The James F. Barfknecht Memorial Aviation Readiness Center held a dedication ceremony on Saturday in honor of its namesake.
James F. Barfknecht qualified as a Naval Aviator on June 30, 1943 at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas where he was awarded his Gold Wings and commissioned as an Ensign to the U.S. Navy.
James F. Barfknecht is regarded as the father of the Montana Army National Guard Aviation.
After serving for 35 years, Barfknecht retired in 1977. He died in 2016.
The Barfknecht family cut the ribbon for the new facility and attendees toured the more than 100,818 square feet of space and over 42,848 feet of support buildings.
James H. Barfknecht, James F. Barfknecht’s son, said the family was honored by the dedication.
“Dad would have loved this, he would have been excited because it is truly for the soldiers, and he was a soldiers man,” James H. Barfknecht said.