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Malmstrom Air Force Base

Malmstrom Air Force Base mälm´strəm, mălm´– [key], U.S. military installation, 3,573 acres (1,446 hectares), W central Mont., E of Great Falls est. 1942. During World War II, it was the takeoff point for Soviet-bound lend-lease materiel after the war it was a training base for crews in the Berlin Airlift. The now-dissolved Strategic Air Command (SAC) assumed command in 1954 SAC's first Minuteman missile wing was established there in 1961. The missile complex adjoining the base is one of the largest in the world.

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