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  • The B-ONEs are back: the multi-layered relevance of the current B-1B deployment

    It is no exaggeration or surprise to characterize the last year in the B-1B community as dynamic and exhausting.Consider the sequence of events our team has endured and persevered through: (1) ejection system and drogue chute issues that drove changes in maintenance technical orders and, ultimately, significantly reduced aircraft availability, (2)
  • How life has changed, how to pass the time

    I am a photojournalist and my job requires me to photograph and write about events on Ellsworth AFB, and to highlight the 28th Bomb Wing’s mission of combat power, anytime, anywhere. 
  • We owe it not to our own heritage but to each other’s

    As many of us celebrated Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 8th and Mother’s Day this past weekend, I took a moment to also reflect on eclipsing 20 years since commissioning into the United States Air Force as a Civil Engineer.  What a blessed and phenomenal journey I’ve experienced. 
  • COVID-19: A single mom’s perspective

    As I sit down to write, my 10-year-old daughter and my 4-year-old son sit nearby while completing school work. They are not by any means quiet, especially not my 4-year-old; he’s yelling from beneath the dining room table. The directions on his worksheet call for him to draw a big blue circle - he prefers for it to be yellow. I am a U.S. Air Force photojournalist and as of three weeks ago, the COVID-19 pandemic has made this our family’s new norm.
  • The B-1 bomber is not done serving the US Air Force

    In the Op-Ed, Maj. Gen. James Dawkins, Jr. describes how the B-1 bridges the legacy and next gen bombers and what the Air Force's plan is to sustain the aircraft's lifecycle.
  • NCLS: What leadership looks like

    The U.S. Air Force recently held the 2019 National Character and Leadership Symposium at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and I was honored to be attend and represent the 28th Bomb Wing. I captured a variety of leadership perspectives in just a few short days. I learned about their leadership styles and how they conducted themselves in the profession of arms.
  • Learning from failure

    When I joined the military, I stood at five feet and two inches tall and weighed 140 pounds, which was a healthy measurement for a 19 year old female. I was fairly active in high school, so I never had any real issue with exercising on a routine basis.
  • A veteran’s legacy

    He served with Darby’s Rangers. He was a part of the 1st Special Service Force, also known as the Black Devils. He fought with the 474th Regimental Combat Team. His name was Kenneth G. Kerridge and he was my grandfather.
  • Celebrating 71 Years of Air Force Heritage

    This week, the 28th Bomb Wing celebrates the birthday of the United States Air Force. We honor 71 years of Air Force heritage and 71 years of our Air Force - military, civilians and contractors - defining American history. Our Air Force has been there for our nation through our roots in the Army Air Service formed in 1918, to the Army Air Corps in
  • It’s okay to not be okay

    “I love you, baby bear. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me.” My mom said these words to me every day, for as long as I can remember. She would describe me as the light of her life who made the dark times feel better.