Defense

July 13, 2012

MAFFS operations move west

MAFFS-equipped C-130s from the 153rd Air Expeditionary Group prepare to take off from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. June 26, 2012. Crews made 20 drops delivering 52,000 gallons of retardant in an effort to suppress the Waldo Canyon fire.

Military C-130s equipped with the U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems have moved staging operations from Cheyenne, Wyo. and Colorado Springs, Colo., to Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City.

Four of the aircraft, from the 153rd and 302nd Airlift wings are operating from Boise Air Terminal, in Idaho. Two from the 146th Airlift Wing are operating from Hill Air Force Base, near Salt Lake City.

The U.S. Forest Service requested MAFFS operations relocate to reduce response time for fire fighting, said Col. Jerry Champlin, 153rd Air Expeditionary Group commander. “With all the recent rain in the Rocky Mountains, they just don’t need us down there right now.”

The MAFFS crews performed 16 drops July 10 on various fires in Idaho.

Since being activated June 25, the MAFFS fleet has completed 163 drops of 423,931 gallons on 10 Rocky Mountain area fires.

MAFFS are operated by four military units: The 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard; 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard; 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard; and the 302nd Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserve Command.

Four airmen assigned to the 145th AW died July 1 during a MAFFS mission assisting with firefighting efforts on the White Draw fire, in S.D. The incident currently is under investigation.

MAFFS is a joint DOD and U.S. Forest Service program designed to provide additional aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private airtankers are no longer able to meet the needs of the forest service.

MAFFS is a self-contained aerial firefighting system owned by the U.S. Forest Service that can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Navy photograph by PO1 Corey Green

USS Anchorage completes third NASA testing

Navy photograph by PO1 Corey Green Navy Divers, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit(EODMU) 11, Mobile Dive and Salvage Company 11-7, assist Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) ...
 
 

Modernization of US nuclear forces not optional

The need for modernization of the U.S. nuclear forces was made clear by speakers at a strategic nuclear enterprise symposium in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. “We’re here to share thoughts about the current state of, and the way forward for the nuclear strategic deterrent enterprise.” said Mark Jantzer, the Task Force 21 chairman. Much of...
 
 
Navy photograph

Triton has first cross-country flight from Palmdale

Northrop Grumman photograph The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System takes off from Northrop Grummanís Palmdale, Calif., facility Sept. 17 for its first cross-country flight to Naval Air Station Patuxent, River, Md. PALMDALE,...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Michael J. Pausic

Future of NATO: Adapting to a new security environment

Air Force photograph by Michael J. Pausic Gen. Phillip Breedlove informs the assembled crowd about the results of the recent NATO Summit and the areas of instability that affect Europe that have regional implications. Seated in...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash

AFRL commander describes Air Force’s technology vision

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello takes a question from an audience member after discussing Air Force Research Laboratory breakthrough technologies during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air ...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Timothy Young

F-35 on time to deliver global security, Air Force official said

Air Force photograph by SrA. Timothy Young An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron, takes flight July 18, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Work leading up the completion of the multinational F-3...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>