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A B-1 bomber takes off as a part of the Combat Hammer exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., May 10, 2017. The exercise produced valuable data to combatant command planners and holistically tests the systems, procedures, and Airmen from the initial mission planning to find the final weapon employment phases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) Ellsworth Airmen participate in Air-to-ground exercise: Combat Hammer
Two Ellsworth B-1Bs deployed 30 inert precision-guided bombs, cluster bomb units, and decoys during a weapons system evaluation May 8 to 11 at the Utah Test and Training Range, Nevada.
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A B-1 bomber is hooked up to the Consolidated Aircraft Support System at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 16, 2017. The CASS is made up of multiple structures and parts beneath the flight line used to provide both air and power to support the B-1 during pre-flight inspections. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) In CASS you were wondering, B-1 AC revamped
Sunlight pours lazily over the horizon as birds chirp their songs, flying gently in the breeze. Within an instant this tranquility is replaced by the sound of a B-1 bombers’ mighty roar, a lean, mean fighting machine ready to dispense combat airpower – anytime, anywhere.
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A B-1 bomber assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron launches for exercise Combat Raider March 15, 2017, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The B-1 was first stationed at Ellsworth in 1987 and has been involved in every Large Scale Exercise at the Powder River Training Complex, north of Belle Fourche, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nicolas Z. Erwin) B-1 capabilities, then and now – A JTAC Story
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Under the sweltering heat of the desert sun, 56 members of a U.S. combat patrol methodically traverse the uneven terrain of the Afghanistan valley on yet another mission designed to put the presence of the Afghanistan Army out there for their citizens to see. Forging ahead in the heat and 80 pounds of battle rattle,
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alicia “Alice” Contreras, center, 7th Bomb Wing paralegal, with her siblings while she was in the second grade. During her early elementary years, Contreras and her siblings had to regularly get ready for school at 3 a.m. so they could take an array of buses to continue to attend school in the U.S. after her family was forced to move to Mexico following her mother’s divorce. (Courtesy photo) Faces of Dyess: Path to Citizenship
It’s three in the morning and sunlight won’t break the horizon for another several hours. While most people are still sleeping soundly, for one family living in a Mexican town near the U.S. border, it’s time to wake up and get ready for school. An elementary-school-aged girl named Alicia “Alice” Contreras, along with her three younger siblings, are
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerrika Stark, 7th Force Support community services technician has overcome a number of difficulties in her childhood, including loss of her guardians, neglect from her mother and teenage homelessness.  Stark lives by the advice her grandmother once told her: “No matter what you’re going through or how hard it is, it’s only one moment in your life. You can get through it, I promise. After you get through this moment, the next moment is yours to take and just keep going with it.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Mayfield) Faces of Dyess: Rising above adversity
On a calm, early spring afternoon in the Hangar Center building of Dyess Air Force Base, the Legends Café is busy helping Airmen. Some people are there for a quick coffee while others are simply on a lunch break. Tech. Sgt. Jerrika Stark and other staffers help each Legends customer with a smile and a focus on service. She’s a member of the 7th
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Malik King, 7th Force Support Squadron food service apprentice, stands in The Lift at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Feb. 8, 2017. The Lift is a flight kitchen located just inside a hangar off the Dyess flightline. Its purpose is to provide maintainers and aircrew, who may not have time to go to the Longhorn Dining Facility, with access to hot meals and snacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy) Faces of Dyess: King of the Lift
In the back of a massive hangar packed with B-1B Lancers, maintenance personnel and the dull smell of grease is a door leading to a winding hallway. The stink of oil fades as the door shuts and is replaced with a delicate aroma of cooking meat and warm ovens. The hall lets out to a small open area with walls lined with B-1 mascots and tailflash
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Matthew Drake (left) and 2nd Lt. Myles Davis, 7th Operations Support Squadron intelligence officers, review slides with information on the B-1B Lancer at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 25, 2017. During the final stages of mission qualification, Drake and Davis work with a team of pilots, weapon system operators and other intelligence professionals to create a mission plan as part of their capstone.  Intel Airmen analyze information, coordinate with other units and are expected to know not only the vulnerabilities of an enemy, but also their proficiencies and potential threats to national security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quay Drawdy) The final test: Capstone to B-1B Lancer mission qualification
A small, dim room is lined with row after row of dark red theater chairs. The air is cold, but 11 Airmen, in a mix of ABUs and flight suits, stand in the front, shifting their weight from one leg to the other and glancing around the room. They’ve prepped their briefing with every capability, target and weapon system they can think of, but the crowd
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Staff Sgt. Jessica Benisch, a paralegal assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing Legal Office, sits inside the 28th Bomb Wing court room, on Jan. 12, 2017, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Benisch was awarded the Castleman Award for 2015, recognizing her as the most outstanding paralegal in Air Force Global Strike Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) 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
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Volunteers from Ellsworth Air Force Base unload donated blankets at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission in Rapid City, S.D., Dec. 19, 2016.  Both the Hope Center and Cornerstone accept donations of many items such as food, clothing, blankets, baby products, and hygiene products for those in need. (Courtesy photo) 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
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Staff Sgt. Jonathan Balko, an electrical and environmental craftsman assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, left, prepares to fly his American flag at Fort McHenry during a family vacation. From a young age, Balko knew he wanted to have a career related to military aviation. (Courtesy photo) 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.
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