Category Archives: Military

Former Malmstrom commander nominated for second star

Malmstrom Air Force Base’s former commander has been nominated for another star. Brig. Gen. Tom Wilcox has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general, or a two-star general. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan announced April 3 that the president nominations for a number of Air Force generals, including Wilcox. Allen confirmed for brigadier general rank,

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Montana projects on list of potential funding sources for border wall; but might not be affected under Pentagon criteria

Sen. Jon Tester has “slammed” a Trump Administration proposal for border wall funding that could impact military construction projects in Montana. Earlier this week, the Pentagon released a document that includes a list of U.S. military construction projects that the White House could redirect funds from to build a border wall. The $14.6 million missile maintenance facility at Malmstrom Air

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Montana Guard soldiers return after 9-month Afghanistan deployment

About 65 Montana Army National Guard soldiers with the 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are on their way home this weekend after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. That includes the director of the C.M. Russell Museum, just in time for Western Art Week, and a science teacher from C.M. Russell High School. Maj. Tom Figarelle was the operations officer for

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All-female crews in the missile field for Women’s History Month

For the last few years, Air Force Global Strike Command recognizes Women’s History Month by coordinating all-female alert teams to dispatch to the missile field. The first was in 2016. Today, all three intercontinental ballistic missile wings, as well as the 341st Maintenance Group at Malmstrom Air Force Base, posted females to the field on International Women’s Day. “To be

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Bullock re-appointed to Council of Governors

Gov. Steve Bullock was re-appointed Feb. 21 by President Trump to the Council of Governors for a two-year term, according to White House release. Gov. David Ige of Hawaii and Gov. Asa Hutchison of Arkansas were appointed as the designated co-chairs. Other appointees include: Gov. Douglas A. Ducey of Arizona Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio Gov. Edward Miner Lamont, Jr.,

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Unmanned aircraft prohibited over nuclear convoys, alert and launch facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration has implemented special security instructions regarding the use of privately owned or operated unmanned aircraft over select national security sensitive facilities. Unmanned aircraft are prohibited from conducting flight operations within certain airspaces related to Malmstrom Air Force Base pursuant to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 99.7, according to Malmstrom release. Restricted

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Air Force conducts ICBM test launch in California

The Air Force conducted a test launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week. The test launches are conducted at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Air Force typically conducts four test launches ICBMs annually and the tests are not related to real world events since they’re planned six months to a year in advance, according to

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Malmstrom planning open house this summer

Malmstrom Air Force Base is hosting the 2019 Montana Military Open House July 13-14. The event, “Mission Over Malmstrom,” is free and open to the public and showcases the innovations and capabilities of the Air Force for the last 80 years, as well as 341st Missile Wing’s service to the nation and the Montana community. Several acts are scheduled to perform such

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Great Falls airman competes in The Rock’s new Titan Games

Four years ago, Matt Cable was fighting leukemia, complete organ failure and was deathly ill. Now he’s competing in the Titan Games, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new fitness competition that premiers Jan. 3 on NBC. Shortly after the show premiers, he leaves for a 7-month deployment with the 120th Security Forces Group. The 28-year-old played a number of sports growing

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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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