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May 16, 2018 05:08 PM

Ellsworth Air Force Base Conducts Combat Raider Exercise

Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD

You may have noticed more military jets flying overhead. There's an extensive training happening above the skies of KELOLAND and on the ground. 

For three days this week airmen are participating in a large force training exercise called Combat Raider.

"That gives us the ability to train with other air force assets, other combat Air Force assets, for potential future conflicts, large force exercise is what we call it, so you're putting together several different airplanes to achieve a mission objective," Combat Raider missions director, Robert Rauch said.

Exercises like Combat Raider are done multiple times throughout the year providing realistic scenarios.

"For example, we think country X has this capability, we're going to go train against that," Rauch said.

Some airmen are also working Cyber Storm exercises, which addresses cyber security. The two go hand in hand.

"Hopefully try to use those tactics and identify threats and vulnerabilities on the network," Superintendent of 28th Communications Squadron, Warren Moran said.

"It provides us a tremendous training opportunity to utilize the air space that we have here in our own backyard, as well as training for potential future conflicts," Rauch said.

The training is happening in what's called the Powder River Training Complex until Thursday. The military says there's the potential for sonic booms. The training area covers the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. Large training's such as the one this week are limited to 10 days per year.

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