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Cut out image of the 156th Fighter Squadron
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During a change of command ceremony held June 6, 2015, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the new logo for the 145th Operations Support Squadron was unveiled.
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118th Combat Communications Squadron Patch (Photo by NCANG Heritage Program)
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New Orleans Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (Alvin Callender Field), Belle Chasse, Louisiana, September 1, 2005 
Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi on August 29, 2005 causing one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States.  Air and Army National Guardsmen from across the country, along with state and local emergency responders and members of the active duty armed forces, poured  into the Gulf Coast  region to participate in a massive humanitarian relief effort.  The entry point for much of the National Guard’s relief operations in Louisiana was the New Orleans Naval Air Station located immediately south of the Crescent City in the suburb of Belle Chasse. Beginning on September 1, 2005, Air National Guard C-130s and KC-135s  airlifted equipment, supplies, food and military personnel into the airfield and began evacuating sick and injured civilians. Army National Guard helicopters  and fixed wing aircraft also participated in relief operations from that installation.  In addition to aircrews and planes, Air Guard rescue personnel and equipment as well as combat controllers,  security forces, and civil engineering personnel   deployed to Belle Chasse. They immediately began conducting rescue operations and  building up the base  infrastructure to support the huge influx of troops to the devastated Gulf Coast.  Most of the National Guardsmen who deployed to the region, including those at the Naval Air Station, remained in state status under the legal control of their governors which enabled them to provide law enforcement support in affected areas when required. They  deployed   in accordance with Emergency  Management Assistance Compacts that had been developed between many states well before Hurricane Katrina struck. By September 8, 2005,  over 51,000 National Guardsmen were  helping  people along the Gulf Coast deal with the terrible devastation inflicted on them by Hurricane Katrina, making this the largest dep
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9/17/2009 - Charlotte, N.C -- One of two Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) equipped C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, lays down a blanket of flame-retardant liquid over a forested area in Southern California. The fires, stoked by 100 mph Santa Ana winds, were categorized as a major disaster. The results were more than 300,000 people driven from their homes and nearly 500,000 acres of woodlands consumed in 12 counties. Also deployed to Southern California were two MAFFS equipped C-130 s from the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard. The four Air National Guard C-130s, staged at Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, flew more than 40 missions in the first week of operations. 

The MAFFS, owned by the U.S. Forest Service, is a fire-suppressant apparatus that is loaded into the C-130's cargo area. Consisting of a series of five pressurized tanks, the MAFFS can hold 3,000 gallons of flame-retardant liquid that is dropped along the leading edge of a fire to block the spread of flames. Flown on Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve C-130 aircraft, the aircrews require special training to fly these civil support missions. MAFFS crews are buffeted by thermal gusts, wind, and smoke as they drop their payload while flying between 150 and 200 feet above the ground. 
Since 1974, the MAFFS has saved land, lives, and property from wildfires in the U.S. and abroad. Currently there are three Air National Guard C-130 units capable of operating MAFFS. In addition to the 145th AW and the 153rd AW, the 146th AW, California Air National Guard, also flies MAFFS-equipped C-130s. These units continue to stand at the ready to support civil emergencies. 

This work of art "Quenching the Flames" was painted by renowned Aviation Artist, Gil Cohen. 

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