MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE
The base was named in honor of World War II POW Colonel Einar Axel Malmstrom. It is the home of the 341st Missile Wing (341 MW) of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Malmstrom AFB is one of three US Air Force Bases that maintains and operates the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The 341st Missile Wing reports directly to Twentieth Air Force at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, and is a part of the Global Strike Command, headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
The 341st Operations Group is made up of approximately 400 operators, administrators and facility managers. Together, they ensure the day-to-day combat readiness of approximately 133 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles and stand ready to employ the weapons at the direction of the president. The group consists of three missile squadrons, an operations support squadron, and a standardization and evaluation division.
The 10th, 12th and 490th Missile Squadrons are warfighting units comprised of missile operators and facility managers. Each squadron provides highly trained, on alert missile combat crews prepared to employ the world’s most powerful weapon system in support of United States’ strategic objectives. The professional facility managers stationed at each missile alert facility ensure the operations, maintenance and security forces crews who live and work out of their facilities are cared for, prepared and ready to carry out their missions.
The 341st Operations Support Squadron’s current operations, weapons and tactics, codes, host aviation resource management and weather sections are key to accomplishing the group and wing mission. The 341st OSS trains missile crew instructors and support personnel for on-alert duties and provides critical targeting, command and control capability, and coding actions for approximately 133 ICBMs. Additionally, 341st OSS monitors and documents crew force readiness through the HARM office, and keeps base agencies aware of up-to-date weather patterns as an integral part of Team Malmstrom.
The 341st Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation section supports the wing mission by standardizing and evaluating operational procedures and facilities of the missile combat crews and facility managers. This is accomplished through rigorous check-sights, simulator and field evaluations, and meticulous verification of any change to procedure. This section provides critical feedback to the operations group on the effectiveness of combat-ready forces, training and the ability to perform the unit mission. In addition, 341st OGV is the operations technical adviser to wing senior leadership.
There are approximately 3,146 active duty, 3,137 family members, 619 civilian employees, and 800 contractors attached to Malmstrom Air Force Base.
For those flying in, you will arrive at the Great Falls International Airport. If your sponsor is not there to meet you, and it is before 4:30 pm on a week day, contact command post at 406-731-3801 to be put through to your Unit so that they may send someone to pick you up. If it is after 4:30 pm, we recommend you take a taxi to the billeting office on the installation (be sure to get a receipt for reimbursement purposes when filing your travel voucher). For those driving in, the first stop is the main gate. Explain to the security police that you’ve just arrived, and they will provide you with directions to the Malmstrom Inn. Ensure you have current insurance and registration on your vehicle.
The Great Falls International Airport serves the Great Falls area and is approximately 9 miles west of Malmstrom Air Force Base. Taxis or rental cars are readily available at the airport but it is suggested that you have your sponsor transport you to the base. There are no military shuttles from the airport to the base. There is a commercial mass transit bus service in Great Falls, but has limited schedules.
From the Airport, take Interstate 15N to the 10st South Exit. Head East on 10st South to the East side of Great falls and take 57st N about 1 mile to the MAFB gate.
Malmstrom Air Force Base is located on the east side of Great Falls, Montana. Base gates are located at the east end of 2nd Avenue North and 10th Avenue North.
The 2nd Avenue North gate is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gate is closed on weekends and holidays.
The 10th Avenue North gate is open 24/7.
Both gates are accessible from the Highway 87 bypass, alternately River Road and 57th Street, on the east side of Great Falls.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Montana school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before September 10th of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
The Great Falls Public School District is made up of 20 schools, which include two high schools, an alternative high school, two middle schools, and 15 elementary schools.
Great Falls is also home to many private schools, all of which are sponsored by religious organizations.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Cascade County City-County Health Department (406) 454-6950
The mission of the Cascade City-County Health Department and Community Health Care Center is to prevent disease and illness, promote healthy choices and deliver quality health care.
Great Falls Animal Shelter (406) 454-2276
Great Falls Police Department (406) 727-7688
The Great Falls Public Library (406) 453-0349
Base Operator (406) 731-1110
Airman and Family Readiness Center (406) 731-4900
Housing Office (406) 731-3056
Lodging (406) 731-3394
Chapel (406) 731-2417
Child Development Center (406) 731-3394
Malmstrom Public Affairs (406) 731-4050
Commissary (406) 731-3432
Exchange (406) 454-1302
Library (406) 731-4638
Malmstrom Inn and Suites (406) 731-3394
Military Clothing Store (406) 454-1301
Visitor Control Center (406) 731-4489
Malmstrom Museum and Air Park (406) 731-2705
The Malmstrom Air Force Base is located east of Great Falls off of I-87. On-base housing at Malmstrom Air Force Base is available. Visit Malmstrom Family Homes or call (406) 315-2262 for more information.
Contact the Housing Management Office as soon as you know you are moving. The government housing team will provide you the latest information on the local housing situation and offer complete referral services and relocation assistance to make sure you find a quality place to live. Contact the 341st CES/Housing Management Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 406-731-3056/2272.
Also, Malmstrom base housing has a local pet policy for the individuals in the facilities. For more information on the pet policy, click here.
If you choose to live off base, there are many wonderful neighborhoods in the area.
10.1 miles from base
Expo West is a beautiful community with nearby amenities and is located near the high school.
8.2 miles from base
Castle Pines is a family-friendly neighborhood about 20 minutes west of the base with nearby amenities.
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In Great Falls, the summers are short, warm, and mostly clear and the winters are freezing, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 86°F and is rarely below -8°F or above 96°F.
The hot season lasts for 2.7 months, from June 19 to September 9, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 27, with an average high of 86°F and a low of 57°F. The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 17 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 45°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 18°F and high of 35°F.
The wetter season lasts 2.2 months, from May 5 to July 11, with a greater than 20% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 34% on June 3.The drier season lasts 9.8 months, from July 11 to May 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on February 16.
The cost of living in Fort Drum, NY is 3% lower than the New York average and 15% higher than the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Fort Drum, NY are 10% lower than the average for New York and 2% lower than the rest of the country.
Malmstrom Air Force Base is located in Great Falls, Montana. The Malmstrom Museum and Air Park is open all year and is one of the largest military model aircraft displays in the northwest. Great Falls is home to Montana’s Best Coffee Shop, Montana’s Best Irish Pub, Montana’s only live mermaid show, and Montana’s Best Urban Trail System.
Great Falls is also home to several museums and cultural centers, such as the C.M. Russell Museum devoted to the artist known for images of the American West, the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art which shows contemporary work in a landmark Romanesque Revival building, and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center on the Missouri River which has exhibits on the explorers’ route through the adjacent Giant Springs State Park.
Giant Springs was discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and is one of the largest freshwater springs in the country. The springs flow at a rate of 156 million gallons of water per day and the water stays at a temperature of 54 degrees. Take part in the park’s special events, picnic by the Missouri River, visit the fish hatchery and visitor center, walk along the River’s Edge Trail, and view the nearby Rainbow Falls overlook.
Other fun family sites include the Electric City Waterpark with waterslides, a lazy river, a body-board pool, a kids’ play area & snacks, and the Children’s Museum of Montana which is a whimsical, interactive museum for children featuring an array of creative, educational exhibits. There are also several other parks, playgrounds, and outdoor recreational activities to enjoy in the Great Falls area.
For more information about Great Falls, visit https://visitgreatfallsmontana.org/
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