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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