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  • Airman overcomes barrier, guards the sky

    Aircraft take to the air, navigating the highways of the sky among the birds and the breeze to reach their destination. These aviators rely on air traffic controllers to guide them safely and accurately through the open blue above.The main service air traffic controllers provide is to maintain a safe environment for the pilots. This is accomplished
  • Sailing through life: an Airman’s story of success

    The salty air pushed the boat like a knife through the cold Rhode Island bay as seagulls and the sound of waves crashing against the hull filled the harbor. A 12 year-old girl commandeers the Bris de Mer – French for “summer breeze” – a 22-foot long sail boat that belongs to her mother, an avid sailor and competitor in speed sailing. Skillfully
  • A blanket statement; keeping the homeless warm

    ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – A mental health technician assigned to the 28th Medical Group formed a donation event throughout the month of December 2016 in an effort to help the homeless of the Rapid City community during the frigid months of winter.Airman 1st Class Katelin Offutt, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native, organized a group to prepare
  • Old Glory travels from sea to shining sea

    The young boy stared in awe as military aircraft powered through the skies. “Which jet is that?” asked his father, pointing to the sky. “That’s an F-14! And that one over there is an F-16!” the boy answered proudly.
  • The power of music

    “I had just finished performing and this Green Beret, Special Forces guy, all bearded up, came up to me afterwards. He grabbed his ranger tab and Special Forces tab, and he threw it at me.”The performer thought he had offended the Green Beret, that he did something wrong during his performance. “He had this stoic look on his face, and he said ‘I
  • 28th LRS fuels the fight

    Editor’s note: This is the final in a series of four articles on the Logistics Readiness Squadron.Fuel… The water of the winged warfighter, without it, aircraft wouldn’t fly, trucks couldn’t drive, and the mission would stop.Much like water, fuel needs to be transported, pumped, monitored and ready for use, and it is the Airmen of the Fuels
  • Upgrading old science with the ARTS

    ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – A worn-down station wagon wheezes its way up to an auto shop, its engine light on. A technician treads over to the damaged machine. Entering the car, he plugs in his scan tool allowing him to analyze the vehicle and pinpoint the ailments.The process is similar for that of an aircraft when it needs repairs, but far
  • Keeping the B-1 put together

    One-point-two billion dollars… Most people won’t see that much money in 10 lifetimes.But the Airmen of the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron Materiel Management flight work with parts worth that amount every day as they ensure B-1 bombers are mission ready and mobility supplies are available for deploying Airmen at a moment’s notice.With more than
  • Airmen help provide homes for the holidays

    ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Curled up by a warm fire with their family and sipping from a piping hot cup of cocoa, they look out the window to see the gentle snow fall lightly across the Black Hills of South Dakota. They laugh, play games and enjoy the holidays from the warmth and safety of their home.Not everyone has such good fortune and a
  • Ellsworth Airman triumphs, earns Vaught Award

    ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – An honor guard flight sergeant assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron was recently awarded the General Vaught Award for her exceptional commitment to the Air Force.Months after putting in for this award, Staff Sgt. Michelle Hoyal, the flight sergeant for the Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard, was shocked

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