• Cal Guard fighting wildfires across the state

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Service members within the California Military Department remain hard at work battling wildfires."There are 1,264 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen supporting firefighting efforts across the state," U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, Cal Guard's adjutant general, said Tuesday morning

  • Guard fights wildfires, responds to Ida, serves overseas

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard continues to live up to its promise, "Always Ready, Always There," with close to 59,000 Guard members on duty overseas or at home responding to Hurricane Ida, wildfires and COVID-19. "As the combat reserve of the Army and the Air Force, we are manned, trained and

  • Oregon Guard Airmen support Oregon hospitals

    KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Oregon National Guard activated 50 Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing Sept. 1 to support hospitals in the Springfield–Eugene area, with more on standby if additional hospitals request assistance through the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.“Oregon hospitals are at

  • Oregon National Guard deploys to fight wildfires

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Twenty Airmen with the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Wing have departed Portland to help battle wildfires across the state. This effort by the Oregon Military Department is part of Operation Plan (OPLAN) Smokey to fight wildland fires with a combined force of Guards members,

  • Pennsylvania Air National Guard helps fight West Coast fires

    BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Pennsylvania Air National Guard members are serving as imagery experts, providing live aerial video streaming to fire bosses working on the front lines of the devastating California wildfires. Activated at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center, the Airmen

  • Hokanson thanks Guard members supporting wildfire fight

    LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The general’s eyes scanned the 40 or so National Guard troops assembled in a horseshoe around him in a field Thursday and he felt pride.“Whatever the mission – fighting America’s wars, securing the homeland or building partnerships – our Soldiers and Airmen provide extraordinary

  • Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Washington National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are transitioning from COVID-19 response and civil disturbance missions to prepare for what could be another catastrophic wildfire season.“We have been actively responding for the past 15 months to the COVID-19

  • South Dakota National Guard battles fire from air, land

    RAPID CITY, S.D. – Several dozen South Dakota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen helped local, state and federal agencies battle the Schroeder Fire near Rapid City March 29 to April 3.The SDNG responded with HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, a firefighting ground crew, and other support personnel to

  • MAFFS tackle largest wildfires in California history

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The ground shakes and you feel the vibration of four propeller engines approaching. The rumble becomes a deafening roar as the California National Guard C-130 aircraft, only 150 feet above the ground, appears just above the treetops and drops 3,000 gallons of retardant in less

  • WADS Airman supports food banks, jobless, wildfire response

    INCHELIUM, Wash. – An infrastructure technician from the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, demonstrated the tremendous value of a drill status Guardsman this summer.When Senior Airman Payton Chiou joined the Western Air Defense sector in 2016, he didn't know his training would