Category Archives: Military

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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Malmstrom trains with local, state, federal agencies for worst case nuclear scenarios

The Air Force continued its effort to train with local, state and federal agencies during an exercise in Chouteau County this week. This year’s Local Integrated Response Plan exercise involved about 500 people, 19 agencies and a scenario involving an attack on a nuclear convoy. This year, 50 agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were participating in the scenario.

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Wheat Ridge set for what will likely be a heated hearing on Sept. 18

Wheat Ridge is going to a public hearing on Sept. 18. City Commissioners had some discussion during their Aug. 7 meeting about not setting the public hearing but city staff said they believe it should go to a hearing to allow for due process of the project. City Commission to consider setting public hearing on east side Wheat Ridge development

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City Commission to consider setting public hearing on east side Wheat Ridge development

During Tuesday’s meeting, City Commissioners will consider setting a public hearing for Sept. 18 on the first phase of the proposed Wheat Ridge Estates subdivision. City staff is recommending denial of the developers request for annexation, zoning and a preliminary plat but staff does recommend setting the public hearing. Planning board recommends that City Commission approve Wheat Ridge development The

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New Malmstrom boss takes command

Col. Jennifer Reeves spent the last two years overseeing the training of airmen entering the space, missile operations or missile maintenance career fields. Of the roughly 1,000 airmen that go through the 381st Training Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, about a third are sent to the three intercontinental ballistic missile wings. On Tuesday, Reeves assumed command of

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Outgoing Malmstrom commander: it’s a privilege to wear the uniform

Col. Ron Allen will relinquish command of the 341st Missile Wing to Col. Jennifer Reeves during a Tuesday morning ceremony. Allen assumed command in April 2016 and said it’s emotional as he’s preparing to leave Malmstrom for his third assignment in D.C., this time as the principal assistant deputy administrator for military application at the National Nuclear Security Administration of

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