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:
1456 Woodlawn Way
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563