Citing the Air Force base's close work with the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority to protect the base from encroachment, the Association of Defense Communities named the base its Defense Community of the Year.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will accept the award at a ceremony in California on Aug. 6, according to a news release that states: "With cuts looming to the federal Department of Defense budget and the potential for another round of Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC), Gov. Daugaard has made Ellsworth’s long-term viability a top priority."
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