Your Military Connection to the Black Hills

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Welcome to the Black Hills

As a resource to both Air Force and National Guard servicemen and women, along with their families, the Wire is filled with information and resources to get plugged into area organizations, use available discounts, and meet other people in the area.

Connect with businesses and events throughout the Black Hills.

New events and information as community support for military members at Ellsworth Air Force Base and Camp Rapid grows.

Explore and Discover

South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority is excited to bring you the Black Hills Wire – a comprehensive website for the local military community to connect with businesses and events throughout the Black Hills of western South Dakota.

News and Events

Black Hills Wire is a community connection between military members, their families, and veterans to local civilian life in western South Dakota. This website is your go-to for information and resources to make the most of your time in the Black Hills.

Tricare Tips

Anyone who has ever depended on Tricare knows that the military’s health care plan can be a wonderful resource for individuals and families — but that same health plan can also present some challenges.  Dr. Paul Stevens and his wife, Natalie, know a lot about Tricare,...

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A life of service

Chris Long, a Lieutenant Colonel in the South Dakota National Guard, is following a calling of service — whether that takes him near or far.  We use the word service in many different contexts — utility services, customer service and so on. The word service was first...

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A taste of home

Folks PCS from around the country (and world) to Ellsworth Air Force Base. Your new station has a lot to offer, but sometimes you just miss home. For a lot of homesick people, an instant way to teleport back to a familiar place for a few moments is through flavor —...

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