ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE — Some 350 airmen walked off buses and headed into the Ellsworth Air Force Base deployment center Saturday as they prepared to board planes headed to southwest Asia.
The base in South Dakota also will be sending several B-1 bombers, equipment and supplies from the 28th Bomb Wing, 34th Squadron, to provide ground troop air support, reconnaissance and fly weapons missions.
It’s the first deployment for Senior Airman Nery Bolano, who’s been away from her home in Orlando, Fla., for about two years preparing for the mission. She said she’s very excited and a little nervous.
“I’m just ready to rock and roll,” said Bolano, 26.
Lt. Col. Joseph Sheffield said it’s difficult for members of the squadron to leave their families, but the airmen have been training and preparing for the mission and are ready.