Black Hills Veterans Writing Group

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... July 23, 2018 Show 384 Hour 1

We're broadcasting live this week from SDPB's Black Hills Studio. One of the stories we wanted to tell this week is the history of Ellsworth Air Force Base and its role in the defense of our nation.

Who better to talk with than the man who wrote the book on Ellsworth.

Retired Lt. Col. George Larson wrote "Thunder over Dakota." He's also active in the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group and encourages veterans throughout the region to record their stories.


In The Moment ... February 9, 2017 Show 027 Hour 1

"Dogs exhibit heroism under fire in extreme combat," says Jim Dugan (USAF ret) of Rapid City who will talk about his Vietnam War experiences as a dog handler, while headquartered at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.  Sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group, the free family event on Saturday, February 11 will take place at Ellsworth Air Force Base's South Dakota Air and Space Museum, starting at 9 am.

Dakota Midday: Operation Black Hills Cabin Speaker

Nov 10, 2016

Retired Air Force Major Bob Liebman is one of the presenters at Saturday's Operation Black Hills Cabin, an event hosted by the Black Hills Veterans Writers Group. Liebman and other post-9/11 veterans will share stories about their military service during this special Veteran's Day weekend event. The public is welcome to attend. A reception is being held prior to Saturday's event at 9:00 a.m. at the Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Liebman was a weapons systems specialist on the B-1B.

Ingrid Asvedo was 11 years old when she hid in the rubble of a bombed and ruined Berlin. She was hiding from soldiers of the Soviet Army after the fall of the Third Reich.

She’s written a book called "Out of the Rubble" about her experiences during the war, her gratitude for the American military, and her thoughts on the American political climate today.

The author will be speaking to the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group this Saturday at Ellsworth Air Force Base’s South Dakota Air and Space Museum from 9 to 11:30 (first 30 minutes is social hour.)

Retired Lt. Col (USAF) George A. Larson shares insight from "South Dakota War Stories." It's a look at the contributions of South Dakotas in combat throughout the centuries, including personal stories of Larson and his own father as they retrace the steps of the men they once were during times of war.

WWII RAF fighter pilot John Wilkinson is speaking this Saturday at the regular meeting of the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group.  Wilkinson, now an American citizen living in Spearfish, flew the historic Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.  He joined Dakota Midday to share some of his experiences and discuss his flying technique.  Wilkinson's presentation on Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. at Ellsworth Air Force Base's South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

WWII Veteran Harold Jansen To Speak At Ellsworth

Aug 6, 2015

WWII veteran Harold Jansen of Rapid City will talk about his experiences as a U.S. Navy Ensign when the United States sought to retake the Philippines during the Battle of Leyte in October, 1944.  His presentation, sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group, takes place on Saturday from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

From 1991 to 2001, the West African country of Sierra Leone went through a brutal civil war that left over 50,000 people dead. In September of 2010, the UN Security Council lifted its last remaining sanctions against the country, saying the government had fully re-established control and former rebel fighters had been disarmed and demobilized. But the disastrous effects of the civil war are still felt as reconstruction efforts slow economic recovery.