Category Archives: Montana Air National Guard

73 Guardsmen activated to COVID-19 response efforts in Montana

Seventy three Montana Army and Air National Guard men and women have been activated for state active duty by Gov. Steve Bullock in response to COVID-19. Guardsmen will be used in 11 cities and 17 locations within those cities around the state beginning duties April 3, according to a release from the Montana National Guard. March 31 updates: 9th case assigned

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Montana on shortlist to receive new C-130 aircraft

The 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard has made the shortlist to receive C-130J model aircraft to replace the current older C-130H models. Funding for the C-130Js has been a point of contention for Montana’s congressional delegation and the National Guard as the Trump administration has reprogrammed $196 million of that funding for construction of the border

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Malmstrom, 120th Airlift Wing update city on construction projects, operations

Malmstrom Air Force Base is slated to receive two to four MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters in April 2021. Col. Jennifer Reeves, commander of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom, told City Commissioners during their Jan. 21 work session that the base would receive the first of the operational helicopters. Grey Wolf is name given to helicopter that will replace Hueys

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120th Airlift Wing airmen return from 4-month deployment

About 100 airmen from the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard returned home this week from deployment. About 130 airmen left in June, some came back after about two months and about 100 spent four-months in Kuwait. Some were deployed for five months. The airmen, and four C-130 aircraft, were deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield

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Airmen, aircraft operating out of Kuwait

The C-130s deployed from the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard arrived at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait and joined aircraft from the Connecticut Air National Guard to replace units from Rhode Island and California. U.S. Air Force Capt. John Pulaski, 386th Expeditionary Operations Group C-130 pilot deployed from the 120th out of Great Falls said

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120th airmen, aircraft deploy in support of Operation Spartan Shield

Members of the 120th Airlift Wing of the Montana Air National Guard have begun a four-month deployment to southwest Asia in support of Operation Spartan Shield. About 130 airmen and four of the wing’s C-130s department last week and are assigned to the 385th Air Expeditionary Wing, the aircrew, aircraft maintainers and additional personnel will provide airlift and airdrop support to

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Montana projects on list of potential funding sources for border wall; but might not be affected under Pentagon criteria

Sen. Jon Tester has “slammed” a Trump Administration proposal for border wall funding that could impact military construction projects in Montana. Earlier this week, the Pentagon released a document that includes a list of U.S. military construction projects that the White House could redirect funds from to build a border wall. The $14.6 million missile maintenance facility at Malmstrom Air

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Bullock re-appointed to Council of Governors

Gov. Steve Bullock was re-appointed Feb. 21 by President Trump to the Council of Governors for a two-year term, according to White House release. Gov. David Ige of Hawaii and Gov. Asa Hutchison of Arkansas were appointed as the designated co-chairs. Other appointees include: Gov. Douglas A. Ducey of Arizona Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio Gov. Edward Miner Lamont, Jr.,

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Montana Air National Guard continues holiday dinner tradition

Holiday traditions for many members of the Montana Air National Guard includes cooking for the Danny Berg Memorial Christmas Dinner. Every Christmas Eve for 17 years, the 120th Airlift Wing’s dining facility has been taken over to prepare turkey, gravy and stuffing for the dinner that is served on Christmas at the Great Falls senior center. Senior Master Sgt. William

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Great Falls airman competes in The Rock’s new Titan Games

Four years ago, Matt Cable was fighting leukemia, complete organ failure and was deathly ill. Now he’s competing in the Titan Games, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new fitness competition that premiers Jan. 3 on NBC. Shortly after the show premiers, he leaves for a 7-month deployment with the 120th Security Forces Group. The 28-year-old played a number of sports growing

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