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Keyword: Wildfires

May 4, 2022

Airborne Firefighting units participate in interagency spring training in Idaho

Less than two years after the most devastating firefighting season in the United States, the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) spring training took place at Gowen Field, Idaho, April 25-29, 2022.

April 25, 2022

MAFFS ground tanks give California a cutting edge in aerial firefighting capabilities

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.

Oct. 4, 2021

MAFFS crews wrap up second-busiest fire season in 49-year history

The USDA Forest Service released the final four U.S Air Force C-130 Modular Aircraft Firefighting System-equipped C-130 aircraft Sept. 29, marking the end of a 96-day support effort.

Sept. 29, 2021

ARNORTH concludes military wildland fire ground response operation in California

At the request of the National Interagency Fire Center, and in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, concluded its wildland fire ground response operation in California.

Aug. 28, 2021

ARNORTH to support NIFC in wildland fire ground response operation in California

At the request of the National Interagency Fire Center, approximately 200 U.S. Army Soldiers will support a wildland fire ground response operation in Northern California.

Aug. 11, 2021

Commander Offers Strategies for Deterring Aggression from China and Russia

The commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command described threats from Russia and China and ways to mitigate those threats.

July 20, 2021

152nd Airlift Wing “High Rollers” extended on MAFFS duty as fires continue burning across western states

The Nevada Air National Guard’s participation in the MAFFS mission this year has been extended to Aug. 26 at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). There will also be two additional C-130 aircraft and aircrew added to the mission for a total of five military C-130 aircraft activated.

June 28, 2021

DoD C-130 aircraft mobilize to support wildland firefighting efforts

Two U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) began wildland firefighting operations in support of the National Interagency Fire Center over the Lava Fire in northern California Saturday, and have dropped nearly 20,000 gallons of fire retardant to date.

Oct. 20, 2020

DoD activates MQ-9s for imagery support in wildland fire fighting

Airmen at the 432nd Wing recently participated in Department of Defense support efforts to fight the California wildland fires.

Aug. 27, 2020

Nevada Air Guard MAFFS activation extended as western wildfires rage

Members of the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard activated July 29, the unit’s first firefighting activation in two years following a 2019 season that saw little need to request the military as a surge capacity for wildland fire suppression efforts.

May 14, 2020

U.S. military prepares for hurricane season in midst of COVID-19

Military and interagency personnel held a virtual table top exercise here May 13, 2020, to discuss how U.S. Northern Command would perform its Defense Support to Civil Authorities mission in a COVID-19 environment.

Aug. 4, 2016

Reserve Airmen Stand Ready to Help Fight Wildfires

Air Force Lt. Col. Luke Thompson describes being at the controls of an aircraft carrying the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, or MAFFS, during a firefighting operation.

Aug. 3, 2016

MAFFS C-130s to assist firefighting efforts

Military C-130s equipped with a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System departed to support ongoing aerial fire fighting efforts in the Western U.S.

June 8, 2016

ARNORTH hosts Alaskan Command

FORT SAM HOUSTON. U.S. Army North hosted planners from Alaska from Feb. 3-5 to explore and develop options that will allow for effective response to the “Last Frontier” state in times of need.The meeting stemmed from a regional realignment of forces in the Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Pacific Command (PACOM), and Alaska areas. Alaska Command

Feb. 10, 2016

SELs given glimpse of daily front-line missions

As the combatant command responsible for the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, have a vested interest in operations designed to protect this area of operations and the people included in it.