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B-1B Team Visits Sycamores

Foster youth at our residential campus celebrated New Year’s Eve Day with a special visit from members of the B-1B Lancer team. The team was in town from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game flyovers.

B-1B Lancer team from Ellsworth Air Force Base visits foster youth at Sycamores.
Capt. Clint Brandt, 37th Bomb Squadron Weapon System Officer; Capt. Sarah Brandt, 37th Bomb Squadron Weapon System Officer; Sycamores’ Shannon Boalt and Gina Peck-Sobolewski; Col. Joseph Sheffield, 28th Bomb Wing Commander; CMSgt. Keelan Rasmusson, 28th Bomb Wing Command Chief; TSgt. Nicole White, 28th Bomb Wing Protocol NCO In Charge; and Capt. Jack Maliska, 34th Bomb Squadron Weapon System Officer.

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Sheffield, 28th Bomb Wing commander, spoke about the B-1B Lancer before sharing a short video about the bomber.

After the video, the team engaged the youth in conversation and answered questions about their experiences in the Air Force. The boys were captivated by the discussion and LOVED the opportunity to try on equipment, including helmets!

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Due to a winter storm at Ellsworth Air Force Base, the B-1B Lancers flying over Pasadena on Jan. 2, 2023, came from the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. However, it was the ground crew from South Dakota that coordinated with the aircrew to ensure successful flyovers at the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Sarah Brandt uses a land mobile radio to communicate with aircrew of two B-1B Lancers at the Rose Parade.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Sarah Brandt uses a land mobile radio to communicate with aircrew of two B-1B Lancers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)

 

U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Sheffield and Chief Master Sgt. Keelan Rasmussen (right), watch the 109th Rose Bowl Game.
U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Sheffield, 28th Bomb Wing commander, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Keelan Rasmussen, 28th Bomb Wing senior enlisted leader, right, watch the 109th Rose Bowl Game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone)

We are grateful to the members of the B-1B Lancer team for taking the time to share their experiences and inspire our youth!