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Exercise Air Defender 2023 (AD23) has come to a close; 108 members of the Air National Guard's Contingency Response (CR) career field assigned to the 123rd and 156th Contingency Response Groups and the 172nd and 146th Contingency Response Flights are helping to return over 10,000 AD23 personnel home
One hundred sixty-five members of the Air National Guard's contingency response career field assigned to the 123rd and 156th Contingency Response Groups and the 172nd and 146th Contingency Response Flights deployed to Wunstorf Air Base, in support of exercise Air Defender 2023, bringing with them
California Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Giovanni Macro of the 146th Airlift Wing (146 AW) Maintenance Squadron was presented with the Chief Master Sgt. Dick Red Maintenance Effectiveness Award for his outstanding contributions to aerospace maintenance for the Air National Guard, June 3,
WUNSTORF, Germany - Eight members of the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing's Contingency Response Flight deployed with the 123rd and 156th Contingency Response Groups and the 172nd Contingency Response Flight to Wunstorf, Lower Saxony, Germany, to support exercise Air Defender 2023,
Over 68 members of the California Air National Guard enriched their leadership skills Jan. 24 through 26 during the annual California Force Development Course (CFDC) held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, California.
After a multi-year hiatus caused by a nationwide pandemic in 2020, the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing (146 AW) celebrated their outstanding Airmen nominations as two of their own were selected as the non-commissioned officer and field grade officer of the year at the state level
After a decade of lengthy logistical planning that bore many unforeseen impediments, including funding hurdles and a worldwide pandemic, the 146th Airlift Wing held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the beginning phases of construction efforts for their state-of-the-art future C-130J
Members of the 146th Airlift Wing said goodbye to their families and friends before deploying for up to six months in support of Operation Enduring Sentinel this month.This deployment marks a shift for the wing as they transition from supporting operations in the middle east to operations in the
An Emergency Extraction Exercise involving the 146th Aircraft Fuel Systems section and Naval Base Ventura County Fire Department (NBVC). took place on Sept. 9, 2022 at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, CA.
Finalizing construction for a massive air-tanker base upgrade, the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing (146 AW) completed the installation of four new fire retardant ground storage tanks in March.
Contingency Response teams from the 146th Airlift Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Wing leverage airlift capabilities to accomplish training and evaluations.
Airmen from the 146th Medical Group (146 MDG), with oversight from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing (133 AW), launched its first-ever large-scale medical readiness rodeo inside the wing's fuel cell hangar.
Col. Lisa. A Nemeth, commander 146th Airlift Wing, announces her priorities to her enlisted force during a commander's all-call at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. Nov. 11, 2020.
On the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of the beaches of Normandy, a setting aided by providence, 146th Airlift Wing hosted current and former members of the unit for a memorial service honoring the life, legacy, and career of Col. Ed Bellion.
In the dry heat of the high desert, the California and Nevada Air National Guard, the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and multiple other fire-fighting agencies across the United States are performing their annual certification training for the aerial fire-fighting mission with MAFFS (Modular Airborne
The 146th Medical Group overcomes the logistical hurdles of delivering COVID-19 vaccinations to military dependents while simultaneously performing additional COVID-19 support missions across the state.
Members of the California Air National Guard's 146th Maintenance Group provided critical aircraft recovery support to assist Marines from Twentynine Palms as they removed a KC-130J that collided with a Marine F-35B in the city of Thermal, California.
6 California Air National Guard Security Forces personnel from the 146th Airlift Wing's Security Forces Squadron, undergo a three-day Phoenix Raven Apprenticeship Indoctrination class at Camp Roberts, San Luis Obispo, California.
The 146th Airlift Wing (146 AW) performed over 75 sorties (military operational flights) moving 1,574 personnel and 364,600 pounds of supplies across California in preparation of supplementing additional support to civil authorities during civil unrest in Los Angeles County, California. June 1,
Two defenders from the 146th Airlift Wing's Security Forces Squadron provide a small gesture of kindness to a disabled pedestrian during the early days of civil unrest in Los Angeles, California. June 1, 2020.
The 146th Airlift Wing (146 AW) welcomed California Air National Guard Col. Lisa Nemeth as their incoming commander during an assumption of command ceremony held at the 146th Airlift Wing, June 13, 2020.
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
An aerial flyover to honor Ventura County’s first responders, healthcare workers, and essential personnel took place May 15, 2020, as two146th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules aircraft accomplished a training route over several Hospitals and Medical Centers in the area.
Airmen with the 146th Airlift Wing assisted in the setup of durable medical equipment and temporary hospital beds for a federal medical station at the Los Angeles Convention Center to aid in COVID-19 response on March 29, 2020 in Los Angeles.
A team from the California Air National Guard’s 146th Airlift Wing (146 AW) mobilized personnel to begin delivering and organizing food to multiple food distribution centers in the Santa Barbara area with the non-profit hunger-relief organization Foodbank Santa Barbara.
Personnel from the 146th Airlift Wing travel to the Riverside County Fairgrounds in order to assist with retrofitting the fairgrounds convention hall into a federal medical station to treat patients feeling sick or ill.
Over 100 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students from various middle schools across Ventura County recently participated in the Tri Warfare Middle School Challenge at the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. Students were able to develop hands-on learning
The 146th Operations Group (146 OG) welcomed California Air National Guard Col. Christopher Dougherty as their incoming commander, during a assumption of command ceremony held at the 146th Airlift Wing, February 8, 2020.
As the first feature story and interview in a series of features covering resilient airmen, we highlight Senff, a modern day minute-man from the California Air National Guard.
California Air National Guard personnel from the 146th Airlift Wing (146 AW) participated in a 3-day exercise testing their ability to survive and operate in various simulated base attack scenarios during the wing’s regular scheduled drill. Nov. 14, 2019.
On a particularly cold morning (at least for California standards) and in the span of a few hours on the second day of a regularly scheduled drill, U.S. Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jenifer Bibee is raising money for the wing’s first local Airman of the Year Banquet as she plunges into a giant dunk
Approximately 20 students from the University of California Los Angeles ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) visited the 146th Airlift Wing (146 AW) during a base tour at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, California. Sept. 4, 2019.
U.S. Air National Guard pilots and ground crew from the 146th Airlift Wing (146 AW) began their annual week long MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) training and certification requirements to operate and support aerial firefighting requests at the Channel Islands Air National Guard
California Air National Guard members from the 146th Airlift Wing’s (146 AW) Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (146 AES) participated in a two week training exercise known as Operation Agile Spirit 19 with the Georgian Air Force in Tbilisi Georgia, August 2, 2019.
U.S. Air National Guardsmen from the 146th Airlift Wing (146AW) provided a base tour for students attending a summer camp with St. Stephen’s Academy based in La Puente, California, July 25, 2019. Established to increase awareness and understanding of the Air National Guard’s federal and state
Members from the 146th Airlift Wing’s (146AW) Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) have nearly finished six separate construction projects in a short amount of time after their deployed for training trip that would of sent them to Puerto Rico was cancelled at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station,
After being selected as Commander California Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Gregory Jones returns to his former unit the 146th Airlift Wing.
Members from the 146th Airlift Wing used Earth Day as a platform to make beautification improvements to the base.
Julie Morency travels to Pentagon to accept award for maintaining best programs in support to airmen and their families.
146th Airlift Wing selected from 70 other wings for evaluation of kitchen operations for the Kenneth Disney award.
U.S. Air National Guard members Senior Airman Allan Tan assists Senior Airman Pedro Pescador with the 146th Airlift Wing’s Aircraft Fuel Systems Maintenance Squadron as he inserts himself into inside of a wing of a C-130J aircraft for a “confined space rescue exercise” at the Channel Islands Air
The annual Outstanding Airman and Soldier of the Year Banquet took place at the Hyatt Bayfront in San Diego on Jan. 27. Members of Air National Guard units as well as Army units from across the state came to show their support and cheer on their nominees as they walked down the red carpet."Tonight
A 146th Airlift Wing Security Forces Airman was recognized recently at the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Annual Military Appreciation Dinner.Staff Sgt. Jesus Cazares, 146th Airlift Wing unit training manager, and his family attended the annual event that honors service members from each branch in the
"The flames were four to six stories high, exploding huge trees as it came up over the hill. I knew it was time to get out of there," said Staff Sgt. Lee Hagan as he drove down the mountain Wednesday morning. In his truck Hagan had three dogs up front and four cats in the back, and flames were now
In many places now, Fall is in the air, and unless Mother Nature has something up her sleeve, it looks like the C-130s and the Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems, known as MAFFS, have completed their work for the 2016 season.The Air Expeditionary Group was activated in response to a request for
Activity bustled this week on the flightline, at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station in Port Hueneme, California, as nearly 400 military and civilian personnel came together for MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems) annual certification and training. The inter-agency training hosted
Master Sgt. Nicole Wagoner, 146th Airlift Wing safety manager, recently served as an augmentee with the 109th Airlift Wing during their annual support to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Antarctica.The 109th AW plays a critical role in supporting NSF annually by providing the use of the
It was 1989 when the 146th Airlift Wing first opened its gates to what was then the newest "state-of-the-art" facility in California. Almost 30 years later now the wing's dining facility, affectionately known as the Channel Islands Café, has just undergone a much-needed facelift.Members of the Force
While traveling to the Land of the Rising Sun, members of the 146th Airlift Wing's Aerial Port Squadron, Communications Flight, Operations Support Squadron, and Logistics Readiness Squadron were fittingly greeted by a spectacular Spring Equinox Blood Moon, complete with a lunar eclipse. This would
Members of the 146th Airlift Wing from the Civil Engineering, Force Support and Security Forces Squadrons traveled to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam in support of the 554th Red Horse Civil Engineer Squadron Jan. 25, 2015.In this multi-squadron partnership, the 146th supported the 554th's construction
Media outlets from Ventura and Los Angeles flocked to the 146th April 15, 2015 to get a behind-the-scenes look at the seamless interagency training preparing for the impending fire season. Below is a story written by local Ventura County reporter John Scheibe.California Air National Guard shows off
Another great work week and we are ready to head back to the golden state! I know lots of members have been missing their loved ones. I can't wait to get home and be greeted by the best smile in the world, from my dog. I definitely miss my dog. There was a lot to achieve this week and I witnessed
A weekend filled with adventure on the Island of Guam!I talked to a few different people to figure out where everyone went this weekend. A big group explored Marbo cave, a freshwater cave that is good to swim in with crystal clear water. Just don't forget a flashlight and come prepared for a short
The first work week here at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam is complete for the members traveling on TDY from the 146th Airlift Wing.Here's an overview of what all has been going on: HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning/ refrigeration), plumbing, electrical and structures all fall under the
A certified nutritionist and motivational speaker addressed members of the 146th Airlift Wing in the Wing Auditorium Saturday, Jan. 10, to kick off the wing-wide Hercules Weight Loss Challenge.Robert Ferguson, fitness expert and founder of the Diet Free Life nutrition system, spoke to participants
After 18 hours of flying in our very own C130s and a few pit stops later we have arrived in Guam! Members with the 146th Airlift Wing Civil Engineering Squadron, Security Forces, and Force Support Squadron left January 25 for a TDY about three-weeks long. The first day was an easy day with a
Happy New Year 146th Airlift Wing! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your families and loved ones. 2014 was a fantastic year and I sincerely thank you for your continued service to your local communities, the state, and this great nation. Now we look forward to an even better
Three more performances under our belts and we are calling it a day! Wednesday we had a performance in Ogden City; on Thursday the band performed in Murray City, and on the 4th of July they performed at the Brigham City Pioneer Park in Brigham City, Utah. Whew!The performance on the 4th was special
4:45 AM and the Tailgaters are off to Park City, Utah. It was about an hour drive and, as usual, I slept the whole way there. During the Tailgaters performance at Hill Air Force Base, a fellow National Guard member Joe Davis, who also happens to be the host of a TV show, approached the Tailgaters
Today I learned that even though the schedule of the band says we only have one thing to shoot that day, it is not always the case. Goodbye sleep... it was nice knowing you. Another 7 a.m. report time to head back to Hill Air Force Base s our band can march out of a C-5 Galaxy. In case you were
The 562nd Air Force Band of the West Coast has made it to Utah! I wish I could say that the drive was beautiful and scenic but I slept the whole way. Much needed sleep for the long day that was ahead of us. Our day started with a 7am report time. The band and I headed over bright and early to Hill
I have been out of tech. school for less than a year now and recently transferred to the 146th Airlift Wing from my original base in Indiana. This is my first tour with any base and my first time giving the journalism side of the job a try, so go easy on me when you are reading through this attempt
Master Sgt. Lolita Boudreaux is May's Airman of the month. Recently selected as the wing's First Sgt. Nomination as Outstanding Airman of the Year, this Maintenance Squadron first sergeant is nothing short of phenomenal.Boudreaux joined active duty Air Force in 1995. While working up the ranks in
I hope you and your families have been enjoying your Spring breaks, and taking in all of our beautiful Southern California weather. Even though we are suffering from extreme drought conditions, we need to be thankful that we aren't suffering from the damaging storms, flooding and tornadoes that much
This winter has been especially tough on other parts of the country, and the National Guard has been present helping fellow Americans whose homes are flooded and where streets are covered with dangerous amounts of snow and ice. Every week we see nationwide news reports showing guardsmen working side
Congratulations to Technical Sergeant Quang Pham named April's featured Airman of the Month. The Resource and Equipment Manager for the 146th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Pham joined the Air National Guard in 2003 and has worked both as a supply technician and in the maintenance squadron. Pham has
Members of the Bravo Company 340th Base Support Battalion out of Atascadero, Calif. traveled down the California coast to the 146th Airlift Wing in Port Hueneme as part of a joint readiness exercise training on March 1. The exercise titled Joint Reception Staging, Onward Movement and Integration
F-16 aircraft from Hill Air Force Base's 4th Fighter Squadron in Salt Lake City, Utah shared the ramp with C-130s from the 146th Airlift Wing for two weeks in January, 2014. The F16s were participating in a U.S. Marine Corps Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) near Twenty-nine Palms, Calif. and with
Our very own Staff Sgt. Carlos Puga, Air Transportation Journeyman withSmall Air Terminal Operations, is California's newest Outstanding Airman ofthe Year. Currently deployed with Operation Enduring Freedom, Puga wasunable to accept the award personally at this year's ceremony. However,beaming with
Happy New Year! I hope the Holiday Season treated everyone well. A new year provides many things but I find one of the most important of these to be...a reverent look back on the passing year to help frame the proper perspective on the one ahead. What lays ahead for the 146th Airlift Wing you might
Members of the 146th Civil Engineering Squadron have been using a not-so-new technique in getting ready for the annual Physical Training Assessment (PTA) and are making it a lot more fun. In the last couple of months, the squadron has taken part in a variety of non-conventional exercises to get
A hot and dry wind blew across the entrance of the Sycamore canyon trail, as members of the 146th Security Forces Squadron exited the blue stagnant bus they had used for transport. A quick head count was called, and the team finalized adjustments to each other's gear before the hike. Previously
The theme of gratitude prevailed at this year's second Wingman Day held on Thursday August 28, 2013. In addition to reminding wing members of safe practices as the end of summer approaches, including a Bicycle Safety presentation by Public Affairs' very own Master Sgt. Dave Buttner, the event was
Command Chief Rick Onsgard of the 146th Airlift Wing and other chief's from the 146th held a workshop in the wing auditorium for junior enlisted on how to maximize their potential during oral board interviews for promotions on Sunday, July 14. The purpose of the workshop was to help maintain
The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center here, has decided to end current military C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System operations as of the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.MAFFS aircraft and crews remain available for recall if the wildland fire
The 146th Airlift Wing was honored July 10 with the task of bringing home two of the fallen 19 Hotshot firefighters who died in the line of duty June 30 battling the Yarnell fire near Phoenix. Approved by the Secretary of Defense, the California National Guard requested through the Governor that
MAFFS 4 and MAFFS 6 aircraft assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing (AW) returned Monday July 8, after a month-long activation with rotations that began June 11. Aircrew, maintainers and support crews had been assisting with wildland firefighting efforts staging out of Colorado Springs and Mesa, Ariz.
A day in the life of a Band GroupieBeing a photographer in the Air National Guard has brought me to a lot of interesting places, full of interesting people. It's a great privilege that my AFSC allows me to see the Air Guard in its different functions, missions, and diversity. Just recently I was
Two MAFFS-equipped C-130s from the 302nd Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserve Command, Colorado Springs, Colo., and two from the 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, Calif., will relocate from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to
The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing deployed two C-130J aircraft Sunday to assist with the firefighting efforts in the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado. The aircraft are equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems II (MAFFS) and are capable of discharging 3,000
Another drill is upon us and I will update you on the AMC ORI, the MAFFS call out, the 18th AF/CC visit, and a memorable speaker at Wingman Day.We have contacted the AMC/IG several times this past month to get a status of our October Operational Readiness Inspection; however, we have not received
Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, commander of the 18th Air Force, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., recently traveled west to meet with Airmen of the California Air National Guard, May 9-10. His visit began with a 146th Airlift Wing C-130 flight alongside Wing Commander Col. Paul Hargrove and Vice
Members from the 146th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) recently conducted a four-hour war skills training in combative techniques. Lead by instructor Mike DeLio and his trainers from Combative Fighting Arts, a company that specializes in teaching tactical hand-to-hand combat, the Security Forces
Members of the 146th Airlift Wing along with participants from CAL FIRE, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service assembled here at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station in Port Hueneme, Calif. for a week long training and certification exercise. C-130s equipped with Modular
When hot, dry, gusty winds from the east, known as Santa Ana winds, carried the sparks and embers of the Camarillo Springs wildfire dangerously close to homes and neighborhoods late last week, the California National Guard members who responded alongside fire personnel had a unique opportunity: to
Welcome to April's UTA. For several months we've been working hard to prepare for this month's Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) and our scheduled October Air Mobility Command Inspector General's (AMC/IG) Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI). Recently, AMC/IG provided the 146AW with some very
Young Airmen at the 146th Airlift Wing had many challenges before them last February UTA. It was only the second month of the year, but the race to make sure all assets and personnel are properly trained and ready for the upcoming ORI had begun. With the tasks before them, they only have until
The first and only female Military Training Instructor in the Air National Guard is also the first and only Air National Guardsman to be named the Air University Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.Tech. Sgt. Leslie Cummings of Corona, Calif., is a Military Training Instructor for the Academy of
Budget Crisis. Sequestration. Debt ceiling. Continuing Resolution. Furlough. These words have been in the news lately. As one who believes in transparency and as much disclosure as possible, I'm going to share what I know about these topics as of now. You may or may not be aware, but there are
I hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays and the much needed time off with family and friends. The Super Bowl has been decided and congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens for a hard fought victory. There are two looming dates in March that will affect the 146th AW in respects to the federal
We have officially entered the holiday season with the Thanksgiving weekend just passing and I hope all of you had time to enjoy some much needed time off. Christmas and New Years are right around the corner and before we know it, 2013 will be here. This Sunday of drill will be a combination Family
As this edition of the Commander's View was being written, Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the northeast, the most populated area of the United States. Although this hurricane was not as powerful as some in the past, the amount of damage was extremely large. Hurricane Sandy brought massive
"Fuego Azul" lit the summer on fire with Latin dance grooves and mainstream popular hits in Southwest Asia and Kyrgyzstan during July and August of this year. Comprised of Airmen from the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest located at the 146th Airlift Wing, the salsa dance band performed
This October's Airman of the month is Airman 1st Class Monique Torres, the newest addition to the 146th Airlift Wing's finance office. We caught up with Torres to find out a little more about herself and what her future will hold.1. When did you enlist in the Air Force, how long have you been in the
Here is the latest news and information you need to know from the 146th Airlift Wing. Don't forget you can also like us on Facebook or even watch videos from YouTube and follow us on Twitter! Welcome our newest Airmen of the 146th!Senior Airman Jordan Michael Albers- 146th Logistics Readiness
We had a change in the senior staff this past month and I would like to thank Col. Marilyn Rios for her outstanding leadership as the Vice Commander for the 146th AW since 2003. She has taken over the 162nd Combat Communications Group Commander position and she will be sorely missed here at Channel
Hawaii, Cuba, Canada, Guam--sounds like a dream vacation, but it's just another day on the job for the 146th Airlift Wing Civil Engineering Squadron (CES), and they are on the move... again. But don't think for a minute that these engineers are on vacation. They are working arduously as the Prime
The North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wingwill return to flying MAFFS Aug. 14, six weeks after four of the unit'sAirmen were killed in a C-130 crash during a fire fighting mission in SouthDakota."Charlotte's MAFFS 8 will replace MAFFS 9 from California, for three weekswhile the 146th
On June 25, the California National Guard' s 146th Airlift Wing (AW) proudly entered yet another annual fight with U.S. Forest Service against wildfires, this time in the Rocky Mountain Region with flames threatening the Air Force Academy and new cadets in Colorado Springs, Colo. The threat to life
Vintage and top-of-the-line motorcycles from all over Southern California streamed through the gates this drill weekend to attend the wing safety program's inaugural "Motorcycle Show and Barbeque." Organized by the Motorcycle Mentorship Program, the event sought to bring together all
The 146th AW has been extremely busy the last couple of months with four inspections and the recent activation of MAFFS. The inspections went very well and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and efforts. Special congratulations to the AES who were awarded an "Outstanding" for their
Firefighting support to the U.S. Forest Service is now based out of Cheyenne, Wyo. for the 27 members of the146th Airlift Wing (AW) who were activated one week ago, June 30, 2012. C130s equipped with MAFFS (Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems) arrived from around the country in response to
Here is the latest news and information you need to know from the 146th Airlift Wing. For all the most up to date information be sure to check out our public webpage, like us on Facebook or even watch videos from YouTube and follow us on Twitter! Welcome our newest Airmen of the 146th!Timothy
Members of 146th Airlift Wing (AW) moved MAFFS (Modular Airborne FirefightingSystems) operations from Colorado Springs, Colo. July 4, 2012, and are nowstaging flights out of Cheyenne, Wyo.; home of the 153rd AW. The U.S. ForestService continues to head the battle on wildfires in the Rocky Mountain
C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) operations resumed yesterday morning, out of Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo.The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing joined the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve Command's
"Today the 146th Airlift Wing is mourning those lost in the MAFFS 7 accident--Airmen who we have flown side by side with for so many years. We hold the highest respect for these brave aircrew members, and want to convey to the families our deepest sorrow. Our prayers go out to the grieving families
Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General for the California National Guard, issued the following statement today regarding the crash of a North Carolina Air National Guard C-130J aircraft in South Dakota: "The Airmen and Soldiers of the California National Guard were grief-stricken in learning
7/2/2012 - -- At approximately 6 P.M. MDT, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped C-130 aircraft supporting fire fighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire.The cause of the crash is not known and
As a special edition of the Channel Islands 'Featured Airman of the Month' the 146th would like to recognize Senior Airman Jonathan Khattar for the month of May. Khattar is a senior member of the Civil Air Patrol and was recently given the special opportunity to attend the Annual Civil Air Patrol
The pilot of a former British military plane died Friday when it crashed in an agricultural field on its return to Point Mugu.The crash of the private plane, contracted by the Navy for military exercises, came exactly one year after a civilian air tanker crashed at Point Mugu.The downed plane was a
Service members and their families will be able to enter all of America's national parks free of charge for a year under an initiative announced today.The pass - the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass, which normally costs $80 - will become available to
Here is a special edition of our Post it's, Promotions and News Picks. For all the latest information be sure to check out all our stories on the 146th public web page at www.146aw.ang.af.mil or "like" us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/146thAirliftWing Compliance Inspection team arrives!
"We're here to validate readiness, capability and compliance," said Colonel Steven Legrand, Compliance Inspection team chief. Col. Legrand arrived with his team of 42 inspectors Friday afternoon after a long five hour flight from Scott Air Force Base, Ill. to the clear skies and warm weather of
At least one person is dead after a fighter jet used for training and bound for the Point Mugu Naval Air Station crashed in Ventura County, a county fire spokesman said.Ventura County Fire spokesman Steve Swindle said the Hawker Hunter trainer jet went down near Hueneme and Potrero roads, not far
All,I hope the May drill finds everyone well and ready for final inspection preparations. Yesterday we had an all hands meeting and every organization briefed the status of their inspection checklists, including any problem areas. This gave the senior leadership and everyone in the wing the eyes on
Please check our public webpage as well as our Facebook for more stories and photos to come soon! Also look for another Commander's View coming shortly! Here is the latest information and news you need to know from the 146th! Welcome our newest Airmen of the 146th! 2nd Lieutenant Curtis Charles
All, I returned on March 17 from the four month deployment as the Deputy Director of Mobility Forces at Al Udeid AB and can say truthfully, I'm very happy to be back. I did learn a lot on this deployment and made several good contacts with the active duty commanders at TACC, 18 AF and AMC. I
Here is the latest information and names that you need to know for this month! Be sure to check out all the new stories and photos on our website as well as our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/146thAirliftWing
For Air National Guard pilots, firefighting missions are among the most challenging, dangerous and sought-after assignments around. And this year, those who make the cut could be busier than ever. The U.S. Forest Service last year lost about 40 percent of the commercial air tankers it deployed to
This year's Outstanding Airman of the Year Awards Banquet was an elegant occasion hosted by the 146th's Airlift Wing, whose roots and history have earned them the nickname of the "Hollywood Guard". So it was very appropriate that the event took place in the hills of Hollywood at the Sheraton
The 146th Airlift Wing and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct annual training and certification for MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) March 5-8 at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station in Port Hueneme. More than 100 personnel from both agencies will come together to accomplish the
Here is the latest information and names that you need to know for this month! Be sure to check out all the stories and latest photos on our website as well as our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/146thAirliftWing
Here is the latest information and names that you need to know for this month! Be sure to check out all the new stories and photos on our website as well as our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/146thAirliftWing
Here is the latest news from the 146th Airlift Wing! Be sure to check out all the new stories and photos on our website as well as our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/146thAirliftWing
The first Featured Airman of the Month for 2012 is Senior Airman Edwin Ramos. Being in the military for over 13 years has taught him to live by the core values and work hard to achieve your goals. Congratulations and thank you for your service Senior Airman Ramos! 1. What is your job
Here is all the latest and greatest information from the 146th Airlift Wing! For more stories and photos be sure to check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/146thAirliftWing
The cast of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" would like to brighten the holidays for a deserving military family this year.The reality show is seeking nominations for military families in desperate need of a home makeover. The selected family will be featured in an upcoming holiday episode."We
To what extent would a trooper go to support a brother- or sister-in-arms? Two sisters were separated by hundreds of miles of land and sea, but a promise brought an Army staff sergeant to Guantanamo Bay to pin on her sister's new rank during her promotion ceremony.The Abbott sisters joined the
Family members with flags and handmade "welcome home" signs trained their eyes on the southern horizon, watching for the first of two C-130J Hercules air transport planes due home Wednesday from Afghanistan.Which is why nobody expected the C-130 to thunder over their heads from the north, prompting
The Air National Guard Band of the Southwest will perform "A Tribute to Sammy Nestico" on Sunday at Oceanview Pavilion's Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach in Port Hueneme.The group is composed of civilian airmen whose jobs include professional musicians, music educators, computer programmers,
As the holiday season approaches, I have been busy preparing myself and my family for my upcoming deployment to the desert. While I am gone for these few months, Col Greg Jones will be the acting wing commander. We also have many deployers from Ops, Maintenance and AES who are going to be returning
Here is the latest and greatest from the 146th Airlift Wing! Be sure to check out all the great information and new stories on the webpage! 146th AES assist with transport of Libyan rebelsThe 146th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron currently has several members deployed to Ramstein, Germany, and very
The 146th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron currently has several members deployed to Ramstein, Germany, and very recently some of these deployers were tasked with what they were told was a "high profile" mission that would be going to Libya. Capt. Kelly Khamkongsay, a flight nurse with the 146th AES,
Newly appointed Adjutant General Major General David S. Baldwin made a visit to the 146th Airlift Wing here at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station on October 1 and 2, 2011. His visit is the first to the wing were he learned all the base' s capabilities and wing strength. During his visit to
Each year up to 85 deserving Airmen from the ranks of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve are afforded the opportunity to receive appointments to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). The Air Force Academy, which is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, educates young men and women
A panel supporting military bases and jobs in Ventura County heard opposite takes Tuesday (Oct.11) on what federal defense cuts might mean.Capt. Jim McHugh, commanding officer of Naval Base Ventura County, doubted the announced shutdown of a Seabee construction battalion next year would
Here are only some of the many discounts and freebie's available to all those military members who are currently serving or have served in the past. Please take advantage of some of these great discounts, and thank you for your service! Restaurants Abuelo's Mexican Food - Abuelo's offerings vary by
AB 387 authored by Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was signed by Governor Brown to clarify existing law to ensure that military children are provided with excused absences from school when a member of their immediate family is being deployed or on leave from active duty.Every year a
The 146th Airlift Wing congratulates Airman 1st Class Joseph Ray A. Perez for being October's Featured Airman of the Month. Working in C-130 Aerospace Maintenance, Perez prepares aircraft for flight, maintains the planes while on the ground and fixes any discrepancies that are found on the aircraft.
The 146th Airlift Wing is proud to recognize Airman 1st Class Taj-Zsa Martin as Novermber's Featured Airman of the Month. As one of the newest members Aerospace Maintenance, Martin has stood out as an Airman who is ready to try anything and ready to learn. She is also the first female Airman of the
Here is the latest news and information that you need to know from the 146th Airlift Wing! This month's UTA we are privileged to have California Adjutant General Major General David Baldwin visiting us. Please help us welcome him and observe all customs and courtesies. Welcome our newest Airmen to
The 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron recently filled its ranks with C-130J Hercules aircraft and aircrews as two new units ripped in to comprise the squadron. Almost two dozen C-130Js and a full complement of aircrew and maintenance personnel split between California Air National Guard's146th
More than 250 members of the 146th Airlift Wing out of Channel Islands Air National Guard Station in Port Hueneme have deployed over the last few months to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Most recently, five of the wing's C-130J aircraft flew to Afghanistan with a full complement of aircrew and
Amidst emotional 9/11 ceremonies taking place yesterday around the base, members of the 146th Airlift Wing in Port Hueneme, Calif. scrambled to respond to CALFIRE's request for National Guard to assist with fires raging across Kern County. By 3:00 p.m. Sept. 11, 2011 the first launch orders were
As we approach 9/11, many thoughts and prayers swirl about in our minds and hearts. We think of the many people whose lives were irrevocably changed in a matter of hours. From victim to responder, all were immediately drawn into the single most significant and horrible day of terror in our nation's
This drill is unusually significant in that it is the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. I ask that we all take a moment to remember that day and how the last 10 years have transpired. We have all been impacted in one way or another by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington
NATIONAL CASTING CALL The Air National Guard is still seeking talent!!!Come be a part of an exciting advertising TV Commercial Shoot for the Air National Guard.The Air National Guard is conducting a television production scheduled to take place in November 2011, and the location is Channel Islands
Climbing aboard a hulking C-130 plane, more than a dozen California Air National Guard reservists left early Thursday for a three-month deployment in Afghanistan where they will support ground troops and medical evacuations.The uniformed and mostly male crew departed from a crowd of family and
Here is the latest news and information that you need to know from the 146th! 146th participates in 9/11 ceremonies honoring those fallen As everyone knows this UTA weekend falls on the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. There are several different ceremonies that will be taking place on
The "Hollywood Guard" recently deployed to Afghanistan with its aircraft, maintenance, and aircrew for approximately 100 days. The 146th Airlift Wing, also known as the "Hollywood Guard", has been part of Southern California's rich aviation and film history since the mid-1920s. The wing traces its
The 146th Airlift Wing recognizes Senior Airman Nathan Rucker as our September Featured Airman of the Month. Senior Airman Rucker works in medical and says he would not do anything else in the Air Force. Thank you for your service Senior Airman Rucker and congratulations! 1. When did you enlist in
The joint was jumpin' as Glendale Memorial Hospital hosted its 15th Annual tribute to cancer survivors. It was a "Star Spangled Salute" to more than 110 community members and their guests who have played a role in the fight against cancer. On July 28, the cul-de-sac circle on Eulalia Street, in
The 129th Rescue Wing will host a two-day Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Event at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, Calif., Aug. 13-14. The first day of this event includes workshops on resiliency while day two promotes the various benefits and entitlements members and their families are
The Air Force's instruction on dress and personal appearance recently received an appearance upgrade with the release of the updated instruction July 18.Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance, received the facelift after several years of interim updates as uniform items were
On July 7-8 2011, 24 members of the Royal Netherlands Army visited the 146th Airlift Wing. Col. Paul J. Hargrove welcomed and spoke with the Royal Netherlands Army about the wing and its mission, and Lt. Col. Michael Dugas and Chief Master Sergeant Joel Reynoso presented a 146th Airlift Wing
The wife of a California Air National Guard pilot and mother of three has been named the Air Force Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse Magazine and Armed Forces Insurance.Megan Glynn, the wife of Maj. Matt Glynn, who is assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing at Channel Islands ANG Station near Oxnard,
Longtime friend to the 146th Airlift Wing, Major General Mary J. Kight, Special Assistant to the Adjutant General for California, dropped in during July's UTA to pay a visit. She held a special mentorship mini-seminar and spoke to members of the 146th Airlift Wing about her views on life, leadership
The 146th Airlift Wing is proud to recognize Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Strong as August's Featured Airman of the Month. As a mechanic for the 146th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Staff Sgt. Strong uses his experience and great attitude to help mentor junior enlisted while getting the tasks done quickly
The 146th Airlift Wing is proud to feature Airman First Class Jesse Kramer as July's Airman of the Month. Although he may have joined the Air National Guard later in his life than others, this 30-something Airman from the Air Terminal Operations Squadron is honored to serve his country... no matter
Here is this month's latest news and names from the 146th Airlift Wing you need to know! Welcome our newest members of the 146th Airlift Wing:2nd Lieutenant Yasha TabrizyCaptain Justin SzekerSenior Airman Cassandra PearceMaster Sergeant Barry Rutstein Congratulations to our most recent
Michelle Obama wants to see more stories of military families on TV and in movies, so on June 13, 2011, she came to Hollywood to do something about it. The First Lady met with members of the writers, producers, directors and actors unions to discuss Joining Forces, an initiative aimed at increasing
Texas wildfires, and history-making international firefighting in Mexico splashed the headlines in April, followed by the largest fires in Arizona's history, burning more than half a million acres. Now the wildfires have fled over borders into Colorado and New Mexico, and are ripping across forested
The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing is now fighting fires in New Mexico, and the wing's C130Js were among the first tankers on-scene for the rapidly growing Los Conchas fire which started Sunday. "The National Guard's MAFFS C130s were the first tankers to get to the Los Conchas
Today Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General for the California National Guard, approved the deployment of two C-130J Hercules aircraft and 35 personnel from the 146th Airlift Wing to support the U.S. Forest Service with firefighting efforts in Arizona. The Wallow wildfire in Eastern Arizona
It is our last week here in Alaska and Alex and I are making some of our final rounds to all the Airmen that are working hard here at Elmendorf from the 146th. In the morning we headed back over to Vehicle Maintenance and checked in with some of our mechanics there. Lucky for us we got there just in
The last few days for Alex and I have been very exciting. Alex and I got to follow Security Forces as they did their land navigation course. This was where all of the training they did for two days in the classroom was put to use. As the Airmen again broke into groups, each was designated a specific
Alex and I are about halfway through our first week here in Alaska; we have been here for five days now. We have been getting into a rhythm of what to do and who to see, but there are still a few little speed bumps along the way. We have been unable to get a steady source of internet access and
Today was pretty cool. Alex and I spent the majority of the day with Security Forces tagging along as they practiced patrol maneuvers while working in a group. Although as you might have guessed, this kind of terrain isn't exactly what we are working with overseas right now, there are actually parts
The first night of the 146th Alaskan Adventure was a little different than I had expected. I learned when we touched down at Elmendorf that the 146th Airlift Wing apparently was not the only base that had decided to go TDY to Alaska during prime season. With other units being here for their TDY and
Hello everyone! My blog adventure this year has taken me to the farthest northern part of the United States, to beautiful and snowy Alaska. Technical Sergeant Alex Koenig (our photographer) and I are accompanying members of the 146th Air Terminal Operations, Logistical Readiness Squadron and
CAL-EANGUS with USAA support provides a $500 Educational Scholarship to aCalifornia Guard member each year. Please distribute this message to yourmilitary members so that they can take advantage of this great opportunity. Requirements and qualifications are in the attached policy. They arebriefly
Here is the most recent news and names that you need to know as well as some great information on the latest and greatest from the 146th Airlift Wing!Congratulations to all of our recent graduates! Staff Sgt. Gonzalez, Samuel- Knowledge Operations Management.A1C Cini, Alexandrea- Aircraft Electrical
Members of the 146th Airlift Wing, the 144th Fighter Wing, the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, the 129th Recue Wing, and several hundred volunteers from Ventura County and surrounding areas participated in Operation Medical Shelter 2011, an exercise designed to test the preparedness of first responders
Congratulations to all our recent graduates!Staff Sgt. Miller, Deanna- Medical Materiel ApprenticeA1C Garcia, Ellis- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditional- RefrigerationA1C Nunez, David-Basic Military Training/ Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditional- Refrigeration A1C Mendoza, Fernando- Basic
Nearly a dozen members of the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing boarded a C-130J Hercules aircraft last week on a mission to replace their fellow Guardsmen fighting massive wildfires that have plagued Texas.The air unit, stationed near Point Mugu, is now in its fourth rotation
The 146th Airlift Wing is proud to feature Lt. Col. Steve Bradley as the May Featured Airman of the Month. Lt Col. Bradley is the OIC of administrative services for the 146th Medical Group and is this year's Field Grade Officer of the Year! Bradley oversees administrative services, supervises 3
The 146th Airlift Wing continues to remain on duty in order to provide critical support upon tasking from the United States Forest Service. About 40 Airmen are deployed to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and have been supporting firefighting efforts there since April 17, but for the last several days
The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing deployed two C-130J Hercules aircraft Sunday in response to the wildfires that are devastating areas of Southern Texas. The 146th has been assisting with firefighting efforts throughout the week alongside other National Guard and Reserve
Recently the Band of the Air Force Reserve Bagpipe Band was invited to perform on the steps of the capitol. Staff Sgt. Cullan Hooley, the 146th Airlift Wings's Terrorism Liaison Officer, 146th Security Forces Squadron, is a member of this unique group of talented musicians. Read on to hear the story
After many months of diligence and a never give up attitude, we are happy to announce that videos are available for viewing and can be accessed from this website. Please click on the link below for a video story created after last year's MAFFS training. And keep checking back as we post more videos
Members of the 146th Airlift Wing,I would like to introduce myself as our wing' s IG, also known as the Inspector General, and offer my assistance regarding the Installation Inspector General Complaints Resolution Program. I can be reached in building 100 room 121 during UTA weekends, by phone
Here is this month's news and names you need to know... check it out!Congratulations to the 146th recent graduates from Formal Schools! A1C Kevin Palos, Aircraft Structural Maintenance Apprentice 2Lt Ashley Stenberg, Air National Guard Academy of Military Farwell to all those recent retirees and
It has been too long since my last commander's view, so let me attempt to catch everyone up. First, let me first say thank you to everyone for their continued participation with Channel Islands ANG. I don't think I could say this enough. Second, I want to share with you some of the issues I've been
The April Featured Airman of the Month is Senior Master Sergeant Ronald Nester, an Instructor Loadmaster from the 115th Airlift Squadron. SMSgt. Nester is also this year's 146th Airlift Wing Senior NCO of the Year! 1. When did you enlist in the Air Force, how long have you been in the service? I
The 146th Airlift Wing is proud to have our first "Featured Airman of the Month" be Senior Airman Clayton Bernal. Bernal works in Security Forces and is also this year's 146th Airlift Wing's Airman of the Year. 1. When did you enlist in the Air Force, how long have you been in the service?I enlisted
Here is the latest information and updates for members of the 146th Airlift Wing and their families, check it out! Welcome all new members of the 146th Airlift Wing:Tess Armstrong- Command Post Aaron Yeaton- Civil Engineering John Sahd- Operations GroupWilliam Regan- Operations Group Kimberly
California Air National Guard fire-fighting assets from the 146th Airlift Wing were called upon in the first week of December to assist with a wildfire burning out of control in Israel. On Dec. 4 a C-130J equipped with MAFFS 2, (modular airborne fire fighting systems), one of the world's newest and
It is day 10 of construction at Pearl City, concrete day. All the "dirt boys" as Lt. Barry so eloquently calls them are here and ready. I learned that the term "dirt boys" means all these Airmen are trained in concrete and pouring. In other words, the best of the best are here today. Everyone is
Members of the 146th AW Channel Islands Civil Engineering Squadron participated in a beach clean-up project at Laniakea Beach, located on Oahu's North Shore, June 11 and June 13, 2010, during their annual deployment for training. The Airmen worked with the local non-profit organization "Malama nu
The last few days of construction for civil engineers of the 146th AW and the Barber's Point project has been long and tiresome, but their efforts have not gone unnoticed. The job site has been completely transformed since the first day of demolition. The walls are framed, ready and waiting for
HAWAII BLOG DAY TWO--Sunday, June 6, 2010. It is day two of construction for the members of the 146th AW CE squadron at Pearl City. Today I observed at another work site where the Airmen were given the task of pouring over 30 cubic yards of concrete as the foundation for an indoor rifle range,
HAWAII BLOG DAY ONE-Saturday, June 5, 2010Today is day two of the 146th Civil Engineering Squadron's long-awaited trip to Hawaii, the island of Oahu, and this is my first blog as a first-timer TDY ever on one of our own unit's trips. Yesterday was a very long day that started in the dark hours of
Several high-ranking members of the Ukrainian military were on base May 1 - 4, 2010 to observe the way we deploy, covering the streamline procedures of our prominent processes. Over the years, the wing has shared its processes, protocols and capabilities with the Ukrainian military. This program is
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Air Force places great emphasis on the safety of Airmen and their families through the Critical Days of Summer Campaign. Beginning May 28 and extend through Sept. 7, this year's campaign runs 109 days in hopes of reaching a goal of zero accidents and
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