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  • Fostering children, fostering hope

    The saying “treat others the way you want to be treated” is often told to children at a young age. Some take that advice to heart and work a little to make a difference, others go much further.
  • Happy tears after 20 years

    In December 1975, David M. Wandel and three of his fellow crewmembers – Capt. Martin E. Graham Jr., Capt. Joseph M. Furda and 1st Lt. Karwin M. Plucker – passed away in a plane crash just south of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. There was a memorial dedicated to the Ellsworth based crew in June 1976. Eventually, the plaque was found in the South Dakota Air and Space Museum’s inventory.
  • Raider Airmen heat up competition in the kitchen

    The 28th Force Support Squadron hosts a Chef of the Quarter cook-off at the Raider Café on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 18, 2019. Contestants were split into three teams and were required to produce a dish that incorporated two secret ingredients.
  • Ellsworth SERE specialist goes above and beyond

    Recently, Tech. Sgt. Dustin Jespersen, a 28th Operations Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist he was announced as the 2018 Air Rescue Association Richard T. Kight Award winner. The Air Force-level award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the overall effectiveness of the rescue mission.
  • Like father, like son: Wearing the uniform together

    Each flag was an inch by half-inch isosceles triangle – the 50 chalk-white stars crossed over a field of blue and rows of red. Eighteen distinct flags pressed into 18 individual hands, dripping with sweat from the humidity of the recent rain and the awareness of their lives being altered forever.
  • Base historian tells his story

    Every day, members across the Air Force make history. With tasks both at home and overseas, the work they do is an important step into the future. Yet in the midst of historic firsts, records set and broken, and even tragedies, one might wonder: who keeps record of these significant events? This is where historians like the 28th Bomb Wing’s John Moyes come in.
  • JAGs: Paper trails and trials

    Military court: two images come to mind – either Jack Nicholson yelling “You can’t handle the truth!” or the thud of a gavel striking against wood when a verdict is delivered.
  • Air Traffic Control: Keeping eyes on the sky

    The fin of a beast weighing more than 190,000 pounds maneuvers through the flight line, looking reminiscent of a great white shark prowling the ocean in search of its prey.
  • Ellsworth AFB: The man behind the base

    What is a name? It can be a symbol of marriage, a title of a business or an aircraft designation. For Ellsworth Air Force Base, it epitomizes a legacy.
  • Family bonds: more than blood

    With the rapid pace for Airmen, time can be their most valuable possession. There comes a moment when children enter the fray, it could be sports, choir or theater: the time one devotes to their kids resonates with them for the rest of their lives.
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