Ellsworth officially named the home of B-21
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The U.S. Air Force announced today that Ellsworth is the next home of the B-21.
The official announcement came today saying that the Air Force’s newest bomber would be assigned to the northern-tier base.
Both Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds have fought to bring the plane to Ellsworth.
Thune, who was instrumental in keeping the base off previous Base Realignment and Closure lists, says it’s a win for South Dakota.
”Finally, we crossed the finish line so the record of decision, obviously, is the incredibly important finality that comes to this and ensures that all the investment, construction, personnel associated with the B-21 will, you’ll start to see that happening and obviously we’re not going to be flying B-21′s for a few years yet, but to be selected as the main operating base, to be selected as the formal training unit and also the first squadron of the B-21 is something that is incredibly exciting.’ said Thune.
“You have to sit back and think about how far we’ve come,” Thune continued. “We started all this back in 2005, going through the BRAC process to today to be able to see the future of Ellsworth Air Force base secured, see the enormous contribution that that makes not only to South Dakota, the Black Hills, the region, the communities of Rapid City and Box Elder but more important than anything else to keep Ellsworth and the B-21 and all the work that the airmen out there at Ellsworth do at the forefront of America’s important national security priorities.”
The new plane could bring almost 8,000 people to the base and could add more than $20 million to the local economy.
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