B-1 bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base have dropped more than 5,000 bombs in the military campaign against the terror group in Syria and Iraq known as the Islamic State, reports the Rapid City Journal.
The bombers have been part of an escalated campaign that began sometime in October, the EAFB commander said during a public presentation on Nov. 20. Bombers from Ellsworth have been deployed to combat the Islamic State throughout 2015.
The commander said that Ellsworth's two bomb squadron's have been rotating six-month deployments with a third squadron from a Texas base, meaning about 500 of Ellsworth's 4,000 employees have been deployed at any given point during 12 out of 18 months.
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