Recent Press Releases


August 26, 2005

Arlington, VA —  Today Senator John Thune (R-SD) made the following statement regarding the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission’s decision to remove Ellsworth Air Force Base from the Department of Defense closure list:

“This is a tremendous victory for the people of South Dakota and America’s national security. I commend the BRAC Commissioners and their staff for listening to our arguments and recognizing Ellsworth’s military value. I applaud the men and women, past and present, civilian and military, who have made Ellsworth a premier facility. I am proud to have been a part of this victory to keep Ellsworth open, especially as America continues to fight the War on Terror. Ellsworth Air Force Base is integral to America’s current and future security needs.”