About Ellsworth AFB, SD
Ellsworth Air Force Base is home to around 8,000 people and is located just outside Rapid City, South Dakota. It consists of just under 5,000 acres of land. Its associated training complex is the Powder River Training Complex, which was expanded to cover 28,000 square miles of airspace in 2015.
Ellsworth AFB - then known as Rapid City Army Air Base - was first acquired and constructed in 1941. It was used as a training range for B-17 Flying Fortress bombers during the second world war, and was briefly deactivated at the end of the war. It was reactivated in 1947 after receiving substantial upgrades and construction. It hosted missile silos for nuclear weapons until the 1990s.
Ellsworth currently serves as the home base of the 28th Bomb Wing, which is one of two active USAF wings flying the B-1B Lancer strategic bomber. The base is part of the USAF Global Strike Command.