KFBB: Great Falls Reacts to Nuclear Missile Decision

Malmstrom is one of three air force bases that maintains and operates the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The base got a boost after President Obama decided to keep of the nation’s 450 operationally deployed ICBMs throught at least 2012, including the 150 operated by Malmstrom. Today area leaders and citizens reacted to this decision.

About 3,300 active duty and more than 700 civilians, make-up the 341st Missile Wing, headquarterd at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The mission is to defend America with combat-ready airmen and nuclear forces. Now, the ICBM force will reamian at its current level.

“it’s the right decision for Great falls and North Central America,” said Senator Jon Tester. “But more importantly it’s the right call for America.”

President Obama’s decision to not remove any nuclear missiles is part of the Nuclear Posture Review, a regular assesment of our nation’s nuclear weaponry.

“About 40% of the Great Falls economy is related to Malmstrom,” said Steve Grooms of the Military Affairs Committee.

Others in Great Falls reacted to the President’s decision.

“I think it’s great,” said Lucille Johnson of Great Falls. “It has helped Great Falls and i hope they stay.”

“I don’t think we need them,” said Chris McWilliams of Great Falls.

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