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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 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
  • Airmen help care for Moroccan children during African Lion

    TAFRAOUTE, Morocco – U.S. Air National Guard members in Morocco for the African Lion 2021 exercise provided medical care to children at the Military Medical Surgical Field Hospital June 7-17.The Airmen offered well-child checks and basic pediatric care as part of the humanitarian civic assistance portion of AL21.“Working in pediatrics is very
  • 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
  • Cal Guard Airman from Thailand activated to LA vaccine site

    LOS ANGELES – She’s soft-spoken, but there’s an air of confidence about her as she interacts with hundreds of community service members a day at the walk-up vaccination site on Cal State LA. She’s professional, courteous and her journey to be here is literally a global one.U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Piyaporn Rakpongs, a fleet management and
  • 146th Medical Group shines as it rolls out dependent vaccinations in its first week

    CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD STATION, Port Hueneme, Calif. -- Matching the Department of Defense and the State of California's intent to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to as many people as possible, California National Guard medical facilities across the state are extending vaccination scheduling eligibility to include military dependents.
  • 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 than five seconds; thick red liquid coating the
  • 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 respond to wildfire crises. After contributing
  • "Hollywood Guard" reaches milestone with 6-ship formation flight

    Amid the challenges serving in the Air National Guard during the pandemic known as COVID-19, California Air National Guard maintainers from the 146th Maintenance Group (146 MXG) and aircrew from the 115th Airlift Squadron (115 AS) collaborated to accomplish the launching of 6 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the first time in over 20 years on May 26, 2020.
  • Cal Guard Space Operators support COVID-19 food bank mission

    When Staff Sgt. Brandon Tinges became a space operator for the California Air National Guard’s 216th Space Control Squadron, cabbages were the furthest thing from his mind.
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