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Airman 1st Class Gabriella Sepulveda, a 28th Security Forces Squadron response force member, hands an Airman back his common access card after scanning it at the gate to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Airman 1st Class Gabriella Sepulveda, a 28th Security Forces Squadron response force member, hands an Airman back his common access card after scanning it at the gate to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Airman 1st Class Gabriella Sepulveda, a 28th Security Forces Squadron response force member, verifies a common access card at the Liberty Gate on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Airman 1st Class Gabriella Sepulveda, a 28th Security Forces Squadron response force member, verifies a common access card at the Liberty Gate on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Staff Sgt. Omari-Darnell Ferguson and Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, both 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitors, talk inside the gate shack at the Liberty Gate on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Staff Sgt. Omari-Darnell Ferguson and Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, both 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitors, talk inside the gate shack at the Liberty Gate on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, stands outside the Liberty Gate waiting for the next car to approach for entry to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, stands outside the Liberty Gate waiting for the next car to approach for entry to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

While not in use, the common access card scanner is secured inside the gate shack at the Liberty Gate on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

While not in use, the common access card scanner is secured inside the gate shack at the Liberty Gate on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, lets a mover know that he’s good to go through Liberty Gate and on to base housing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, lets a mover know that he’s good to go through Liberty Gate and on to base housing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Staff Sgt. Omari-Darnell Ferguson, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, talks on the phone to discuss a matter at the Liberty Gate on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Staff Sgt. Omari-Darnell Ferguson, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, talks on the phone to discuss a matter at the Liberty Gate on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, stands outside the Liberty Gate waiting for the next car to approach for entry to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, stands outside the Liberty Gate waiting for the next car to approach for entry to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, gives directions to a person entering Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., through Liberty Gate on Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

Senior Airman Taylor Tschida, a 28th Security Forces Squadron alarm monitor, gives directions to a person entering Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., through Liberty Gate on Dec. 4, 2018. Each person that comes through the gate gets checked for proper authorization, correct seatbelt wear and that their vehicle has registration on the plates. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Sinclair)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The 28th Security Forces Squadron members are posted at the entry control points (ECPs) that provide security to those on Ellsworth Air Force Base. The defenders are a vital aspect to the safety of those entering the installation.

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