- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Air National Guard 120th Airlift Wing has a new commander.

Col. Lee Smith is active duty Air Force and will be a dual-status commander.

It’s the first time a unit has had a dual-status commander in the history of Air Mobility Command, the parent command for the 120th.

A dual-status commander serves in federal and state status simultaneously, and the dual status must be approved by the secretary of defense and the governor.

Earlier this month, outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed off on Smith’s assignment.

The Great Falls Tribune reports (https://gftrib.com/1zUQLE5 ) that Smith will assume command during a ceremony scheduled for March 7.

Smith is currently the vice commander of the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein, Germany.

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