BRAC Closings

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The federal base-closing commission has voted overwhelmingly in favor of keeping Ellsworth Air Force Base open, against the wishes of the Pentagon.

Ellsworth is the primary home to the nation's B-One bomber fleet. And the base, located outside Rapid City, is South Dakota's second-largest employer.

The members of the commission worried about the economic impact of the move of B-One operations to Dyess (DY'-us) Air Force Base in Texas. The Pentagon said the move would result in a one-and-a-half-percent job loss, but the commission staff said the likely job loss was in excess of eight percent.

The staff also said the proposed move would result in no gain in operational readiness and would cost money, rather than saving it.

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds calls this "a great day for South Dakota."