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Noem Pushes For $3.2 Million In Ellsworth AFB Funding


Governor Kristi Noem is calling on state legislators to approve $3.2 million dollars for a new recreational center at the Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Noem says the center is estimated to cost $12.7 million dollars. She says the Department of Defense and Pennington County will help with the remaining costs.

Noem says the recreational center will replace another on-base facility to accommodate a new stealth bomber unit from the Air Force.

“Ellsworth is undergoing a lot of construction in the near future because of the B-21s being a part of the mission at that base. Over a billion dollars will be spent just in construction costs alone getting ready for this mission.”

The governor says the facility will offer a year-round space that is open to the Box Elder community, AFB military members and their families.

-Contact SDPB reporter John Nguyen by email.