Department of Military Affairs

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Montana Air National Guard

The Air National Guard's federal mission is to maintain well-trained, well-equipped units available for prompt mobilization during war and provide assistance during national emergencies (such as natural disasters or civil disturbances). During peacetime, the combat-ready units and support units are assigned to most Air Force major commands to carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency operations such as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Air National Guard units may be activated in a number of ways as prescribed by public law. Most of the laws may be found in Title 10 of the U.S. Code.

The Air National Guard provides almost half of the Air Force's tactical airlift support, combat communications functions, aeromedical evacuations and aerial refueling. In addition, the Air National Guard has total responsibility for air defense of the entire United States.

When Air National Guard units are not mobilized or under federal control, they report to the governor of their respective state, territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) or the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard. Each of the 54 National Guard organizations is supervised by the adjutant general of the state or territory. Under state law, the Air National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operations.

Assistant Adjutant General
Brigadier General
Buel J. Dickson
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Brig. Gen. Buel J. Dickson is Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Montana National Guard, Fort Harrison, Montana and also serves as Commander of the Montana Air National Guard. He is responsible for the leadership, professional development, and senior-level management of the 1,000 personnel assigned to the120th Airlift Wing, the 219th REDHORSE Squadron, and the Montana Air National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. General Dickson is the Senior Air National Guard Officer in Montana and serves as the principal advisor to both the Governor and the Adjutant General of Montana on matters pertaining to the Montana Air National Guard. As Commander, he is responsible for providing mission-ready forces to support national defense requirements worldwide, and emergency response, relief, and recovery operations throughout Montana.

Chief of Staff
Brigadier General
Thomas H. Mora
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Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Mora is the Chief of Staff for the Montana Air National Guard, Helena, Montana. His primary role is to provide support to The Adjutant General’s strategic objectives for the Montana Air National Guard, support command and control for 1,020 Airmen, and manage joint staff programs to ensure professional development, execution, compliance, and evaluation of programs and policies. Provides oversight and for readiness, mission execution, and policies for the 120 Airlift Wing, the 219th Red Horse Squadron, and the Montana Joint Force Headquarters. General Mora serves as the principle advisor to the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Director of the Joint Staff, and Adjutant General. As Chief of Staff, he is responsible for overseeing mission-ready forces to support national defense requirements and emergency response, relief, and recovery operations. He also serves as senior WIT Team Leader for MTANG Compliance; he is a member of the regional Strategic Planning System, regional Joint Diversity and Inclusion, Chair of the Montana Army Unidentified Explosive Ordnance Board, State Sexual Assault Case Management Council, and Montana Air National Guard Strength Management Recruiting and Retention Senior Officer. He assumed this position in August 2022.