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  • 144th Medics Respond to Creek Fire Rescues

    The fire season in California has been relentless this year. This became even more apparent Sept. 5, 2020, when the uncontained Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera Counties engulfed the Mammoth Pool area trapping more than 200 men, women and children in a ring of fire. Lt. Col. Jordan Darnauer, 144th Medical Detachment 1 commander, received a call from Col. Jeremiah Cruz, 144th Fighter Wing commander, asking for the medical strike teams to be activated to assist with evacuees that were to be rescued by the California Army National Guard’s HH-60 Blackhawks and CH-47 Chinooks and flown into the 1106 Theater Aviation Support Maintenance Group located at the Fresno Yosemite International Air Terminal.
  • Annual School Supply Giveaway Helping Military Families

    The 144th Fighter Wing’s Airman & Family Readiness hosted its annual School Supply Giveaway for military families Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, 2020 in the engine shop classroom at the Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, providing over 200 unit members with school supplies. Dorene Vierra, Airman and Family Readiness program manager said, “The school supply giveaway was a phenomenal success! Through the donations from Operation Homefront, school supplies were handed out over the unit training assembly to many thankful Airmen.”
  • Airmen Return Home After Serving State Missions

    Over 30 Airmen from the 144th Fighter Wing returned, July 14, 2020, from responding to multiple missions across California. It all began, April 9, when Airmen were tasked with providing assistance to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Silicon Valley, located in San Jose, California. Their work at the Food Bank was part of the California National Guard’s ongoing statewide response mission to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 9, these Airmen were then tasked with supporting law enforcement agencies to protect life and property during the protests that were occurring across the state.
  • Flexibility Is Key

    Capt. Patrick McGar, a drill status guardsmen and 144th Medical Group Detachment clinical nurse, had to adapt repeatedly as mission requirements changed while he was serving as a member of a COVID-19 medical strike team which provided support to several Southern California cities affected by the novel coronavirus, from April to July 2020.
  • 144th Medical Group Detachment Supporting California

    Six to twelve hours. That's the amount of time the 144th Medical Detachment 1 has to report, prepare and deploy when an order comes in requiring their support. The clock started when California Gov. Gavin Newsom gave an order March 13th, requesting a 10-person medical augmentation team to assist the California Emergency Medical Services Authority at a facility in Asilomar State Park in Monterey County, Calif.
  • Valley Thunder Coming This March

    UPDATE: This exercise was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 194th Fighter Squadron Griffins from the 144th Fighter Wing are hosting the Valley Thunder training exercise Mar. 17-21, 2020 from the Fresno Air National Guard Base. Valley Thunder is fighter jet training exercise, which will feature a unique war-fighting scenario, delivering a competitive experience for fighter pilots and units. F-15C Eagles from the 144th Fighter Wing and F-16 Vipers from the 8th Fighter Squadron, out of the 49th Wing at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico will be participating.
  • RCP2 Nearing Completion

    As the second time frame of the Reserve Component Period comes to a close, Airmen from the 144th Fighter Wing who have been deployed overseas to support Federal missions will finally be returning home.
  • Sentry Aloha 20-1

    Airman and F-15C eagle fighter jets assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing participate in Sentry Aloha 20-1, an air-to-air combat exercise hosted by the Hawaii Air National Guard, Jan. 8-22, 2020.
  • 144th Lt. Col. Named California ANG FGO

    Lt. Col. Cesar Gonzalez, 144th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, was named the California Air National Guard’s Field Grade Officer of the Year.
  • A Successful Year for the 144th Fighter Wing’s Combined Federal Campaign

    144th Fighter Wing’s 2019 Combined Federal Campaign raised more than $14,000, and Airmen pledged more than 270 volunteer hours to charities throughout the nation, demonstrating commitment to community from the Airmen of the Wing.