Category Archives: Military

County Commissioners, Lewis and Clark Foundation concerned about future of interpretive center in Great Falls

The U.S. Forest Service has faced significant budget cuts and the increased demand for resources from the recent wildfire season has compounded the issue that is now affecting the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Last week, Cascade County Commissioners sent a letter to Bill Avey, forest supervisor for the Lewis and Clark and Helena National Forests, formally

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This year’s city Christmas ornament is now available

This year’s official City of Great Falls ornament is now available. The ornament features the Fort Shaw Regimental Commander’s Quarters, in honor of the structure’s 150th anniversary this year. Fort Shaw was built in 1867 as a military post and provided protection for settlers bound for gold mining camps in the Montana Territory. The commander’s quarters is the most historic

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Flags at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor

Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered all flags flown in the state to be flown at half-staff on Dec. 7 in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. “On this 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we honor those American patriots who lost their lives on that fateful day, and reaffirm our commitment to the ideals of freedom and liberty

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219th airmen returned from hurricane relief mission in Puerto Rico

When airmen from the 219th RED HORSE Squadron of the Montana Air National Guard landed in Puerto Rico in October, they could still see the devastation left the previous month by Hurricane Maria. Power lines were still down and “you could see it was pretty beat up,” said Senior Airman Tyler Gandolfi. He and other 219th airmen set up two Disaster

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841st Missile Security Squadron activated at Malmstrom in new missile security strucutre

The 841st Missile Security Squadron held an activation ceremony at Malmstrom Air Force Base on Tuesday. The unit was officially activated in early October after a yearlong test of the Missile Security Operations Concept was conducted at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Twentieth Air Force, the parent organization to Malmstrom, Minot and F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming, implemented

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120th Airlift Wing airmen support multinational exercise in Brazil

Senior Master Sgt. Wayne Bonderenko was among the 28 members of the Montana Air National Guard who participated in the largest international military operation ever held in the Amazon jungle of northern Brazil. Some have indicated that the AMAZONLOG exercise was a sign of closer U.S.-Brazil defense tie. The exercise was held at Tabatinga and the airmen of the 120th Airlift

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Defense bill includes specifications for ICBM deployment levels, requirements for GBSD system

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act has passed both the U.S. House and Senate and is headed to President Trump’s desk for his signature. The bill includes several provisions related to the intercontinental ballistic missile force and a 2.4 percent pay raise for service members. The NDAA sets funding levels and policies for the Department of Defense. Coupled with the

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