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Limited training flights resuming at Ellsworth

May. 1, 2013 - 07:13PM   |  
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RAPID CITY, S.D. — Bomber training missions are resuming on a limited basis at Ellsworth Air Force Base in southwestern South Dakota.

The military last month halted training operations for a dozen active-duty fighter and bomber squadrons across the country as part of the federal spending cuts known as sequestration. Bombers in combat weren’t affected.

The 28th Bomb Wing commander, Col. Kevin Kennedy, says training flights will involve a small number of crews required for the 37th Bomb Squadron to maintain a minimum force ready for combat.

The 37th Bomb Squadron recently returned from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia. The base’s 34th Bomb Squadron is currently deployed to that region and will continue to fly combat missions.

Other Air Force units also are being allowed to resume training flights on a limited basis.

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