Category Archives: Military

World War II era planes in Great Falls this weekend

The B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Sentimental Journey’ and B-25 Mitchell ‘Maid in the Shade’ are in Great Falls this week from the Commemorative Air Force and Airbase Arizona Flying Museum. They’ll be here through Sunday at Holman Aviation at the Great Falls International Airport. The planes arrived June 23. B-17s were flown in Montana during World War II by four bombardment groups

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Montana Guard continuing support of flood search and rescue operations

The Montana National Guard is continuing to assist with search and rescue operations due to flooding in south central Montana. The Guard received requests from local officials beginning at 2:45 p.m. June 13 to help rescue stranded civilians. The Guard sent two helicopters with hoist capability. The first helicopter rescued two people in Roscoe and another two in Fromberg, according

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City, county, state officials discuss local priorities

City and county officials met with a number of area legislators during a June 14 meeting to talk about community priorities going into the next legislative session. Among the issues discussed were property taxes, tax increment financing, tax abatement, housing, transportation, land use, marijuana taxation, military support and local control. Local officials raised concern about CI-121, a proposed amendment to

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Montana Guard responding to flooding search and rescue operations

Updated 10:30 a.m. June 14 The Montana National Guard is providing one UH-60 Blackhawk and one CH-47 Chinook, both helicopters, to assist in search and rescue efforts in Roscoe, in Carbon County, and Cooke City, in Park County due to significant flooding in those areas. The Guard is responding at the request of local government in the affected areas. Gov.

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Cotton nominated to head major command

Air Force Gen. Anthony J. Cotton has been nominated for commander of U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Cotton is currently serving as commander of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. Strategic Command is the parent command to AFGSC and includes all of the U.S. nuclear enterprise. Malmstrom falls under those commands.

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Construction begins June 1 at Montana Veterans Memorial

The Montana Veterans Memorial will be closed for construction beginning June 1 for six to eight weeks. Concrete has been shifting on the 16 -year-old memorial due to an unstable base containing reject fill material. An estimated 4,000 to 4,400 square feet of concrete and substandard sub-grade fill material will be excavated and replaced, according to the Montana Veterans Memorial

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Memorial Day ceremonies planned in Great Falls

The Montana Veterans Memorial Association is holding the annual Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. May 30 at the Montana Veterans Memorial. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved indoors at Centene Stadium in the suites. Seating is limited indoors. Organizers will make a decision on weather at noon. This year’s speaker is Bishop Marcus Collins of

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Malmstrom gets all clear after report of suspicious package

Malmstrom Air Force Base officials issued an “all clear” on the afternoon of April 13, following a report of a suspicious package on base earlier in the afternoon. According to Malmstrom release, emergency services and explosive ordnance disposal technicians responded to the scene of the reported suspicious package and have since deemed it a non-threat. “The package was an unlabeled

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Sentinel is Air Force’s name for GBSD weapons system replacing ICBMs

The Air Force announced April 5 that the new ground based strategic deterrent, which will replace the intercontinental ballistic missiles, including those at Malmstrom Air Force Base, has been dubbed the LGM-35A Sentinel. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall approved the designation for the system that will modernize the 1970s land-based intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III system. “Our nation’s nuclear

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Omaha Trophy returns to Malmstrom

The 12th Missile Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been named the 2021 Omaha Trophy winner for intercontinental ballistic missile units. The award was announced March 22 by Navy Adm. Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the U.S. nuclear enterprise. Malmstrom receives Omaha Trophy; STRATCOM vice talks GBSD, future threats, missions The Omaha Trophy was originally

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