Category Archives: Montana Air National Guard

Montana Guard activated for inauguration; C-130s from Great Falls to transport troops

Gov. Greg Gianforte has activated 165 Montana Army National Guard troops to support the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. next week. The activation is in response to a request from the National Guard Bureau and federal authorities, according to a release from Gianforte’s office. “The Montana National Guard has a long, proud history of supporting our state and nation. I’m

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Hronek selected to lead Montana military department, National Guard

Maj. Gen. Pete Hronek has been selected to serve as the Montana Adjutant General and lead the Department of Military Affairs under Governor-elect Greg Gianforte. Hronek previously served as commander of the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls. He’s been the assistant adjutant general from 2018 to 2019 and chief of staff for the

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Locals come together to feed airmen working Christmas Day

Great Falls organizations and businesses came together this holiday to feed airmen working on Christmas Day at Malmstrom Air Force Base and the Montana Air National Guard. Joann Gogo spearheaded this year’s project that was sponsored by the Exchange Club of Great Falls, Great Falls Association of Realtors, Thomas Kopp, Suhr Transport, K&K Trucking, Terry Thompson, Blane Sheritt, Rob and

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Great Falls not selected for new C-130 model aircraft; Tester asks Air Force for more information regarding basing decision

The Air Force announced Nov. 24 that the Montana Air National Guard was not among the bases selected to receive new C-130J aircraft to replace the older C-130H models currently being flown by the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard. The Air Force selected bases in Texas, Kentucky and West Virginia and announced Georgia as the preferred

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Air Force delays basing decision for newer model cargo planes

The Air Force has delayed its basing decision on C-130J planes to replace the older models currently in use at some Air National Guard units. The 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard is one of eight bases nationwide on the shortlist for the newer planes. Montana on shortlist to receive new C-130 aircraft The Pentagon did not

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STARBASE offering virtual STEM activities

Since the Montana Air National Guard isn’t offering STARBASE STEM summer camps in person this year, the agency is offering virtual hands-on science, technology and engineering investigations for community children. The activities are for students going into 4th through 7th grade for the 2020-2021 academic year. The registration form is below and be sure to include a mailing address and

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Montana National Guard implements mask policy

The Montana National Guard implemented a policy July 6 requiring a cloth face covering be worn by anyone entering a Montana National Guard facility and by members and employees of the Montana National Guard “to preserve military and disaster response readiness for the people of Montana by preserving the health of our military and disaster response force during the COVID-19

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Commission votes to apply for $10 million federal grant for joint aquatics facility; use park district funds to match

The city’s application for a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense is moving forward for a potential joint indoor aquatics and recreation facility for Great Falls and Malmstrom Air Force Base. City Commissioners voted unanimously during their June 16 meeting to authorize the city manager to submit a proposal to the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program and

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Dickson promoted; Thomas assumes command of 120th Airlift Wing

The 120th Airlift Wing has a new commander. On June 13, the unit held a change of command ceremony and Col. Trace Thomas assumed command from Col. Buel Dickson. Dickson has been promoted to brigadier general and assumed command for the Montana Air National Guard on Saturday in ceremony that followed the change of command. Adjutant General of the Montana

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C-130 flyovers planned for May 6 to thank healthcare workers, first responders

On May 6, C-130s from the Montana Air National Guard will conduct flyovers in 21 Montana cities as a tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in the COVID1-9 response efforts.Two C-130s from the 120th Airlift Wing will fly as part of the Air Force Salutes flyover program with similar events planned throughout the nation, according to the 120th. “The

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