• 129th Rescue Wing to Support State Firefighting Operations

    Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing departed here Tuesday to support suppression operations over the wildfires in California. Two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters with crews and water buckets departed for Mather Air Force Base, Calif., where they will then be on standby to receive mission taskings."Almost immediately after
  • Furloughs Impacting California Guard’s Ability to Respond to State Crises

    Federal furloughs of Department of Defense civilian employees that began July 8 have already adversely impacted the California National Guard's ability to prepare for state and domestic crises.One of five HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters belonging to the 129th Rescue Wing has been receiving maintenance at a depot facility on a limited work
  • 129th RQW Airmen achieve milestone 1000th save

    The 129th Rescue Wing has saved its 1,000th life.The millennial milestone was reached on May 18, 2013 when aircrews and pararescuemen from the 129th Rescue Wing, deployed to Afghanistan, rescued an Afghan national policeman who had suffered a gunshot wound, raising the number of lives saved by the unit to 1,000.Since its inception nearly four
  • Running Dedication

    Although running is a required portion of the Air Force Physical Fitness Test, three Airmen from the 129th Mission Support Group have gone above and beyond their basic requirement and successfully participated in more than five dozen runs around the nation.With more than 700 collective miles ran, Master Sgts. Ronald Blancas, Jennifer Hess, and
  • California National Guard Lauds Representative Anna Eshoo's Leadership

    Col Steven J. Butow, commander of the Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing near San Jose, Calif., released the following statement today in support of Rep. Anna Eshoo's recent effort to protect the future viability of Moffett Federal Airfield:"On behalf of the more than 900 California Air Guardsmen who selflessly serve the Silicon Valley
  • AF to open remaining combat positions to women

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced today the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. "Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off the
  • 129th Rescue Wing Airmen deploy to Afghanistan, Horn of Africa

    California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing deployed to both Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa this week. More than 100 citizen-Airmen from all over the Bay Area deployed this week from Moffett Federal Airfield for approximately four months to provide personnel recovery capability in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and
  • California Air National Guard successfully completes rescue off the Coast of Mexico

    Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing (RQW) successfully completed a complex, overwater rescue of an injured ship hand from a Marshall Islands flagged merchant vessel approximately 300 miles off the coast of Mexico at noon today. The 129th Rescue Wing received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday concerning an injured ship hand
  • AF leaders target sexual assault in latest 'Letter to Airmen'

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy issued a tri-signature "Letter to Airmen" Nov. 16.As part of an effort to increase awareness of sexual assault, the Air Force's top three leaders reminded Airmen that individual efforts do
  • California Air Guardsmen prepare to assist with Hurricane Sandy response

    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

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