The process to evaluate a proposed expansion of training air space for Ellsworth Air Force Base has been ongoing for the past several years, but a decision could be handed down in the fall of 2014, the Rapid City Journal reports.
The U.S. Air Force must consult multiple stakeholders, ranging from civilian aviators to Native American tribes. Those groups all need to be consulted and allowed to provide input into the expansion plan.
In addition, a process under the National Historic Preservation Act, which requires an assessment of how historic resources would be affected. There are 239 properties in the proposed expansion area on the National Register of Historic Places.
An expansion would allow Ellsworth crews to train near home rather than flying to training spaces in other parts of the country.