nellis AFB for Red Flag under the Air Expeditionary Force concept and make up the exercise’s ‘Blue” forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum/Released) B-1B Lancer: Hard to be humble
Since its inaugural flight on Oct. 1, 1986, the B-1B has been a work horse for the Air Force. The airframe holds records for speed, payload, range and time of climb in its class, and it brings all those talents to integrate with fifth-generation fighters during Red Flag 17-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
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2017
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