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  • My first mission trip

    I’ve been in the Air Force almost two years now and I often find myself feeling overwhelmed and unappreciated at work and in other areas of my life. It can be easy to fall into a spiral of low morale and complaints and sometimes things don’t seem like they’ll get better. If you feel the same way, just know it’s not the end of the world and things
  • Ellsworth captain recognized for her contribution during UAE deployment

    Her feet hit the ground. The leaves crunched beneath them as she cut through the humid Florida air. The sweat clung to her skin, but she continued on. The cheer of her teammates pushed her past her pre conceived limits. Her endurance grew; the miles seemed to flow effortlessly as she blazed down the trails. Little did she know, this would be a
  • ‘Adopt a plane program’ takes off

    The aerial park at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum offers a glimpse into the past with Air Force relics dating back to World War I. The museum is a place for all ages to come and see Ellsworth’s proud heritage on display. Glistening aircraft, towering missiles and artifacts galore await visitors within its grounds and facilities.   Over
  • The people behind the deploying Airmen

    As Airmen prepare for deployments, they’re usually presented with a checklist of different items to be completed. Yet the Airmen are not alone in the process.
  • Colonel Edwards takes first flight as Bomb Wing Commander

    A young boy sits in the bleachers surrounded by hundreds of people, eagerly waiting. A hush falls over the crowd as the air stands still. Within a second the silence is shattered and replaced with the boom of roaring engines and thunderous applause.
  • ‘Defender Avenger,’ the ‘Fearless’ and Global Strike’s tests of August

    On Aug. 2, 2017, Air Force Global Strike Command conducted a test launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, just off of California’s central coast. Although the test was planned more than three years in advance, the public forum was abuzz, with many calling the launch a response to Pyongyang’s aggressive rhetoric. Twenty days later, a B-2 Spirit — America’s only stealth bomber — dropped an unarmed B61 nuclear gravity bomb on a small target in the Nevada desert. Hardly anyone noticed.
  • FTAC: Mentoring never stops

    The First Term Airmen Course (FTAC) instructor took one last look at his service dress blues in the full length mirror hanging on his office wall. It was Monday. This meant uniform inspections and the start to another week of mentoring.
  • Security forces defend Airmen, nuclear assets

    Spread out over 13,800 square-miles in northcentral Montana lie 15 missile alert facilities, structures that house missileers, chefs, facility managers and security forces Airmen who operate, secure and defend 150 of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. Airman 1st Class Dillan Caceres, 341st Missile Security Forces Squadron response
  • FTAC: Airmanship 300 bridging the Air Force core values to the mission

    With all the military jargon that is thrown around, FTAC, or First Term Airmen Course, is somewhere in the mix. For many, this course is just another box to check on the in-processing checklist; however, recently it has developed into a vital part of the Profession of Arms.
  • Whiteman Geobase: On the map

    While playing around as a child and looking for places to start your next adventure, you may have come across the bright yellow signs planted in the ground telling you not to dig in the immediate vicinity without calling “811” to get clearance, due to the presence of gas lines or other utilities. When you grew older and started learning to drive you may have had a few moments of gratitude for the maps that helped your reach your final location. What you may not have thought about is who contributed to the surveillance and behind-the-scenes work, which helped you safely reach your destinations.
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