Category Archives: Montana Air National Guard

Largest private hangar in Montana under construction at Great Falls airport

Great Falls will soon be home to the state’s largest private hangar with the capability to house two 737 aircraft. Eagle Jet Solutions is building a 40,000 square foot hangar at the Great Falls International Airport and is the first project in a 20-acre aviation park being developed by the Airport Authority. Development on the site has been planned since

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Locals pitching Air Force to reopen runway for ICBM replacement program; defense bill authorizes funds for Montana military missions

Some local officials are working on a proposal to reopen the runway at Malmstrom Air Force Base, if only temporarily. County Commissioner Joe Briggs is pitching the Air Force to reopen the runway temporarily for the delivery of materials related to the replacement of the intercontinental ballistic missile system. The ICBM replacement program, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, is currently

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Tester pushing Air Force to fund construction project at 120th Airlift Wing

Sen. Jon Tester is pushing the Air Force to make the 120th Airlift Wing a higher priority for military construction in the coming years. The unit needs additional ramp space to properly house the unit’s eight C-130s. The ramp was built for fighter jets, which are considerable smaller than the cargo planes. The Air Force currently has the estimated $9

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New command chief for Montana Air National Guard is a traditional Guardsman; GFPD officer

Doug Otto is the new state command chief for the Montana Air National Guard. The traditional Guardsman is also a lieutenant at the Great Falls Police Department. Otto assumed the position in early May. The command chief is the senior enlisted airman within a military component and Otto advises the commander of the Montana Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. Pete

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Montana National Guard members participate in major cyber exercise

By Spc. Michael Hunnisett | Army Public Affairs Special to The Electric Members of the Montana National Guard, including 14 soldiers and two airmen, have been participating in Cyber Shield 18 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. this month. The exercise includes members of the National Guard from 30 states, the U.S. Army Reserve, state and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private

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Fox retires from Montana Air National Guard after nearly 42 years; Hronek assumes command

For the first time in 70 years, a member of Brig. Gen. Bryan Fox’s family is not in the Montana Air National Guard. Fox relinquished command during a Saturday morning ceremony as assistant adjutant general of the Montana National Guard and commander of the Montana Air National Guard. Gov. Steve Bullock presided over the ceremony and said to Fox, “you’ve

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Increased aircraft, military personnel in town for Vigilant Guard exercise

Vigilant Guard, an emergency response exercise, kicks off in Great Falls on Friday. Locals will see an influx of military members and more aircraft activity in the area during the exercise, which runs through March 7. Vigilant Guard 18 is a National Guard Bureau and U.S. Northern Command civil support exercise. The training will include soldiers and airmen of the

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City staff recommending denial of Wheat Ridge annexation, zoning

City staff are recommending denial of the request to annex 20.98 acres for the proposed Wheat Ridge development behind the east side Walmart. Staff is recommending denial of the annexation, as well as assigning a Planned Unit Development Zoning and preliminary plat requests for the project. The city’s Planning Advisory Board/Zoning Commission is the first major board to review the

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Wheat Ridge subdivision planned for east end; tension likely with hopes of new flying mission at Malmstrom

The tension between economic development and protecting the airspace around Malmstrom Air Force Base is likely to tighten as a new proposal works through the city process. A request for annexation of 20 acres behind the east side Walmart has been submitted to the city. The action would also include a planned unit development zoning. The plan for the first

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MANG airmen and families make holiday tradition of preparing annual Danny Berg dinner

Christmas Eve for many members of the Montana Air National Guard, means an early morning at the base dining hall preparing turkeys, gravy and stuffing. This year was no different and about 45 airmen and their families volunteered throughout the morning to put 50 turkeys in the over, chop onions and celery for stuffing and stir all the lumps out

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