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Montana National Guard Responds to Government Shutdown

Helena, Mont. – Due to the Federal government shutdown, Soldiers and Airmen of the Montana National Guard will not report to weekend training and 241 Air Guard and 257 Army Guard employees are being furloughed on Jan 22. Certain full time staff and others designated as mission essential will continue to come to work, but may have their pay delayed until the government has reopened.

Already, two Montana Army National Guard units had their weekend training curtailed, and approximately 40 service members scheduled to attend out of state schools had their travel cancelled. Some of the 61 others who were already attending out of state schools have returned home.

Employees can visit the Office of Personnel Management website at OPM.gov for information on when the government has reopened.

“Throughout this process, we will ensure all our service members and their families are cared for,” said Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn, the Adjutant General for Montana. “In addition, I want the people of Montana to know that we remain committed to respond to any request for support to the full extent of our capability.”

The federal shutdown does not impact the state employees of the Montana Veterans Affairs Division, Youth Challenge Academy, STARBASE or Disaster and Emergency Services.

The Montana Army National Guard held a Change of Responsibility ceremony on Dec. 3 as Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Perkio relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Mooney at Fort Harrison, Mont. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Chris Hoffert)

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The Montana Army Aviation Support Facility hosted a deployment ceremony on Oct. 4 for 21 Soldiers of Detachment 1, 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion. Following pre-deployment training at Fort Hood, TX, the Soldiers will provide medical evacuation helicopter support to operations in Southwest Asia. (Photos by Capt. Ryan Finnegan)

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A new Purple Heart Deer Hunt program will allow up to five Purple Heart recipients each year the opportunity to hunt big game on the training area of Fort William Henry Harrison. The available dates for the 2017 hunt are Nov 13-17. Please see the flyer for more information.

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Here's video of the 100th anniversary ceremony for the 163rd, courtesy of Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson.

Soldiers supporting the Rice Ridge Fire held a flag ceremony commemorating the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks at the fire camp. 1st Sgt. Brandon Olson led the formation while Private 1st Class Hector Douglas-Murdock and Cpl. Thyus Olsen held the flag. Thanks to Cpt. Jon Poe for the photos.

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Soldiers of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 163rd Cavalry Regiment are currently on the fire line at the Lolo Peak Fire. Here are some photos courtesy of Cpl. David Dvorshak.

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Col. James F. Barfknecht Memorial Aviation Readiness Center de...

Montana Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 189th General Support Aviation Battalion enjoyed their first drill weekend working in their new state-of-the-art aviation readiness center. Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson has the story.

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1st Lt. Travis Light was promoted to the rank of Captain by Lt. Col. Brian Fillinger on Sept. 9 at the Lolo Peak Fire camp. Light and the rest of the 443rd Signal Company are currently supporting efforts against the fire. Congrats Captain Light! (Photos by Capt. Hope Kincheloe)

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Soldiers of the Montana National Guard's Task Force Bitteroot are staffing security checkpoints around the Lolo Peak Fire. (Thanks to Capt. Parker Taylor and 2nd Lt. Erin Buyse for the photos.)

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The 1st Battalion, 163rd Cavalry Regiment will commemorate its 100-year anniversary with a Battalion Pass-in-Review parade on Saturday, September 9th at 3 p.m. at the Fort William Henry Harrison parade field. The public is invited to attend!

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On Tuesday, 25 Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1063rd Support Maintenance Company were activated to support the Meyers Fire, located 25 miles southwest of Philipsburg, Mont. The unit is based in Dillon, Mont.

The Soldiers are scheduled to arrive at the fire on Wednesday morning, and will staff five security checkpoints around the fire area to free law enforcement personnel for other duties.

As of Wednesday, 222 Montana National Guard personnel will be supporting fire operations around the state.

Governor Steve Bullock has declared a fire emergency for Montana, which authorizes Montana National Guard support to wildfire efforts as needed.

Potential further deployments of helicopter and ground support are being examined.

Brig. Gen. Robert Sparing, the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, represented the Montana National Guard at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Miles Community College Workforce Readiness Center in Miles City, Mont. on Aug 21. The building, the former Miles City Armory, stationed Montana National Guard units for 59 years until it was sold to the Community College in 2016. The new facility houses simulators that allow students to practice operating construction equipment and other commercial vehicles. (Photos by Capt. Ryan Finnegan)

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On Friday, 155 Soldiers of Bravo Company, 1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion and the 631st Chemical Company were activated to support the Lolo Peak Fire, 10 miles southwest of Lolo, Mont. Both units are based in Missoula, Mont.

The Soldiers are scheduled to arrive at the fire on Saturday, and will staff 35 security checkpoints around the fire area to free law enforcement personnel for other duties.

This new activation begins as two Montana National Guard helicopters continue to combat the Meyers Fire near Philipsburg, Mont. and another helicopter is operating on fires near Kalispell, Mont. A fourth helicopter will arrive in Missoula starting Monday to begin fire operations there.

Governor Steve Bullock has declared a fire emergency for Montana, which authorizes Montana National Guard support to wildfire efforts as needed.

Potential further deployments of helicopter and ground support are being examined.

Officer Candidate School Class 60 held a graduation ceremony on Aug. 6 at the Helena Armed Forces Center Auditorium as four new officers were commissioned in to the Montana National Guard. (Photos by Spc. Michael Hunnisett)

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Paratroopers of the Montana and Utah National Guard conducted airborne training at the Marshall Drop Zone, Fort Harrison, Mont. on July 28. (Photos by Capt. Ryan Finnegan)

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