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A crew chief from the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., prepares to taxi a B-1B Lancer before an approximately 29-hour long-range, long-duration, strategic bomber mission to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, May 28, 2020. Base maintainers conduct periodic inspections and intermediate-level maintenance work around the clock, in all types of weather at locations around the globe, to ensure the bombers, equipment, and munitions are ready for combat – anytime, anywhere. (U.S. Air Force photo Senior Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin)
Airmen from the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron Petroleum Oil and Lubricants Section prepare to fuel a B-1B Lancer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 8, 2020. The POL section not only distributes fuel to different aircraft on base and other equipment like generators and snowplows, but also performs spot maintenance on aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)
A B-1B Lancer launches for a non-stop deployment from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility May 4, 2020.
For the second time in just over a week, B-1s from Ellsworth took center stage to demonstrate the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model in the Indo-Pacific arena. A pair of B-1s launched from South Dakota April 28 to conduct theater familiarization training. The bomber crews flew more than 33 hours, non-stop, as part of a joint U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Strategic Command Bomber Task Force mission before returning home.
B-1B Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing will conduct flyovers at facilities in Sturgis, Rapid City and Hot Springs May 1 to honor healthcare workers on the front lines of the war on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a demonstration of the U.S. Air Force’s dynamic force employment model, a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron launched from Ellsworth and integrated with the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) to conduct bilateral and theater familiarization training near Japan April 22.
Maj. Saira McGan, the 28th Logistics Readiness operations officer, procures face masks for her squadron at the Flight Service Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base., April 21, 2020. The 28th Contracting Squadron ordered 7,300 face masks for base dissemination, in an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

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