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Malmstrom brings home Blanchard Trophy again this year, plus 10 other awards in Global Strike Challenge

The 341st Missile Wing has again been awarded the Blanchard Trophy. The trophy goes to the best intercontinental ballistic missile wing in the Global Strike Challenge, a competition for airmen in Air Force Global Strike Command,which is Malmstrom Air Force Base’s parent command. It’s the third consecutive win for the 341st. The Blanchard Trophy was first awarded in 1967 to

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120th Airlift Wing airmen return from 4-month deployment

About 100 airmen from the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard returned home this week from deployment. About 130 airmen left in June, some came back after about two months and about 100 spent four-months in Kuwait. Some were deployed for five months. The airmen, and four C-130 aircraft, were deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield

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Montana soldier killed in non-combat incident in Iraq

A Montana native was killed while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, according to a Department of Defense release. Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish, 23, of Billings, died Oct. 27, of a non-combat related incident at Camp Taji, Iraq. The incident is under investigation, according to the release. Irish was assigned to 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright,

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Malmstrom conducting training exercise over next two weeks

The 341st Missile Wing will be conducting training exercises over the next two weeks on and around Malmstrom Air Force Base. The community can expect an increased presence of emergency vehicles, convoys and helicopters Oct.18-29, according to a Malmstrom release. Installation gate access may be affected as enhanced security procedures are performed on inbound traffic. “The exercise involves extensive planning and

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Malmstrom airmen participate in ICBM test launch at California base

Airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle this morning from Vandenberg AFB in California. The unarmed ICBM was launched at 1:13 a.m. PST on Oct. 2. The ICBM’s reentry vehicle traveled about 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These test launches

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Malmstrom receives Omaha Trophy; STRATCOM vice talks GBSD, future threats, missions

Earlier this summer, the 341st Missile Wing was again named winner of the Omaha Trophy and on Wednesday, U.S. Strategic Command Deputy Commander Vice Adm. Dave Kriete presented the trophy to Col. Christopher Menuey, Malmstrom’s operations group commander, and the wing. During the ceremony, Meuney said the back to back trophy win is a testament to the wing’s character, credibility and

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Test pilots qualify on helicopter that will replace Malmstrom’s Hueys

The Air Force is a step closer to fielding the Boeing MH-139 helicopter that will replace the UH-1N Huey flown at missile bases, including Malmstrom Air Force Base. Test pilots from the 413th Flight Test Squadron became the first Air Force pilots to receive a Type rating on the AW-139 helicopter at the end of July, according to an Air Force

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Former Malmstrom commander nominated as deputy of Air Force Global Strike Command

Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton has been nominated for assignment as deputy commander of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Cotton is currently serving as commander and president of Air University at Air Education and Training Command at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Former Malmstrom commander assumes command of Air Force center in Texas

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Malmstrom breaks ground on missile maintenance facility, project funding no longer possible source for border wall

Officials broke ground last week on the new missile maintenance dispatch facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The $18.68 million construction contract was awarded in June through the Army Corps of Engineers to a joint venture between WHH Nisqually and Garco. The new missile maintenance facility is being built because the functions that would occupy that building are being displaced from

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