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  • Nevada Guard MAFFS crews wrap up firefighting mission

    RENO, Nev. – Nevada Air National Guard Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System crews flew 330 sorties and dropped more than 8 million pounds of retardant during their 89-day activation completed Sept. 22. “The Nevada Guard surpassed expectations this year,” said Col Gary Monroe, AFNORTH’s MAFFS 153rd Air Expeditionary Commander. “They were only
  • 152nd extended on MAFFS duty as fires continue burning across western states

    Reno, Nev. -- The Nevada Air National Guard’s participation in the MAFFS mission this year has been extended to Aug. 26 at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).  There will also be two additional C-130 aircraft and aircrew added to the mission for a total of five military C-130 aircraft activated.The additional aircraft--one
  • 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
  • More USAF aircraft added to fight west coast fires

    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Two additional U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft are scheduled to join the Department of Defense efforts for wildland fire fighting in western states today as requested by the USDA Forest Service, bringing the number to five C-130 military aircraft activated.“It is shaping up to be a very challenging fire season,”
  • 152nd Airlift Wing 'High Rollers' extended on MAFFS duty

    RENO, Nev. – The Nevada Air National Guard's participation in the wildland firefighting mission in the West has been extended to Aug. 26 at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).Two additional C-130 aircraft and aircrew were added to the mission – one from the Wyoming Air National Guard and the other from the Air Force Reserve
  • Nevada Air Guard activated for firefighting effort as fires rage across western states

    Reno, Nev. -- The National Interagency Fire Center has requested one C-130 aircraft and aircrew from the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard, to aid firefighting efforts around the western U.S. “This activation highlights the important role the military plays in assisting federal, civilian firefighting efforts, especially with that need
  • Nevada Air Guard activated to help fight fires in West

    RENO, Nev. – The National Interagency Fire Center has requested one C-130 aircraft and aircrew from the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard, to aid firefighting efforts in the West.The activation is more than a month earlier than last year, when the 152nd Airlift Wing was activated July 29. That firefighting activation lasted through Oct.
  • Wyoming Guardsmen complete annual aerial wildland fire fighting training

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Every year, one Air Force Reserve wing and three Air National Guard wings along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service train and certify for aerial wildland fire fighting. On May 10-16, the Air Force Reserve 302nd Airlift Wing and the Wyoming Air National Guard 153rd Airlift Wing completed their
  • Partnerships forged during aerial firefighting training

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – In the dry heat of the high desert, the California and Nevada Air National Guard, U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and multiple other firefighting agencies across the United States are performing their annual certification training for the aerial firefighting mission with MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System).The
  • Air Force recognizes High Rollers with Outstanding Unit Award

    The 152nd Airlift Wing, also known as the High Rollers, received the Outstanding Unit Award for its historic deployment cycle overseas and assistance to federal firefighters in the western U.S. during 2018 and 2019, the U.S. Air Force announced Friday.“This recognition highlights the great work High Rollers accomplish on a daily basis here at the
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