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341st Missile Wing wins another Omaha Trophy

The 341st Missile Wing has again been named the winner of the 2018 Omaha Trophy. Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, announced the winners June 3. The 341st Missile Wing won the award for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2017. Malmstrom celebrates Omaha Trophy win; remembers 9/11 attacks “The Omaha Trophy represents the best of the best in

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Vet court gets $107K donation to support homeless female veterans

The local veterans court program will soon be able to provide more assistance for the homeless female veterans participants. On Tuesday, the court was presented with a $107,044 donation that will go through Veterans Mentoring Veterans, the nonprofit created by the program mentors to support court activities and participants. The funds will be used to provide safe, clean housing for

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Military Appreciation Days happening now in downtown Great Falls

The Downtown Chicks, a committee of the Downtown Great Falls Association, in recognition of Armed Forces Day, is hosting Military Appreciation Days in Downtown Great Falls. Active duty, retired military, veterans, guard members and their family members, are encouraged to look for the flyer (example below), posted in windows throughout stores and restaurants downtown beginning May 16th and running through

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Former Malmstrom commander confirmed for second star

Malmstrom Air Force Base’s former commander has been confirmed for his second star. On April 29, the U.S. Senate confirmed Tom Wilcox to the rank of major general. Former Malmstrom commander nominated for second star Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan announced April 3 that the president made nominations for a number of Air Force generals, including Wilcox. Allen

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State eases some licensing requirements for military spouses with out-of-state certifications

Easing the process for military spouses to transfer professional licenses to Montana has been a priority for some local officials over the last year. During Monday’s school board meeting, Col. Jennifer Reeves thanked the Great Falls Public Schools district for its effort to address teacher licenses for military spouses. Tom Moore, who assumes the role of superintendent this summer, said

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Former Malmstrom commander nominated for second star

Malmstrom Air Force Base’s former commander has been nominated for another star. Brig. Gen. Tom Wilcox has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general, or a two-star general. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan announced April 3 that the president nominations for a number of Air Force generals, including Wilcox. Allen confirmed for brigadier general rank,

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Montana projects on list of potential funding sources for border wall; but might not be affected under Pentagon criteria

Sen. Jon Tester has “slammed” a Trump Administration proposal for border wall funding that could impact military construction projects in Montana. Earlier this week, the Pentagon released a document that includes a list of U.S. military construction projects that the White House could redirect funds from to build a border wall. The $14.6 million missile maintenance facility at Malmstrom Air

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Montana Guard soldiers return after 9-month Afghanistan deployment

About 65 Montana Army National Guard soldiers with the 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are on their way home this weekend after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. That includes the director of the C.M. Russell Museum, just in time for Western Art Week, and a science teacher from C.M. Russell High School. Maj. Tom Figarelle was the operations officer for

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All-female crews in the missile field for Women’s History Month

For the last few years, Air Force Global Strike Command recognizes Women’s History Month by coordinating all-female alert teams to dispatch to the missile field. The first was in 2016. Today, all three intercontinental ballistic missile wings, as well as the 341st Maintenance Group at Malmstrom Air Force Base, posted females to the field on International Women’s Day. “To be

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Bullock re-appointed to Council of Governors

Gov. Steve Bullock was re-appointed Feb. 21 by President Trump to the Council of Governors for a two-year term, according to White House release. Gov. David Ige of Hawaii and Gov. Asa Hutchison of Arkansas were appointed as the designated co-chairs. Other appointees include: Gov. Douglas A. Ducey of Arizona Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio Gov. Edward Miner Lamont, Jr.,

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