Combat Raider exercise will create loud noises, GPS jamming

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – Combat Raider, a military exercise involving various aircraft, is scheduled to begin Tuesday in parts of the Powder River Training Complex and new Temporary Rushmore Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace, and will conclude Thursday.

Combat Raider provides joint and coalition training under realistic scenarios that support full spectrum operations against modern threats and replicate today’s combat operations.

During this period, people living under the following PRTC military operations areas can expect to see multiple types of aircraft utilizing the areas simultaneously, including Powder River One-Four and Gaps A, B and C. VIEW MAP

The Temporary Rushmore ATCAA will be directly above PRTC up to a flight level of 51,000 feet.

There is also potential for loud noises associated with sonic booms. All bomber supersonic activities will occur more than 20,000 feet above mean sea level and all transient fighter supersonic activity will occur more than 10,000 feet above ground level. People living under Powder River Two, Powder River Three, and Gap B should expect to be affected, however, sonic boom activity is possible throughout the entire PRTC.

Additionally, there will be GPS jamming as part of the exercise and local residents may experience effects of that jamming each night from 9 to 11 p.m.

As a reminder, non-military aircraft should thoroughly review the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notices to Airmen, or NOTAMs, and review flight plans to avoid these areas and altitudes where aircraft will be participating. This can be done by calling 1-800-WXBRIEF, or visiting online at and

Information from Ellsworth Air Force Base
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