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Montana Air National Guard Armament Systems Specialists Staff Sgt. Carl Valvoda and Tech. Sgt. Mike Geske secure a Mk-82 general purpose bomb during a deployment to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea July 5, 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Becky Nelson) A life-changing diagnosis
Retired Staff Sgt. Carl Valvoda has been a part of multiple changes throughout his short career in the Montana Air National Guard. He witnessed the fighter aircraft conversion from the F-16 Falcon to the F-15 Eagle and also the beginning of the conversion to the C-130 Hercules airlift mission.The challenges faced by changes in aircraft and missions
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Teen Day Celebrates Local Area Youth
Communities across the nation are stepping up their efforts to discourage the use of illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol and involve their teenaged youth in positive activities. In Cascade County, the non-profit Alliance for Youth hosts an annual Teen Day to celebrate area teens. This year, the Montana National Guard joined forces with other
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2009
Default Air Force Logo F-15 Weapons Crews Certified to Lock and Load
As the 120th Fighter Wing finishes its transition from the F-16 Falcon to the F-15 Eagle, many sections have had to undergo upgrade training for the new aircraft.  In January, Airmen from the Weapons Shop Load Standardization  Crew (LSC) finished their certification and showcased it by providing fellow Airmen and wing personnel a weapons load
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Fabrication Builds the Right Tool for the Right Job
The 120th Fighter Wing's aircraft conversion to the F-15 is well on schedule, as pilots continue with flight training and mechanics learn to maintain the new aircraft systems.      A change to a new aircraft platform can present many challenges to the aircraft maintenance personnel that had become proficient working with the unit's previous
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2009
Default Air Force Logo The Honor Guard-Service Before Self
The interwoven thread that binds the thirty active members of the 120th Fighter Wing's Base Honor Guard, is service before self, and a love for our flag.      The Montana Air National Guard participates in parades, funerals and also presents Operation Patriotism ceremonies. "The program began in 1974," explained Master Sgt. Dawn Paul Charron. "It
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2009
Default Air Force Logo The 120th Services Flight...Mmm, Mmm, Great!
When it comes to services, the 120th Services Flight has raised the bar for the entire Air National Guard.      "It really is fun to attend drill," said Staff Sgt. Crystal Hoffman, an eleven-year member of the unit. As head baker and unit career advisor she gets to mentor the new arrivals.  "We have developed a great team, and also it is an
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2009
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