GREAT FALLS – Great Falls civic leaders met on Thursday afternoon for Montana Defense Alliance’s annual luncheon.
Montana Defense Alliance chair David Weissman says this is one way they can update its members and civic leaders about what has been happening this past year.
“It has been a big year. We are always active as everyone knows,” Weissman said.
In the past year, the MDA has worked with Montana’s Congressional delegation on replacement helicopters at Malmstrom Air Force Base.
They are also working on finding solutions to possible encroachment issues near the base.
And they have been working with the Montana Air National Guard on getting more ramp space.
Weissman says the organization is a key component to helping sustain the military in Montana.
“It is really great because it is the piece of what is going on in the community, on the ground. The relationships that are built and the information that we can pass and work with the delegation on, when they are out in dc doing the work to secure our missions and gain future missions, they have really great knowledge on what we are actually experiencing here locally,” Weissman said.
Weissman says one of the group’s biggest projects is the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, which is the the next generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Reporting by Margaret DeMarco for MTN News