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California Air Guardsmen prepare to assist with Hurricane Sandy response

A California Air National Guard aircrew from the 130th Rescue Squadron conducts preflight check on an MC130P Combat Shadow at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Oct 29, 2012.  More than 100 guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing  prepare to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts.  Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams mobilized to the East Coast to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino/RELEASED)

A California Air National Guard aircrew from the 130th Rescue Squadron conducts preflight check on an MC130P Combat Shadow at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Oct 29, 2012. More than 100 guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing prepare to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts. Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams mobilized to the East Coast to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino/RELEASED)

An HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Squadron is loaded into a C17 Globemaster III at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Oct 29, 2012.  More than 100 California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing  prepare to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts.  Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams mobilized to the East Coast to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino/RELEASED)

An HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Squadron is loaded into a C17 Globemaster III at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Oct 29, 2012. More than 100 California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing prepare to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts. Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams mobilized to the East Coast to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino/RELEASED)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Logistics Squadron loads a HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter into a C17 Globemaster III at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Oct 29, 2012.  More than 100 guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing  prepare to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts.  Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams mobilized to the East Coast to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino/RELEASED)

California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Logistics Squadron loads a HH60G Pave Hawk helicopter into a C17 Globemaster III at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Oct 29, 2012. More than 100 guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing prepare to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts. Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams mobilized to the East Coast to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino/RELEASED)

Pararescuemen from the 131st Rescue Squadron boards a C17 Globemaster III at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Oct 29, 2012.  More than 100 California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing  prepare to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts.  Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams mobilized to the East Coast to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino/RELEASED)

Pararescuemen from the 131st Rescue Squadron boards a C17 Globemaster III at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Oct 29, 2012. More than 100 California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing prepare to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts. Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams mobilized to the East Coast to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino/RELEASED)

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- More than 100 California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing are preparing to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts.

Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams will mobilize to the East Coast as early as Monday to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The aircraft and personnel will station at a location to be determined, based on the storm's path and impact.

For more information, please contact Capt. Donald LeBlanc at 650-793-1749. More details will follow as they become available.

The primary mission of the 129th Rescue Wing is to conduct its wartime mission of combat search and rescue anywhere in the world. In addition to its wartime mission, the unit also works closely with the Coast Guard and other civil agencies on state missions; equipped with MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft and HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, the 129th has performed a wide variety of civilian search and rescue missions, including responding to distressed persons aboard ships, lost or injured hikers, and medical evacuations. Over the course of its history, the 129th Rescue Wing has rescued close to a thousand distressed people.

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