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  • Cal Guard actively fights state’s wildfires

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and civilians from California and six other states are actively fighting wildfires burning throughout the state.Nearly 1,000 Cal Guard service members are currently activated for fire missions in the air and on the ground, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, Cal Guard’s adjutant general, said during a
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • Interagency training preps Cal Guard for aerial firefighting

    SUTTER CREEK, Calif. – Wildfires are an unfortunate reality many Californians face each year, and as 2021 unfolds as an arid year, the threat of wildfires is increased throughout the state.Between January 1 and April 25, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as CAL FIRE, responded to more than 1,300 fires. According to
  • 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 Air Guard 153rd AW activated again for firefighting

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing has once again been activated by extension to support fire suppression efforts in California. One C-130 Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped aircraft with eight crew members was departing Sept. 17 to Sacramento McClellan Airport where they will operate in the area until
  • 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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