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Airman Stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base Found Dead

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities are investigating the death of an airman stationed at the Ellsworth Air Force Base. Col. David Doss says the active-duty military member was assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing stationed at the base. The airman was found dead on Monday at an off-base residence. The airman’s name has not been released. Categories: KDLT News Today…

Someone You Should Know: South Dakota Purple Heart Recipient Honored

Purple Heart recipients from all over the country met in new Windsor, New York for a special gathering. It’s called the Purple Heart Patriot Mission #1. It’s a lot like the honor flights, only this one focuses on those who were wounded in battle and received a Purple Heart Medal. A South Dakota man is among those in New York…

Someone You Should Know: New Colman Veterans Memorial Park Organizer

Colman Community Support

COLMAN, S.D. – In Colman, a small town of fewer than 600 people, there is something new going on. Leaders have organized the construction of a veteran’s memorial park. The monument stones and statues are in place, but it’s not quite finished. The man spearheading the project is no stranger to being in charge. “We’ve had a lot of people…

Appeals Court Sides With Trump in Transgender Military Case

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court is siding with the Trump administration in a case about the Pentagon’s policy of restricting military service by transgender people. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that a lower-court judge was wrong to block the Pentagon from implementing its preferred policy. The unsigned ruling will…

Yankton Business Helps Returning Military Dad Surprise Family

He wasn't supposed to be home in time for the holidays ..

Jim Reinhardt wasn’t supposed to be back yet from Bagram, Afghanistan. Tomorrow was originally his return date back to the states. Even then, his family wasn’t expecting him for weeks, as he had debriefing scheduled at Fort Bliss. So when he showed up at the door of his home, hiding behind a pizza delivery box on Saturday evening, his two…

Walmart to Give Hiring Preference to Military Spouses

Walmart is looking to hire more military spouses. The retail giant is announcing a new program called “The Military Spouse Connection.” It gives hiring preference to those married to active military personnel. Walmart’s CEO and President says military spouses are ‘unsung heroes’ and that the company wants to honor and help them find a job, or build a career. The…

Wounded Veterans Fundraiser Held in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sioux Falls shoppers might notice a little more purple when they hit the grocery store on August 11th. Folks with the Military Order of the Purple Heart will have booths at each Hyvee location and the Walmart on 60th Street North. The organization supports wounded war veterans around the country. The Sioux Falls chapter is raising money…

Veteran Helps To Heal Through Music

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On this Memorial Day, many remember family members and loved ones that died in the line of duty. In hard times, one third-generation veteran turns to song. KDLT’s Allison Royal introduces us to a veteran that’s combining the military and music to help bring others peace. Many enjoy singing the national anthem, especially on a day…

68th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Saturday marks the 68th anniversary of Armed Forces Day. People across the nation honored those who have served in the U.S. military. Sioux Falls had their own celebration. Veterans and spectators gathered at the South Dakota Air National Guard to honor those who serve past, present and future. Awards were given to service men and women for…

Veterans Experiencing Difficulties When Ordering New ID Card

  Sioux Falls, S.D. – It’s not uncommon for businesses to offer a discount on a hot meal or movie ticket to veterans. “We’re very fortunate in the state of South Dakota where a lot of the stores and restaurants give a discount to the veterans to honor them for the service and sacrifice they’ve provided,” said Gene Murphy of…

Trump Adviser Says Military Option Not Preferred For NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says the U.S. has a military option for North Korea, but that is not its preferred route. H.R. McMaster spoke about North Korea Friday during a White House briefing about the upcoming U.N. General Assembly meeting next week. One former top Trump adviser has said the U.S. is bluffing when it…

Sanford Health Creates Veterans’ Department

Goal is to help streamline care and services for those who have served.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health has announced the launch of a new department to help streamline care for veterans, military personnel and their families across the health system’s region. Paul Weckman, a veteran who held several leadership positions during his more than 26 years of distinguished active duty service in the U.S. Navy, will lead the department.    “The support…

Military Weather Vs. Broadcast Weather

The Differences Between Working For The Military And A News Station

As many of you probably know by now, in addition to working for KDLT as a Meteorologist, I am also a Senior Airmen in Air National Guard where I forecast the weather as well.  Many people ask me the difference between the two and which one I like better.  To start off, I love doing both equally!  Of course, they…

The ‘Trials and Errors’ Of Becoming A Meteorologist For The U.S. Air Force

Opintion: It's Not Easy Becoming A Meteorologist For The U.S. Air Force.

  Something you might not know about me, in addition to being a broadcast Meteorologist for the KDLT viewing area, I am also a Weather Specialist for the Nebraska Air National Guard at the 170th.  The two jobs couldn’t be anymore different.  Many people ask me what it’s like being in the military or how I got into joining the…

VA Researchers Creating Pathway to Better Health for Veterans

Sioux Falls, S.D. – It’s VA Research Week across the country, so today the Sioux Falls VA held a special event.  With the highest per capita veteran population, researchers said South Dakota is a great place to conduct research.  The goal is to improve the health of military members. “Coming up with better treatments with fewer side effects is the…

White House Names South Dakota Native to Staff

Andrea Thompson named National Security Advisor

Vice President Mike Pence announced the appointment of Colonel Andrea Thompson as Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the vice president. Thompson is a Harrisburg native and recently retired from the army. On the White House Website Pence says “Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge as a career military intelligence officer and combat veteran to her…