Additionally, the group directs the implementation of plans supporting pre-planned and contingency mobility taskings in support of national objectives.Provides mission essential “city” services at home and combat support services while deployed.Nearly 40 percent of military members and civilians stationed at Ellsworth are part of the 28 MSG team which maintains the base infrastructure by providing essential services to military members, Department of Defense civilians, retirees and their family members.
It is divided into the 28th Operations Group, the 28th Maintenance Group, the 28th Mission Support Group and the 28th Medical Group.
Ellsworth has a population of about 8,000 military members, family members and civilian employees.
The field's instructors taught thousands of pilots, navigators, radio operators and gunners from nine heavy bombardment groups and numerous smaller units.
All training focused on the Allied drive to overthrow the Axis powers in Europe.
The airfield was again temporarily shut down from September 1946 – March 1947 and underwent a major construction program to upgrade the temporary wartime facilities to that of a permanent base.
The runway was extended to accommodate the B-29 Superfortress, which was completed in the spring of 1948, along with a major overhaul of base facilities.The 88th Bombardment Group was reassigned to the new base in October 1942 to be the base's Operational Training Unit.In March 1944, heavy bomber operational training ended and the 225th Army Air Force Base Unit began training of replacement personnel for deployed heavy bombardment units in the overseas combat theaters.Additionally, the group supports the base community through fire protection, disaster preparedness, family support.Recreational opportunities are also provided in the form of clubs, fitness facilities, the base library and other sport-related activities.Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: RCA, ICAO: KRCA, FAA LID: RCA) is a United States Air Force base located about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Rapid City, South Dakota, just north of the town of Box Elder.