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Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune today announced the U.S. Department of Labor is granting $1 million to the South Dakota Department of Labor to help the State initiate early planning for workers who could be at risk as a result of the current Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round.

The federal grant will help the state of South Dakota ensure an effective response for workers who may lose their jobs as a result of a negative decision for Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City.

“These federal grants will help provide a much-needed solace if the BRAC closes Ellsworth,” Thune said. “We are doing everything possible to save Ellsworth, but we are also working with the Labor Department and Black Hills community to make sure the federal government is ready to assist communities potentially affected by base closures. In addition to the thousands of military jobs at Ellsworth, we are fighting to save hundreds of civilian jobs at stake in South Dakota.”