Ellsworth AFB dedicates new dorms to Doolittle Raiders

ELLSWORTH AFB, S.D. – These dorms have a new look, build, and are named after three men who participated in the famous Doolittle Raid during World War II.

The new dorms are named after General James H. Doolittle, Lt. Col. Dick Cole, and SSgt. Jacob DeShazer.

Doolittle’s granddaughter, Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, attended today’s dedication.

 “The ability to come here and celebrate the dorms named after the Tokyo raiders, the Doolittle raiders is pretty meaningful. I think gramps would be extraordinarily proud,” said Doolittle Hoppes.

The new dorms are quite different from the ones built in the 80s. They are suite-style with a common area, kitchen, and laundry area shared by four airmen,  and each airman has their own bathroom.

“As these dormitories, they’re the place that they live, their home away from home. We want to ensure that they have quality facilities that will make their life more enjoyable,” said Deputy Base Civil Engineer. Mark Howard.

New airmen on base can be placed in the new dorms or airmen in the older dorms can apply to move.

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