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A B-1B Lancer lands at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 30, 2018. The B-1 is the backbone of the U.S. Air Force bomber force and carries the largest conventional payload of weapons in the the service's inventory. B-1s assigned to Ellsworth AFB provide support to allies across the globe.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A B-1B Lancer lands at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 30, 2018. The B-1 is the backbone of the United States' long-range bomber force and carries the largest conventional payload of guided and unguided weapons in the the Air Force's inventory. B-1s assigned to Ellsworth AFB provide support to allies across the globe.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Ellsworth Air Force Base was the recipient of the 2019 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence for Air Force Global Strike Command. Ellsworth AFB will move on to compete for the award at the Air Force level. 

“The men and women of Ellsworth Air Force Base are proud to have won the 2019 Installation Excellence Award from Air Force Global Strike Command, as it reflects directly on their hard work and dedication to our mission of providing airpower – anytime and anywhere,” said Col. John Edwards, the 28th Bomb Wing commander.

Former President Ronald Reagan established this award in 1985 to recognize the outstanding efforts of the professionals who operate and maintain Defense Department installations and to encourage commanders to create an environment that promotes innovative and creative ways of enhancing base-level services, facilities, and quality-of-life. 

“We look forward to representing Air Force Global Strike Command at the Air Force level where we will compete with several others bases, and if we win, will represent the Air Force for the commander in chief’s award across the Department of Defense,” said Edwards.