Tag: Malmstrom Air Force Base

Daines Announces Malmstrom to Receive Grey Wolf Helicopter Upgrade in March

Long-awaited Move Follows Years of Advocacy by Daines U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Malmstrom Air Force Base will receive the MH-139 “Grey Wolf” helicopter upgrade replacing the Vietnam-era UH-1N “Huey’s” in March. Malmstrom will be the first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) base in the country to receive this critical upgrade. The news follows Daines’ direct request and extensive work since 2020 to secure the upgraded helicopters for Montana. “Montana has the best airmen and facilities in the country and the Grey Wolf will be right at home at Malmstrom. I was proud to start advocating for the replacement of

Daines Helps Introduce Bill to Support Mission at Malmstrom, Promote U.S. Nuclear Deterrence

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined his colleagues in introducing a bill to strengthen and solidify the Sentinel program at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, which is vital to U.S. nuclear deterrence. The bill would provide multiyear procurement authority for LGM-35A Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missiles, help to stabilize key supply chains and increase program efficiency. “This legislation is a win for Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana’s airmen and our national security. With the upcoming retirement of the Minuteman III and a new generation of GBSD it’s important to ensure the Sentinel program has sufficient authorities for proper and timely

Daines Leads Letter with Zinke, Rosendale to Demand Answers on Possible DOD Sponsored Drag Queen Story Hours for Montana Children

U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senator Steve Daines led a letter to Pentagon leadership today with Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT-01) and Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) demanding answers from the Biden administration on the “Drag Story Time” that took place at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. Dear Secretary Austin and Chairman Milley, We write today regarding reports of a “Drag Story Time” for children held on June 30, 2021, at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. If true, this event is yet another example of the Biden administration’s obsession with prioritizing a woke agenda at the expense of

Daines Announces UH-1N Helicopter Replacement Decision

U.S. SENATE — Following a meeting with U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the Air Force will be going with the slowest proposed route to replace the Vietnam-era UH-1Ns that provide security for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The Air Force had the option to utilize existing contracts for Blackhawk helicopters and secure the ICBMs up to two years faster, or enter into a normal acquisition process.  “We have an obligation to secure our nuclear weapons at Malmstrom,” Daines stated. “Right now, our world’s most powerful weapons are sitting unsecured in

Daines Calls on Air Force to Decide on UH-1N Helicopter Replacement

Leads Eight Senators in Letter to Air Force Secretary  U.S. SENATE —Senator Steve Daines today led eight Senators in calling on the Air Force to expedite their decision on the course of action to replace Vietnam–era UH-1N helicopters that provide security for our nuclear weapons.  Daines letter was signed by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Deb Fischer (R-NE).  In a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James, the Senators press the Air Force to decide between a sole source acquisition process

Daines Fights to Ensure Readiness of Montana Military Missions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today called on the U.S. Air Force to prioritize the readiness of Montana’s military missions by ensuring the modernization of aircraft at Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base. During this morning’s Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the proposed FY 2017 U.S. Air Force budget, Daines pressed Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh about the Air Force’s plan to ensure top security for the transport of nuclear weapons by replacing Vietnam-era Huey helicopters.  “Malmstrom Air Force Base is currently using Vietnam-era Huey helicopters to provide security for the