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2. AIR / AFGSC / Ellsworth airbase

Last modified: 06 Apr 2021, submitted by: Joker

Country: United States    Region: S Dakota

Locale: Rapid City

Latitude: 44° 9' 57" N     Longitude: -104° 53' 20" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


44 9'31"N 103 6'8"W Ellsworth airbase,South Dakota WW2 bomberbase. Upgraded and as of 1947 flying B-29 Superfortress and B-36 Peacemaker. As of 1958 B-52 Stratofortress. The base also hosted some Air defence Cmd radar and airdef missile units (1953-1962) and operated EC-135 aircraft with onboard Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS) from 1970-1992 in the Looking Glass role. As of 1960-1965 the base operated Titan 1 ICBM units and Minuteman 1 and 2 ICBM units (1962-1992). As of 1987 the base operated B-1B's in dual role but as of 2011 only in conventional role.

Current units:
- AFGSC / 8th Air Force / 28 Bomb Wing (host) operating 27x B-1B's with
-- staff agencies
-- 28th Operations Grp,with 2 bomber squadrons and an ops suppt sq
-- 28th Maintenance Grp, with 2 maintenance squadrons and 1 ammo sq
-- 28th Mission Suppt Grp with 6 tech and log squadrons
-- 28th Medical Grp

- 89 Attack Squadron operating MQ-9 Reapers remotely employing MQ-9 Reaper aircraft worldwide

- AETC / 372 Training Sq, Det. 8 providing formal training for the B-1B and Aerospace Ground Equipment maintenance community,

- Air Force Financial Services Center providing travel pay services and support to active duty military and civilian personnel

- AF Office of Special Investigations Detachment 816 is the local AF investigative agency

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