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Ellsworth Air Force Base provided key support for South Dakota's Salute to America celebration on July 3, 2020.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark Air Force One shortly after landing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 3, 2020. The president and first lady landed at Ellsworth en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial for the Salute to America event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

Ellsworth Air Force Base provided key support for South Dakota's Salute to America celebration on July 3, 2020.

Air Force One lands at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 3, 2020. The aircraft carried President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who landed at Ellsworth en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial for the Salute to America event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

Ellsworth Air Force Base provided key support for South Dakota's Salute to America celebration on July 3, 2020.

Col. David Doss, 28th Bomb Wing commander, (center) and Col. Daniel Hoadley, 28th BW vice commander (left), and South Dakota Sen. John Thune (far right) greet President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump upon their arrival at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 3, 2020. The president and first lady arrived at Ellsworth en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial for the Salute to America celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

Ellsworth Air Force Base provided key support for South Dakota's Salute to America celebration on July 3, 2020.

B-1B Lancers fly over Mount Rushmore during a Salute to America celebration hosted by the state of South Dakota July 3, 2020. The B-1Bs, from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, S.D., were part of the DoD’s participation that also included aerial flyovers by the Navy Blue Angels based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.; South Dakota Air National Guard F-16s Falcons from the 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and HH-60s Black Hawk helicopters from Company C, 1-189th Aviation Regiment, Rapid City, S.D. Additionally, bands from the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and the South Dakota National Guard’s 147th Army Band, Mitchell, S.D., provided musical entertainment. The events celebrated the 244th year of the Independence of the Nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jette Carr)

Ellsworth Air Force Base provided key support for South Dakota's Salute to America celebration on July 3, 2020.

A firework display concludes the Salute to America celebration at Mount Rushmore hosted by the state of South Dakota July 3. DoD’s participation during the event included aerial flyovers by the Blue Angels, based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., the B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base; South Dakota Air National Guard F-16 Falcons from the 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls; and HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Company C, 1-189th Aviation Regiment, in Rapid City, S.D. Additionally, the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, from Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 147th band, from Mitchell, S.D., provided musical entertainment. The events celebrated the 244th year of the Independence of the Nation and provided the DoD an opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the Armed Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin McIntosh)

Ellsworth Air Force Base provided key support for South Dakota's Salute to America celebration on July 3, 2020.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave to service members prior to departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 3, 2020. The group of service members included aviators and maintenance teams from Ellsworth, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels from Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawks, and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota Air National Guard who supported the flyovers as part of the Salute to America event at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, S.D. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark Air Force One shortly after landing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 3, 2020. The president and first lady landed at Ellsworth en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial for the Salute to America event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)