Air Guard, Reserve Complete Texas Firefighting Mission

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., May 6, 2011 — Four Defense Depart­ment C-130 Her­cules air­craft equipped with U.S. For­est Ser­vice fire­fight­ing sys­tems that were under the com­mand and con­trol of U.S. North­ern Com­mand have com­plet­ed their sup­port to the fire­fight­ing efforts in Texas.

The C-130s, two from the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Air­lift Wing here, and two from the Cal­i­for­nia Air Nation­al Guard’s 146th Air Wing, Chan­nel Islands Air Nation­al Guard Sta­tion, Calif., will rede­ploy from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, after assist­ing the Nation­al Inter­a­gency Fire Cen­ter con­trol the fires.

The mis­sion in Texas end­ed last night. The air­craft flew 81 sor­ties and deliv­ered 243,000 gal­lons of fire-retar­dant.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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