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Helicopters from the Army National Guard have worked with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) for over a week to put out fires that burned over 400,000 acres. (Photo by SGT Stuart Brown, California National Guard) 
California Guard ordered to battle wildfires on the ground; Air Guard firefighting C-130s continue to make drops
About 200 California National Guard members were ordered by their governor on Tuesday to provide direct ground support to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) as it tries to extinguish wildfires in the northern part of the state. "I can't say enough about the brave men and women working tirelessly, and with little
0 7/07
2008
Default Air Force Logo Fighting floods and fires, National Guard on duty from coast-to-coast
National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen fought Midwest flooding and California fires Thursday. About 2,300 Guard members remained on duty in the Midwest, down from a peak of more than 5,700, National Guard Bureau officials reported. Meanwhile, the California wildfires called for fewer Guard members and more aircraft. UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47
0 7/02
2008
Col. Gregory Champagne and Maj. David Thompson take off on a B-2 Spirit mission June 18 at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. It was the first sortie flown and launched by Air National Guard members. Colonel Champagne is the 131st Fighter Wing vice commander and Major Thompson is assigned to the 131st FW. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jessica Snow) 
Whiteman Airmen make first all-air Guard B-2 flight
Airmen of the 131st Bomb Wing here completed the first B-2 Spirit sortie flown and launched by Missouri Air National Guard members June 18 at Whiteman Air Force Base. Col. Gregory Champagne, the 131st Fighter Wing vice commander, and Maj. David Thompson, a 131st FW pilot, were launched by Master Sgt. Bob Francis and Tech Sgt. John Venable, both of
0 6/30
2008
Default Air Force Logo Guard aircraft, aircrews battling California wildfires
Army and Air National Guardmembers from California and North Carolina were supporting firefighting efforts in Northern California today following a state active duty call up by Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger and a request for airborne firefighting assets by the Interagency Fire Center. The governor's office reported yesterday that a "swarm of dry
0 6/25
2008
Staff Sgt. Scott Geisser, the Air National Guard's Noncommissioned Officer
of the Year, and his finance, Tara, visit the Tomb of the Unknowns at
Arlington National Cemetery June 16 during the Air Guard's Outstanding
Airmen of the Year week. As a combat controller preparing to deploy
overseas, Geisser was allowed to go unshaven and in a business suit during
the week's events June 15-20 in Washington. (Photo by Master Sgt. Mike R.
Smith, National Guard
Bureau)
Bearded Airman among Air Guard's best
By the looks of him, Staff Sgt. Scott Geisser seemed anything but your average "clean-cut" Airman here last week with his thick brown beard and mustache. Even so, the Air National Guard's top leaders praised him as one of the six Outstanding Airmen of the Year (OAY) for 2008. "I think somebody said that I looked like the Taliban," said Geisser,
0 6/24
2008
Default Air Force Logo Guard ratchets up Missouri mission; tackles floods in five states
Missouri was the latest Midwest state to see increasing numbers of National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen on duty in the face of the region's worst flooding in 15 years. "Our priority is to protect the lives of Missouri's residents and their property," Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt said during a visit to flood-affected areas with National Guard
0 6/24
2008
Maj. Mark Jeffries, Mission Systems Officer in the 130th Airlift Wing out of Clarksburg, W. Va., packs up after a flood damage assessment in Indiana June 11. Jeffries was one of several pilots to fly over Indiana in the Reconnaissance Cargo - 26B (RC-26B), providing live footage of the area to the Indiana National Guard. Guard plane photographs flood damage
With the help of an advanced counterdrug aircraft, the Indiana National Guard has received live footage of flood damage throughout the state to assist with missions and help local governments plan to repair the damage. "It can show officials where roads are washed out and what damage there is to infrastructure," Maj. Mark Jeffries, the missions
0 6/24
2008
Default Air Force Logo Nevadan takes to the sky as first Guard Thunderbird pilot
Nevada National Guard pilot Maj. Derek Routt has distinguished himself throughout his Air Force career by emphasizing basic character traits such as integrity and work ethic. They promise to be the same attributes Routt will uphold this fall when he becomes the first National Guard pilot to join the U.S. Air Force's Air Demonstration Squadron, the
0 6/24
2008
A pararescueman from the 131st Rescue Squadron hoists the patient from the APC Peru cargo container ship in to the hovering HH-60G Pave Hawk June 18, 2008. The 129th was credited with its 559th save. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brock Woodward) Airmen transport medevac patient to new heliport
Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing performed a medical evacuation June 18 for a crewmember experiencing a medical emergency aboard the cargo vessel APC Peru. Responding to a call from the Coast Guard District 11 Alameda, two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and two MC-130P Combat Shadow aerial refueling tankers met the vessel
0 6/20
2008
U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Wayne D. Kettelhut, 148th Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Specialist, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008.  The award was presented by Major General (retired) Harry J. Sieben (left), Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and Lt Col (retired) Gary Hetrick, US Army who served with MSgt Kettelhut in Iraq during the time he earned his Bronze Star with Valor.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)  (Released) Bronze Star with Valor awarded to 148th Fighter Wing EOD member
Master Sergeant Wayne D. Kettelhut, 148th Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Specialist, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor at an awards ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on June 15, 2008. The Bronze Star is awarded for bravery, heroism or meritorious service while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States or while engaged in
0 6/20
2008
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