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It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since we lost our dear friend and co-worker, Tom Jacobson. Hardly a day goes by that we don't think about Tom. It could be a customer stopping by for a beer and reminiscing, a new product we get in and one of us saying “Wow, Tom would have loved this”, or maybe just a song that comes on the radio. He may be gone, but he is far from forgotten!

If you knew and loved Tom like we did, please stop by the store on the one year anniversary of his death, Friday May 1st, between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. Share a story, have a laugh, or maybe even shed a tear — but let’s raise a glass to the memory of a truly ‘one of a kind’ great guy!

Tom raising a beerTom and one of his antics

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I read a great article about civilian MREs on The Survivalist blog called ‘MRE Taste Test: Everything You Need to Know About Meals Ready to Eat’ by Tim MacWelch. 

He points out that real “MREs are usually government property, and not for sale in the civilian world.” This is true and Billings Army Navy Surplus is one of the few places you can get the real deal. We only sell authentic military surplus MREs — no after market or civilian MREs here! Our inventory varies depending on what is available but they are either manufactured by Wornick, Ameriqual, or SoPakCo.

MacWelch also cautions about purchasing MREs on eBay or gun shows since you have no idea how long they’ve been stored or under what conditions. Our MREs are always kept in cool, dry, rodent-free storage until we ship them to you to maximize their shelf life.

In the early days, rations were comprised of slow spoiling foods like salted pork until canned food appeared as C Rations. Then over time our modern day MREs appeared in high tech retort pouches. Fortunately, MREs not only last longer than salt pork and canned goods (up to 5+ years), but they taste a lot better too. In fact, The General says they make a great Christmas dinner.

Ahem... Well personally, I think he spent too much time in combat. But, if I'm ever stranded in a whiteout blizzard in the middle of nowhere during Christmas, a gift wrapped MRE would be just what I wanted from Santa! The author conducted a taste test and thought some MREs were wonderful and others... well, not so much. Taste tests aside, MREs have the calories to keep you alive during emergencies. Hunger seems to make everything taste better!

If you want to do your own taste test or need to stock up on MREs for emergency preparedness, we’ve got you covered.

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2014-christmas

Happy Holidays from the Crew at Billings Army Navy!

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Imagine, if you will, an early 1950s North American F-86 Sabre, best known as the United States' first swept wing fighter, flying through Korean skies in a high-speed dogfight. One of the best and most important fighter aircraft in the Korean War, the F-86 Sabre proved versatile and adaptable. It continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces world-wide for decades to come!

Fast forward to 2014 and take a walk into our own Billings Army Navy Surplus store. Here you’ll discover our newest mascot, fondly referred to as ‘Tank’, a never-used Military Jet Drop Fuel Tank from the legendary F-86 Sabre. While ‘Tank’ looks like a large missile, we added our own brand of Go-ArmyNavy style and personality. And now he greets the world with a special design patterned after the nose art of many of the 1950s era of fighter jets — a snarling shark!

We acquired two of these fuel tanks (brand-new in their crates) and are proud to have obtained such a piece of history. One jet drop fuel tank is without adornment, the other is ‘Tank’ and we’re only willing to part with him if the right ‘home' is offered. Click here for more details for both fuel tanks.

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We just visited the World War II National Museum in New Orleans, and what an awe-inspiring experience!

As history buffs ourselves, we spent the entire day absorbing each and every exhibit that took us from ‘America Goes to War’, the ‘Train Car Experience’, ‘D-Day Invasion of Normandy’, ‘D-Day: The Landing Beaches’, the Pacific campaign... through to the ‘Stage Door Canteen’ where the Victory Belles paid tribute to all the WWII-era performers who helped entertain and inspire the troops during those dark, hard-fought days. We remembered through precise details of each display, moments of experiences from our fathers and great grandfathers — and it made us very proud to be Americans.

We discovered too, that many display pieces we saw in several exhibits, had also passed through our doors at Billings Army Navy Surplus, right here in Billings, Montana.

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