Category Archives: Military

Great Falls considered for new Air Force mission

Great Falls is in the running for a new Air Force mission. The Air Force is gathering data to determine where to place a required 10th aeromedical evacuation squadron for the Air National Guard and Great Falls is among the locations being considered. Aeromedical evacuation squadrons provide patient movement during wartime and domestic operations. The new squadron location must meet

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Veterans Treatment Court marks fifth anniversary in Great Falls

Dave Belcher served in the Army and returned from a combat tour with a traumatic brain injury. “We put our boots on and we leave the ones we love behind to go fight…for your safety. That’s what we do,” Belcher said. Two veterans take their life back in Cascade County Veterans Court graduation When he came home, he was angry

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Security forces commander relieved of command at Malmstrom

Lt. Col. Raymond Fortner, commander of the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base, has been relieved of command. Col. Aaron Guill, 341st Security Forces Squadron commander, relieved Fortner of his position on Nov. 13 due to “a loss of trust and confidence after a series of events demonstrated that Fortner established and maintained an unhealthy command

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Malmstrom missile used in test launch

An intercontinental ballistic missile from Malmstrom Air Force Base was used in a test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California overnight. The missile was pulled randomly from the 341st Missile Wing’s complex and transported to Vandenberg. Anomaly causes termination of Malmstrom ICBM during test launch Operators and maintainers from the 341st prepared the missile for launch, according to

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Military discounts offered downtown this weekend

The Downtown Chicks, a committee of the Downtown Great Falls Association, is hosting Military Appreciation Days in downtown Great Falls in recognition of Veterans Day. Active duty and retired military, and their family members, are encouraged to look for the flyer (example below), posted in windows throughout stores and restaurants downtown beginning on Nov. 8 through Nov. 11. The following

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Air Force awards Huey replacement contract to Boeing

The Air Force has awarded the first portion of a $2.38 billion firm-fixed-price contract to Boeing for the UH-1N replacement helicopter. The Huey helicopters being replaced includes those at Malmstrom Air Force Base, which are used to support missile field security. “Strong competition drove down costs for the program, resulting in $1.7 billion in savings to the taxpayer,” Secretary of

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The History Museum’s new local military history documentary premiers Sept. 27

The History Museum is hosting a premier viewing of their new documentary, “Thunder under the Big Sky” on Sept. 27. The 58-minute film chronicles military history in northcentral Montana including the ferrying of warplanes from Gore Hill and what is now Malmstrom Air Force Base to Fairbanks, Alaska where they were then handed off to Russian pilots to use in

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Malmstrom celebrates Omaha Trophy win; remembers 9/11 attacks

The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base was in February named the winner of the Omaha Trophy. On Tuesday, U.S. Strategic Command Deputy Commander Vice Adm. Dave Kriete presented the trophy to Col. Jennifer Reeves, Malmstrom’s commander, and the wing. Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Hinson of the Strategic Air Command Consultation (SCC) Committee joined Kriete in presenting the award.

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Malmstrom airmen compete in cop challenge

Last week, 140 airmen participated in the 7th annual ACES Cop Combat Challenge, an event designed for fun but also to test airmen mentally and physically. The annual event is open to airmen in the 341st Security Forces Squadron and security forces airmen from the 120th Airlift Wing were invited but didn’t participate this year. Tech. Sgt. Shawn Thacker of

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Military, taxes, jail among local issues for city, county officials in forum with state lawmakers, candidates

Local government officials laid out areas of concern for state lawmakers during a forum on Aug. 28. Four City Commissioners and all three County Commissioners participated in the event hosted by Great Falls Rising. Commissioner Tracy Houck stopped in to say hello but left early for another obligation and did not participate in the discussion. About two dozen state legislators

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