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  • 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
  • Landowners offer Airmen hunting opportunities as a way of saying thanks

    ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The chaos of dark feathers exploding from the snow crusted tall grass on the edge of a cut cornfield brings the line of orange-clad hunters to an abrupt halt – each gauging the distance and direction of the wily bird rocketing skyward.Shouts of “Rooster!” fill the air, giving the fowler with the safest and surest
  • Sleet or snow, Vehicle Management keeps the B-1 mission on the go

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four articles on the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron here at Ellsworth.Whether it’s a dead battery, flat tire or leaking fluids, when a government vehicle has problems, the Airmen at the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight are there to help.It doesn’t matter if it is Spring
  • Professional, dependable, honest: remembering a fallen defender

    It’s spring in South Dakota, and the early morning sun has just begun to peak above the Black Hills. Two men sit hidden and silent in a field, waiting for the perfect shot during turkey season.Officers’ John Kost and Dave Donnelly, police officers assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, had been awake since the early morning hours, waiting
  • Training the best, preventing the worst

    Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of four articles on the Security Forces Squadron mission here at Ellsworth.ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Sweat beads off his forehead as bullets whiz by to his left, and then right. A lone gunman approaches his position at the base entrance. The protector, acting in the first line of defense for those

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