The state of Montana has a strong military history despite its lack of military presence today. The military community in Montana centers around its 14,000 soldiers and airmen that serve in the Army National Guard and Air National Guard.The state is now home to one military installation:

  • Malmstrom Air Force Base

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Malmstrom Air Force Base

Located in Great Falls, this base has a history dating back to World War II when the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce lobbied for a military base in the area. It was initially chosen as a training ground for heavy bombers like the B-17 Flying Fortress, but during the Cold War it shifted focus to air defense against potential Soviet attacks. The base was renamed in 1954 to honor Colonel Einar Axel Malmstrom, a WWII POW who died in a plane crash near the base.

For more information, please see the base website: Malmstrom Air Force Base

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