USS MONTANA Commander and Crew in Montana March 11-17 (posted 2/28/24)

Public events are planned in Kalispell, Butte and Missoula during what is likely to be the last small group visit by USS MONTANA crew to the Treasure State before SSN 794 moves to its home port of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Over the years of the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine’s construction, testing, commissioning, and training, crew members have visited communities, Indian reservations, farms, ranches and businesses and our scenic wonders throughout Big Sky Country. As they’ve done so, they have learned about Montana history, culture, diversity, economy, beauty and values – including courage – that they will carry with them in the future as they patrol and conduct missions in potentially dangerous waters.

Crew members of the future USS MONTANA in Kalispell July 4, 2019

While crew members will periodically return to different parts of Montana from Hawaii after their first Pacific Fleet deployments and missions, please join us at one of the coming events in mid-March to honor them! You’ll be able to visit with Commanding Officer Jon Quimby, or MONTANA’s 2023 Sailor of the Year, Machinist Mate Nuclear Nathaniel Fisher. And others. You’ll hear and be able to ask questions about mission training the crew has been doing, how the submarine and crew have been recognized as among the best, and much more.

Public events scheduled are:

Tuesday, March 12, in Kalispell
Public no-charge reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.
Kalispell VFW Post 2252
330 First Avenue West
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Sponsored and hosted by the Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce, Glacier Bank, Kalispell VFW Post 2252, and the USS Montana Committee.

Wednesday, March 13 in Butte
Public no-charge reception with finger pasties among the hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar.
American Legion Silver Bow Post 1
3201 Wynne Street
5:30 -7:00 PM

Sponsored and hosted by American Legion Silver Bow Post 1, the Silver Bow County Veterans Council, the U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) Montana Base, and the USS Montana Committee.

Saturday, March 16, in Missoula
Public reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. $40 charge with reservations required at USS Montana Crew Reception ( . This event will have a special USS MONTANA video presentation.
DoubleTree Edgewater Hotel
100 Madison Street, Missoula
5:30 – 8:30 PM

Sponsored and hosted by the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Missoula Partnership, Destination Missoula, Missoula Economic Partnership, Missoula County, Army ROTC and the University of Montana, the Western Montana Military Officers Association, and the USS Montana Committee.

We hope you can join us!