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  • 40th HS, search and rescue

    Nine thousand feet above sea level, a UH-1N Iroquois Huey hovers over the side of a steep mountain in Montana as Capt. James Richardson, 40th Helicopter Squadron pilot, and Staff Sgt. Eric McElroy, 40th HS flight engineer, use a grease pencil to mark locations on a large folded map.The mission that day was a search and rescue, also known as a SAR,
  • Malmstrom welcomes new school liaison officer

    A new school liaison officer with the 341st Force Support Squadron was recently appointed at Malmstrom Aug. 8. The SLO works as the point of contact between the local community schools and military children who attend the schools.Leisa Drain also works as the exceptional family member program family support coordinator for the base.“One of my goals
  • Meet the new medical group commander

    Born and raised on a 500-acre family farm in southern Illinois, also known as the Land of Lincoln, Col. Craig Forcum, 341st Medical Group commander, has finally arrived to his dream state after chasing it for nearly 25 years.“I’ve been trying to get to Montana since I was in (graduate) school,” Forcum said. “I’ve always wanted to move Northwest and
  • The heart of the operation: missile alert facility manager

    A missile alert facility manager is a special duty not many people know about.“I found many people do not know what the job as an FM entails,” said Staff Sgt. Tara Kindermann, 490th Missile Squadron facility manager. “There is not an official technical school for the job, so we are trained on-the-job for three tours with another FM.”The job of an
  • Meet the new operations group commander

    Born in Arizona, Col. Anita Feugate Opperman, 341st Operations Group commander, calls Hawaii home, but for the next few years Malmstrom will be home.Feugate Opperman arrived at Malmstrom June 20, and took command of the 341st OG June 24. “As the group commander, my goal is to continue to build on the changes that have already been made in the
  • Surviving life’s toughest challenge

    Capt. Brittany Rhanes, 341st Operations Support Squadron intercontinental ballistic missile emergency war order planner, was diagnosed with vulvar cancer Feb. 17. According to cancer.org, vulvar cancer is a form of gynecologic cancer affecting 0.6 percent of all cancers in women, and less than 20 percent of the cases are women younger than age 50
  • Malmstrom lodge provides down-home atmosphere

    The lobby, halls and suites depict a Montana lifestyle. Whether it’s agriculture with a John Deere-themed suite, or history with Lewis and Clark paintings and books all throughout another, the Malmstrom Inn celebrates everything that is Big Sky Country.With 83 rooms on the premises ranging from temporary lodging for Department of Defense families
  • Dietary supplements, fact vs. fiction

    The supplement business is a multi-billion dollar industry that is not currently regulated like conventional food and drug products by the Food and Drug Administration.Thirty-seven percent of Air Force personnel are currently using supplements as part of a daily morning routine or as part of a workout plan, according to Air Force Medical Operations
  • Fitness center provides virtual workout

     If one wants to lose weight and get fit but easily gets intimidated by avid fitness enthusiasts, the Malmstrom Fitness and Sports Center has the right amenity for you. Fitness on Demand, a virtual group fitness computer kiosk, provides a diverse array of workout programs.  Whether it’s cardio exercises to improve heart rate or kinetic exercises to
  • A piece of history: Berlin Airlift C-54 flies historic Malmstrom route

    A C-54E Skymaster named “Spirit of Freedom” sits on the tarmac at the Great Falls International Airport, Sept. 9, 2016. The Spirit of Freedom is a flying museum being flown all over the country by members of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation to help raise awareness of the Berlin Airlift. The airlift was a mission that saved nearly 2.4 million Germans from the Soviet-controlled East Berlin in the late 1940s and this is one of the only flight-worthy C-54s remaining in the world.