Combat Raider Large Force Exercise Scheduled for July 19-23

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Combat Raider, a military exercise involving a variety aircraft is scheduled to begin July 19 in parts of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC), and will conclude July 23, 2021.

The exercise provides joint and coalition training under realistic scenarios that support full spectrum operations against modern threats and replicate today’s contingency operations.

This iteration of Combat Raider will include additional fighter and tanker aircraft operating out of Ellsworth Air Force Base, which means there is potential for increased noise levels around the base and throughout the PRTC.

The base will have extended airfield operating hours during the exercise as part of the training missions. Normal airfield operations and maintenance activities may include early morning flying during these days and increased night flying operations. Base residents and the surrounding communities can expect to hear noises associated with flying aircraft and maintenance activities

A map of the airspace is available for reference on the Ellsworth Air Force Base website at

As a reminder, non-military aircraft should thoroughly review the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notices to Airmen, or NOTAMs, and review flight plans to avoid the PRTC. This can be done by calling 1-800-WXBRIEF, or visiting online at and

The NOTAMs for the exercise, issued by the FAA 72 hours prior to its start, will act as the final official notice.
For more information about Ellsworth, please contact the 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs office at (605) 385-5056, or by emailing