South Dakota Military Housing
The territory that would become South Dakota was added to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The first permanent American settlement was established at Fort Pierre by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. White settlement of the territory in the 1800s led to clashes with the Sioux, as some of the land had been granted to the tribe by an earlier treaty. Nevertheless, the territory was incorporated into the union on November 2, 1889, along with North Dakota.
For those in transit or assigned here, there's unaccompanied housing and government housing on base and local housing off base. There are four pet friendly accommodations available for individuals who have them.
The ones that have children will find on base the Douglas School District which serves kindergarten through 12th grade. Additionally Family Child Care Program and a Child Development Program can be found on base to serve smaller kids 6 weeks on upward.
Spouses and military dependents who follow the service member to Ellsworth AFB have job setting for openings on base. There are jobs available off base.
Things to Do
For family entertainment, found only 7 miles east of Rapid City on Interstate I-90 is the Air and Space Museum. Entry is free. Little children might also enjoy the Dinosaur Park which is free and is close to the base.