Ellsworth Air Force Base
1940 EP Howe Drive, Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
Rapid City was founded, and originally known as “Hay Camp”, in 1876 by a group of disappointed miners enticed by The public discovery of gold in 1874 by the Black Hills Expedition, promoted their new city as the “Gateway to the Black Hills”, a nickname the city now shares with neighboring Box Elder.
There are approximately 9,000 people on active duty, family member, civilians and retirees at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be eligible for kindergarten in South Dakota, a student must have turned the age of 5 on or before September 1 of that same school year. The compulsory school age in South Dakota is age 6.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Douglas Middle School (605) 923-0050
Douglas High School (605) 923-0030
If you are residing in off-base housing in one of the other two sister cities, here’s a listing of several local schools.
Also, if you have a child that is preparing to attend college, National American University Ellsworth, Black Hills State University and University of South Dakota may be of interest to them along with information on scholarships.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Health & Human Services (605) 394-2156
Sheriff’s Office (605) 394-6113
Humane Society of the Black Hills (605) 394-4170
Rapid City Public Library (605) 394-9300
Base Operator (315) 772-6556
Chaplain (315) 772-5591
Civilian Personnel Office (315) 772-1049
Dental Headquarters (315) 772-4440
EFMP Family Support (315) 772-5476
Family Advocacy Program (315) 772-6929
Family Child Care (315) 772-2250
Housing Services Office (315) 772-9397
ID/CAC Card Processing (315) 772-5149
Information and Referral (315) 772-6799
In-Processing (315) 772-0423
Legal Services and JAG (315) 772-5261
Medical Appointments (315) 772-4655
NAF Human Resources Officer (315) 772-5393
Suicide Prevention Hotline (315) 772-9018
You must be verified by the Housing Management Office as an eligible tenant before you enter into a lease with Balfour Beatty Communities. To qualify, you must be married, or single drawing Basic Allowance for Housing w/dependent rate Basic Allowance for Housing based upon having primary custody of a dependent.
8.3 miles from base
This neighborhood has quick access to highways and has plenty of amenities, including the Rushmore Mall nearby.
7.4 miles from base
Rapid Valley is just south of the AFB in a small community east of Rapid City shopping nearby.
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Rapid City is characterized by long arid summers and long dry winters, with short spring and fall seasons. In 2014, Rapid City was named #1 with the “Most Unpredictable Weather”. Thunderstorms occur 25 percent of days from July through September, more than the national average. The summer months of June, July and August typically bring dry, sunny and hot weather.
On average, there are 34 days with 90° F highs. Due to the elevation and aridity, the lows rarely remain at or above 70° F. Rapid City records an average of nine thunderstorm days in August, but typically does not get a lot of precipitation with the storms. December is typically the coldest month of the year, with an average temperature of 24.9° F. Snowfall can be frequent, but usually not heavy; March and April tend to be the snowiest months during the year. Measurable snow has been recorded in every month except for July, so it is possible to see snow outside of March and April, but not likely.
Rapid City is located on the western side of South Dakota, just east of the Black Hills mountain range, which crosses into Wyoming. The second most populated city in South Dakota, Rapid City has a population of about 75,000 people and is the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rapid Creek, it is known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills”. Camp Rapid is located in the western part of the city, while Ellsworth Air Force Base is located northeast on the outskirts of the city.
Rapid City is home to popular attractions like Art Alley, Dinosaur Park, the City of Presidents walking tour, Chapel in the Hills, Storybook Island, Main Street Square and more. The historic “Old West” town of Deadwood is nearby. In the neighboring Black Hills are the popular tourist attractions of the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, the museum at the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, and to the east of the city is Badlands National Park.
Other popular attractions in the area include: Sturgis, South Dakota is about a 30-minute drive from Rapid City and is known for one of the largest annual motorcycle events in the world. Mount Rushmore National Memorial located about 40 minutes south of Rapid City, is the state’s most-visited scenic attraction, drawing in more than two million visitors each year.The Journey Museum and Learning Center features a large collection of Native American artifacts and takes you through a journey of the Black Hills. And, finally, the South Dakota Air and Space Museum, which is aimed at educating and entertaining the public with its many exhibits geared towards the history of aviation.
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