Military able to train “at the high end of conflict” in space over SD, ND, MT and WY

A military exercise involving various aircraft is scheduled for today through Thursday (May 14-16) in the Powder River Training Complex over South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

Col. John Edwards is the Commander of the 28th Bomb Wing and Ellsworth Air Force Base. He says they’ve been doing Combat Raider training in the 35,000-square-mile area for four years.


He says along with local, state and federal partners, farmers and ranchers have a critical role in the practice maneuvers military pilots and planes are able to do.


Edwards says it’s the largest training area over the continental US.


He says having such an expansive area to work in allows the Combat Raider training to replicate exact targets they’d see in battle.


Combat Raider training involves several types of military aircraft including bombers, fighters and cargo planes. Edwards says during the maneuvers, people in the PRTC area can expect to see multiple types of aircraft simultaneously.

Maps of the airspace: