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1st Lt. Thomas, a weapon systems officer assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, inspects the sniper pod on a B-1 bomber before take-off as part of exercise Combat Raider 18-1 at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 11, 2017. This exercise introduces aircrew to various air-to-air and air-to-ground scenarios to ensure they are well prepared for future combat missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Ellsworth Aircrews train in Combat Raider Exercise 18-1

0 10/12
2017
Nine Airmen at Minot Air Force Base came together to overcome adversity as a unit during the Team Cohesion Challenge. Teamwork makes the dream work
On October 4, 2017, nine Airmen at Minot Air Force Base came together to overcome adversity as a unit during the Team Cohesion Challenge.The nearly 10-mile ruck challenge is an Air Force-wide event that builds resiliency and promotes fitness.“The main focus of this challenge is teamwork and wingmanship,” said Tech. Sgt. Michael Hammond, 5th Force
0 10/11
2017
A B-52 Stratofortress arrives at Fairford Royal Air Force Base, U.K., Sept. 14, 2017. B-52s assure allies in Europe
The B-52 conducted theater integration, flying training, and joint and allied training to improve bomber interoperability. Allied training will also include participation in exercise SERPENTEX, a French Air Command-led exercise that will focus on training aircrew and JTACs in their Air Land integration mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
0 10/06
2017
Andersen AFB U.S. Air Force bombers integrate with RAAF in Exercise Black Dagger
Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a bilateral integration training mission with the Royal Australian Air Force as part of Exercise Black Dagger near Townsville in North-Eastern Australia, Oct. 2, 2017.
0 10/05
2017
Honor Guard’s high tempo pride Honor Guard’s high tempo pride
Due to recent hurricanes, Barksdale's Honor Guard Airmen have been experiencing higher than normal operation levels in order to honor fallen veterans affected by the storms. As four Airmen prepare for a color guard detail, they check each other's uniforms to ensure perfection for the presentation of colors. To them, honor guard is a privilege, one worth honoring, even when the job is demanding.
0 10/04
2017
Airman 1st Class Genique Elliott, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, waits for the firing party to arrive to render military honors during a funeral at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D., Sept. 26, 2017. Each of the funeral detail’s sequences are planned out before the actual ceremony, which include specific positions acting as for different events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin) Paying proper respects: Ellsworth Honor Guard lays retirees, veterans to rest
With ice planted across a field of snow, three Airmen bury their hands into the frozen wasteland and at the command of “ready – up,” their rigid hands clasp a triad of M-14 rifles and position them next to their right foot.
0 10/04
2017
JFCC-GS inactivation ceremony at Offutt AFB, Neb., Oct. 2, 2017. U.S. Strategic Command reaches first milestone in command restructure
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) inactivated its Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike (JFCC GS) as part of the command’s restructure of its components to build a coherent and streamlined warfighting structure. The move will enhance integration throughout the deterrence enterprise and match the organizational structure of other
0 10/03
2017
Forest R. McDonald, son of Ola “Millie” Rexroat, and Col. John Edwards, commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, unveil the plaque honoring Rexroat during a building dedication at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Oct. 2, 2017. While serving as a WASP, Rexroat towed targets behind a T-6 Texan for air-to-air gunnery and ground-to-air anti-aircraft practice for male pilots. She also transported personnel and cargo. After the WASPS disbanded, Rexroat served another ten years in the Air Force Reserves as an air traffic controller. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Ellsworth Airfield Ops building renamed in honor of fallen WASP
During a ceremony, the Ellsworth Airfield Operations Building was renamed the “Millie Rexroat Building,” on Oct. 2, 2017. The 28th Bomb Wing dedicated the airfield operations building to Ola “Millie” Rexroat, so her legacy can live on and be remembered by all who walk through the building.
0 10/02
2017
From left to right, The Honorable Kenneth P. Rapuano, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, Bob Cronan, the flight chief of readiness and emergency management, and Master Sgt. Timothy Bricker, the superintendent of the emergent readiness flight, both assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Mr. Robert G. Salesses, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland take a group photo during an award ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2017. Recognized for their efforts and cooperation, the Airmen of emergency management, explosive ordnance disposal and the fire department worked together to achieve and exceed the national preparedness goal, resiliency throughout the nation. (U.S. Air Courtesy Photo) 28th CES receives DoD award for national preparedness
The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron was one of four organizations to receive the prestigious Department of Defense 2016 National Preparedness Award Sept. 21, 2017.
0 9/29
2017
K-9 Airman gone but not forgotten K-9 Airman gone but not forgotten
A tearful goodbye became a celebration of life for one of Barksdale’s former security forces K-9’s. Retired military working dog, Febe, was given full military honors after being euthanized for having terminal prostate and bladder cancer.
0 9/27
2017
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