I’ve been traveling the last few days and hadn’t had a chance to comment on some of the stories in the news. But I am back now and ready to offer some commentary.
First up are a couple of defense stories I read:
According to a recent story in the Great Falls Tribune, local and Federal officials who follow Malmstrom AFB apparently believe they will only lose a few missiles under the new START Treaty. Supposedly, each of the three missile bases will lose 10 missiles. Supposedly.
Of course, Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus are taking credit for Malmstrom only losing a few missiles, which have not been removed, yet. I guess we should give them credit for that and for allowing the DoD to take the 50 missiles in 2007 (and about 500 jobs). So, good job guys!
The other story that caught my attention was the Montana Air National Guard becoming “operation capable” with their F-15s. I love to hear the F-15s flying overhead (day or night), although our delegation does not seem to want to open up the Montana skies for training.
Congratulations to the members of the Montana Air National Guard, their leadership, former Senator Conrad Burns and others who made this day possible.
But, the most important part of the story was about the plans of the National Guard Bureau to “shift Montana’s F-15 planes to a California Air National Guard unit as early as October 2011.”
Will our “powerful” senators be able to stop it?