- Associated Press - Thursday, March 28, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Ellsworth Air Force Base has been selected as one of three bases that will house the next generation of the long-range bomber currently in production.

The Air Force says Ellsworth will be home to a training squadron for the B-21 Raider which is scheduled to be in service by the middle of the next decade.

The Air Force has been leaning toward placing the new bomber at bases already hosting parts of the existing bomber fleet. Ellsworth is the current home to the 34th and 37th bomb squadrons, which fly B-1 Lancers.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune says the news is a home run for the base and the state.

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