GREAT FALLS, Mont. -

Montana's congressional delegation has asked President Barack Obama to appoint Lt. Gov. John Walsh to a panel that will make recommendations on the future of the Air Force.

Congress created the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force in January.

On Thursday, Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester and Republican Rep. Steve Daines sent a letter to Obama saying that Walsh is an ideal candidate for the commission because of his experience and relationships with military and civilian leaders.

Walsh was Montana's adjutant general before joining Gov. Steve Bullock's campaign. He retired as a brigadier general after more than 30 years in the Army National Guard.

The panel will be composed of four members appointed by the president and four members appointed by congressional leaders.