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Newly sworn Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson thanks family, friends and colleagues during her ceremonial oath of office as the 24th Air Force secretary, at the Pentagon event, May 16, 2017.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark) Mattis welcomes new SecAF home
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ceremoniously swore in Heather Wilson as the 24th Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon May 16, 2017.
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Col. Gentry Boswell, the commander of the 28th Bomb Wing (left), and Chief Master Sgt. Adam Vizi, the command chief of the 28th Bomb Wing, speak to Airmen during a semi-annual Wingman Day inside the Pride Hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 28, 2017. After a brief message from base leadership, nearly 2,300 Airmen participated in activities that developed them physically and socially. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Wingman Day develops Airmen physically, socially
Members of team Ellsworth gathered in the Pride Hangar to take part in a semi-annual Wingman Day, April 28, 2017. The events included activities that focused on improving Airmen physically and socially – two pillars that make up Comprehensive Airmen Fitness.“Wingman Day is a day where we focus on resilience and give Airmen and their families time
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Aniah Perry waits for a balloon during the 2017 Children’s Fair inside the 28th Medical Group at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 20, 2017. Volunteer and non-profit organizations such as Youth and Family Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Family Advocacy and the Children’s Home Society participated in the event, providing parents with resources and information on child abuse prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson)  28th MDG hosts 2017 Children's Fair
Aniah Perry waits for a balloon during the 2017 Children’s Fair inside the 28th Medical Group at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 20, 2017. Volunteer and non-profit organizations such as Youth and Family Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Family Advocacy and the Children’s Home Society participated in the event, providing parents
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Robert Schilling, a former Airman and gunner on the AC-47 “Spooky,” tells stories of his military experience to a class inside the Airman Leadership School at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 20, 2017. During his presentation, Schilling shared stories of his time in Vietnam and how good leadership can make a difference in a life-or-death situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Leadership through heritage
It’s a sludgy, after-lunch Monday afternoon inside a classroom full of young Airmen. Instead of dozing off in the corner from a food coma, each troop is sitting at the edge of their seat listening attentively as a man sporting a Denver Broncos polo, a leather jacket and a handlebar mustache reminisces on his memories of war. Inside the Airman
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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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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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