Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Kyle Wilson of Richland County and Anthony Byms of Sanders County

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized Kyle Wilson of Richland County and Anthony Byms of Sanders County for their commitment and dedication of service to this country.


Kyle Wilson and Anthony Byrns


Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: HERE.

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:


Mr. DAINES, Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing two outstanding Montanan men. Kyle Wilson of Richland County and Anthony Byrns of Sanders County for their dedicated service to this country. 

Kyle Wilson was born and raised in Sidney, Montana. A lifelong Montanan who graduated from Sidney High School in 2011. Kyle, dedicated his life to public service, by joining the United States Navy. Hard working and disciplined are a few of the words used to describe those who join the armed forces, and Kyle is the epitome of a hard-working seaman.

Anthony Byrns, another Montana Native, from Hot Springs truly grew up knowing the meaning of small town. Following the footsteps of many in his family, Anthony joined the United States Navy directly following his graduation from Hot Springs High School in 2015. Anthony has been a dedicated leader, taking initiative of the opportunities set before him. Proud of his small-town heritage, he is honored to represent Montanans.

Kyle Wilson and Anthony Byrns are a part of just 1% of the Navy who were chosen to be in the Navy Ceremonial Guard. Upon selection they both went through Ceremonial Guard School, an eight-week program where they learn the protocol for important military ceremonies such as funerals. With the passing the late President H.W. Bush, both Wilson and Byrns were selected to carry his casket during the state ceremony, an honor of a life time. 

I commend both Kyle and Anthony for their diligent service to this country and congratulate them for representing Montana with honor and pride. I look forward to seeing their future success as they continue to make all Montanans proud.