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Virginia Army National Guard Battles Wildfires From the Air
November 8, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry, Division provide aerial fire suppression support Nov. 6, 2023, in Madison County. After Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency, the VNG deployed two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters equipped with 660-gallon water buckets at the request of the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Hawaii Army National Guard Supports Maui Wildfire Response
August 28, 2023
Spc. Kaimana McBrayer, a fire control specialist with the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment, pops a “Shaka” hand gesture while directing traffic as part of the National Guard’s response to the deadly Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug 25, 2023. The Defense Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are supporting the FEMA-led response to the deadliest wildfire in Hawaii’s history.