The MONTANA flag flying proudly over the 495th CSSB Headquarters-Afghanistan
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)
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)
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.
Here's video of the 100th anniversary ceremony for the 163rd, courtesy of Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson.