July 2, 2021

Air Force training exercise scheduled for July 19-23

"Combat Raider," a military training exercise involving various aircraft, is scheduled to begin Monday, July 19 in the Powder River Training Complex and will conclude on Friday, July 23, 2021.

The Powder River Training Complex covers much of the air space over northwest South Dakota, southwest North Dakota, northeast Wyoming, and much of eastern Montana.

Combat Raider is designed to provide "joint and coalition flight training with realistic scenarios that support full spectrum operations against modern threats replicating combat operations."  There is a potential for increased noise levels for areas around Ellsworth Air Force Base and throughout the training region . A map of the airspace is available on the Ellsworth website at https://www.ellsworth.af.mil/Portals/146/documents/AFD-151103-009.pdf

 Ellsworth AFB official note that non-military aircraft should thoroughly review the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) and review flight plans to avoid the PRTC area. This can be done by calling 1-800-WXBRIEF or visiting online at https://sua.faa.gov/ and http://www.1800wxbrief.com.

FAA  Notices to Airman for this exercise will be issued by the FAA 72 hours prior to its start and will act as the final official notice. 

For more information about Ellsworth AFB, you may contact the 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs office at 605-385-5056 or email them at:  28bw.public.affairs@us.af.mil.