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USNORTHCOM supports Mexico firefighting effort

A crew chief with the 302nd Airlift Wing locks up a C-130 in preparation for take-off at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., April 16. Aircraft and crews from the 302nd AW have been assigned to assist the Mexican government in fighting wildland fires in Northern Mexico using a Modular Airborne Firefighting System loaded onto two C-130 aircraft. The MAFFS, which is owned and maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, is a pressurized self-contained firefighting system designed for installation in C-130 aircraft without structural modifications to the aircraft. The system is designed to air-drop fire-retardant chemicals onto wildfires.

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This work, USNORTHCOM supports Mexico firefighting effort [Image 3 of 5], by TSgt Thomas Doscher, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.16.2011

Date Posted:04.16.2011 12:27

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  • Two C-130s assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing wait on the tarmac at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Four Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130s from the 302nd and 153rd Airlift Wings have been assigned to support wildland firefighting efforts in Colorado, dropping water and retardant on fires such as the Waldo Canyon fire burning in the background.
  • Air Force Lt. Col. Luke Thompson, 302nd Airlift Wing chief of Aerial Fire Fighting, shows Gen. Guillermo Galvan Galvan, Secretary of National Defense, Mexico, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System during a tour of the 302nd AW Oct. 19. More than 30 members of the 302nd AW flew MAFFS missions to suppress a 245,000 acre wildfire in northern Mexico in 2011. The tour was part of Galvan’s last visit as Secretary of National Defense before he steps down from his position, Dec. 1. As part of the visit, Galvan visited with local community organizations. After speaking at a gathering of NORAD and USNORTHCOM members, honors were rendered in front the headquarters, where Jacoby presented Galvan with an engraved artillery casing and the Mexican flag flown in front of the building. Galvan is credited with enhancing the partnership between SEDENA and USNORTHCOM which is essential in the fight against transnational criminal organizations. This partnership in the counter-TCO mission is one of USNORTHCOM’s top priorities, and the command is committed to working together with the Mexican military against TCOs.
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