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Ellsworth bombers participate in Middle East airstrikes

By: - February 6, 2024

B-1 bombers attached to Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, South Dakota, took part in airstrikes Friday in Iraq and Syria. “The mission we conducted validated that we can respond to any threat anywhere on the globe,” said a statement from Col. Derek Oakley, 28th Bomb Wing commander at Ellsworth. The attack struck more […]

B-1 crashes at Ellsworth, four crew members eject safely

By: - January 5, 2024

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information released by the Air Force. A B-1B Lancer assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City crashed at 5:50 p.m. Thursday while attempting to land, according to a news release from the Air Force. All four crew members on the training mission ejected safely, […]

Rounds, Manchin seek back pay for military officers affected by Tuberville holds

By: - December 8, 2023

Senators from South Dakota and West Virginia want hundreds of military officers to receive back pay after an Alabama senator held up their promotions for most of the year. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican, and Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, announced Friday the introduction of the Military Personnel Confirmation Restoration Act of 2023. […]

Park Service tightens restrictions on air tours at Rushmore, Badlands

By: - November 24, 2023

The National Park Service has adopted new restrictions on commercial air tours at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Badlands National Park. The tours will have to stay at least a half-mile from each site’s boundaries. The Rushmore plan will “provide a peaceful setting for visitors to enjoy and experience,” Mount Rushmore Superintendent Michelle Wheatley said […]