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National Guard helps fight California wildfires
August 24, 2020
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued more than 270 California National Guard Soldiers protective gear to begin hand crew training at Camp Roberts Aug. 23, 2020, to support firefighting efforts. The Guard members will supplement CAL FIRE and Cal Guard’s Joint Task Force Rattlesnake hand crews deployed to key locations such as the Carmel Fire, Jones Fire, Hills Fire and others throughout the state.

Nevada Air Guard helping to battle California wildfires
August 24, 2020
Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 planes, MAFFS 2, assigned to 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and MAFFS 8, assigned to 152nd Airlift Wing, Reno, Nevada, are mission-ready at McClellan Airbase, Sacramento, California, July 31, 2020. The MAFFS units were activated to support wildfire suppression efforts in California.

NY, California, Texas wings compete in load off training
August 19, 2020
Weapons crews from Texas and California traveled to the 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in New York for a training competition with New York Air National Guard Airmen Aug. 10-13, 2020.

California National Guard's cyber team adjusts to COVID-19
August 6, 2020
U.S. Army Maj. Mikael Magnuson, commander of Cyber Protection Team 171, discusses drill details with personnel in his unit, June 25, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, Magnuson conducted the unit's first virtual inactive duty training from his home in Rocklin, California.

Guard Soldiers achieve marksmanship overmatch in Utah
July 17, 2020
Staff Sgt. Wayne “Guido” Gray, California National Guard, engages targets in the Reflexive Fire match July 10, 2020, during the Marksmanship Advisory Council Region Seven Championships at Camp Williams, Bluffdale, Utah. Thirty-four Guard members from California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah spent three intense days in the mountains of Utah competing. Colorado took home the team championship title.

Cal Guard’s vocalist makes dreams a reality through service
July 6, 2020
U.S. Army Spc. Raivyn Hearne of the California Army National Guard's 40th Infantry Division Band sings the national anthem during the Anaheim Ducks Military Appreciation Night, Nov. 10, 2019, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Cal National Guard Soldiers assist car wreck victim
June 24, 2020
Soldiers with the California National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment, responded to a car accident in Los Angeles June 2, 2020. Spc. Abdel Rahman Ali, 1-185th combat medic, assisted an injured civilian while other members of the team put out a brush fire caused by the accident and redirected traffic.

California, Nevada Guard fly MAFFS training missions
June 19, 2020
About 150 feet above a tree line, a California Air National Guard C-130 aircraft releases 3,000 gallons of water, covering nearly a quarter mile, during aerial wildland firefighting training June 15-19, 2020, at the Tahoe National Forest.

Mission milestone: Cal Guard distributes 50 million meals
June 11, 2020
A member of the California Army National Guard assigned to Joint Task Force 115 loads food into a vehicle at the Interfaith Food Bank in Amador County, California, March 23, 2020. As of June 10, the California National Guard surpassed 50 million meals packed and distributed at food banks throughout the state since operations began in March as part of Cal Guard’s humanitarian response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cal Guard helps treat COVID-19 patients
June 3, 2020
Airmen and Soldiers from the California National Guard decompress at the end of their shift in El Centro, California, May 29, 2020. The Guard medical team is augmenting staff at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Brawley due to a surge in COVID-19 patients there.

National Guard supports NASA launch, other space missions
June 1, 2020
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA astronaut and retired Marine Corps Col. Douglas Hurley and fellow crew member Robert Behnken heads skyward during liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, May 30, 2020. The mission marks the resumption of human space flight from the United States. Air National Guard members in Alaska and Hawaii provided support to the launch mission.

Cal Guard honors WWII veterans during birthday celebration
May 27, 2020
U.S. Army veteran Randy Zepeda Fernandez, left, and U.S. Coast Guard veteran Sal Guzman, right, listen to a mariachi band play ‘Happy Birthday’ during a social distancing double birthday celebration in Whittier, California, May 24, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was coordinated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to honor the World War II veterans' 96th and 97th birthdays.

Cal Guard helps Los Angeles food bank hit milestone
May 26, 2020
U.S. Army Soldiers with Joint Task Force 224, California Army National Guard, build emergency food kits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in Commerce, California, April 29, 2020. The food bank put together over 250,000 emergency kits – more than 5 million pounds of food products.

Cal Guard slows the spread of COVID-19 with telework
May 20, 2020
A California National Guard full-time technician works from home May 20, 2020, at Huntington Beach, California. Many Cal Guard full-time staff members are teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of protecting themselves, their coworkers and high-risk family members from the virus.

Cal National Guard aids Los Angeles-area food banks
May 15, 2020
U.S. Army Pfc. Erik Pereida, a motor transport operator with the 756th Transportation Company Detachment, 746th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, California Army National Guard, unloads frozen chicken intended for food kits at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in Vernon, California, May 11, 2020. Fifteen Soldiers were reassigned to the Vernon facility to help build frozen-food kits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cal National Guard welder sews face masks to combat COVID-19
May 14, 2020
U.S. Army Sgt. Edwin Rodriguez, a welder at the California National Guard's combined support maintenance shop, sews face masks for other Soldiers on a vintage sewing machine, April 23, 2020, inside the Long Beach, California, facility. Rodriguez found and repaired two of the shop's three vintage sewing machines before putting his civilian skills as a former upholstery technician to work sewing masks.

Cal Guard member's civilian skills get troops to missions
May 14, 2020
U.S. Army Spc. Koby Riggan, a radio technician with the California Army National Guard’s 270th Military Police Company, works on a Humvee, April 28, 2020, at the Cal Guard's Field Maintenance Shop 22, in Sacramento. The Cal Guard has been using these vehicles to support humanitarian missions throughout the state.

America’s only missile defense brigade 'deployed in place'
May 12, 2020
Members of a 100th Missile Defense Brigade crew exit the secure area at Schriever Air Force Base following their shift April 30, 2020. Since the onset of the pandemic, the 100th Brigade has implemented measures to ensure the continued execution of its mission including sequestering crew members away from their homes and families.

Mother stitches love for Cal Guard Soldiers
May 8, 2020
U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly Ortiz of the California Army National Guard’s Alpha Company, 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 115th Regional Support Group, stands proudly in front of her unit May 5, 2020, at the Solano Food Bank in Fairfield, California, as her peers wear face masks Ortiz and her mother provided.

NJ Guard, active-duty troops set up COVID-19 ops center
May 6, 2020
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Timothy Jardinico works in the New Jersey National Guard’s Joint Operations Center in the Homeland Security Center of Excellence, Lawrenceville, N.J., April 22, 2020. New Jersey Soldiers and Airmen, as well as active duty Air Force and Coast Guard members and civilians from U.S. Northern Command are working together in the center to support the state’s response efforts to COVID-19.