President Trump's federal budget request calls for an increase of $54 billion in defense and veteran's affairs spending. According to the Rapid City Journal, Ellsworth Air Force Base could be a beneficiary of the increase and help to solidify the viability of the base in any future Base Closure and Realignment commission hearings. While Ellsworth has diversified its mission since the last round of hearings in 2005, it has also become a national financial services call center for retired Air Force personnel, further enhancing its importance in the U.S. military complex.
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