• Air National Guard unit ready to fight wildfires and save lives

    Crews from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing were certified to perform water bucket operations here Wednesday, becoming the only rescue unit in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard qualified to fight fires.The certification is timely as it coincides with an early start to the fire season in Northern California, which is
  • Airmen transport rescued patient to new heliport

    Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing performed a rescue June 18 for a crewmember experiencing a medical emergency aboard the cargo vessel APC Peru. Responding to a call from the Coast Guard District 11 Alameda, two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and two MC-130P Combat Shadow aerial refueling tankers met the vessel approximately 500 miles
  • Elevated heliport certified for use by the 129th Rescue Wing

    While patients, nurses, doctors and construction workers stared in awe, an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing landed at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose June 9. This Pave Hawk wasn't landing at the hospital for a rescue mission. It was the unit's maiden landing on a heliport that is the first in the Bay Area to be
  • Air National Guard Band of the West Coast releases June and July performance schedule

    The Air National Guard Band of the West Coast will be playing at the following events through the end of July:  June 14  (Ceremonial Band and Jazz combo) Ribbon-cutting celebration at Ft. Baker, San Francisco, Calif.June 30 (Concert Band) 7 pm at Wingfield Park, Reno, Nev.July 1 (Concert Band) 7 pm at the Winnemucca Convention Center, Winnemucca,
  • 129th Airmen featured in May GrizCast

    California National Guard Public Affairs recently posted the May edition of the GrizCast - an internal monthly video magazine about California National Guard units. On this edition of the GrizCast, the program broadcasts from Mather Field for the annual Capitol Air Show. Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing who represented the unit at the air show are
  • Pararescueman raises money for AIDS awareness

    An Airman battled body, mind and social stigmas to raise awareness about AIDS and HIV testing for African Americans by running from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 14 days in December, which was approximately 26 miles a day for two weeks. Tech. Sgt. Lejon Boudreaux, a California Air National Guard pararescueman from the 131st Rescue Squadron, was
  • Nigerian Air Force officers visit 129th Rescue Wing

    Airmen stationed here from the 129th Rescue Wing Maintenance Group put down their wrenches to help promote democracy and build relations with their Nigerian counterparts March 1-2, 2008. "This visit marked the first engagement of its kind," according to Capt. Clayton Smith, California National Guard International Affairs Specialist. It was the
  • New helicopter blade software improves safety

    The 129th Rescue Wing's HH-60G flightline hosted a team of engineers April 5-10 from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Test Center's Maintenance Test and Logistics Division, headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The goal of the visit was to introduce new track and balance software designed to reduce rotor system track and
  • Russian aircraft transports ANG rescue helicopters

    Air National Guardsmen here worked with an aircraft that was vastly different from the MC-130P Combat Shadow tankers, HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and other Air Force aircraft they are accustomed to. Airmen from the 129th Rescue Wing were deploying to Afghanistan and needed aircraft to transport HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters.

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