Daines Pushes for B-47 Ridge Naming in Honor of Fallen Servicemen

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged lawmakers for swift passage of the B-47 Ridge Designation Act in a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing. Daines introduced the bipartisan bill that names the ridge after four servicemen who lost their lives in February.

 B-47 Hearing

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“That is why I introduced the bipartisan B-47 Ridge Designation Act to tell the story of these brave men and to make sure the sacrifice is not forgotten,” Daines said. “So their families, friends and visitors to this ridge will see what happened that day. After over half a century, it is time that these men are memorialized for their service.  

Daines’ efforts and the bill have received significant support from the local community, families and stakeholders.

At the hearing, Daines highlighted the four men who lost their lives that day. Click HERE to download the poster.


On July 23, 1962, a B-47 Bomber originating from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas carrying four men on a routine training mission crashed into the southwestern slope of Emigrant Peak, killing all on board. Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Lloyd Sawyers, Lt. David Sutton, and Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh all tragically lost their lives serving our country.

On February 2nd, 2019, Daines, Tester and Gianforte reintroduced the B-47 Ridge Designation Act.

On June 8th, 2018, Daines, Tester and Gianforte first introduced the B–47 Ridge Designation Act.