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  • Forest Service ends current MAFFS activation

    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 situation dictates.In a notice to the Department of
  • 146th brings fallen firefighters home for somber ceremony at Los Alamitos JFTB

    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 military aircraft be used for this mission.
  • MAFFS C130 crews back in Port Hueneme

    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. during the activation. The crews and aircraft and
  • 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,