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Eighth Air Force commander visits Ellsworth Air Force Base

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, embeds with defenders from the 28th Security Forces Squadron and helps navigate his teammates through a gate-runner exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, embeds with defenders from the 28th Security Forces Squadron and helps navigate his teammates through a gate-runner exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. Ellsworth conducts numerous exercises intended to promote both base safety and mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

Stephanie Weatherington, wife of Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, detonates explosives during a 28th Civil Engineer Squadron demonstration during the general’s visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.

Stephanie Weatherington, wife of Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, detonates explosives during a 28th Civil Engineer Squadron demonstration during the general’s visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. The demonstration was conducted at the 28th CES Explosive Ordnance Disposal range, which is dedicated to Staff. Sgt. Bryan D. Berky, an Ellsworth EOD technician who was killed in action while serving in Farah, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron presented an explosives demonstration for Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, during a visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.

The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron presented an explosives demonstration for Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, during a visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. The demo took place at the 28th CES Explosive Ordnance Disposal range, which is dedicated to Staff. Sgt. Bryan D. Berky, an Ellsworth EOD technician who was killed in action while serving in Farah, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, second from right, and Chief Master Sgt. Melvina Smith, 8th Air Force command chief and J-GSOC senior enlisted leader, far left, look over new construction plans for Camp Lancer during their visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, second from right, and Chief Master Sgt. Melvina Smith, 8th Air Force command chief and J-GSOC senior enlisted leader, far left, look over new construction plans for Camp Lancer during their visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. Camp Lancer is a location on base where Airmen can hone their skills in a simulated deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, meets with Airmen and engineers from the 28th Maintenance Group during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, meets with Airmen and engineers from the 28th Maintenance Group during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. Like all Air Force leaders, Weatherington relies on the feedback and ideas from Airmen at all levels to help improve processes and bolster innovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, meets with 28th Maintenance Group engineers to discuss possible future collaborations with area universities and industries during his visit at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, meets with 28th Maintenance Group engineers to discuss possible future collaborations with area universities and industries during his visit at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. Engineers and technicians are always looking for new ways to rapidly increase production utilizing the most cost-effective methods to help shape our Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, inspects a 3D printed B-1B Lancer part during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, inspects a 3D printed B-1B Lancer part during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. The part was created in the 28th Maintenance Squadron Metals Technology shop using low cost non-metallic material to demonstrate a proof of concept using multi-axis machining techniques to replicate B-1 parts that are no longer manufactured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, reviews locally manufactured B-1B Lancer parts during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, reviews locally manufactured B-1B Lancer parts during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. Ellsworth houses a Metals Technology shop and additive manufacturing facility which develops replacement components that maintain and sustain the B-1 and other Air Force and DoD aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

Tech. Sgt. Lance Liverman, the 28th Maintenance Squadron Additive Manufacturing Facility section chief, right, shows Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, 3D printed B-1B Lancer parts during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.

Tech. Sgt. Lance Liverman, the 28th Maintenance Squadron Additive Manufacturing Facility section chief, right, shows Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, 3D printed B-1B Lancer parts during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. Ellsworth houses an innovation lab designed to create products and streamline processes in an effort to better assist Airmen today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

Col. Chad Heyen, the 28th Maintenance Group commander, center, discusses the capabilities and innovation opportunities of the Metals Technology and additive manufacturing facility with Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, left, during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.
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Col. Chad Heyen, the 28th Maintenance Group commander, center, discusses the capabilities and innovation opportunities of the Metals Technology and additive manufacturing facility with Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, left, during his visit to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. Heyen talked about the ‘Doolittle Raider-type innovations’ that Airmen of the 28th Maintenance Group are developing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael P. Ward)

Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, talks with Col. David Doss, the 28th Bomb Wing commander, to discuss new Airman and Family initiatives at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021.
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Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, talks with Col. David Doss, the 28th Bomb Wing commander, to discuss new Airman and Family initiatives at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 4, 2021. Among the many places he and his wife, Stephanie, toured during their visit were the 28th Security Forces Squadron, 28th Medical Group and 28th Maintenance Squadron Metals Technology and Additive Manufacturing Facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Ward)

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Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington, the 8th Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center commander, visited Ellsworth Air Force Base, May 4. Among the many places he and his wife, Stephanie, toured during their visit were the 28th Security Forces Squadron, 28th Medical Group and 28th Maintenance Squadron Metals Technology and Additive Manufacturing Facility.

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