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  • Annual Spring Training

    Several members of the North Carolina National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing are undergoing Modular Aerial Fire Fighting System training for the first time, during annual re-certification exercises at the Arizona National Guard Base on the Tucson International Airport in Tucson, Arizona May 3 through 9. The event is held each year for members of the
  • Botswana Airmen prepare to bring MAFFS mission home

    Tucson, AZ - An annual aerial fire-fighting recertification exercise took on greater international tones this year in the Coronado National Forest. In addition to recertification, while also spinning up new Airmen from the 145th Airlift Wing, additional time was spent introducing the Modular Aerial Fire Fighting System operation to representatives
  • Dress Rehearsal for the 263rd

    "We've done our best to make our training for our Operational Readiness Inspection as realistic as possible," so says 1st Lt. Brad Claxton. Indeed, the 263rd Combat Communications Squadron has been preparing for the past two years. Scouring the regulations set forth by the Air Combat Command's Inspector General's office, and devouring the
  • Bureau's Enlisted Advisor Visits Fire Fighting Certifications

    During a Spring itinerary which spread him to all corners of the nation, National Guard Command Sergeant Major David Hudson saw much of the 145th Airlift Wing here in March. He came away from that visit with a fairly comprehensive understanding of the small C-130 unit's vast mission of providing Airlift, Combat and Humanitarian support to Federal
  • California Guard ordered to battle wildfires on the ground; Air Guard firefighting C-130s continue to make drops

    About 200 California National Guard members were ordered by their governor on Tuesday to provide direct ground support to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) as it tries to extinguish wildfires in the northern part of the state. "I can't say enough about the brave men and women working tirelessly, and with little
  • Texas National Guard evacuates citizens for Hurricane Ike

    Nine Air National Guard C-130 transports from three states configured for medical air evacuation began transporting special-needs patients from the Corpus Christi area this morning in preparation for Hurricane Ike's expected landfall on Saturday. The mission falls under the Gov. Rick Perry's Department of Emergency Management plan to evacuate