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  • New dorms to accommodate a growing Ellsworth

    The roar of heavy machinery, the clanging of hammers and the buzzing of saws is something commonly heard near the Jefferson dormitory. The noise starts before sunrise and continues after sunset. Workers assemble the buildings with speed, skill and steady hands in order to meet their deadline and provide Airmen a home away from home while they are stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
  • Protecting the pearly whites: Dental clinic helps Airmen maintain readiness

    George Washington’s wooden teeth are a tall tale. Though a myth, this legend made people think about the importance of good dental hygiene. It also could have scared a child or two into brushing and flossing regularly – or risk wearing wooden teeth for eternity.
  • Bomber bros: taking the (atomic) Adams family to a new height

    Capts. Julien and Daniel Adams have a lot in common. They both have dark, short-cropped hair, love Korean food, and are alumni of the same university; however, the similarities don’t stop there. In fact, if surrounded by people who didn’t know them very well, the two could easily swap places for the day with nobody being the wiser – a fun perk of having an identical twin. In the Air Force, they are barely even separated by the airframes they fly on – bomber jets.
  • Ready, set, jump: 509th CES Airman’s skydiving passion

    Imagine flying in a small and tightly-packed plane 14,000 feet in the sky and hearing 1-2-3, jump! Without thinking, you’re suddenly free falling, feeling the wind hit your skin and getting a rush of adrenaline through your entire body. You pull the parachute open and are maneuvering yourself down to the ground. Carefully basing your movements on the wind direction and speed to ensure you land correctly.
  • Last chance for life: Egress flight

    Beads of sweat roll down the aviator’s cheek, his face plastered in a harsh red glow as warning lights strobe around him. The crew fights to handle the uncontrollable beast, but the pilot soon realizes he must make a daunting decision: abandon ship. With no hope of saving the unresponsive aircraft, he reaches down, grasps the two caution colored
  • OSI: eyes of the eagle

    Every day there are men and women who wake up, put on their suits, strap on their badges and adorn the title of special agent. Crime and threats to the mission are not confined to the walls of a base, and neither are these special agents from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Their purpose is to protect Air Force personnel, facilities and resources when someone threatens to harm them.
  • Always Watching, Always Lethal

    In a distant corner of the base, a convoy is leaving the highly-secured, fenced off weapons storage area to take nuclear assets to the missile field and BAM! There’s an attack. Armed men take these volatile resources and have the power to wreak unimaginable harm. With these weapons in the wrong hands, many lives are in danger and our nation’s
  • Communications Airman literarily communicates passion

    It’s a pitch black evening, just before midnight. The clicking sound of computer keys fill a dorm room as a bright screen illuminates the face of a young novelist. Senior Airman Payton Miller, 2nd Communication Squadron client systems technician, used his development in the Air Force to pursue and achieve his personal goal of becoming a self-published author.
  • Logistics: the masterminds who bring Ellsworth to the fight

    Although the sun isn’t set to rise for at least another hour, Airmen are already out on the flight line, gearing-up to get the job done. Bundled in their winter gear, they watch as a C-5M Super Galaxy – a physics defying aerial leviathan – glides to the ground and taxis on the runway at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
  • FTAC: Inspiring success

    Since Airmanship 300 was incorporated into the First Term Airman Course curriculum, Airmen have had the opportunity to do more than just in-process at their first duty station. “Over the years it has become a great program,” said Senior Master Sgt. John De La Rosa, the career assistant advisor assigned to the 509th Force Support Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base. “Before it never really tackled the subject that Airmen really needed to know: how to effectively make a transition.”
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