Training Complex Expansion
The Department of Defense wants to increase the airspace it uses to train its B1 bombers and other aircraft. The proposed expansion quadruples the training airspace the military currently uses, covering a huge swath over parts of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. Air Force officials say expanding the training airspace for military aircraft makes practice missions more like the real world. But farmers like Anita Lee in Meade County are urging the federal government not to approve the expansion project. Pilot and South Dakota aviation historian Norma Kramer also expressed her concerns. In a separate interview with SDPB's Charles Michael Ray, Ellsworth AFB spokesman Lt. Col. Brian Farmer said they are committed to being good neighbors.