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  • 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
  • Living in the red: struggling with checks, credit and overspending

    Every year, millions of Americans spend more money than they make. Loans, credit cards and poor budgeting have created a crisis of debt. A large number of those living in debt don’t even know the first steps to take toward living life in the black. Luckily for Ellsworth members, there’s a plethora of resources available. An Airman’s “first line of
  • Sec. Wynne: Air Force needs to recapitalize

    With the combination of aging and heavily used equipment, the Air Force needs recapitalization across the board, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne said. In past discussions about Air Force recapitalization, aircraft usually took center stage. Although aircraft still need to be recapitalized, there has been a shift. “The Air Force
  • Where there's a will, there's a way

    Many sports enthusiasts may argue wrestling commands the most complete athletes in the world. It’s a competition that requires balance, agility, strength, stamina, quickness and coordination among other physical qualities. However, what may set the sport apart from the rest more than anything are the non-physical attributes required. The biggest,
  • 2006 defense budget set to increase military pay, benefits

    President George W. Bush ushered in an across-the-board 3.1 percent military pay raise, effective Jan. 1. It includes a variety of new or enhanced benefits for servicemembers and their families. He signed the 2006 National Defense Authorization Bill into law Jan. 6. In addition to a pay raise that’s a half percent higher than the average
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