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  • Security forces transformation: more than meets the eye

    As the Air Force continues to adapt for the future, changes to the security forces career field will affect the total force. Brig. Gen. Robert Holmes, director of security forces and force protection, calls these transformations a “refocus” on how his people train and fight. “We’re not in the Cold War anymore; we have to alter our mentality and our
  • ORE: practice makes perfect

    Ellsworth will begin its second Phase II Operational Readiness Exercise Monday in preparation for July’s Operational Readiness Inspection. Phase II of an ORE is a deployment exercise that takes place in a simulated forward-operating location. There, the practicing team exercises day 30 of a deployment and day two of war. During OREs, unit exercise
  • Out with the old, in with the new … furniture

    Ellsworth’s stained, ripped and broken dorm furniture was replaced with new furniture valued at $93,000; replacement of the furniture was completed Jan. 12. Furniture is only expected to last four to six years. “The previous furniture had been used for five years; it was time for new,” said Tech. Sgt. Richard Sims, 28th Civil Engineer Squadron
  • A big 'Thanks" Kudos to wing from CES commander

    On behalf of the men and women of the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, thank you to all members of the 28th Bomb Wing for your outstanding support during the preparation and execution for the Air Force Curtin Award (Best Civil Engineer Squadron) validation team visit Jan. 6. The assistance provided from across this wing to our squadron was superb.
  • Ellsworth SVS Airman makes Air Force boxing team

    After two weeks of intense training and one tournament, nine Airmen were selected to represent the Air Force at the Armed Forces Boxing Championship at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Feb. 6 to 11. Among those selected was Airman 1st Class Andre Penn, 28th Services Squadron, who was the subject of the Jan. 6 Black Hills Bandit article, “Mastering the ‘Sweet
  • Education center awarded

    Ellsworth’s base training and education services (BTES) education center received the Air Combat Control Nathan Alts Chuler award Dec. 27. This award was created to recognize the most outstanding base education services program for the year. Ellsworth’s BTES competed against all other education centers in ACC. Now that the education center has won
  • Ellsworth awarded for excellence in safety

    Ellsworth won four safety awards at the major command level and will now compete at the Air Force level. The winners first competed against others in their safety career fields from every wing in 12th Air Force. After winning at that level, the winners went on to compete at the Air Combat Command level. “These awards exemplify the hard work,
  • View from the top

    By August 2000, there had already been 28 driving under the influence of alcohol arrests for that year by active-duty members assigned to Ellsworth. At that time, a program called “Dial-a-Ride” provided a reduced-price taxi fare paid by the First Sergeant’s Council. This program was not only ineffective in eliminating DUI arrests, but it was open
  • Ellsworth Airmen keep Iraq secure

    Security forces from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., are serving in southern Iraq this winter. Twenty-four of the more than 300 Air-men who make up the 586th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron are from the 28th Security Forces Squadron at Ellsworth. They provide base, convoy and area security here — home to the largest theater internment
  • Trenkle, Oguinn lead MDG/SVS to 2-0 start

    The 28th Medical Group/28th Services Squadron coasted to two early season victories this past week at the Bellamy Fitness Center, knocking off the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron 66-49 Jan. 9 and the 28th Operations Support Squadron 83-58 Jan. 11 in intramural basketball action. Joshua Trenkle carried MDG/SVS (2-0) to victory over AMXS, pouring