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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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Airman 1st Class Tayorau Kablan, 341st Medical Support Squadron outpatient records technician, shreds papers at the base clinic Jan. 9, 2016, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Kablan is oringally from the Ivory Coast, West Africa, and chose to serve in the military in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was a World War II French Army veteran. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes) Motivation: one Airman’s key to success
Born and raised in West Africa, one Malmstrom Airman spent 20 years of his life there before coming to the United States.“I had a good childhood growing up on the Ivory Coast,” said Airman 1st Class Tayorau Kablan, 341st Medical Support Squadron outpatient records technician. “We were not rich, but my mom made sure my siblings and I had everything
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Senior Master Sgt. Ryan Carson, U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact superintendent and vocalist, hits a high note at the FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Nov. 20, 2016. The band played before the Washington Reskins military appreciation game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez) 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
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A 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels vehicle is tested by a preventative maintenance team before it goes out for the day at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 14, 2016. Each vehicle goes through an inspection to ensure all the functions work properly to prevent any hindrance to operation tempo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) 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
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A Radar Electronic Warfare station from the late 1970’s sits in the avionics workstation at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2016. Though the old REW systems take upwards of a week to fix a single line replaceable unit, the wing will be receiving an Advanced Radar Electronic Warfare Test Station upgrade that will lower runtimes to mere hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) 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
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Airman 1st Class Rebecca Nunez, an Aircraft Parts Store technician assigned to the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron, organizes a cabinet of aircraft parts in the aircraft parts store at Ellsworth Air Force Base S.D., Dec. 7, 2016. The aircraft parts store has more than 35,000 assets to ensure maintenance can get the right part as quickly as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller)  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
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Staff Sgt. Khodie Morgan, 341st Medical Operations Squadron dental laboratory technician, holds a completed gold crown in the dental laboratory Dec. 5, 2016, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. A gold crown is made if a patient’s natural tooth is decaying and can no longer be repaired by fillings. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes) Changing lives, one smile at a time
When the word dental comes up, people typically think of teeth cleaning and cavity filling, but there is much more to it than that. Aside from the dental clinic, the dental laboratory is where dental technicians like Staff Sgt. Khodie Morgan, 341st Medical Operations Squadron dental laboratory technician, assist in general dentistry. “As a dental
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Ellsworth Airmen shovel gravel to encase piping for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Rapid City, S.D., Dec. 10, 2016. The gravel dug by the volunteers helps prevent pipe damage by creating a stable foundation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) 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
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A B-17E Flying Fortress sits on Hickam Field during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Dyess’ has a unique connection to Pearl Harbor that stems from the 88th Reconnaissance Squadron, which is now the 436th Training Squadron. Aircrew assigned to the 88th RS flew six B-17s during a scheduled mission to the Philippines to deliver aircraft. They were unknowingly attacked when entering Pearl Harbor to refuel the aircraft. They successfully evaded the Japanese attackers by showing the maneuverability of the B-17, repairing the damaged aircraft and eventually landing in Australia. (Courtesy photo)

The 88th RS: a Dyess connection to Pearl Harbor
On Dec. 7, 1941, at about 8 a.m., the sight of smoke and tracers in the air were in plain view for aircrew assigned to the 88th Reconnaissance Squadron as they were flying into Pearl Harbor. When they got a little closer, they realized areas on the island had been blown up and six aircraft were on fire. There were people scrambling to get to safety
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Airman 1st Class Taylor Brown, 741st Maintenance Squadron power refrigeration and electrical lab technician and prior member of the Malmstrom Honor Guard, left, and Senior Airman Cassandra Russo, 341st Comptroller Squadron finance technician, practice honor guard movements Nov. 4, 2016, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Honor Guard members depend on each other for training and critical technique development. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Magen M. Reeves) Airman upholds honor guard tradition
Most people can’t imagine having to present a folded American flag to a grieving family member as a symbol of appreciation on behalf of the president of the United States, the U.S. Air Force and a grateful nation when a service member or veteran passes.Few Airmen will ever experience consoling a next of kin; thanking them for their loved one’s
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