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There’s nothing more patriotic or fitting than an Army Navy store displaying the American flag. So we commissioned Underground Culture Krew do a flag mural on our shipping/receiving door.

We rent our extra building space to Tyson Middle, owner of Underground Culture Krew (aka UCK). Their art is a new twist on a traditional symbol. They specialize in legal graffiti which has become a huge genre across the U.S.

They did a great job and we’re very proud to be 'waving' the red, white and blue in such a huge way. Be sure to honk loudly and wave wildly to show your patriotism when you see it! Better yet, drop on in — you can visit us and give a big shout-out to the guys at UCK at the same time.

Here are a few words from Tyson Middle, owner of Underground Culture Krew:

Underground Culture Krew is an art gallery of like-minded artists dedicated to creating a safe and accepting environment for the development of all forms of artistic expression. Specializing in graffiti, street art, urban art, modern art, photography and art supplies. The goal of UCK is to create and develop a stimulating environment that reflects and enhances the city’s heritage, diversity, and character through public art.


Underground Culture Krew originally opened its doors on February 1st, 2013 at its first location on 3rd street. Shortly after being in business for only one year we had to begin to look for a larger location that offered more amenities. UCK was very fortunate to find its current location in the same building as Billings Army Navy Surplus on North 29th Street. It’s a great location that is much bigger and has a lot to offer the gallery.


Eddie Schmidt has been a great landlord and has been very accepting of what UCK is all about. Paint, public art, and gallery shows. Not too long ago, Eddie asked us to paint his shipping/receiving door with an American flag. The artist, Michael Martin (photo below), crushed the realistic style that Eddie wanted to achieve on the door. Feel free to check out the work, you can’t miss it on Montana Avenue!

Tyson Middle, owner
Underground Culture Krew (aka UCK)



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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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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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