Category Archives: Military

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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Vice chief of Air Force visits Malmstrom

Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen W. Wilson visited Malmstrom Air Force Base this week to learn more about the base’s efforts to maintaining mission readiness and caring for airmen and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Malmstrom release. “Wilson cancelled a scheduled brief in order to prioritize an open discussion with airmen regarding

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Memorial Day ceremony will be done virtually due to pandemic restrictions

This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony from the Montana Veterans Memorial Association will be conducted online to comply with guidance for COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Montana Veterans Memorial. Navy Capt. Ken Robison, ret., will give the keynote speech and focus on a historical perspective of previous crises and moving forward as a

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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 men 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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