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Ken Long, an engineering equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, hands a grate up to Airmen waiting outside of a confined space on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 18, 2021.

Ken Long, an engineering equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, hands a grate up to Airmen waiting outside of a confined space on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 18, 2021. Confined space entries are difficult to perform maintenance on due to space constraints and lack of regular entry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonah Fronk)

Ken Long, an engineering equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Joshua Tabasa, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Squadron, lower equipment down into a confined space on Ellsworth Air Force, S.D., May 18, 2021.

Ken Long, an engineering equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Joshua Tabasa, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Squadron, lower equipment down into a confined space on Ellsworth Air Force, S.D., May 18, 2021. Long was required to weld the grate to the walls of the confined space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonah Fronk)

Airman 1st Class Joshua Tabasa, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, tests the air within a confined space to ensure the air is breathable on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 18, 2021

Airman 1st Class Joshua Tabasa, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, tests the air within a confined space to ensure the air is breathable on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 18, 2021. Ensuring the air levels are safe allows workers to complete their job safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonah Fronk)

Airman 1st Class Joshua Tabasa, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, tests the air within a confined space to ensure the air is breathable on Ellsworth Air Force, S.D., May 18, 2021.

Airman 1st Class Joshua Tabasa, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, tests the air within a confined space to ensure the air is breathable on Ellsworth Air Force, S.D., May 18, 2021. Ensuring the air levels are safe is imperative when conducting a confined space entry to ensure no one is harmed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonah Fronk)

Ken Long, an engineering equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, prepares to be lowered into a confined space on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 18, 2021.

Ken Long, an engineering equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, prepares to be lowered into a confined space on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 18, 2021. Safety is required when dealing with a confined space entry and a harness ensures that everyone involved remains safe and secure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonah Fronk)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron conducted a confined space entry to perform work on the base storm drain system's physical security on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 18, 2020. Members from the 28th CES were lowered into the space to weld a grate to the walls. Safety was a top priority, and the Airmen ensured proper air levels were met and the proper equipment was used.

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