Category Archives: Military

Local groups feeding airmen for Christmas

Several local groups are feeling the troops again this holiday. Joann Gogo spearheaded the effort and teamed up with the Enbär/The Block partners again to provide about 130 meals for airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard who are working on Christmas Day. The Christmas dinners are funded by Enbar, Gogo, the Military Affairs Committee

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Air Force secretary visits Malmstrom

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall visited Malmstrom Air Force Base on Dec. 22. Sen. Jon Tester, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, invited the secretary earlier this month and on Wednesday, the secretary toured the based with Sen. Steve Daines. In an interview with The Electric, Daines said he and the secretary met with the base

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Malmstrom brings home Blanchard Trophy for fourth consecutive win

The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been named the the Blanchard Trophy winner for the fourth consecutive time in Global Strike Challenge 2021. Global Strike Challenge 21 included about 450 competitors throughout nine wings. Malmstrom brings home Blanchard Trophy again this year, plus 10 other awards in Global Strike Challenge [2019] “It is the world’s premier

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GBSD project hits another milestone

Northrop Grumman Corporation, the contractor for the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, said this week that it successfully performed the first insulation and case wind of the missile’s first-stage solid rocket motor. “Northrop Grumman performed the insulation wind around a plaster tooling mandrel. The insulation protects the outer casing of the motor from extreme temperatures caused by burning propellant

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Montana National Guard soldier becomes first woman to graduate U.S. Army Sniper Course

A female Montana Army National Guard Soldier graduated from the U.S. Army Sniper Course at Fort Benning, Ga. on Nov. 5, becoming the first woman in history to complete the course. The military is not identifying the soldier by name. “We are extremely proud of this Soldier’s achievement and recognize that this is a milestone for not only Montana, but

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Annual veterans day ceremony at Great Falls memorial

The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Montana Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. Former television personality and U.S. Navy veteran Art Taft will serve as the master of ceremonies. Members of the 341st Missile Wing Honor Guard will present the colors and Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Sarah Bendele will provide the invocation. Retired Montana Air

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County added 509 new cases over last week; case rate is 89.4

Over the last week, Cascade County added 509 new COVID-19 cases. The case rate is 89.4 per 100,000, according to the weekly update from the Cascade County City-County Health Department. The positivity rate is 15.8 percent. The case rate is calculated as the average of new daily cases over a seven day period and is calculated on Wednesdays. It’s also

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Cascade County adds 459 new COVID cases this week

Cascade County added 459 new COVID-19 caes over the last week, according to the weekly update from the City-County Health Department. That brings the cumulative cases to 14,036 in Cascade County and 1,115 active cases, though that number isn’t likely accurate as CCHD has prioritized new case investigation over closing out old cases. CCHD said that the state is automatically

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City breaks ground on indoor aquatics, recreation center

The city, with Malmstrom Air Force Base and Montana Air National Guard, held a groundbreaking ceremony ceremony on Sept. 15 at Lions Park. The U.S. Department of Defense awarded the city a $10 million grant in 2020 for the new Aim High Big Sky Aquatic Center to be constructed in Lions Park. “We see a lot of great things in the future

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Cotton confirmed for AFGSC command, 4th star

The U.S. Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton for command of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He’ll also pin on his fourth star. He is currently the deputy commander at AFGSC and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base from 2009-2011 when he was vice commander and commander. Former Montana military commanders selected for

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