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. For any military aircraft flying out of Ellsworth AFB, the PRTC airspace is the most cost-effective and convenient training area. Other Class A airspace and Major Range and Test Facility Bases (MRTFBs) would be used on an as-needed basis. For military aircraft flying out of Dyess AFB, the Lancer MOA and the Pecos MOA and all associated ATCAAs are the most cost-effective and convenient training areas to use. Dyess AFB–based aircraft would utilize the PRTC and the Brownwood MOA as supplemental training airspaces.

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:
1456 Woodlawn Way
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563