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July 29, 2013
More than 300 return from deployment
RAPID CITY (AP) -- More than 300 service members from Ellsworth Air Force Base have returned to the western South Dakota base after a six-month deployment in southwest Asia. KOTA-TV reported the members of the 34th Bomb Squad stepped off a plane at 4:45 a.m. Friday to be met...
July 29, 2013 - 7:15am
July 17, 2013
Ellsworth bombers again taking to skies
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE (AP) -- B-1 bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base are again flying at a combat-mission-ready rate after being mostly grounded in April due to budget cuts. The grounding affected about one-third of the Air Force's active-duty combat aircraft, including squadrons...
July 17, 2013 - 2:49pm
Minot Air Force Base airman dies in canoe mishap
MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- An airman with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base died in a canoeing accident over the weekend. Base officials say Tech Sgt. Jason Mower died Saturday when the canoe he was in overturned on Lake Metigoshe. Another airman in the canoe surfaced but Mower...
June 17, 2013 - 12:41pm
June 3, 2013
THUNE: Use retired military cargo planes to fight wildfires
Living in South Dakota, we know that the elements of nature can be our greatest friend and also our gravest enemy. On farms and ranches across...
June 3, 2013 - 3:26pm
May 17, 2013
Military furloughs affect Ellsworth Air Force Base
RAPID CITY (AP) -- The military's plan to furlough civilian employees to save money will affect an estimated 566 workers at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The Defense Department announced this week that it will furlough about 680,000 civilian employees across the country...
May 17, 2013 - 2:25pm
April 18, 2013
SD senators keep eye on bombers
South Dakota's senators aren't happy that the U.S. Air Force has grounded the B-1 bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base under the budget cuts known...
April 18, 2013 - 8:48am
April 12, 2013
Ellsworth training flights grounded to cut costs
RAPID CITY (AP) -- B-1 bomber training flights are being grounded at Ellsworth Air Force Base in southwestern South Dakota as part of larger Air Force efforts to save nearly $300 million. The military is halting training operations for 12 active-duty fighter and bomber squadrons...
April 12, 2013 - 11:23am
April 4, 2013
Ellsworth Air Force Base changing command Friday
RAPID CITY (AP) -- Rapid City's Ellsworth Air Force Base is scheduled to change commanders on Friday. The media reports that Col. Mark Weatherington is heading to Washington to become the military assistant to Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Weatherington has served as commander...
April 4, 2013 - 12:50pm
March 26, 2013
Budget cuts mean no Ellsworth air show this year
RAPID CITY (AP) -- Officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base have cancelled this year's Dakota Thunder air show because of automatic federal spending cuts that took effect this month. The show has been held every two or three years for decades at the South Dakota base. Dogfight shows,...
March 26, 2013 - 7:09am
March 12, 2013
Ellsworth commander gets high-ranking Defense job
RAPID CITY (AP) -- The outgoing commander of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota is getting a high-ranking position in the Defense Department. The media reports that President Barack Obama has appointed Col. Mark Weatherington to work at the Pentagon as an assistant to Deputy...
March 12, 2013 - 10:55am
March 11, 2013
New Ellsworth Air Force Base leader set to start
RAPID CITY (AP) -- A new commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota is expected to take over next month. The media reports that Col. Kevin Kennedy, the director of the Air Force Strategic Studies Group at the Pentagon, will replace Col. Mark Weatherington. Weatherington...
March 11, 2013 - 12:08am
January 7, 2013
Ellsworth Air Force Base movie theater to close
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE (AP) -- The Ellsworth Air Force Base movie theater is closing because an upgrade from 35 millimeter film to digital protection would be too costly. Col. Mark Weatherington tells the media that neither the base nor Army Air Force Exchange Services can afford...
January 7, 2013 - 3:10pm
December 11, 2012
Ellsworth Authority easement hailed as big step
BOX ELDER (AP) -- The South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority has taken a step toward removing about 250 homes, businesses and other properties from hazard zones around Ellsworth Air Force Base. The media reports Lori and Daniel Ellefson have agreed to sell to the authority...
December 11, 2012 - 12:45pm
August 28, 2012
Ellsworth airman killed in 1999 remembered
RAPID CITY (AP) -- Ellsworth Air Force Base has unveiled a memorial to an airman who died in a vehicle accident while deployed to the Middle East 13 years ago. Airman 1st Class Leasha Bjork-Hardesty died in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 16, 1999, when she was thrown from an armored vehicle...
August 28, 2012 - 11:35am
August 14, 2012
Mock village possible for Ellsworth bombing runs
RAPID CITY (AP) -- South Dakota officials have agreed to spend $50,000 to help Ellsworth Air Force Base construct a mock village for practice bombing runs. Air Force spokesman Maj.
August 14, 2012 - 2:39pm