In 2021, Montana launched the Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation to recognize deserving veterans, veterans who have made a positive impact on their community. If you know of a worthy veteran, please go to recognizeveterans.mt.gov and nominate a veteran who has made a difference in our community. Thirty-one veterans received the award in 2021 and 51 received the award in 2020. The deadline to submit nominations is October 21, 2023. The list of recipients will be released on Veterans Day and recognized and honored in the new year.
This week we salute, Earl Mortensen. Earl served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1968. In 1968, he was deployed to Vietnam. Earl went to basic training in San Antonio, TX and to Tech school in Amarillo, TX. His occupational specialty was Clerk. During his Vietnam tour, he was assigned to the 834th Air Division. He worked in the air lift control center. The mission of the 834th Air Division was airlifting duties for the 7th Air Force in support of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV). The Division established and operated air terminals throughout Vietnam and maintained an Airlift Control Center (ALCDC) to direct and monitor SE Asia Airlift systems. All cargo flights for the U.S. Air Force went through his unit in Southeast Asia. Earl is a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He has been a Rosebud county resident for 76 years.
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