Ellsworth AFB Community
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.