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  • The Housing Equation (1311 - 828 - 200 = 283)

    "When the Centennial lease expires, our Airmen will be able to live in the same house, likely for less money--just off base. These homes will be like any other home in Box Elder." --28 BW/CCTeam Ellsworth only has 283 military family housing units that the government owns. These are the relatively new houses in Prairie View and Rushmore Heights.
  • Tops in Blue

    A number of thoughts might cross your mind as your eyes passed over the subject line. The most likely I'd suppose, is of the Air Force's outstanding troupe of entertainers. It's also likely that if you've been associated with the Air Force for a while, you've had the opportunity to attend one of their shows; most recently here in Rapid City. When I
  • Flu Season Right Around the Corner

    The kids are back in school, football is on television and all those summer projects Airmen didn't get to will be put off until next year. Fall is here which means flu season is right around the corner. Although flu season does not officially begin until October, it's not too early to start thinking of flu prevention. Many simple steps can help
  • Network Gift Card Scams

    While Airmen may be better educated than the average citizen when it comes to detecting attempts to obtain personal information by means of phishing and bogus e-mails, the criminal community remains hard at work, devising improved methods to pry sensitive personal information from people. One of the latest criminal wrinkles involve "spoofing," or
  • Suicide Prevention Week: family members first to notice signs of distress

    An Airman recently returned from a deployment, and some changes have been noticed.Some may be part of the "new normal." But others seem out of the ordinary: bursts of anger, withdrawal from friends and family, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much. Should this be brushed off as just a phase?Absolutely not. Family members are often the first to
  • Wearing the star: Part 1

    My alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. as I got ready to start my day shadowing Chief Master Sgt. Clifton Cole, 28th Bomb Wing command chief.I was already questioning my commitment to mirror his schedule for the full-experience of what it means to be the highest ranking enlisted Airman on Ellsworth. 0500 - PT"You made it," Chief Cole said as he greeted me
  • Leadership is Action

    Far too often today I hear young Airmen, both officer and enlisted, say, "I am not a leader. I'm an operator, a technician, a follower or a subordinate; but not a leader." For some reason, they believe just because they are new to the service and may not hold a fancy title they are not allowed to lead.Nothing could be further from the truth.
  • Immunizations

    It's getting to be that time again. The days are getting shorter and the temperature isn't as hot as it was earlier in the summer. Parents have a sparkle in their eye while children begin to look longingly back on the summer that was. Why? Because it is time to go back to school.Many have already begun hunting for bargains on back-to-school clothes
  • Accountability: a tale of two senior NCOs

    As the superintendent of the 28th Medical Group, I am honored to work hand-in-hand with the commanders and first sergeant to maintain standards, morale and discipline in the group, while ensuring mission success.In keeping with this, I have daily interaction with many people in all kinds of situations.With very few exceptions, I can count on the
  • Taking care of our four-legged military family members

    Ellsworth family housing personnel have seen a steady increase in violations involving family pets. Examples of violations include unsanitary areas, nuisance or disturbances, lack of proper care for the pet and allowing the pet to run loose, damage to lawn or buildings- with damage to government property listed as the biggest problem.Pets must not