NOTICE: As a direct result of the National Emergency declared by the President on Friday, March 13, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the US and the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for social distancing and avoiding large public gatherings, the Air Force has canceled the six previously scheduled scoping meetings from March 31, 2020 to April 9, 2020 listed in the original notice of intent published on March 6, 2020 (Federal Register, Vol. 85., No. 45, 13148).

All public scoping meeting materials will be available on the project website: www.B21EIS.com no later than March 31, 2020. For those without access to the website, a request may be made to mail a hardcopy package of scoping materials. This request may be submitted to Ellsworth and Dyess AFB Public Affairs offices at the points of contact listed below.

Inquiries should be directed to:
Dyess AFB Public Affairs, (325) 696-4820, or after hours (325) 268-6554
Ellsworth AFB Public Affairs, (605) 385-5056, or after hours at (605) 391-7436
Written scoping comments can be mailed to:
Leidos
ATTN: B-21 EIS
1456 Woodlawn Way
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
Electronic scoping comments can be submitted on this website.
For the full version of this notice, please click here.
B-21 Main Operating Base 1 (MOB 1) Beddown EIS Website
Click here (links to YouTube), or here (links to pop-up player), for a short 2-minute introductory video of the B-21 Beddown proposal by General Dawkins, Commander, Eighth Air Force and Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced that Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded the contract for Engineering and Manufacturing Development and early production for the Long Range Strike Bomber. The Secretary of the Air Force announced that the new bomber would be called the B-21 "Raider," in honor of the Doolittle Raiders of World War II.

The B-21 will operate under the direction of the USAF Global Strike Command. The B-21 will have both conventional and nuclear roles and will be capable of penetrating and surviving in advanced air defense environments.

The B-21 Raider will eventually replace existing B-1 and B-2 bomber aircraft. The beddown of the B-21 will take place through a series of three Main Operating Bases (MOB), referred to as MOB 1, MOB 2, and MOB 3. The Air Force proposes to beddown MOB 1, which includes B-21 Operational Squadrons, a B-21 Formal Training Unit, and a Weapons Generation Facility in this EIS. The additional two MOB locations (MOB 2 and MOB 3) would be evaluated in future NEPA analyses, after the location for MOB 1 is chosen.

The Environmental Impact Statement will consider two beddown locations for MOB 1, where B-21 Raider training and operational activities would take place: Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas and Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. The EIS will also address B-21 aircraft operations. The Powder River Training Complex would be the primary training area for aircraft operations for either basing location and Dyess AFB would utilize additional airspace within the Brownwood Military Operating Area (MOA), Lancer MOA, and the Pecos MOA.

Project Contact

Inquiries should be directed to:
Dyess AFB Public Affairs
(325) 696-4820,
or after hours (325) 268-6554

Ellsworth AFB Public Affairs
(605) 385-5056,
or after hours (605) 391-7436

Written inquiries can be mailed to:
Leidos
ATTN: B-21 EIS
1456 Woodlawn Way
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563