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Cal Air Guard F-15 Pilots Train with Marine Corps F-35 Pilots
June 17, 2024
An F-35B Lightning II is refueled on the flightline of the Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, while parked next to an F-15C Eagle, June 8, 2024. F-35s from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 and F-15s from the 144th Fighter Wing conducted fourth- and fifth-generation fighter integration training June 7-9 to refine and sharpen their skills while completing required flight training hours.

California Air Guard Rescues Man at Sea on Cruise Ship
May 13, 2024
An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter prepares to engage with the Royal Caribbean cruise line ship Ovation of the Seas for a mission to transport a heart attack victim 400 miles off the coast of San Francisco May 7, 2024. This mission marked the 129th RQW's 1,161 life saved.

California Guard, U.S. Forest Service Train on Aerial Firefighting
April 29, 2024
A military C-130J aircraft discharges a pressurized water stream from the rear of the aircraft over a green marshland with a creek affixed against a light blue sky.

California Air Guard 146th Maintenance Group Learns New Skill
April 22, 2024
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 146th Maintenance Group, 146th Airlift Wing, based on Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, practice executing the fundamentals of Crash Damaged and Disabled Aircraft Recovery on Volk Field in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, April 16-18, 2024. The CDDAR certified members and augmentees used airbags, forklifts and cranes to raise, pull and stabilize aircraft that simulated different scenarios of downed airplanes.

California Air Guard Saves Man on Sportfishing Vessel
February 6, 2024
A U.S. Air Force HC-130J Combat King II aircraft takes off from Moffett Air National Guard Base in Mountain View, Calif., Dec. 27, 2023. The wing launched a similar aircraft Jan. 31 to provide supplies for a medical emergency aboard a sportfishing vessel 300 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas.

144th Fighter Wing Provides Theater Security in Indo-Pacific
November 29, 2023
Airmen from the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing repair an F-15C Eagle Nov. 16, 2023, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

U.S. and Pacific Joint Forces Train Together
November 22, 2023
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 11th Airborne Division, exit a C-17 Globemaster III during Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center 24-1 at March Air Reserve Base, California, Oct. 28, 2023. JPMRC 24-1 included over 5,300 participants from the U.S. Joint Force, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Thailand.

California National Guard Airman Rescues Injured Car Wreck Victim
October 16, 2023
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Hyunsoo Kim rescued a driver trapped in his overturned vehicle Sept. 21, 2023, in Santa Clara, California.

Cal Guard Security, Emergency Management Forces Train Together
September 25, 2023
U.S. Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 146th Security Forces Squadron and Emergency Management Airmen, assigned to the 146th Civil Engineer Squadron stack up in formation before entering a building in an integrated exercise at the Oxnard College Fire Academy and the Ventura County Fire Department training center, Camarillo, California, Sept. 8-9, 2023.

Cal Guard Air Wings Demonstrate Interoperability, Deterrence
September 19, 2023
California Air National Guard civil engineers build tents on San Clemente Island to prepare for the Grizzly Flag exercise Sept. 6-12, 2023. The six-day exercise among the five California Air National Guard Wings demonstrated Agile Combat Employment in a hub and spoke configuration.

California Air Guard Mobilized for Aerial Firefighting
August 31, 2023
U.S. Air National Guard Airmen with the 146th Airlift Wing test the functionality of a Modular Airborne Firefighting System  unit loaded inside the cargo bay of a C-130J aircraft at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, California, Aug. 29, 2023. The 146th Airlift Wing has been called up to help the U.S. Forest Service fight wildfires across the United States.

Airmen Train for Space Operations During Vulcan Guard
August 14, 2023
Members of the Vulcan Guard BOLT 5 exercise stand for a group photo Aug. 10, 2023, during Vulcan Guard, a space-focused exercise incorporating several diverse space weapons systems in realistic threat-based scenarios and hosted at the 178th Wing in Springfield, Ohio. Personnel from all seven National Guard states that conduct space operations, U.S. Space Command and the Brazilian military participated in the week-long exercise.

California Guard Conducts Rescue Mission off the Coast of Costa Rica
July 14, 2023
U.S. Air Force pararescuemen with the 131st Rescue Squadron, 129th Rescue Wing, California Air National Guard transfer a patient by hoist down to a Costa Rican Coast Guard vessel, July 11, 2023.

Tennessee Air Guard Remotely Pilots MQ-9 From California
June 28, 2023
On June 7, 2023, an MQ-9 Reaper landed in Tennessee for the first time. Using a new system for the MQ-9 called “Satellite Launch and Recovery” and with a 118th Wing Tennessee Air National Guard pilot and sensor operator sitting at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, the plane flew from California to Smyrna Airport.

Contingency Response Airmen Bring AD23 Participants
June 27, 2023
U.S. Airmen with 123rd and 156th Contingency Response Groups and the 172nd and 146th Contingency Response Flights help to load a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to the 172nd Airlift Wing, Mississippi National Guard, with personnel and cargo following exercise Air Defender 2023 at Wunstorf Air Base, Wunstorf, Germany, June 27, 2023. Exercise AD 23 integrated U.S. and allied air power to defend shared values while leveraging and strengthening partnerships to deter aggression worldwide.

146th Contingency Response Flight Supports Air Defender 23
June 13, 2023
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Chavez, an aerial porter with the 146th Contingency Response Flight, 146th Airlift Wing, California National Guard, helps load a German air force A400M Atlas aircraft with U.S. Air Force personnel and cargo in preparation for exercise Air Defender 2023 at Wunstorf Air Base, Wunstorf, Germany, June 6, 2023. AD 23 integrates U.S. and allied air power to defend shared values while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression worldwide.

188th Wing Hosts Emergency Management Course
May 30, 2023
SPEARS students prepare to load their MRZR vehicle on a CH-47 Chinook that will transport them into an austere training environment May 25, 2023, at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Ark. The MRZR is engineered to meet the demands of emergency response operation in various terrains and environments.

118th Ops Group Exhibits Reaper SLR Abilities at Balikatan
May 17, 2023
The 118th Operations Group, Tennessee Air National Guard, played a unique role in a massive U.S. and Filipino exercise that showcased the satellite and recovery capabilities of the MQ-9 Reaper.

Nebraska, California National Guard Units Honor WWII Veteran
May 11, 2023
World War II veteran James K. Kunkle lays in the back of a KC-135 boom pod and watches the boom operator refuel an F15-C Eagle from the 114th Fighter Wing, Fresno, California, April 25, 2023. Kunkle served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot during World War II and flew P-38 and P-57 aircraft, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross for engaging 20 German aircraft and downing two of them.

Air Guard-Army Team Funded for Maintenance Innovation
May 8, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Rubin, 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard; U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lamar Porter, 175th Mission Support Group, Maryland Air National Guard; David Rolen, a U.S. Army civilian from the U.S. Special Operations Command; U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Gerad Pyszka, 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, and U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jonathan Borth, 129th Wing, California Air National Guard, at the National Guard Memorial at NGAUS Headquarters, Washington, D.C., March 31, 2023. Teams proposed solutions for emerging national defense problems during an Academia- Industry-Military Hybrid Innovations’ event.