28th Bomb Wing
The 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, is assigned to the 8th Air Force under Air Force Global Strike Command. The 28th Bomb Wing provides airpower — anytime, anywhere with amazing Airmen who are ready, lethal and innovative to deter, assure and strike! They set the standard of excellence with an unwavering focus on combat airpower. The 28th Bomb Wing is home to 29 B-1B Lancers and in 2012 began flying MQ-9 Reaper missions.
The 28th Operations Group, the 28th Maintenance Group, the 28th Mission Support Group and the 28th Medical Group make up the 28th Bomb Wing.
The 28th Bomb Wing commander’s staff consists of a vice commander, command chief master sergeant, director of staff, executive officer, secretary and administrative staff. The 28th Bomb Wing staff agency functions include the wing inspector general, historian, information management, protocol, public affairs, legal, chapel, advanced programs, equal opportunity, wing plans and programs, treaty compliance, safety, antiterrorism, information protection, sexual assault prevention and response coordinator, retiree activities and the 28th Comptroller Squadron.
28th Operations Group
The mission of the 28th Operations Group, whose motto is to “find and kill the enemy,” is to provide combat-ready B-1B Lancer aircrews for worldwide taskings, including conventional operations and power projection. Airmen in the 28th OG fly the B-1, plan and support combat operations, and develop deployment plans. Additionally, they manage the base airfield, radar approach control facilities and air traffic control tower. The group also includes a weather section, a life support flight, and flight and tower simulators.
The 28th OG Intelligence Flight provides current intelligence information and analysis ranging from strategic intelligence for the base’s senior leadership to tactical-level intelligence required for combat aircrews.
The 28th OG has three squadrons under its umbrella: the 28th Operations Support Squadron, the 34th Bomb Squadron and the 37th Bomb Squadron.
28TH OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 28th Operations Support Squadron supports all aspects of the 28th Bomb Wing’s flying operations to include efficiently training for and conducting combat operations. A diverse squadron, the 28th OSS oversees airfield management, air traffic control, weather operations, intelligence analysis, combat crew communications, B-1 simulator training, aircrew flight equipment, aircrew flight records, the Belle Fourche Electronic Scoring Site (ESS), the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) airspace, combat survival training, and weapons and tactics training.
The airfield operations flight manages and maintains the base’s airfield and air traffic control operations for Ellsworth Air Force Base and Rapid City, South Dakota. This includes radar approach control (RAPCON) and the air traffic control tower. In 2008, Ellsworth launched the Department of Defense’s first noncontiguous RAPCON facility, the Dakota Air Traffic Control Facility, which controls airspace areas separated by more than 260 miles, including Rapid City Regional Airport, Ellsworth AFB, Minot Regional Airport and Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.
The weather flight provides global weather information for all organizations on the base, including operations, maintenance and support.
The intelligence flight develops and oversees all intelligence requirements and scenario development for 28th Bomb Wing exercises, contingencies and wartime taskings. Additionally, the flight manages all aircrew and internal intelligence training in support of B-1 verifications, directs intelligence support for munitions integration and planning, and provides functional management for nearly 30 intelligence Airmen assigned within the 28th OG.
Combat crew communications manage all flight publications and secure communications to support B-1 training and combat missions.
The Mission Training Center operates and maintains two full-motion, state-of-the-art Weapons System Trainers, known as B-1 simulators, to support training for base aircrew. The simulators include the ability to virtually link to other simulators across the DOD to provide integrated multi-force training.
Aircrew Flight Equipment builds and maintains all mission-enabling and life-sustaining aircrew equipment, including night vision goggles, harnesses, survival vests and aircraft ejection seat kits.
The PRTC is the largest military-use airspace in the continental U.S. When fully utilized, it can host Large Force Exercises where units can train together towards common goals and build upon strengths and weaknesses. The Belle Fourche ESS is located within the PRTC and maintains and operates one of the Air Force’s threat simulation sites, supporting training and combat readiness for units across the Air Force and the DOD.
The Wing Scheduling flight accomplishes long-range scheduling for the wing’s B-1 aircraft, manages the wing’s annual flying hour program, schedules and manages 28th Bomb Wing airspace and maintains flight records for more than 380 aircrew members.
The Weapons and Tactics flight is the wing’s focal point for B-1 tactics, training and execution. The flight is responsible for ensuring wing combat readiness for worldwide operational taskings and planning and supporting combat operations and deployments for two tactical B-1 squadrons. Additionally, it provides deployable planning and support teams for B-1 employment and maintains the ability to deploy worldwide and function autonomously at forward locations.
34th Bomb Squadron
Known as the Thunderbirds, the 34th Bomb Squadron’s mission is to defeat America’s enemies across the globe at a moment’s notice.
The history of the 34th BS dates to World War I, when the U.S. Army organized the 34th Aero Squadron, June 11, 1917. During an assignment with the 17th Pursuit Group, the squadron became equipped with the P-12 biplane fighter. In 1935 and 1936, the squadron gradually transitioned from the P-12 and P-26 Peashooter to the A-17 and YA-19, which it kept until 1940 when it began flying the B-18 and the B-23 bombers.
On April 18, 1942, 34th BS crews famously flew the B-25 Mitchell from the deck of the USS Hornet with crews from the 37th Bomb Squadron and 432nd Attack Squadron during the Doolittle Raid against Japan. Throughout the war, the 34th BS flew bombing missions in the B-26 Invader overseas and returned to the U.S. in November 1945. The day after its arrival, the squadron was inactivated. The 34th BS went through numerous activations and deactivations over its history. However, it was able to fly interdiction and close-air-support missions in Korea, transitioning to the B-57, the B-66 and then finally the B-52 Stratofortress.
When the unit moved to Ellsworth on April 1, 1994, it began flying the B-1. On April 1, 1997, the squadron moved again, transferring to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the 34th BS was one of the first units to deploy overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On Sept. 19, 2002, the 34th BS moved back to Ellsworth from Mountain Home. As tensions rose
in Iraq, the 34th BS deployed from Jan. 5 to May 15, 2003, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Since 2003, the Thunderbirds have completed numerous deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Starting in 2007, the 34th BS entered a regular deployment schedule with other B-1 units, with one year at home station followed by six months deployed. On average, these deployments resulted in more than 6,000 combat hours and more than 500 combat sorties flown supporting overseas contingency operations. On March 27, 2011, the 34th BS flew the first B-1 combat mission launched from the U.S. to strike overseas targets when it participated in Operation Odyssey Dawn, flying nonstop from Ellsworth to strike targets in Libya. The 34th BS deployed on Aug. 9, 2016, to Andersen Air Base, Guam, for the first B-1 deployment to the Pacific Command area of responsibility in 10 years, to support the Continuous Bomber Presence in the Pacific.
37th Bomb Squadron
The 37th Bomb Squadron consists of approximately 70 personnel including aviators, intelligence and aviation resource management Airmen. These Airmen enable the Tigers to remain on the leading edge of B-1 employment to support combatant commander objectives worldwide.
The squadron is among the Air Force’s most senior units. It began as the 37th Aero Squadron in June 1917, and served with the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I. Here the unit primarily focused on training U.S. pilots to fly front-line pursuit aircraft such as the Avro 504-K, the Sopwith F-1 Camel, the DeHaviland DH-4 and the Nieuport 27.
During World War II, the squadron supported several mission sets to include flying anti-submarine patrols, bombardment raids and psychological operations. For a short time, the squadron served with the 28th Composite Group in 1940 and was later assigned to the 17th Bomb Group. As part of the 17th BG, the 37th BS participated in one of the most famous air raids of World War II, the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in April 1942. Three Tiger crews volunteered for the mission and trained alongside Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle in the B-25 Mitchell bombers that took off from the deck of the USS Hornet to strike targets on mainland Japan. At the conclusion of the Allied Campaign, the 37th BS was one of the rare units to participate in all three theaters of war and attack all three Axis countries, Japan in 1942, Italy in 1943 and Germany in 1944.
After World War II concluded, the squadron deactivated. In 1950, the 37th BS reactivated as a night intruder squadron and transferred to Pusan Air Base, Korea. The 37th BS flew the B-26 Invader on night interdiction missions during the Korean War. The squadron “hunted at night, like tigers” and adopted its current patch, a Bengal tiger.
The 37th BS joined the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, in 1977, flying the B-52 Stratofortress. On Jan. 1, 1987, the squadron transitioned to its current aircraft, the B-1B Lancer more commonly called the Bone.
In December 1998, the Tigers became the first unit to employ the B-1 in combat in support of Operation Desert Fox in Iraq. One year later, Tiger crews combined with the 77th Bomb Squadron, the War Eagles, for Operation Allied Force and flew combat missions in Kosovo and Serbia.
After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the 37th BS again roared into action alongside their sister squadron, the 34th BS, and formed the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. Flying missions to Afghanistan, the squadron executed close-air-support and deliberate strikes in an effort to remove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan. During this time, the combined squadron flew 5 percent of the strike missions but released nearly 40 percent of the total bomb tonnage or more than 1,730 tons.
In March 2003, crews from the 37th BS joined forces with their sister squadron once more to employ the B-1 in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom whereby numerous combat missions were flown. One mission in particular was moments away from striking key Iraqi government leadership who managed to slip away mere minutes before weapons impact.
From 2007 through early 2016, the 37th BS accomplished regular deployments to the Middle East rotating among three B-1 combat units resulting in a deployment cycle of six months away and one year at home station. On average, the squadron flew more than 5,000 combat hours in approximately 500 combat sorties per deployment. In total, the squadron has deployed 11 times in support of enduring operations in the Middle East.
The Tigers completed their final rotation to the Middle East in January 2016. In six months, the Tigers supported on call close-air-support and deliberate strikes on targets in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel. By the time the Tigers closed shop and the last jet lifted off for the long flight home, the squadron, with the support of the 37th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 28th Munitions Squadron, released 5,038 guided munitions accounting for 59 percent of the total tonnage released on Islamic State and Taliban militants. The squadron was instrumental in the liberation of the Iraqi cities of Ramadi, Sinjar and Bayji, and the Syrian city of Hasakah. To date, the Tigers released more ordnance than any other B-1 unit on a single combat deployment.
28th Mission Support Group
The 28th Mission Support Group provides mission-essential “city” services at home and combat support services to Airmen while deployed. The group provides essential services for active-duty members, retirees, civilians and their families, including food services, security, vehicles, supplies, computer and telephone support, civil engineering, educational and recreational services, and personnel support. Six squadrons are under the 28th MSG umbrella: the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, 28th Contracting Squadron, 28th Communications Squadron, 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 28th Security Forces Squadron and 28th Force Support Squadron.
28TH CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON
The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron provides the necessary assets and skilled personnel to prepare and sustain installations throughout the world, in times of war and peace. The squadron’s dual mission is to provide quality home-station engineer services for rapid, decisive, sustainable combat support, anytime, anywhere. Additionally, the Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) mobility teams stand ready to rapidly deploy anytime, anywhere to provide fully responsive engineer capabilities in support of our nation’s contingencies. In addition to daily operations, Prime BEEF is responsible for maintaining, repairing, operating and helping the base — or any installation around the world — with recovery before, during and after a peacetime or wartime disaster, or deploying a fully capable engineer force in support of contingency operations. This dual mission of war readiness and infrastructure maintenance is accomplished with a combined military and civilian workforce capable of rapid transition between missions.
Civil engineers support the installation and the Air Force mission by applying resources to accomplish required tasks in the following areas — readiness and emergency management, real property maintenance and accountability, utility services, minor construction, fire protection, explosive ordnance disposal, disaster preparedness, environmental protection, nonreal property services, and technical and management services.
The squadron consists of six flights: Engineering, Fire Protection, Installation Management, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Readiness and Emergency, and Operations.
28TH CONTRACTING SQUADRON
The mission of the 28th Contracting Squadron is to provide agile contracting support and business advice to Ellsworth and combatant commanders. The squadron consists of three flights:
• The PKA Acquisition flight provides contract support for commodity and service requirements. The flight oversees $47 million in recurring service contracts, $7 million in medical support personnel contracts, $70 million in utilities and an additional $15 million in commodity purchases.
• The PKB Acquisition flight provides construction and related support to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron. The flight oversees $15 million and more than 100 annual requirements for construction and direct support to the 28th Bomb Wing and Ellsworth tenant units.
• The PKP Plans and Programs flight supports the base’s contract Quality Assurance Program, Government Purchase Card program and Contracting Systems Support activity. The Quality Assurance Program coordinator ensures contract compliance on 17 major service contracts in a $48 million portfolio. The government purchases a total of $7.5 million in annual expenditures. This flight is also responsible for maintaining the unit’s web-based procurement system and reporting interfaces. The purchase card coordinator oversees nearly 120 managing accounts, 206 cards and 9,000 GPC activities.
In addition, all three flights collectively carry out congressionally mandated socio-economic programs through small business outreach events and by awarding contracts to businesses in several small business categories. Each year, the squadron awards more than $25 million to small businesses, which amounts to over 90 percent of available contract dollars. The squadron also contracts with a local AbilityOne contractor for another $10 million annually, which provides jobs for people with severe disabilities. Through these programs, 28th CONS not only complies with the law but also serves as a good community partner.
28TH COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON
The 28th Communications Squadron’s vision to set the cyberspace standard of excellence for the Air Force is summarized by its motto: Wired for War. The squadron provides combat-ready Airmen in support of warfighter requirements while developing cyberspace professionals focused on world-class customer support to all units assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base.
The squadron consists of two flights — the Operations flight and Plans and Resources flight — as well as a command section and Policy and Evaluations section.
The Operations flight consists of five sections:
• The Infrastructure Systems section manages network connectivity and sustains the base’s long-haul communications circuits.
• Knowledge Operations Management supports Ellsworth with enterprise information management, records management, knowledge management and SharePoint content management functions. The Airmen of the section also manage the wing publications and forms programs and oversee the wing Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act programs.
• The Cyber Systems Operations section sustains servers that make technology work and continue to work for Ellsworth personnel. Be it with network services, BlackBerry support, applications, file storage, firewalls or anti-virus updates, the Airmen in CSO assist every user daily.
• The Airmen of the RF Transmissions section sustain numerous radio systems and the base “Giant Voice” emergency broadcast network in addition to providing public address system support. They also maintain the base Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network and personal wireless communication systems. The Client Service Center has three missions vital to both daily information technology user services and mission systems maintenance. The heartbeat of the squadron, the Communications Focal Point maintains systems and personnel status. It also directs corrective actions in a timely manner by interfacing with external agencies’ users and production work centers. The technicians provide desktop touch maintenance support along with installing and configuring software, operating systems and applications. Finally, Computer Systems Management provides cradle-to-grave management and accountability of the entire wing’s IT equipment. The Operations Flight also manages base postal activities.
• The Plans and Resources flight is a small but dynamic flight with three unique and vital missions. The Plans Office provides short- and long-range communications and information planning for Ellsworth. The Wing Cybersecurity Office provides base-level cybersecurity services while managing programs which include Communications Security, Cybersecurity and TEMPEST, as well the Cyber Awareness and Electronic System Security Assessment Notice and Consent programs. Finally, the Force Development office is the central point for all training, readiness and deployment management.
The 28th CS command section includes the squadron commander, superintendent, first sergeant, secretary and unit program coordinator. The Policy and Evaluations section ensures quality maintenance and other functional area support services through evaluation, deficiency identification and trend analysis.
28TH Logistics Readiness Squadron
The mission of the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron is to provide responsive, reliable and sustainable logistics support anytime, anywhere. The squadron is made up of more than 340 professionals separated into four flights and two sections. These professionals provide support to 39 wing and tenant units with mobility readiness and operations, vehicle operations, vehicle and equipment maintenance, personal property and cargo shipments, fuel storage and distribution, supply and equipment accountability, and the war reserve materiel program, as well as maintaining B-1 spares packages and aircraft parts.
The 28th LRS Deployment and Distribution flight is the single wing authority for receiving, storing and shipping Department of Defense supplies and equipment, handling more than 20,000 commodities valued in excess of $174 million. The Airmen of the section manage the base U-Drive-It fleet, buses and DV vehicles. Additionally, the Deployment and Distribution flight is the wing contact for war reserve materiel management, deployment planning, training and execution, base and expeditionary support planning, sustainment, redeployment, mobility bags, small arms weapons and wing support agreements management. This flight also manages air terminal operations, as well as provides logistics readiness deployment training for all installation personnel to carry out deployment tasks.
During contingency operations, the Deployment and Distribution flight provides wing command and control through the Deployment Control Center and the Installation Deployment Readiness Cell. The Deployment and Distribution flight is also responsible for arranging the movement and storage of personal property and providing ticketing for official travel of DOD passengers. This is the flight to contact upon arrival at Ellsworth to arrange for delivery of household goods.
The squadron’s Materiel Management flight receives, stores, inventories and issues all stock listed materials for the wing. It is the focal point for all supply issues and the base-level liaison for all equipment matters. Additionally, the Materiel Management flight manages six B-1 mobility ready spares kits — valued at more than $300 million — that are postured for deployment at a moment’s notice. It also accounts for all wing mobility bags and deployable small arms valued at more than $12 million. Lastly, the 28th LRS Materiel Management flight ensures all repairable parts get processed and routed to the proper repair facilities and briefs the 28th Maintenance Group commander and 28th BW commander daily on aircraft MICAP status.
Operations Compliance Section is aligned under and is responsible to the LRS Commander and Operations Officer. They are the commander’s single point of contact for health of the squadron issues. Operations Compliance provides the commander and senior leadership with continual assessment of the unit’s ability to perform key logistics processes through the quality assurance program, squadron training, resource management and integrated computer systems management.
The 28th LRS Vehicle Management flight is the single authority and source for maintenance and management of the installation’s 630-motor vehicle fleet. The 28th LRS assigns, accounts for and maintains vehicle assets so they are safe, efficient and environmentally sound to meet the wing’s needs.
The Fuels flight mission is to ensure more than 18 million gallons of quality petroleum products, cryogenics fluids and missile propellants are acquired or produced and issued safely and efficiently to organizations annually.
28TH SECURITY FORCES SQUADRON
The defenders of the 28th Security Forces Squadron, whose motto is “Defenders conquer all,” provides integrated defense and combat capability for Ellsworth Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense and combatant commanders worldwide. Whether at home station or forward deployed, members of the 28th SFS provide an impenetrable umbrella of force protection encompassing all personnel, property and resources.
The squadron is divided into five flights that handle support staff functions (S1), ground intelligence and investigations (S2), operations and training (S3), logistics (S4) and plans and programs (S5). These staff agencies perform such roles as planning, equipping, training, directing and evaluating mission-related activities and personnel assigned to the 28th SFS. The staff also provides base support, including crime prevention, resource protection, criminal investigation and intelligence, incident reporting, visitor control, pass and registration, anti-terrorism, and reports and analysis.
Integrated defense is achieved through security patrolling, community policing, military working dog teams, a base-wide camera and alarm network, and strict installation access control. These functions work around the clock to ensure protection of the base populace and mission-critical resources. Patrols maintain an excellent relationship with the public by making contact with the base populace while on patrol in an effort to better understand their concerns about law enforcement issues.
The 28th SFS military working dog section not only provides explosive and drug detection capabilities to the base but also assists local civil authorities as needed.
28TH FORCE SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 28th Force Support Squadron provides services to Ellsworth’s active-duty members, Department of Defense civilians, retirees and their families. The 28th FSS includes the following flights: Airman and Family Readiness, Community Services, Force Development, Manpower & Organization, Civilian Personnel, Military Personnel, Child and Youth Services, Resource Management and Sustainment Services. These flights, each with a distinct mission, combine to provide important support services to the Ellsworth community.
Following is a list of facilities and programs the 28th FSS operates and maintains for
Ellsworth Airmen and their families:
• Installation Personnel Readiness.
• Military and Civilian Personnel Programs.
• Manpower and Organization.
• Raider Café Dining Facility.
• Fuel Pit Kiosk.
• Bellamy Fitness Center.
• Pride Hangar.
• Pine Tree Inn and Aspen Lodging.
• Airman and Family Readiness Center.
• Child Development Center.
• Family Child Care.
• Youth Programs.
• School Liaison Officer.
• Education and Training Section.
• Professional Development.
• Airman Leadership School.
• Arts and Crafts Center.
• Auto Hobby Center.
• Bandit Lanes.
• Dakota’s Club (Co-located Club)/
• Golf Course.
• Outdoor Recreation.
• Cedar Lodge Recreation Lodging.
• Family Camp (FamCamp).
• Base Theater.
• Base Honor Guard.
• Mortuary Affairs.
The squadron’s Military Personnel Flight (MPF) is in the Rushmore Center, 1000 Ellsworth St., Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, 57706. The MPS includes the Force Management, Customer Support and Career Development sections, which provide many services, including issuing identification cards, assignments, promotions and re-enlistments. The Virtual Resource Center is on the second floor, and the customer service section is on the first floor. To reach it, call 605-385-1286 or DSN 675-1286.
The Civilian Personnel Flight provides services for approximately 530 civil service positions. Most jobs are in the logistics, medical and support areas. About one-quarter of the jobs serviced are wage grade (blue collar), and the rest are general schedule (white collar). Turnover in civil service jobs is somewhat limited.
Employment opportunities are best for people already in civil service. To find employment information, visit www.afciviliancareers.com or call the information line at 800-525-0102.
The Defense Commissary Agency, Base Exchange and nonappropriated fund jobs are serviced by their own personnel offices. Get additional information by reviewing announcements and talking with staff members in their respective personnel offices 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Airmen in this section provide manpower and organization services to the 28th Bomb Wing and its subordinate units. Located in the Rushmore Center, this section’s goal is to assist in determining the most efficient and effective use of manpower resources through development and application of objective manpower standards, Management Advisory Studies, Continuous Innovation Enhancement Programs and other manpower and organization activities.
NAF HUMAN RESOURCE SECTION
The Human Resource Section is dedicated to the nonappropriated fund personnel needs of the squadron. The 28th FSS employs approximately 275 nonappropriated fund employees in a variety of areas, including crafts and trades, administrative and technical positions. Transition assistance personnel and military spouses who accompany their sponsor to Ellsworth have preference for job referrals. Contact the human resources office staff at 605-385-2465 or DSN 675-2465. Find employment information online at www.nafjobs.org.
AIRMAN AND FAMILY READINESS FLIGHT
The Air Force realizes there is a direct correlation between a member’s quality of life and their ability to successfully accomplish the mission. The Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) is the focal point for personal preparedness and quality of life enhancement. The A&FRC is open to all active-duty members, DOD civilians, retirees and their families. The A&FRC collaborates with base agencies to help foster a sense of community, family adaptation, and personnel and family readiness. Its team of consultants and technicians serves as liaison to squadrons to help identify and resolve quality-of-life issues for individuals and families. The A&FRC has an extensive information and referral network to help individuals connect to the right resource.
The A&FRC promotes resiliency in both the individual and family. These services may be direct or indirect, with emphasis on readiness and retention. Some activities and services A&FRC performs include the following:
• Readiness prepares individuals and families for separation and offers preplanning and support during deployments, temporary duty assignments or remote tours, and reintegration.
• Personal and Family Financial Readiness strives to help customers maximize their purchasing power, improve their standard of living, reduce stress and anxiety during financial crisis, and increase resiliency.
• Personal Work Life provides comprehensive individual and family assessments, skills-development classes, support groups and activities that assist families in adapting to the military lifestyle.
• Employment works with individuals either one-on-one or in a group with career planning, job search workshops and job referral networks. The Volunteer Program functions as the base community’s focal point for using the President’s Volunteer Service Award program.
• Air Force Aid Society offers assistance during emergencies in the form of interest-free loans and grants. Additional services include Give Parents a Break, Child Care for Volunteers, Child Care for permanent change of station (PCS) (inbound or outbound, 20 hours per child and open to all ranks), Car Care Because We Care, Respite Care and Bundles for Babies.
• Relocation Assistance provides individualized assistance, training, information and referral to inbound and outbound personnel and their families.
• Special Needs works with individuals enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program through partnerships with the base medical treatment facility, assignments section, youth center and child development center.
• The School Liaison Office helps connect parents, schools and the military by providing direct assistance to parents and their children in kindergarten through high school.
• Transition Assistance equips separating and retiring military and civilian personnel and their families with the skills and knowledge necessary for a smooth, successful transition into the private sector.
• Casualty Assistance assists family members of deceased active-duty personnel and retired military members from all branches of service.
• Air Force Wounded Warrior ensures wounded, seriously ill and injured Airmen requiring long-term medical care or a medical or physical evaluation receive nonmedical services, reintegration and transition support.
• Air Force Families Forever ensures family members of deceased Airmen are provided with immediate and long-term bereavement care, service and support.
Education and Training Section
The Education and Training Section has educational information ranging from high school remediation to graduate-level courses. National American University (NAU) offers degree programs on base. Several other schools are available in the nearby area, in addition to military-friendly colleges available online.
Adult community education, including English as a second language and the general education diploma (GED high school equivalency certificate), is offered through the Career Learning Center in Rapid City. Western Dakota Technical Institute provides a variety of vocational-technical programs such as mechanics, drafting and medical fields. The Oglala Lakota College offers two- and four-year degrees with majors that include education and Native American studies.
NAU offers on-base classes ranging from an associate to a master’s degree. It has an extended campus on base to serve the needs of military and civilian students within the Rapid City area. Most classes are conducted on base and carry resident credit. NAU is also the on-base national testing center for CLEP and DSSTs.
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) campus is in Rapid City. The school is nationally recognized, with a full range of engineering and technical degrees, including pre-health. Courses are scheduled primarily during the day with some evening classes available. The University of South Dakota (USD) and South Dakota State University (SDSU) have a combined nursing school near the SDSM&T campus, with course work from the two-year level through a master’s degree, including nurse practitioner.
Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Rapid City houses six state schools (BHSU, SDSU, USD, DSU, NSU and SDSM&T), offering a variety of degrees and programs.
The Base Education and Training Center offers professional counseling and guidance, including information on Air Force tuition assistance, GI Bill benefits, financial aid programs and choosing career or education goals. College offices, both on and off base, also provide advisement and assistance. Resources are also available at the base library.
Counseling services are available by calling 605-385-2308 or DSN 675-2308 or by visiting the offices in the Rushmore Center, Suite 2500.
This office is responsible for all newcomers and follow-up training required for civilians assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base. Annually organizations can request training for their civilian employees.
Formal Training is in the Education Office. The Formal Training office is responsible for the oversight of all Air Force directed and funded formal military training. Examples of these trainings are in-residence professional military education (PME), technical training and flying training courses.
Military testing is in the Education Office. It administers the weighted Airmen’s promotion exams, Air Force Classification Test (ASVAB), Defense Language Aptitude Battery, Defense Language Proficiency Test, Air Force Officer Qualification Test, Test of Basic Aviation Skills, Tailor Adaptive Personality Assessment System and Electronic Data Processing Test.
The Holbrook Library is open to all active-duty members and their dependents, retirees and DOD civilians and their dependents. Students enrolled in classes through the Base Education Office also have access to the library and its resources.
The library’s collection of 51,000 items includes best sellers (fiction and nonfiction), children’s books, young adult books, the United States Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List, travel info, audio books and South Dakota history. Additionally, the library subscribes to many periodicals and newspapers, covering subjects from finance to woodworking. Approximately 1,500 educational and recreational DVDs in the audiovisual collection, along with a collection of CLEP and DANTES study guides. The library’s Online Public Access Catalog is available 24/7 to all patrons at www.ellsworthfss.com/recreation/holbrook-library. Twenty personal computers are available for research, email and other internet browsing. There are four NIPR computers, and all computers are common access card accessible. The reference collection includes a wide variety of materials, which support on-base and distance education programs and courses. Items (print or audio) obtained through our Interlibrary Loan Program may be checked out for two weeks then must be returned to the loaning library.
Electronic resources include Overdrive (e-reader materials, fiction audio, music, video and nonfiction), research databases (EBSCO and GALE) and language materials provided online by Transparent Language. Test preparation materials (CLEP and DANTES) and Tutor.com are also available.
Holbrook Library also houses the ZINIO Online database which has 650 e-reader magazines, all current and past issues (from Newsweek to Knitting). A scanner is available for customer use; the library provides free printing (up to 10 pages per visit). Five iPad Airs are available for active-duty member’s use and checkout. Children have access to five Amazon Fire HDs for in-house use only.
Little Warrior’s Story Time is for our youngest readers, and a summer reading program is available for children and adults during school vacation. For more information, call 605-385-1688 or DSN 675-1688.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SECTION
Providing a range of services helping Airmen prepare and enhance their career is the mission of the Professional Development Section. Services provided by this section are the career assistance advisor (CAA), all enlisted professional enhancement courses and the First Term Airman Center (FTAC). The CAA is available to assist Airmen with all matters concerning their military career. Advisors provide information and assistance to Airmen throughout their military career, whether they are looking into a new Air Force specialty code or are trying to decide whether to continue serving or to separate.
The Professional Development Section offers professional enhancement through the NCO Professional Education (NCOPE) and the Senior NCO Professional Education (SNCOPE) course, providing NCOs with a bridge between their professional military education schools. The PE courses ensure NCOs are provided with continuing education in the areas of leadership, communications and the profession of arms.
For all new first-term Airmen arriving on station, FTAC serves as a transition from the systematic and regimented training environment into the operational, hands-on employment of the skills, knowledge and training gained from technical school. For more information, call 605-385-2367 or DSN 675-2367.
AIRMAN LEADERSHIP SCHOOL (ALS)
The mission of the ALS is to prepare senior Airmen for positions of greater responsibility by broadening their leadership and managerial capabilities. The school is in the Samuel O. Turner Professional Military Education Center and is fully equipped to support the five-week course. The ALS faculty stands ready to instruct as many as 48 students per class, producing an average of 256 graduates each year.
ALS is an Air Force educational program implemented at the base level that prepares senior Airmen for positions of greater responsibility. It provides many of the leadership skills required of supervisors and reporting officials throughout the Air Force. ALS enhances the development of senior Airmen by strengthening their ability to lead, follow and manage while they gain a broader understanding of the military profession.
The ALS program consists of 164 hours of primarily guided discussion classroom methodology, experiential activities and exercises, and case studies. The Community College of the Air Force grants college credits for course completion. The course consists of five Air University core areas: profession of arms, warfare studies, leadership studies, international security studies and communication studies. The administrative and commandant’s time round out the course. For more information, call 605-385-1680 or DSN 675-1680.
THE RAIDER CAFE DINING FACILITY
The Raider Cafe is part of the Food 2.0 initiative partnering Airmen with Sodexo-contracted chef and personnel to provide a variety of options, including made-to-order breakfasts, entrees, grilled items, deli subs, to-go offerings, soup, a salad bar and smoothies. Breakfast is served 6 to 9 a.m., grab-and-go is available 9 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch is served 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., grab-and-go is available 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; dinner is served 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and midnight meal is served 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
THE FUEL PIT FLIGHT LINE KIOSK
The Fuel Pit Flight Line Kiosk, serving nearly 500 customers daily, mainly focuses on flight line personnel convenience; however, it is also open to the entire Ellsworth community. The facility is open from 11 p.m. Sunday through 8 p.m. Friday and offers four hot meals daily. “Simply to Go” meals are available between hot meal periods. Flight meals should be ordered at the Raider Cafe dining facility. The Fuel Pit is within the 34th Bomb Squadron at 1899 Bergstrom Drive, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, 57706.
For more information, call 605-385-3663 or DSN 675-3663 or visit www.usafdining-ellsworth.catertrax.com.
BELLAMY FITNESS CENTER
The Bellamy Fitness Center is equipped to meet the needs of physical fitness enthusiasts, sports participants and individuals interested in obtaining or maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle. The center serves active-duty members, retirees, DOD civilians and their families. Fitness center staff provide 70 classes monthly, conduct special events monthly and offer eight intramural/recreational sports cores while serving an average of 675 customers daily. The fitness center features the new Fitness on Demand KIOSK systems, a state-of-the-art weight and cardiovascular room, three racquetball courts, two wally ball courts, two basketball courts, an indoor running track, a group exercise room, a parent-child workout room, steam and sauna rooms, and 24/7 fitness access for eligible customers who register.
The Bellamy Fitness Center also provides management oversight of the 60,000-square-foot Pride Hangar fitness complex. This large-scale facility is geographically separated from the main center and encompasses an indoor, artificial turf athletic field and a four-lane collegiate running track. The facility was recognized as the 2012 Best Fitness and Sports Program and earned a five-star rating for demonstrating superior achievement in the areas of operations, programs, training, facilities and customer service. For more information, call 605-385-2266 or DSN 675-2266.
PINE TREE INN
The Pine Tree Inn lodging operation manages 69 bed spaces/hotel rooms for all incoming and outgoing PCS personnel and provides lodging for transient military members. The hotel has a business center in the main facility and wireless internet available for all guests.
Visitors must check-in at the Pine Tree Inn, which is the main building of the Ellsworth lodging operation.
Four pet-friendly temporary lodging facility (TLF) units are available. Due to heavy demand for lodging accommodations from June through August, it is strongly recommended to make lodging arrangements through the reservations desk at 605-385-2844 or DSN 675-2844.
BANDIT LANES RECREATION CENTER
Bandit Lanes features 16 Brunswick lanes, a snack bar and a pro shop. Competitive leagues bowl almost every night except Saturday. Saturday nights, cosmic bowling is open for all base members. Parties may also be reserved for cosmic bowling. Open bowling is available daily and features special pricing. Special events are offered periodically. Ellsworth has active men’s, women’s and youth associations, which sponsor events throughout the year. The snack bar offers a complete breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. The pro shop provides a complete line of bowling items, including balls, bags, shoes and a large selection of bowling aids. Co-located are community center activities for young military members, including a video game room with PlayStation, Xbox 360 and Nintendo consoles. Pool tables, dart boards, a foosball table and a ping pong table are free, with opportunities for leagues and tournaments. There is a lounge with a big-screen television and a limited number of videos. Wi-Fi is available in the facility. The center was selected 2008 ACC Bowling Program of the Year. For more information, call 605-385-2536 or DSN 675-2536.
DAKOTA’S (CO-LOCATED CLUB)
Dakota’s is an all-ranks club with separate lounges for enlisted and officer personnel. A Friday night social hour offers many drink specials. The club has a buffet and full menu for lunch Monday through Friday. Regular programs include family events, Texas Hold’em games, trivia nights, Friday social hours, Friday night dinner and musical entertainment. The club has a large ballroom that seats 300 people. It can be reserved for official and personal functions. Catering is also available.
Membership is available to all ranks and civilian equivalents. For more information, call 605-385-1764 or DSN 675-1764.
PRAIRIE RIDGE GOLF COURSE
Ellsworth’s Prairie Ridge Golf Course is a regulation nine-hole facility that earned distinction as the 2007 Air Combat Command Golf Program of the Year. The course is outside the main gate and has a championship layout. It measures 3,400 yards and is a par-36 course. The pro shop offers name-brand equipment and apparel to suit any golfer’s needs. Custom-made clubs and golf lessons are available upon request. The practice areas offer natural and artificial grass hitting areas. There are two practice putting greens and practice sand traps, as well as chipping and pitching areas. Contact the golf course at 605-923-4999.
OUTDOOR RECREATION PROGRAM
The 28th FSS Outdoor Recreation Program provides activities for Ellsworth residents throughout the year. The activities are designed to introduce people to the outdoors through whitewater rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, horseback riding, skiing and backpacking. Programs include fishing tournaments, volksmarches, a boating safety course, hunting and fishing seminars, ski trips to Colorado and Montana, scenic trips through the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, whitewater adventures in Colorado and other activities throughout the year.
An Information, Tickets and Tours counter offers discount tickets to several major attractions in the Midwest and West Coast as well as serving as a ticket outlet for the Rushmore Civic Center. Tickets and Tours also has many brochures on local attractions.
The staff also oversees FamCamp, located just inside the base’s Patriot Gate. It’s within easy walking distance of the Express. Each site is equipped with water and electricity hookups as well as picnic tables and grills. On-site is an enclosed facility, which houses a laundry room and showers. Space is limited, and stays are limited to 30 days. Reservations can be made during the operating season.
A new addition to the Outdoor Recreation Program is Rec Lodge. This 48-room lodge offers many creature comforts including a spacious living room, bedroom with a queen bed, cable TV, full refrigerator, microwave, Wi-Fi access and free washer and dryers. It is conveniently located near the Shoppette and Dakota’s Club. This facility is open year-round, and reservations can be made at any time.
The skeet and trap range is north of the base firing range and is fully operational with two trap and two skeet ranges. Both intramural and recreational leagues are conducted throughout the year, as well as open times by appointment for a small fee per round. Rod & Gun Club membership is available, offering 24-hour access to the Doolittle Indoor Archery Range and the outdoor archery range just across the street from skeet and trap.
The staff also oversees the equipment checkout area, which features one of the widest varieties of rental equipment in the area, an aquatics program, a 32-foot rock climbing wall in the Pride Hanger, an 18-hole disc golf course adjacent the base lakes and a recreational vehicle outdoor storage area. To find out more about the outdoor recreation program, call 605-385-2997 or DSN 675-2997.
ARTS & CRAFTS CENTER
The Arts & Crafts Center houses the Auto Hobby Shop, the Arts and Crafts Center and a special occasion gift shop in a single facility. Auto hobby enthusiasts have access to 14 stalls (four of which have hoists), two wash stalls, engine-rebuild stalls, a welding stall and an outdoor RV space. There is also a two-bay spray car wash. A wide variety of tools are available, as well as an experienced staff to assist customers.
Services available include tire balancing and rotating, brake drum and rotor turning, battery charging, air conditioning service, radiator repair and a pressure tank for cleaning auto parts. Customers may also use lube, oil and filter services. The center also offers wrecker service for road emergencies (for which there is a fee).
A store stocks related repair items, including oil, oil filters, gear lubes, transmission fluid and hose clamps. Other repair parts, automotive paint and body repair materials, as well as customizing parts, are available through the store by special order.
The auto hobby center also manages the Resale Lot where vehicles can be placed for sale. Registration is required prior to displaying each vehicle. Contact the auto hobby center at 605-385-2900 or DSN 675-2900.
Located in the same facility is the Arts and Crafts Center, which offers a full range of learning and advanced skills activities for the do-it-yourself hobbyist and craftsperson. The frame shop provides instruction in measuring and fitting, glass-cutting, matting techniques and frame-cutting tools. For the not-so-adventuresome, custom orders are taken and a trained staff member can create a beautiful frame to complete a customer’s artwork. A retail area in the frame shop features limited-edition prints by well-known artists. The Arts and Crafts Center staff can be reached at 605-385-2901 or DSN 675-2901.
The Youth Center offers many recreational activities for youth ages 6 to 18, including sports programs (basketball, T-ball and soccer), instructional classes (tae kwon do, piano and more) and drop-in activities (pool, foosball, table tennis, electronic and table games, etc.). In addition, experienced staff members also provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for youth. A small fee may apply for some activities.
A full-sized basketball court, extensive game room and monthly contests provide a recreational outlet for youngsters. The Youth Center also has junior teen time and a standalone Teen Center offering a variety of fun, recreational and life skills building activities.
The Youth Center offers a before- and after-school program, primarily for elementary students, during the school year. During the summer months, an exciting summer day camp program provides structured full-day care for elementary school students. Questions, concerns or inquiries may be directed to 605-385-2277 or DSN 675-2277.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Child Development Program offers activities for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. The program is designed to promote the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and language development of children, while nurturing their self-esteem and creativity. A daily schedule ensures a healthy balance of all types of activities in each age group. The Child Development Center participates in the USDA Child and Adult Food Program with menus posted in each area. Space is limited to 204 children, which includes contract full-day care and hourly care. Reservations for hourly care can be made up to one week in advance. Hours are 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Child Development Program at Ellsworth is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. For more information, call 605-385-2488 or DSN 675-2488.
FAMILY CHILD CARE PROGRAM
The Family Child Care Program is an alternative form of child care for children 6 weeks old through 12 years old. The program is designed to help ensure the health and safety of children cared for in licensed day care homes. The licensed home care providers provide Returning Home Care and Extended Duty Care through specially funded programs to help military members meet the mission requirements while having their children in a quality child care program. Adults wishing to offer day care in base housing are required, by Air Force Instruction 34-144, to apply for licensing from the 28th Mission Support Group commander through the Family Child Care coordinator. Providing home day care without doing so could result in termination of base housing privileges. For information and specific requirements, call 605-385-4270 or DSN 675-4270.
28th Maintenance Group
The 28th Maintenance Group is responsible for generating airpower for the 28th Bomb Wing. The group maintains fleet health and availability of 27 combat-coded B-1B Lancers, associated support equipment and munitions, supporting annual flying and training programs, as well as Joint Chiefs of Staff and contingency taskings. The group leads and manages the production of a 1,500-member workforce comprised of three squadrons and one flight with annual organizational maintenance and reparable support division budgets exceeding $91.5 million, aircraft and weapons valued at more than $8.9 billion and real property worth $332.5 million.
28TH AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SQUADRON
The 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is the largest squadron in the 28th Bomb Wing with more than 700 Airmen and contractors who maintain and support 27 B-1s. The 34th and 37th Aircraft Maintenance Units provide direct maintenance support to the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons at home and deployed, with maintenance equipment support from the Support Flight. The squadron performs all on-equipment maintenance, weapons loading and support activities, generating combat and flying training sorties for B-1 aircrews at home and around the world.
28TH MAINTENANCE SQUADRON
The 28th Maintenance Squadron combines avionics, aircraft systems and equipment maintenance, fabrication and non-destructive inspection capabilities into one squadron consisting of seven flights with more than 460 assigned personnel. The squadron has contract oversight of Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories and Transient Alert activities and is responsible for all off-equipment maintenance and heavy repairs, supporting 27 combat-coded B-1s and related subsystems. The 28th MXS also manages the base’s Crashed, Damaged, Disabled Aircraft Repair program, which is responsible for a five-state area of operations. Finally, the squadron maintains approximately 660 pieces of aerospace ground equipment, as well as spare aircraft engines and engine test cell operations to support Joint Chiefs of Staff operational taskings.
28TH MUNITIONS SQUADRON
The 28th Munitions Squadron provides conventional munitions, armament systems and trained munitions personnel, supporting 27 B-1s assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing. The squadron consists of more than 250 professionals working in four flights supporting the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons and one National Guard unit. The squadron is responsible for 1,629 munitions line items worth $259 million, 630,662 pounds net explosive weight, 89 facilities and a 647-acre munitions storage area.
28th Medical Group
28TH MEDICAL GROUP
The 28th Medical Group (MDG) provides outpatient medical care to active-duty members, retirees and their families. The medical professionals provide a wide range of services and programs, including a family health clinic, pediatrics’ clinic, women’s health clinic, optometry clinic, dental clinic, flight and operational medicine clinic, physical therapy clinic, health promotions office, mental health and public health clinic. Ancillary services are provided through the pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, allergy and immunizations. The 28 MDG also provides veterinary services for routine vaccinations and treatment of minor illnesses for dogs and cats belonging to active-duty and retired military personnel through the veterinary clinic. The two squadrons that make up the 28th MDG are the 28th Medical Support Squadron and the 28th Medical Operations Squadron. The 28 MDG is closed for readiness training from noon to 4:30 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT PROGRAM
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) program office schedules, coordinates and conducts evaluations for active-duty personnel who request services or were involved in substance abuse incidents. It also directly oversees and implements treatment plans with individualized regimens for all active-duty substance abuse clients. Treatment plans may include intensive outpatient rehabilitation; inpatient. individual counseling; and/or group counseling. The ADAPT program also conducts alcohol and drug education and awareness briefings at a variety of venues on and off base. For more information call 605-385-3656.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OPTIMIZATION PROGRAM
The Behavioral Health Optimization Program (BHOP) is available to all beneficiaries within the primary care clinics as a part of overall good health care. The purpose of this service is to offer assistance when habits, behaviors, stress, worry or emotional concerns about physical or other life problems are interfering with someone’s daily life. The Internal Behavioral Health Consultant (IBHC) is a mental health professional who is embedded in the Family Health Clinic and adds another facet to your complete health care needs. To schedule an appointment with BHOP, call the appointment line at 605-385-6700.
Routine dental care is available for active-duty members. Services include dental exams, cleanings, restorative dentistry (fillings), oral surgery, endodontics (root canals), crowns, bridges, treatment of gum disease and supporting structures. Family members may be seen on an emergency basis only, for relief of pain, and are strongly encouraged to enroll in the TRICARE Family Member Dental Plan. For more information, visit www.tricare.mil/TDP or call 844-653-4061.
FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM
The Family Advocacy Program specializes in the prevention, evaluation and treatment of family maltreatment through three program components: Outreach, the New Parent Support Program and Family Maltreatment. The Outreach component provides education-based, family-related programs to military personnel and their beneficiaries. Briefings are conducted for commanders, first sergeants, other base agencies and military personnel regarding family-related programs and services. Family education is offered through parenting classes, couples communication classes and support groups.
The New Parent Support Program offers a variety of educational and support services for active-duty members and their beneficiaries who are expecting or who have children 36 months or younger. Limited marital and family therapy is available for active-duty members and their families who meet eligibility criteria.
The Family Maltreatment component provides both consultation and treatment to families involved in family maltreatment. The Family Advocacy Program also provides consultation to commanders and first sergeants regarding an active-duty member’s involvement in a suspected or known case of family maltreatment. Additionally, consultation is provided regarding the member’s subsequent treatment, prognosis and safety issues.
During duty hours, call 605-385-3660 for a Family Advocacy appointment or to report possible maltreatment.
FAMILY HEALTH CLINIC
The Family Health Clinic provides acute, chronic and preventive care for enrolled beneficiaries. Walk-in hours (only for pregnancy tests, dysuria, follow-up wart treatments and Strep throat cultures) are 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. To make an appointment, see the below guidance under the “Scheduling an Appointment” section.
FLIGHT AND OPERATIONAL MEDICINE CLINIC
The Flight and Operational Medicine Clinic is available to active-duty members on flying status and family members age 12 and older. The Flight and Operational Medicine Clinic also provides services for colonels and above, as well as chief master sergeants and their families.
Formerly called the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC), our office offers Airmen and eligible base members resources and tools to lead a balanced, healthy and active lifestyle. We have evidenced-based programs to help members quit tobacco and maintain and/or lose weight. The health promotion office also offers a variety of physical activity classes. The Health Promotion Team consists of a health promotion manager and a registered dietician. For more information, call 605-385-6250 or pick up a Health Promotion calendar at Bellamy Fitness Center.
Provides all adult and childhood vaccinations. Aero Allergy testing available by referrals only.
MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC
The Mental Health Clinic (MHC) provides a wide range of mental health services for all active-duty personnel. The 28 MDG MHC provides mental health evaluations, consultations, individual therapy, couples counseling, group therapy and emergency intervention. Consultations are also available for squadron commanders and first sergeants regarding active-duty members’ treatment, prognosis and administrative status. In addition, the MHC provides education and awareness briefings on mental health topics at a variety of venues on and off base. Along with treatment services, the MHC additionally provides pre- and post-deployment neurological screening, psychological testing for special duties and general deployment clearances.
Mental Health services for family members of active-duty members, retirees and their family members are available through TRICARE. Contact Health Net Federal Services for TRICARE West at 844-866-WEST or visit www.tricare-west.com then click on “Beneficiary,” “Covered Services” and “Mental Health” for steps to finding care and to learn how mental health benefits work. To schedule an appointment in the MHC, call the appointment line at 605-385-6700. A primary care provider referral is not required. After duty hours, call 605-385-3800. For more information, call 605-385-3656.
The Pediatrics Clinic provides acute, chronic and preventive care for enrolled beneficiaries. Walk-in hours (only for follow-up wart treatments, follow-up suture removal, and Strep throat cultures) are 7:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. To make an appointment, please see the below guidance under the “Scheduling an Appointment” section.
Orthopedic musculoskeletal physical therapy services are available to Active Duty and dependents on space-available basis.
Public Health is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. It offers services to enrolled beneficiaries. Services address: deployments, occupational health, travelers medicine, entomology, food/public facility inspections and communicable disease control.
SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT
During normal duty hours, the 28 MDG appointment line is 605-385-6700, option 1. Phone lines are open 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for active-duty members and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for non-active-duty members.
Appointments will be scheduled as follows:
• Acute Care — Scheduled or referred within 24 hours.
• Routine Care — Scheduled within seven days.
• Well and Follow-up Appointments — Scheduled within 28 days.
For routine and well appointments, personnel may receive a phone call with an audio and personal reminder two days prior to the appointment. If a person requires medical care downtown, such as with a specialist (e.g., orthopedist, audiologist, etc.), they should contact their primary care provider prior to making an appointment. People who go to the specialist without contacting their primary care provider first may have to pay for that visit. If personnel or their family have a true medical emergency (defined as a threat to life, limb, eyesight or unrelieved pain) they should call 911 or seek care at the nearest medical facility. They should then contact their primary care provider as soon as possible to let them know why a visit to the ER was required and inform them if the ER physician wants the patient to see any civilian specialty provider.
For acute concerns that need intervention to prevent the deterioration of a person’s health prior to the next duty day, non-active duty beneficiaries may request an acute appointment at the MTF or visit an urgent care center. Active-duty members MUST call the after-hours line at 605-385-6700 to receive an urgent care referral. Retroactive urgent care referrals will not be made and must be attained prior to going to an urgent care facility.
Prime: While mandatory for active-duty members, family members of active-duty personnel and retirees younger than 65 are encouraged to take advantage of this little-to-no-cost option. A primary care provider will be assigned to you, and your family and will work to ensure your overall well-being. If the type of care required is not offered by the primary care provider, he or she will refer you or your family member to a specialist in the TRICARE civilian network.
Select: TRICARE Select is available to family members and retirees. This option is more costly; however, it provides for greater flexibility when using civilian providers. TRICARE Select may be the right choice for you if: 1) You live in an area where you cannot use TRICARE Prime, 2) You have other health insurance such as an employer-sponsored health plan, or 3) You are seeing a provider who is not in the
TRICARE network and you do not want to switch.
To determine which TRICARE plan is the right choice, visit www.tricarewest.com or call toll free 844-866-WEST (9378).
Importance of DEERS: Much of the Military Health System’s information concerning active-duty members, retirees and their families is retrieved from the Defense Enrollment Eligibility and Reporting System (DEERS) maintained by the Military Personnel Element. Verify this information is accurate and up-to-date to ensure referrals and other health-related correspondence is sent to you in a timely manner; personnel should review their DEERS information for accuracy every three months.
TRICARE offers many briefings to the beneficiary community, including newcomers’ briefings, Heart Link briefings, Medical Right Start briefings, reunion briefings, pre-deployment briefings and various briefings at squadron commander’s calls.
Beneficiaries should also sign up for email alerts with TRICARE by going to the Department of Defense Health Affairs web page at www.tricare.mil.
Heart Link: The Heart Link briefing is managed by the Airman and Family Readiness Center and is focused on family members.
Medical Right Start: This briefing is mandatory for all newly assigned active-duty members. Family members are highly encouraged to attend. It is offered once a month in conjunction with the 28th Bomb Wing Right Start program.
Commander’s Calls: TRICARE is always available to brief at Commander’s Calls to update members on new TRICARE policies or services.
One of the first things Airmen should do when arriving at Ellsworth is enroll in TRICARE Prime at the 28 MDG. The TRICARE contractor for the TRICARE West Region is Health Net Federal Services. To enroll, call 844-866-WEST (9378) or go to www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/bwe.
VETERINARY TREATMENT FACILITY
The Veterinary Treatment Facility is open 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Services include: wellness exams (vaccines, microchips, heartworm tests, etc.), sick call appointments, laboratory work, X-rays and anesthetic procedures including dental procedures (cleanings, extractions, etc.), spays, neuters and mass removals. This is not an emergency clinic. Clients will be referred to a 24-hour civilian veterinary clinic if more advanced care or after-hours care is in the best interest of their pet.
WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC
The Women’s Health Clinic provides routine and preventative gynecological care for women ages 14 to 64.
MDG QUICK REFERENCE
Aerospace Medicine Flight Clinic
Appointments 605-385-6700/3663, option 2
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed every Wednesday afternoon for training
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, sick call 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Family Health Clinic
Appointments 605-385-6700, option 2
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Mental Health Clinic
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
605-385-6700, option 2
7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Referrals by Primary
Care Provider 605-385-6700
United Healthcare Military & Veterans
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across all West Region time zones
8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8 to 11:30 a.m. Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
89TH ATTACK SQUADRON
The 89th Attack Squadron, the newest operational squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, was reactivated Oct. 1, 2011. The 89th ATKS mission is to “find, exploit and neutralize the enemy.” Aircrew in the 89th ATKS remotely employ MQ-9 Reaper aircraft from ground control facilities at Ellsworth in support of worldwide combatant commander requirements.
The lineage of the 89th ATKS dates to 1917, where it was first organized as the 89th Aero Squadron operating out of Kelly Field, Texas. During World War I, the unit deployed to Colombey-les-Belles and Chatillon-su-Seine, France. During this period the unit constructed facilities, maintained aircraft and trained observers in the “Zone of Advance.”
The squadron was demobilized on May 19, 1919, reorganized in 1936 as the 89th Observation Squadron, and later re-designated as the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron. Additionally, unit re-designations include: 432nd Bombardment Squadron (1942), 432nd Bomb Squadron (2007), 432nd Attack Squadron (2011) and 89th Attack Squadron (2016).
In 1942, the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron was one of four units assigned to the 17th Bombardment Group, from which several members were selected to fly the infamous “Doolittle Raid” on Tokyo, Japan. Additionally, the unit was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations for action in Europe: Jan. 13, 1944, for action over Ciampino, Italy; and April 10, 1945, for action over Schweinfurt, Germany. In the past century the unit has employed several aircraft including the Brequet 14, B-18 Bolo, B-23 Dragon, B-25 Mitchell, B-26 Marauder and currently the MQ-9 Reaper.
The 89th ATKS continues a proud heritage of supporting the national security of the United States by providing combatant commanders with actionable precision reconnaissance capabilities for time-critical targets, air interdiction, close-air support and strike coordination.
AIR FORCE FINANCIAL SERVICES CENTER
Opened Sept. 14, 2007, the Air Force Financial Services Center provides travel pay services and support to Air Force active-duty and Reserve personnel, as well as Department of the Air Force civilian personnel across the Air Force through the centralized processing of travel claims.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The Black Hills Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1221 North Maple Ave. in Rapid City, provides a broad range of services to military members, their families and the communities of western South Dakota. The staff works closely with the base Airman and Family Readiness Center and 28th Medical Group. Through the Services to Armed Forces program, the Red Cross offers assistance with emergency communications, personal and family coping skills, information referrals and advocacy for active-duty military members and their families. The Black Hills Area Chapter offers training courses including first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillator use, baby-sitting and an array of disaster response courses for Red Cross volunteers. The local Red Cross also provides disaster response and relief throughout western South Dakota.
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY DISPOSITION SERVICES
The Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services field office at Ellsworth is a satellite office. Central DLA offices are at Fort Riley, Kansas, and maintain administrative and operational responsibility for this site in South Dakota. The primary mission of DLADS is the receipt of all excess, surplus and recyclable property from Department of Defense activities in South Dakota. Redistribution of this property to the warfighters, federal government agencies, and authorized state and local recipients is the primary objective of DLADS.
DEFENSE SECURITY SERVICE
The Defense Security Service, formerly known as the Defense Investigative Service, plays a crucial role in safeguarding our nation’s security. As a Department of Defense agency, DSS makes its contribution to the National Security Community by conducting personnel security investigations, providing industrial security products and services, and offering comprehensive security education and training to Department of Defense and other government entities. To complement its three primary missions — the Personnel Security Investigations Program; the Industrial Security Program; and the Security Education, Training and Awareness Program — DSS offers the advantage of integrating counterintelligence into its core security disciplines through its training programs, policy development and operational support to its field elements.
28th Bomb Wing
The 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, is assigned to the 8th Air Force under Air Force Global Strike Command. The 28th Bomb Wing provides combat airpower — anytime, anywhere. Every world-class Airman is feared by our enemies and emulated by our allies. They set the standard of excellence with an unwavering focus on combat airpower. The 28th Bomb Wing is home to 27 B-1B Lancers, and in 2012, began flying MQ-9 Reaper missions.
The 28th Operations Group, the 28th Maintenance Group, the 28th Mission Support Group and the 28th Medical Group make up the 28th Bomb Wing. (See 28th Bomb Wing Organizational Chart on Page 7.)
The 28th Bomb Wing commander’s staff consists of a vice commander, command chief master sergeant, director of staff, executive officer, secretary and administrative staff. The 28th Bomb Wing staff agency functions include the wing inspector general, historian, information management, protocol, public affairs, legal, chapel, equal opportunity, wing plans and programs, treaty compliance, safety, antiterrorism, information protection, sexual assault prevention and response coordinator, and the 28th Comptroller Squadron.