The South Dakota Army National Guard maintains and operates 24 armories. Major components of the SDARNG include field artillery, engineering units, transportation, aviation, maintenance, and medical units. Approximately 200 members are assigned to Camp Rapid in support of the nearly 3,200 members of the SDARNG.
With a proud lineage of serving as the state’s militia, the South Dakota Army National Guard finds its origins dating back to 1862 as part of the Dakota Territory. Since that time, SDNG units have served in nearly every major U.S. war or conflict since the Civil War, while concurrently responding to domestic crises here in the state. The force structure of the SDNG is designed to meet the needs of the future force, giving the Guard an enhanced capability to respond in times of emergencies and natural disasters and to support overseas contingency operations.
The Rapid City Regional Airport is located just west of downtown Rapid City.
Ellsworth Air Force Base, in Meade, SD, is just 10 miles northeast of Rapid City.
The Denver International Airport (DEN) is the closest large airport and is 414 miles south, which is about a 6.5-hour drive.
Most residents of Rapid City use their personal vehicles to travel and commute within and out of the city. The Rapid Transit System offers additional transportation services, including bus services, Dial-A-Ride and the City View Trolley
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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/.
Rapid City Area Schools is made up of 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools.
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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