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  • After 68 years, Civil Engineers have new home

    "Our original title was the Air Installations Office" said Senior Master Sgt. (Ret) Carl O. Dellman. "We were in the building in front of the old operations building, where the Club and chaplains office used to be." Dellman, a retired member of the 114th Civil Engineers Squadron, former Prime BEEF and proud force provider reflects. Dellman spent 42
  • A Run to Remember

       The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia weren't just something to watch on a cold winter night for one South Dakota Air National Guard Airman, it was also a run to remember.   Chosen by his employer, DM&E Railroad, Staff Sgt. Thomas Ries was lucky enough to be one of very few Americans chosen to be a torch bearer for this year's
  • 114th FW trains in Canada during Maple Flag 42

    Aircraft and crews from the U.S Air Force are participating with a combined force in Canada as part of Maple Flag 42, providing pilots and crews with realistic air combat training. Phase two of the exercise started June 1 and runs through June 12. Sponsored by the Canadian Forces 4 Wing and held at Cold Lake, Maple Flag provides realistic air
  • New Civil Engineer building nearing completion

    Change isn't always a positive sign of progress. But if the ever-changing atmosphere of Joe Foss Field is any indication, change for the SDANG means growing and moving forward. There are a few buildings on base that are pretty old. In fact, Hangar 40 and Building 47 have been around since WWII. The latter, built in 1942, has always been home to the
  • 2009 Sioux Falls Airshow: Bringing it all together

    The 2009 Sioux Falls Airshow went off without a hitch. This did not happen by accident or stroke of luck. Thousands of hours of planning over the last year went into making the event one of the best Airshows yet. One key player in the planning of this show was Maj. Eric Gerber, 175th Fighter Squadron Operations Officer. His additional role as the
  • Looking outside, finding value within

    Recently I had the opportunity to travel with four other members of the local media to Suriname, a beautiful country on the northeastern tip of South America. As I prepared for the trip I had little idea what to expect. As the trip came closer, I pieced together we would be talking with Suriname news media and sharing ideas and thoughts. This was a
  • South Dakota and Suriname: Growth through partnership

    This summer I was fortunate to be included in a small group of media professionals who traveled to Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, for a Public Affairs subject matter exchange, as part of the South Dakota-Suriname State Partnership Program. During our stay we met with a number of professionals from local newspapers and tv and radio stations,
  • Recruiting and retention efforts pay off

    Approximately one year ago the 114th Fighter Wing was over manned at 102 percent, but with the addition of more aircraft the unit found itself down to 92 percent manning. Although 92 percent is an impressive number, the recruiters of the 114th Fighter Wing strive to maintain 100 percent or better at all times.Within one year our recruiters have put
  • Board selects Airmen of the Year for 2008

    On behalf of myself and those who presided over the Airmen of the Year board, we would like to congratulate the following individuals who were selected for the 2008 Airmen of the Year awards in December. Master Sgt. Jeanne Gacke and Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Geraets were nominated for the Senior NCO category. In the NCO category, Tech. Sgt.
  • Family ties keep homesickness at bay for deployed family

    To say the Air Force runs in the family would be an understatement for the Horstmans. Five members of the South Dakota family are in the 114th Fighter Wing of the South Dakota Air National Guard, three of them currently deployed with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. Senior Master Sgt. Lee Horstman, Staff Sergeant Joshua Horstman and