Category Archives: Montana Air National Guard

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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Members of 219th RED HORSE constructing temporary medical facility in Billings

Airmen with the 219th RED HORSE Squadron of the Montana Air National Guard have delivered equipment and supplies to the MetraPark in Billings. The Metra is being use as an alternative care facility to ensure Montana has medical facilities needed to meet the governor’s reopening criteria as part of what’s been dubbed Operation COVID Shield. Trump approves federal funding for

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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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