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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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2016
Staff Sgt. Michelle Hoyal, an honor guard flight sergeant assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron, inspects Airman 1st Class Roger Presswoods’ uniform during open ranks in the Pride hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 2, 2016. The Ellsworth Honor Guard is responsible for providing military honors throughout a 114,636 square-mile area including South Dakota, western Nebraska and northern Wyoming. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) 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
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2016
Airman 1st Class Johnathan Allen, 341st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance apprentice, uses tire lube on a light truck tire to easily install the rim at the LRS tire shop Dec. 1, 2016, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The tire lube helps with setting the sealant of the tire to prevent it from moving. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes) Tire shop helps the mission
On average, members of the 341st Missile Wing have driven more than 2 million miles this year. “It is very important to keep up with the tires on vehicles,” said Staff Sgt. Benjamin Fisher, 341st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman. At the base tire shop, where government vehicles are worked on, Fisher and his team of four
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1st Lt. Anthony Perkins, 490th Missile Squadron intercontinental ballistic missile combat crew commander, puts on the gear he wears as a volunteer firefighter Nov. 8, 2016, at Great Falls Gore Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Great Falls, Mont. Perkins spends the majority of his off-duty time as a volunteer firefighter and as an ambulance emergency medical technician for Great Falls Emergency Services. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Magen M. Reeves) AF officer strives to make local community a better place
Some Airmen only wear one suit -- they have one job and are comfortable doing it their entire careers.1st Lt. Anthony Perkins, a 490th Missile Squadron intercontinental ballistic missile combat crew commander, however, wears three different suits.By day, he wears his U.S. Air Force flight suit as an ICBM missileer. He helps maintain the nation’s
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Senior Airman Tijon North, a response force leader assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, fires an M9 pistol at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance firing range at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 6, 2016. Ellsworth’s CATM has trained more than 2,000 Airmen this year with more than 500 sent downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel) 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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John Dresel, 341st Medical Operations Squadron optometry technician, poses for a photo in the optometry clinic Nov. 2, 2016, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Dresel recently received the Civilian Category 1 award for the third quarter partly due to his outstanding customer service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Magen M. Reeves) Civilian teammate provides outstanding customer service
For John Dresel, 341st Medical Operations Squadron optometry technician, Malmstrom Air Force Base has always been considered home.“Great Falls is my hometown,” said Dresel. “I was also stationed here twice during my time in service.”Dresel retired at the rank of master sergeant as an independent duty medical technician assigned to the 819th RED
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A soldier from the South Dakota National Guard’s Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, descends from an UH60 Blackhawk helicopter during Exercise Combat Raider 1701 near Belle Fourche, S.D., Nov. 16, 2016. The exercise simulated rescuing two injured pilots that ejected from their aircraft in hostile territory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) Tankers participate in joint exercise Combat Raider
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- A young pilot dangles dangerously far from the grassy South Dakota tundra, held on by nothing more than a strap, a cable and a medic from the South Dakota National Guard.  As the Soldier and Airman are hoisted up toward the HH-60 Pave Hawk medical helicopter, fake blood runs down the captain’s face.  Personnel
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A soldier from the South Dakota National Guard’s Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, descends from an UH60 Blackhawk helicopter during Exercise Combat Raider 1701 near Belle Fourche, S.D., Nov. 16, 2016. The exercise simulated rescuing two injured pilots that ejected from their aircraft in hostile territory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller) Combat Raider keeps joint-force proficient, ready for battle
A young pilot dangles dangerously far from the grassy South Dakota tundra, held on by nothing more than a strap, a cable and a medic from the South Dakota National Guard.  As the Soldier and Airmen are hoisted up toward the HH-60 Pave Hawk medical helicopter, fake blood runs down the captain’s face.  Personnel recovery is a pilot’s nightmare, but
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2016
Air traffic controllers, assigned to the 28th Operations Support Squadron, coordinate with aircraft at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 17, 2016. The Air Traffic Control Tower provides flight safety for all incoming and outgoing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel)

Alert eyes watching the skies
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Whether it’s an exercise, training, show-of-force or kinetic operations: aircraft need open skies and safe runways to operate. This wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of air traffic controllers, who provide pilots with all the information they need and ensure safety for the aircraft and her pilots.“As line
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Lt. Col. Joshua Hampton, right, accepts command of the 40th Helicopter Squadron from Col. David Smith, 582nd Helicopter Group commander, June 24 in the squadron’s helicopter hangar at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Hampton is no stranger to the nuclear deterrence mission and served as the director of operations for the 54th Helicopter Squadron at Minot AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Turner) Meet the new helicopter squadron commander
After moving around from state to state as a child, living in Indonesia for eight years and being stationed at Minot Air Force Base, Wyoming, Lt. Col. Joshua Hampton is now calling Malmstrom his home.Hampton took command of the 40th Helicopter Squadron June 24, and since then he has fit in quite well. He is no stranger to the nuclear deterrence
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