2740 Eaker Drive
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
Phone (DSN) 312-675-4663
Fax (DSN) 312-675-4663
Location: Ellsworth AFB is located just outside of Box Elder, South Dakota. Rapid City is the nearest city (10 miles away). There is no state tax and housing is somewhat reasonable. Installation's homepage.
Cost of Living: Rapid City is the second largest city in SD and it is below the national average for cost of living.
Base Operator: 605-385-1110 or DSN 312-675-0111.
Area Population: 57,701
Child Development Centers: Some of the programs offered by the McRaven Child Development Center:
Schools: Incoming families are encouraged to register their children in school as soon as possible. Children who live on base or in Box Elder, are eligible to enroll in the Douglas Public School District. For those children living in or around Rapid City, they are eligible to register into the Rapid City Area Schools District. The schools are open from mid-August to mid-June. During other times of the year, registration information may be obtained by calling the Douglas Public School District at 605-923-0000 or the Rapid School District at 605-394-4037 for Elementary Education or 605-394-5147 for Secondary Education.
The School Liaison Officer (SLO) is available to help with educational questions regarding your move. You can reach his office at 605-385-1381 or DSN 312-675-1381. You may access the Ellsworth AFB SLO webpage to find information on all the local educational opportunities including public, private and home school options.
Youth Services: A wealth of creative, supervised youth activities are available through the Youth Center for youth between the ages of 9 - 18. Some activities offered include: Instructional classes; Teen Outdoor Adventure Program; Keystone Club; Before and After School Age Care Program and other programs for youth sponsorship, employment and religious activities.
Airman and Family Readiness Center: Airman and Family Readiness Center, 605-385-4663.
Housing: Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) has 1,367 active Military Family Housing units. Look forward to a variety in the types of base housing developments (nine); all quality housing and neighborhoods, complete with playgrounds. Housing facilities in the surrounding communities also offer something for everyone.
For our dorm dwellers, Unaccompanied housing at Ellsworth AFB consists of 742 rooms in six dorms. Single occupancy of all rooms is in effect.
Employment: South Dakota has one of the best job markets in the country. South Dakota unemployment rate is 4.9%, Rapid City 5.3%. Claims may be initiated in your home state or after arriving in South Dakota. Call the South Dakota Unemployment Compensation Insurance Office at 800-309-4232 for assistance. The military is the largest employer in the region and the second largest employer in the state. Wages outside of the base are fairly low. The median household income is $53,806.
Medical Services: The mission of the 28th Medical Group is to provide community-focused quality health care services for all beneficiaries by professionals ready for global response and to ensure a safe environment. This includes medical and dental care, aerospace medicine and public health services for all personnel at all satellite, tenant or assigned units. The 28th MDG does not have an emergency room. Ambulance services are available 24/7 for in-flight emergencies, emergencies on base and emergencies requiring transport from the base or the MDG to Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Special Messages: Ellsworth has a diverse climate so pack for all seasons. The Black Hills profoundly effects the weather. There is a lot of sunshine and a very mild climate. Yet, temperatures ranging from -1 degree (with the wind at 40 to 60 miles per hour, giving us a wind chill factor of approximately -59 degrees below freezing) to a balmy 73 degrees in December! Be prepared (anything is possible) for climate extremes regardless of the calendar season.
During the tourist season (April through September), you'll begin to notice increases in gasoline prices. The same holds true for hotel/motel prices. From August through September, the entire Rapid City area sees a multitude of visitors. They come for the Central States Fair and for the world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Both of these events draws large crowds which can fill our local motels and hotels. All personnel PCSing into the area during this peak tourist season need to ensure Billeting (TLF) or hotel/motel reservations are confirmed.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
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