Governor Brian Schweitzer the Commander in Chief of the Montana Air National Guard today congratulated and thanked the Montana Air National Guard as they celebrate 65 years of service to the State of Montana and the Nation this weekend.
For the past 65 years, over 7,000 Montana citizens have worn the uniform of the Montana Air National Guard. These men and women have served their state and nation with professionalism, honor and pride. Always ready to serve when called, the Montana Air National Guard has protected the citizens of Montana in every major conflict our nation has engaged in, while answering the call within the state to emergencies and natural disasters.
"The Montana National Guard built its history on solid Montana values, an unmatched work ethic and most importantly the sense of duty and honor Montanans expect from our military members," said Governor Brian Schweitzer. "In my role as Commander in Chief of the Montana Air National Guard, I want to ensure that our citizen Airmen always have a valid mission and the best equipment to support their federal and state missions. I continue to urge the Department of Defense as they consider a future mission of the 120th Fighter Wing, to look back at their proven track record of mission success and unit excellence. The Montana Air National Guard is one of our best and most valued treasures in the Treasure State"
In keeping with the standard of excellence demonstrated by the previous generations of Montana Airmen, each unit within the Montana Air National Guard received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award in 2012. With less than 10 percent of the Air National Guard units receiving this level of recognition, this is testament to the quality of the unit.
The Montana Air National Guard is celebrating 65 years of service to Montana and the Nation this weekend.