Category Archives: Military

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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Air Force delays basing decision for newer model cargo planes

The Air Force has delayed its basing decision on C-130J planes to replace the older models currently in use at some Air National Guard units. The 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard is one of eight bases nationwide on the shortlist for the newer planes. Montana on shortlist to receive new C-130 aircraft The Pentagon did not

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Air Force awards $13.3 billion contract for ICBM replacement

The U.S. Air Force has awarded an engineering and manufacturing development contract for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent to Northrop Grumman. The GBSD system will replace the current Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system, which is in use at Malmstrom Air Force Base. GBSD missile program progressing According to the Air Force, the contract is $13.3 billion. The GBSD system

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New tactical response/helicopter operations facility at Malmstrom nearly complete

The 341st Missile Wing held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 4 for the new tactical response force/helicopter operations alert facility though construction isn’t fully complete on the $17.4 million facility. According to Malmstrom public affairs, the facility will be move-in ready later this month and it will house the 341st Security Forces Group Tactical Response Force alongside the 40th Helicopter

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Malmstrom getting new commander Aug. 5

The incoming commander of the 341st Missile Wing will be a familiar face to some. Col. Anita Feugate Opperman will assume command during a 9 a.m. ceremony on Aug. 5 at Malmstrom Air Force Base that will be streamed on the wing’s Facebook page due to COVID-19. New Malmstrom boss takes command [2018] Feugate Opperman is returning to Malmstrom after

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Malmstrom prohibits military members from dining in

On July 23, Col. Jennifer Reeves, 341st Missile Wing commander, signed an order prohibiting military members from entering bars, nightclubs, casinos, restaurants, and other places where food and drinks are consumed. Reeves said that they may enter briefly to pick up food or may choose delivery. Military and civilians must limit on and off installation activities to mission essential and

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Montana National Guard implements mask policy

The Montana National Guard implemented a policy July 6 requiring a cloth face covering be worn by anyone entering a Montana National Guard facility and by members and employees of the Montana National Guard “to preserve military and disaster response readiness for the people of Montana by preserving the health of our military and disaster response force during the COVID-19

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Draft feasibility study for region’s national heritage area now available for public comment

Big Sky Country National Heritage Area Inc. has released the draft feasibility study for a 45-day public review, with an Aug. 15 deadline to comment.  The feasibility study must prove that the proposed National Heritage Area has distinctive natural, historic, and cultural resources; as well as strong customs, folklife and traditions that represent our American heritage. The public is invited

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