Category Archives: Military

Some RED HORSE members return from deployment

Twenty-eight members of the 819th RED HORSE Squadron returned from deployment over the weekend. Initially, military officials said they were stuck overseas due to the Pentagon’s stop-movement order that was issued March 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 819th RED HORSE airmen stuck overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions “These 28 were due to come home, but were told they

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Trump approves federal funding for Montana Guardsmen supporting COVID-19 response

President Trump has approved Montana’s request for funding for National Guard operations in the COVID-19 response. Trump issued a memo on April 7 announcing that Montana, and several other states, will receive funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover costs associated with using National Guard troops for the COVID-19 response. Bullock extends stay home, school closures, dining-in directives

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73 Guardsmen activated to COVID-19 response efforts in Montana

Seventy three Montana Army and Air National Guard menĀ and women have been activated for state active duty by Gov. Steve Bullock in response to COVID-19. Guardsmen will be used in 11 cities and 17 locations within those cities around the state beginning duties April 3, according to a release from the Montana National Guard. March 31 updates: 9th case assigned

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819th RED HORSE airmen stuck overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

Updated April 8 to correct that other RED HORSE airmen had not yet returned to Montana. Twenty-eight members of the 819th RED HORSE Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base were expected to return home on March 26, but did not due to the Pentagon’s stop movement order due to COVID-19. They remain overseas and will be there at least until

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Sunday Reads: March 29

Well, March has gone by a bit too quickly and strangely for my liking, but here’s some things to read while we’re all stuck inside, washing our hands.   New York Times: Local news outlets dealt a crippling blow by this biggest of stories Associated Press: Rural America watches pandemic erupt in cities as fear grows The Atlantic: The coronavirus

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Montana on shortlist to receive new C-130 aircraft

The 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard has made the shortlist to receive C-130J model aircraft to replace the current older C-130H models. Funding for the C-130Js has been a point of contention for Montana’s congressional delegation and the National Guard as the Trump administration has reprogrammed $196 million of that funding for construction of the border

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Montana National Guard troops transport 8 Montanans who had been quarantined in Georgia

Gov. Steve Bullock activated eight Montana Army National Guard soldiers for state active duty to assist in the arrival and transport of eight Montanans returning from quarantine at Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia. The eight Montanans were quarantined at the Dobbins due to being in proximity of an individual with COVID-19 on a cruise ship. Two Montanans remain at

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Air Force will consider local education, career licensure in future basing decisions

Earlier this week, the Air Force announced it will consider a state’s policies for accepting professional, career licenses and a community’s public education system of support for military families as part of its strategic basing process. On Feb. 24, the Air Force approved criteria for assessing those areas. “The communities where service members live and work impact readiness, retention and

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Malmstrom airmen part of first ICBM test launch with U.S. Space Force

A developmental test launch of an Air Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled for Feb. 5, between 12:08 a.m. and 6:08 a.m. Pacific Time from North Vandenberg. It’s the first test launch on the Western Range since the 30th Space Wing became part of the United States Space Force, according to AFGSC. Reservists now

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Reservists now pulling nuclear alert at Malmstrom, other ICBM bases

The Air Force has made significant changes to the way it conducts the nuclear mission in recent years and the latest is a program allowing members of the Air Force Reserve to pull alerts at the missile alert facilities scattered throughout multiple states. In mid-December, Capt. Spencer Huyck became the first reservist to pull alert for the 341st Missile Wing

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