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Montana stands to gain from VA's nationwide effort to recruit medical professionals

Montana stands to gain from VA's nationwide effort to recruit medical professionals

Newly named Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has wasted no time outlining a national recruitment effort to bring needed medical professionals into the VA, which could benefit the VA Montana Health Care System.

September 04, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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War College to make final decision on Sen. Walsh

War College to make final decision on Sen. Walsh

HELENA — The U.S. Army War College will have the final say over whether any punishment is warranted in a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.

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U.S. Forest Service plans meetings on Black Hills rare-earth mine

The rare-earth industry may be one step closer to reality in Wyoming.

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Calling suicide among veterans a crisis, Sen. Walsh proposes reforms

Calling suicide among veterans a crisis, Sen. Walsh proposes reforms

Calling the high suicide rate among America’s combat veterans unacceptable, U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., on Wednesday laid out a plan to deal with the crisis.

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Schweitzer defends Walsh, says he discarded Army report

Schweitzer defends Walsh, says he discarded Army report

HELENA — As governor, Brian Schweitzer said Monday he threw away the 2010 U.S. Army inspector general’s report concluding that Adj. Gen. and now Lt. Gov. John Walsh had improperly used his position in the Montana National Guard for personal gain.

December 30, 2013 7:35 pm Related

Senators ask DOD to delay nuclear missile study

GREAT FALLS — Montana's U.S. senators have joined six others in asking the Defense Department to hold off on an environmental assessment on Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile silos.

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Gazette opinion: Justice for military sexual assault survivors

More than 19,000 U.S. military men and women were sexually assaulted in 2011, according to Department of Defense estimates. But only a small fraction of those attacks were reported, and only 8 percent of cases reported went to trial. Fewer than 200 attackers were convicted.

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Federal govt. restarts with service backlog in Montana

The wheels of government are grinding again — slowly.

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Bullock pays surprise visit to National Guard troops in Middle East

Bullock pays surprise visit to National Guard troops in Middle East

HELENA — Montana National Guard troops stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan had a surprise visit this week from their commander, Gov. Steve Bullock.

July 24, 2013 8:35 am Photos

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Forest Service additions to aerial firefighting fleet remain uncertified

Forest Service additions to aerial firefighting fleet remain uncertified

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service won’t cut any funds from its retardant-bombing fleet this fire season, but it will enter the fray with a lot of planes that aren’t certified to fight wildfires.

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Baucus, Tester: Cut funding to Singapore company

Baucus, Tester: Cut funding to Singapore company

HELENA — Montana's U.S. senators are proposing to block a Singapore technology company's funding until the FBI has seen all the evidence in the death of one of its U.S. employees.

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Defense officials: 'Sequester' would cost Wyoming millions

CASPER, Wyo. — F.E. Warren Air Force Base officials say more than 700 civilian base workers will each lose about $8,000 in pay every year if across-the-board federal budget cuts take effect on March 1.

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Military considers joining firefighting sooner

Military considers joining firefighting sooner

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday.

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Department of Defense language program flourishes at UM

MISSOULA — A program contracted by the Department of Defense at the University of Montana has emerged as one of the top programs of its kind in the country, immersing U.S. troops and diplomats in critical languages and cultures where American interests are at stake.

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Remains of soldier, missing 62 years in North Korea, coming home to Stevensville

MISSOULA --  The remains of a soldier who went missing 62 years ago in North Korea were identified recently and will be returned to his Stevensville family for burial this weekend.

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Wyoming soldier among victims ID'd in Afghanistan suicide attack

Wyoming soldier among victims ID'd in Afghanistan suicide attack

CASPER, Wyo. — A 24-year Army veteran from Laramie died Wednesday in Afghanistan from wounds he received in a suicide bomb attack, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

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Rehberg warns that defense cuts will hurt

GREAT FALLS - U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg warned at a Monday town hall meeting that pending defense cuts would hurt the Great Falls economy - and erode the nation's ability to defend itself.

July 16, 2012 12:56 pmLoading…
Wool promoted as combat ready

Wool promoted as combat ready

BOZEMAN — They sampled the wool swatches like gal pals at a home lingerie party, these military reps from the U.S. Special Operations and Marine Corps, testing the satin-like fabric on their finger tips, pulling against its elasticity, then delicately stroking it against their cheeks for softness.

July 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Montanans will benefit from Defense Department energy initiatives

This week as we celebrate Independence Day it's appropriate for Americans to rally around the goal of energy independence from foreign oil.

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Department of Defense agrees to halt plane transfers, for now

Department of Defense agrees to halt plane transfers, for now

HELENA — The Department of Defense is telling U.S. Senate leaders that it will stop scheduled Air Force transfers of aircraft until Congress finalizes 2013 budget plans later this year, which could also further prevent those transfers.

June 22, 2012 5:01 pmLoading…

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