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Ellsworth Air Force Base

Ellsworth Air Force Base Logo LOCATION: USA, Midwest Region, South Dakota, Rapid City is nearest city (10 miles away) with a population of 56K, Box Elder is nearest small community, just outside the gate. The military is the largest employer in the region, second largest employer in the state. Wages outside of the base are fairly low. Rapid City serves as a regional medical center and has excellent facilities and employment possibilities in the medical field, with heart and cancer specialties heavily emphasized. No state sales tax here and housing is somewhat reasonable.

HISTORY: Ellsworth was initially opened as the Rapid City Army Air Base in September 1942 and was a training base for the B-17 "Flying Fortress." In June 1953, the base was renamed Ellsworth Air Force Base in honor of Brig Gen Richard E. Ellsworth, commander of the 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, who was killed in March 1953 when his RB-36 crashed in Newfoundland. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the base in honor of Gen Ellsworth