Construction of 214 homes will begin this spring in the former Black Hills Estates area of Ellsworth AFB, S.D., according to a base release. Balfour Beatty Community of Newtown Square, Pa., is leading this project, which the Air Force announced in August 2013 as part of the privatization of housing on multiple installations. “We are projecting that occupancy of the newly built homes will start April 2015,” said Jim English, housing program manager for Ellsworth’s 28th Civil Engineer Squadron. “Balfour Beatty Community quality compliance inspectors, the Ellsworth resident construction manager, and independent third-party inspectors will oversee the construction of the new homes,” he said. Base officials are working with BBC staff to schedule a townhall meeting in the next few months to address questions and concerns current and prospective tenants may have regarding the project, said English.
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."