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  • Idaho Guard sends wildland firefighting crew to northern Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho National Guard made organizational history by sending wildland Firefighter Type 2 Red Card-certified Soldiers and Airmen to northern Idaho to fight fires for the first time.The newly assigned crewmembers of Task Force Timber Shield left Boise Aug. 4 to help the Idaho Department of Lands contain more than 15 significant
  • National Guard well-equipped to handle West Coast wildfires

    ARLINGTON, Va. – When wildfires happen in the West, the National Guard is there to fight those fires. And for now, they've got a good handle on the effort, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said."We've got 500 people and about 19 aircraft," on the firefighting mission, Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson said. "I think we have the capability to put
  • Nevada Air Guard continues firefighting mission

    RENO, Nevada – Military aerial firefighting units, including the "High Rollers" of the Nevada Air National Guard, have dropped more than 1 million gallons of fire retardant so far this fire season."It's very rewarding knowing you are helping so many people," said Tech. Sgt. Paul Teska, a MAFFS flight engineer with the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air
  • Wyoming National Guard hosts Tunisian Air Force in SPP event

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming National Guard hosted an Aviation Familiarization (FAM) with the Tunisian Air Force Sept. 13-25 as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program (SPP).The Wyoming Guard and Tunisia have been partners since 2004. This event is the first time in nine months they have been able to get together for a subject matter
  • National Guard helps fight California wildfires

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Hundreds of members of the National Guard from multiple states are supporting state and local efforts to fight the wildfires raging in California. Guard members on land and in the air are helping firefighters and first responders do their jobs, while Guard aircrews are helping map and fight the blazes.As of Aug. 24, the California
  • California, Nevada Guard fly MAFFS training missions

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California and Nevada Air National Guards brought out their heavy assets June 15-19 to prepare for each state’s annual enemies – wildfires.C-130 Hercules aircraft from both states filled the skies above Tahoe National Forest in Forest Hill, California, during U.S. Department of Agriculture Forestry Service-sponsored wildland
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