Sen. Rounds: B-21 Bomber announcement coming ‘any day’

RAPID CITY S.D. – State leaders say the United States Air Force’s state-of-the-art B-21 bomber is on time, on budget, and making its way to Ellsworth Air Force base.

On Friday, South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds, who’s also a member of the Committee on Armed Services, says an announcement regarding the future of the bomber is coming ‘any day.’

As of now, it’s unclear if Ellsworth will be a training base or an operating base. Ellsworth is one of three bases to receive the B-21, along with Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene Tx, and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

With the new bomber, economists say it could bring thousands of people and millions of dollars to the Rapid City area. Senator Rounds said just having the B-21 program in Western South Dakota would extend the life of the base by at least 50 years.

“[It’s important that] we’re able to house it appropriately and take care of the people what are coming to service it,” Senator Rounds said, “And that means welcoming in new members of the armed services in like Rapid City has in the past. The critical part of it is the quality of life we provide to them.”

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