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  • 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

  • 163d Attack Wing navigates a DOMOPS perfect storm

    MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. – The California Air National Guard's 163d Attack Wing has steeled itself to the toughest domestic operations (DOMOPS) in its history, launching up to three MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) simultaneously in some of the nation's busiest, smokiest airspace to

  • 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