Commander Dobb

The new Department Commander Larry Dobb is a Montana native, born and raised in Butte. After graduating from Butte High School, he attended Montana Tech and the University of Montana. While at the University he completed the four year Air Force ROTC program and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in June of 1970.

He entered active duty in September and after attending the Security Police Academy (now known as security forces) at Lackland AFB, Texas he reported to his first actual assignment at Beale AFB, a Strategic Air Command base in California. Over the next twelve and half years he served in various Security Police Squadrons and organizations in the Pacific (Osan AB, ROK) and Europe (RAF Bentwaters-Woodbridge UK) and at bases in Alabama (Maxwell AFB), Nebraska (Offutt AFB) and Arizona (Luke AFB). During these years, he held most every position within a base level security police organization from the on duty Shift Commander to Squadron Commander and base Chief of Security Police. He served in a staff assignment as the Director of Security at a Communications Area, a Numbered Air Force level assignment. Three of his assignments included nuclear security missions. While serving as the Operations Officer at Luke AFB he also filled the role of Flight Commander for the units 44 member Air Base Ground Defense Flight. One of approximately 36 such flights scattered across the Air Force for deployment into bare base locations in a base defense or infantry role. He deployed with his flight to three major JCS exercises.

While stationed at RAF Bentwaters, UK he met his wife Janice, who was also an Air Force officer. She remained on active duty until 1991 when she retired at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, with twenty years of service.

Commander Dobb left active duty in 1983 as a captain and was placed in reserve status. In 1986 he obtained a position as an IMA (Individual Mobilization Augmentee), a reservist assigned to the active duty force. In this role he served seven years at Headquarters Air Force Communications Command at Scott AFB, Illinois. After his selection for promotion to lieutenant colonel he left the Security Police career field for a new assignment at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls. Here he again served in an IMA position as a Readiness Officer, with the base Civil Engineering Squadron. During his time at Malmstrom he had the additional duty of Senior IMA for the base overseeing the IMA program basewide. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1998 with 28 years of service.

Commander Dobb also had a civilian career with the US Forest Service, an agency he had worked for summers while in college. In 1985 he was hired as a range technician at the Musselshell Ranger District of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Harlowton, Mt. Initially a seasonal position within a few years he became a permanent full time employee and remained in this position until his retirement in 2007. His primary duties dealt with grazing permits on the Musselshell District. He also performed duties such as campground and trail maintenance and held many qualifications within the wildfire organization and served as Forest Protection Officer from 1989 until his retirement.

He is active in Wheatland Post 15 in Harlowton, MT. He has served as the Department Vice Commander and served two terms as Commander of District 9 attaining 100% District Commander both years. He first joined the American Legion in 1985 in the Vietnam Era Post 67 in Great Falls. After Post 67 closed, he transferred to Post 105, but began attending Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities, turkey shoots and other events at Post 15 to which he transferred in approximately 2005. He has been active in Post 15 since and participates in the Honor Guard, school programs and other activities.

Commander Dobb enjoys hunting and fishing, black powder shooting and attending rendezvous. He is active in the Sun River Valley Historical Society and the Westside United Methodist Church. He has been married to Janice for over forty years. They have a daughter who is married and lives in the Bitterroot Valley and two grandchildren. He belongs to and is a member of the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers and is currently on the Board of Directors. He is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1087 in Great Falls, the Reserve Officers association, the Air Force Security Police (Forces) Association and ANAVICUS.

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