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Malmstrom AFB, MT

Malmstrom AFB, MT 59402  |  Base Operator: DSN: 632-1110, (406) 731-1110

Malmstrom AFB: Overview

Because of the United States Lend-Lease Program furnishing the Soviet Union with aircraft and supplies that were required to fight the German Army, the establishment of Malstrom Air Force Base took place, providing an air route between Great Falls and Alaska.  Malmstrom AFB is one of three United States Air Force bases that maintains and operates the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The 341st Missile Wing (341 MW) of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFSPC) is housed at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

This base was renamed honoring Colonel Einar Axel Malmstrom in October, 1955.  During World War II, Colonel Malmstrom was shot down performing his 58th combat fighter mission and after his rescue, was assigned the position of United States Commander of the Luftwaffe Stalag Luft 1 South Compound at Barth, Germany.  In August of 1954, he died in the crash of his T-33 Shooting Star trainer near Great Falls, Montana.

Malmstrom AFB: Education

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Malmstrom AFB: Location

Malstrom Air Force Base is located six miles east of Great Falls, Montana.  Other communities in the area include Helena, MT, Lewistown, MT, Havre, MT, Butte, MT, Belgrade, MT, Anaconda, MT, Bozeman, MT, Livingston, MT, Missoula, MT, Polson, MT, Orchard Homes, MT, Kalispell, MT, Raymond, Canada, Cardston, Canada, Magrath, Canada with the heart of each city being approximately 152 miles from Great Falls, Montana.

Malmstrom AFB: Interesting Facts

  • During a visit in May 2007, to Malmstrom AFB of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerial demonstration squadron, the Snowbird 2 aircraft suffered a lap belt failure while practicing which resulted in the pilot being killed.
  • Malmstrom has been utilized as the site of an experimental coal to synthetic fuel plant for possible use in United States Air Force aircraft.
  • President Bush removed all Minuteman II missiles, bombers and tankers, from alert status in September of 1991. A new program called Rivet Add was launched which tailored Minuteman II facilities to house the newer Minuteman III.
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