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  • Differences in sorrow, memories: one year in Honor Guard

    “On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Air Force and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation of your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”
  • Menorah spreads light to Team Ellsworth

    A 2,000 year-old tradition was celebrated at Ellsworth Air Force Base after a 22-year hiatus. On Dec. 19, 2017, the Chanukah menorah was lit in the Freedom Chapel – the first time since 1995. With the help of a great team and the support of the Ellsworth Chapel staff, I was fortunate to plan this incredible event. As a new addition to Ellsworth, I
  • Honors to showmanship: a weeklong crash course of how to look Honor Guard

    If given the opportunity to get a crash course in your favorite subject, but only in a week, would you take it?
  • You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

    Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes
  • WannaCry? Not about ARAD.

    WannaCry, the ransomware virus that spread earlier this year, affected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. As we all know, keeping safe in times of cyberattack requires speed and agility – from quickly becoming aware of the endpoints at risk to patching those vulnerabilities successfully. Recently, our Financial Management (FM) leadership
  • Off-duty employment: What Airmen need to know as Sturgis approaches

    The 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is approaching. The rally attracts approximately 500,000 visitors, brings $800 million to South Dakota, and makes up to 95 percent of the city’s annual revenue. Local businesses are currently looking for seasonal employees in preparation for the 10-day event, which will take place Aug. 4 to Aug. 13, 2017.This may
  • There is a first time for everything

    The first step in sand, the first time trying to communicate with an Egyptian man that doesn’t speak English— there are many new experiences for first term Airmen, but there are even more during a first deployment. It did not start off like most deployments. I had 11 days to finish every computer based training and attend all pre-deployment
  • Celebrate Women’s Equality August 2016

    ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Every day we have choices and rights that we take for granted. We often don’t take the time to think what it would be like not having some of those abilities or privileges. A woman’s right to vote is one of those privileges.Women now have a voice in who will be elected in any office, and can also vote for other
  • Preparing for upcoming PT test? Read this first

    ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Whenever the physical training test rears its head, the chatter that comes with it is heard, spanning from confidence to self-doubt. Although an integral part of military life, there are those who struggle with certain components of the test, often time’s the run, and I just happened to be one of these people.But as
  • Family Days – Celebrating 4th of July

    ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – The 4th of July and family days associated with the federal holiday is time off that is well earned, in my opinion.  As the world’s best Airmen in the world’s greatest Air Force, leadership provides family days as additional time off to celebrate and reflect on the consistent and persistent efforts that produce