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  • Touring with the 562nd Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, a Personal Encounter

    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 tasked to cover a couple of events that the 562nd Air
  • Media Day on MAFFS Aircraft Deployment to Arizona

    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 Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., today
  • California Air National Guard Aircraft Join Firefighting Effort in Colorado

    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 gallons of water or retardant along the leading edge of
  • June Commander's View

    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 any formal notice of a cancelation yet. Maj Gen
  • Commander of the 18th Air Force Visits Channel Islands

    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 Commander Lt. Col. Brian Kelly to Chico Municipal
  • 146th Security Forces participate in combative fighting arts training

    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 personnel were tasked with training objectives that
  • Multiple agencies gather for annual MAFFS training

    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 Airborne Fire Fighting Systems, known as MAFFS,
  • Fires hit close to home for 146th Airlift Wing

    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 protect their own homes and communities.The 146th
  • April Commander's View

    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 important changes which will change the way AMC
  • Preparation begins at the 146th

    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 November when they will be put to the test during the