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Brig. Gen. (sel) Gentry Boswell, 28th Bomb Wing commander, presents Al Cornella with the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award during a Military Affairs Committee meeting at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., on March 16, 2017. Cornella received the award, the highest given to non-Department of Defense civilians by the Secretary of Defense, by advocating for the Air Force, connecting regional and professional communities to the service and bolstering a better understanding of the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Rapid City leader garners AF Distinguished Public Service Award
A longtime friend of Ellsworth and champion for our nation’s military has received the highest award given to non-Department of Defense civilians.Alton “Al” Cornella, a civic leader and retired local business owner, received the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award for advocating for the Air Force, connecting regional and professional
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Heidi Sowers, a child program technician assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., reads to children inside a classroom March 3, 2017. Sowers was one of 50 childcare center educators in the U.S. who won the Terry Lynn Lokoff Award, a national-level award promoting teachers’ projects to better improve teaching environments for children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) CDC educator wins national-level award
A teacher from the Child Development Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., won the 2017 Terry Lynn Lokoff Award, a national-level award promoting young educators’ projects to improve teaching environments for children.   “Terry Lynn Lokoff was a caregiver years ago,” said Heidi Sowers, the award recipient and a child program technician assigned
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Samantha Clark and her husband Senior Airman Jason Clark, a unit deployment manager assigned to the 28th Communications Squadron, view art during the African American Heritage Month celebration inside the Deployment Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 28, 2017. The event showcased art submitted from Airmen, high school students and children from the Child Development Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson)     Ellsworth celebrates African American History Month
Mouth-watering scents of shrimp jambalaya, grits and beans fill the auditorium as Airmen shuffle along a row of white tables and crockpots, filling their plates with heaps of soul food. A slideshow presenting African American History facts plays on repeat in the corner while Airmen and Civilians converse near an art gallery of drawings, paintings
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Members of the Ellsworth Honor Guard inspect each other’s uniforms before presenting the colors during a performance by the Offutt Brass at the Performing Arts Center Historic Theater in Rapid City, S.D., on Feb. 22, 2017. Offutt Brass is the brass ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band that performs around the U.S. to celebrate America and patriotism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Offutt Brass performs for Rapid City
Members of the Ellsworth Honor Guard inspect each other’s uniforms before presenting the colors during a performance by the Offutt Brass at the Performing Arts Center Historic Theater in Rapid City, S.D., on Feb. 22, 2017. Offutt Brass is the brass ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band that performs around the U.S. to celebrate
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Default Air Force Logo PRTC exercise scheduled for March 14-16
Combat Raider, a large force exercise of military aircraft, has been scheduled for March 14-16 in the Powder River Training Complex.During this period, people living under the following PRTC military operations areas can expect to see multiple types of aircraft utilizing the areas simultaneously:-       Powder River One-       Powder River
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Senior Airman James Pratt, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, performs John Mayer’s “Age of Worry” in front of the 28th Mission Support Group inside the base theater during their annual awards ceremony, Jan. 26, 2017, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Four days later, Pratt was announced the Air Force Entertainer of the Year and was congratulated by Col. Gentry Boswell, the commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, in a coining ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Ellsworth ‘Rock Star’ wins AF Entertainer of the Year
The sound of applause echoes off the tall, dark walls, filling the dimly lit auditorium with the irregular beat of hundreds of people clapping. An “American Idol” style theme bumps through the sound system as colorful lights flash across the stage, waiting for him and his guitar to come take their place in the spotlight. “Hi, I’m Senior Airman
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Personnel from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron remove snow from the flight line at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., on Jan. 25, 2017. With more than three million square yards of flight line, the civil engineers, also known as “Dirt Boyz”, have cleared over 20 inches of snow this season alone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) “Dirt Boyz” fight frozen flurries
Every year, the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron activates a team from within their own unit to remove the icy powder that blankets Ellsworth and threatens the B-1 bomber mission.“We’re 24-hour ops,” said Senior Airman Nicholas Murtagh, a heavy equiptment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron. “So when it snows, we’re always going to be
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A B-1 bomber takes off at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 20, 2017. One of five B-1’s involved, the aircraft will take part in Red Fag – a joint exercise training aircrew and pilots across the world in air-to-air combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Ellsworth launches to Red Flag 17-1
The 37th Bomb Squadron launched five jets from here Jan. 20, 2017, to take part in Red Flag 17-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Aircrews and pilots from across the world will be working together in the joint exercise, testing their ability in air-to-air and air-to-ground combat from Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, 2017. Along with troops from across the DoD,
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Airman 1st Class Christian Gray, an Aerial and Ground Equipment specialist assigned to the 28th Maintenance Squadron, locks the brake on a piece of equipment, Jan. 17, 2017, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. In two days, Airmen from the Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 28th LRS Travel Management Office loaded approximately 321k pounds of equipment to be used at Red Flag—an Air Force-wide exercise testing air-to-air combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) 28th LRS: B-1 bridge to Red Flag 17-1
Airmen from the 28th Logistic Readiness Squadron and the 28th LRS Travel Management Office have begun operations for Red Flag Exercise 17-1.  In just two days, these Airmen loaded approximately 321k pounds of equipment onto 17 trucks destined for the desert of Nevada Jan. 16 and 17, 2017. “It went really smooth,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua Stage, the
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Master Sgt. Kenneth McKenna, the chief inspector of quality assurance assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Group at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England and a friend of Master Sgt. Scott W. Scovell, speaks at Scovell’s memorial service inside the Freedom Chapel at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 11, 2017. McKenna met Scovell, who passed away Jan. 3, when they served together at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, in 2005, and remained friends throughout many moves and duty assignments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Master Sgt. Scott W. Scovell memorial
Master Sgt. Kenneth McKenna, the chief inspector of quality assurance assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Group at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England and a friend of Master Sgt. Scott W. Scovell, speaks at Scovell’s memorial service inside the Freedom Chapel at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Jan. 11, 2017. McKenna met Scovell,
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