Montana’s U.S. senators seek answers about Malmstrom missileers and cancer

Phil Drake

Following recent reporting on the high incidence of cancer among Missileers who served at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Cascade County, Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is demanding answers and urging senior leaders at the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to take immediate action to ensure every potentially impacted veteran or servicemember is identified and receives an appropriate health assessment.

Montana’s U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester sent letters this week to the Department of Defense and other top officials, asking for more information regarding recent reports of some former missileers who at one time served at Malmstrom Air Force Base being diagnosed with blood cancer.

Daines, a Montana Republican, and Tester, a Democrat, each wrote letters to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Tester included Denis McDonough, secretary of veterans affairs, in his letter.

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.


Both said they were writing because of the reports on the increased likelihood of cancer for missileers at Malmstrom.

“Given the reported timeframe of potentially cancer-causing exposures,

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