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  • October National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    In one form or another for the past 67 years, October has been a time to acknowledge and recognize the need to employ those with physical and mental disabilities. In 1945, Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October to be National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. Congress

  • Domestic violence awareness focus of October

    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Throughout October, communities across the country will mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another to achieve a true

  • Fishing opportunities on Ellsworth

    Fishing in the base lakes - Gateway, Heritage, and Bandit - is open to everyone on base, however there are some base-specific rules that anglers need to follow. Anyone age 16 or over wishing to fish on base is required to have a South Dakota state fishing license and adhere to all catch and size

  • Hispanic Heritage Month

    In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. During this period, America recognizes the contributions and traditions of the Hispanic culture. Sept. 15 is the start of the observance and it is also the anniversary of the independence of five Latin

  • Political Activities – Do’s and Don’ts

    As servicemembers have likely noticed, political advertisements are running on TV, radio and the occasional billboard along the interstate. "Vote for Me" and "Don't Vote for My Opponent" seem to be the standard messages. Oftentimes, the advertisement tries to recruit servicemembers to help them get

  • Balancing your personal and professional lives

    There's no doubt that servicemembers face their own unique set of trials. Airmen face significant challenges in integrating their career, spouse, children, friends and self into their daily routine. Although there's no sure-fire way of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, there are a variety of

  • Getting your kids to school - the new reality

    It's the topic everyone's talking about; the loss of the base bus contract for Prairie View and Rushmore Heights housing. Here are the facts - for both legal and financial reasons, the base can no longer provide busing. Douglas School District policy states they only provide busing to families

  • Celebrating women’s right to vote

    Aug. 26, 2012, is the 92nd anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment being signed into law, giving women the right to vote on the same basis as men. The women's suffrage amendment was introduced for the first time to the United States Congress on Jan. 10, 1878. It was re-submitted numerous times until

  • World Class Airmen & Expeditionary Combat Power

    When I am asked about the 28th Bomb Wing, whether in the media or in casual conversation, by another military member or even a civilian, two things immediately come to mind - "World Class Airmen, and Expeditionary Combat Power." This simple phrase captures the essence of what Ellsworth and its

  • Dealing with a silent killer

    According to the American Stroke Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one in every three adults in the U.S. is suffering from high blood pressure, a major risk factor for a stroke.Strokes are the third leading cause of deaths in the U.S. The relationship between a stroke and