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Malmstrom exercise is March 15

The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base will be conducting a base wide training exercise March 15 from about 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exercise is an opportunity for multiple agencies to practice contingency operations in response to a simulated incident on base. Visitors should expect delays at the gates, facility lockdowns, and traffic detours on base.

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Air Force team visits Malmstrom to begin missileer cancer study

Earlier this month, a team from the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine visited Malmstrom Air Force Base to begin designing their study of cancer related to missile operations. In February, Gen. Thomas Bussiere, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, approved a comprehensive study design by the school to conduct a formal assessment related to specific cancer concerns raise

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Sentinel ICBM system completes flight tests

Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed a series of wind tunnel tests of the LGM-35A Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile. The test uses scaled models of the vehicle, stressed under environments from sub to hypersonic speeds, to validate digital modeling and simulations and prove design maturity of the missile. Air Force conducts ICBM test launch “This wind tunnel campaign is an opportunity

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Air Force conducts ICBM test launch

The U.S. Air Force conducted a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile on Feb. 9 in California. Air Force Global Strike Command airmen launched the unarmed missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 11:01 p.m. Pacific Time on Feb. 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base. The test launch is part of the Air Force’s regular

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DoD drops COVID vaccine requirement; most airmen already vaccinated

Earlier in January, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rescinded the August 2021 memo mandating that all members of the U.S. military under DoD authority be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the November 2021 memo on vaccination requirements for the National Guard and Reserves. The change was established by the National Defense Authorization Act for the current fiscal year. As of mid-January, the

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120th Airlift Wing upgrading C-130 fleet

The Montana Air National Guard is updating its fleet of C-130 Hercules planes from four-blade to eight-blade propellers. “There are some huge benefits with the eight-blade props,” Lt. Col. Justin Hutchins, director of operations, said in a release. “The biggest ones are reduced maintenance cost, along with the ability to have better performance.” The 120th Airlift Wing’s plane was sent

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Air Force signs Sentinel agreement with tribes, preservation, government agencies

The Air Force signed the programmatic agreement for the new Sentinel ground based strategic deterrent that will replace the existing Minuteman III nuclear missile system. More than 150 people were involved in drafting the agreement and the signing event took place simultaneously at 11 different locations on Dec. 16. The Air Force’s project to replace the aging Minuteman III intercontinental

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Construction progressing on city’s new indoor aquatic facility

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Construction is progressing on the city’s new indoor aquatic and recreation center in Lions Park. The new indoor aquatics and recreations center is 45,000 square feet of new construction that will include a recreation pool, lap pool, gym, fitness center, walking track, multipurpose room, party room, locker rooms, restrooms, child watch area, lobby, offices, storage and mechanical rooms at 900

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Former Malmstrom commander takes over top U.S. nuclear command

Gen. Anthony Cotton assumed command of U.S. Strategic Command on Dec. 9 during a ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Cotton previously served as commander of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. Strategic Command is the parent command to AFGSC and includes all of the U.S. nuclear enterprise. Malmstrom Air Force Base falls under

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Military Appreciation Days in downtown Great Falls Nov. 10-12

flag of the usa on a pole

The Downtown Chicks, a committee of the Downtown Great Falls Association, in recognition of Veterans Day, is hosting Military Appreciation Days in downtown Great Falls. Active duty, retired military, veterans, and their family members, are encouraged to look for this flyer posted in windows throughout stores and restaurants downtown Nov. 10-12. The following local establishments have confirmed these specials: Belles

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