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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,

  • 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

  • Questioning the sense of any supplement

    Military members often turn to dietary supplements to enhance their performance in order to meet the demands placed before them, but sometimes they do little to no research beforehand.With such focus on professional, personal and societal demands, few questions on supplements are asked of sport and

  • Be safe, be smart, be sober

    As we head into the summer months, Ellsworth's Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program wants Airmen to be mindful of responsible alcohol use. Failure to drink responsibly affects all demographics, and each of us chooses where to go in our free time, as well as whether or not we consume

  • Air Force Reserve more than one weekend a month

    "Weekend Warriors" is a common terminology that describes the part-time commitment of the Air Force Reserve.However, within the AFR, there are four different capacities in which a member may participate. The unit reservist, also called a traditional reservist, serves the well-known one weekend a

  • Defender for a day

    "Hey, listen! Hey, listen! Hey, listen!" Oh my goodness, please let this be part of my dream, I thought to myself. But alas, the sound of my alarm was very real. Silencing my alarm, I looked at the time. Four in the morning, oh boy.I dragged myself out of bed, preparing for the day ahead. But this

  • Learning to lean on the chaplain corps

    "Lean on me, when you're not strong and I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on. For it won't be long, til' I'm gonna need somebody to lean on." - Bill WithersChaplains are individuals who minister to military members, and their families of all faiths, while they are known for promoting

  • How to avoid shedding tears during holiday cheers

    It happens every year-- military members start the long trek home for the holidays.For some, it is their first time going home after being away for an extended time, for others it may be their fifteenth. But it doesn't get any easier.In my limited experience in leaving home, there are some things I