Category Archives: Military

Air Force release draft environmental assessment for GBSD testing phase

The Air Force has released the draft environmental assessment, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, to evaluate potential environmental effects associated with the implementation of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent test program. The GBSD program would modernize the aging U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III system. The Air Force is planning to replace all 1970s Minuteman III ICBM weapons

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CCHD booking those on waiting list for next batch of vaccines; Malmstrom expanding availability; VA receives more doses for veterans

Updated Feb. 10 The Cascade County City-County Health Department is not holding online scheduling this week for the COVID-19 vaccine appointments for next week. Instead, all appointments will be booked from the existing waiting list. “Interest in the waiting list has been very high, so in order to get through as many names as possible on the waiting list, online

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Montana Guard troops returning home from D.C.

Members of the Montana National Guard arrived in Helena on Jan. 26 after spending just over a week in Washington, D.C., supporting security operations for the inauguration. “Our Montana National Guard soldiers deployed rapidly to Washington, D.C. to help ensure a peaceful transition of power, and accomplished that mission with success. On behalf of Montanans, I thank them for selflessly

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Montana Guard activated for inauguration; C-130s from Great Falls to transport troops

Gov. Greg Gianforte has activated 165 Montana Army National Guard troops to support the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. next week. The activation is in response to a request from the National Guard Bureau and federal authorities, according to a release from Gianforte’s office. “The Montana National Guard has a long, proud history of supporting our state and nation. I’m

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Hronek selected to lead Montana military department, National Guard

Maj. Gen. Pete Hronek has been selected to serve as the Montana Adjutant General and lead the Department of Military Affairs under Governor-elect Greg Gianforte. Hronek previously served as commander of the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls. He’s been the assistant adjutant general from 2018 to 2019 and chief of staff for the

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Locals come together to feed airmen working Christmas Day

Great Falls organizations and businesses came together this holiday to feed airmen working on Christmas Day at Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard. Joann Gogo spearheaded this year’s project that was sponsored by the Exchange Club of Great Falls, Great Falls Association of Realtors, Thomas Kopp, Suhr Transport, K&K Trucking, Terry Thompson, Blane Sheritt, Rob and

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County Commission adopts resolution of opposition to proposed heritage area

County Commissioners voted 2-1 during their Dec. 8 meeting to adopt a resolution in opposition to the creation of a National Heritage Area that encompasses Cascade County, as currently proposed. A local group has been working to establish a National Heritage Area in the region since 2015 and are in the final stages of developing their feasibility study that will be submitted to the National Park

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Great Falls not selected for new C-130 model aircraft; Tester asks Air Force for more information regarding basing decision

The Air Force announced Nov. 24 that the Montana Air National Guard was not among the bases selected to receive new C-130J aircraft to replace the older C-130H models currently being flown by the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard. The Air Force selected bases in Texas, Kentucky and West Virginia and announced Georgia as the preferred

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Veterans Day ceremony is virtual this year

The annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Montana Veterans Memorial will be virtual this year. The ceremony will be a virtual broadcast from Centene Stadium with Col. Anita Feugate Opperman, 341st Missile Wing commander, providing the keynote address. Disabled American Veterans 2nd Junior Vice Commander, Joe Parsetich, will recognize the 100th anniversary of the DAV. The broadcast will begin at

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Malmstrom conducting exercises, increased presence of military vehicles and helicopters

Malmstrom Air Force is conducting military training exercises over the next two weeks in and around Malmstrom. The community can expect an increase in the presence of emergency vehicles, convoys, and helicopters from Oct. 19-26. Installation gate access may be affected for short periods of time as enhanced security procedures are performed, according to a Malmstrom release. “Training, conducted in

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