Rep. Kristi Noem today issued the following statement after the U.S. Air Force announced Ellsworth Air Force Base has been selected as one of three reasonable alternatives for a B-21 bomber base. The Air Force expects to have a fleet of at least 100 aircraft and intends to maintain three main operational bases beginning in the mid-2020s. 

"Mission after mission, America has turned to Ellsworth Air Force Base and the brave men and women serving there have delivered. I'm awfully proud of that," said Noem. "From the expanded Powder River Training Complex to the good work done by the Ellsworth Development Authority, we've seen Ellsworth's national security role grow. I'm thrilled Ellsworth will have the opportunity to continue serving a mission-critical role as home to America's next-generation workhorse: the B-21 bomber." 

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