Air Sovereignty Mission

Just as it sounds, Air Sovereignty protects the airspace of the United States. Early detection radar systems provide advanced warning to impending threats before they reach American airspace. Once detected, necessary actions can be taken to deter and eliminate the threats, maintaining the safety of our citizens.

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Airborne Firefighting Mission

The Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) program provides emergency capability to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service in fighting wildland fires. The MAFFS units are loaded onto C-130 aircraft and can drop 3,000 lbs of retardant on a wildfire in less than five seconds, fly back to its home base, and be refilled and airborne again in less than 20 minutes. This mission highlights interagency cooperation.

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Centralized Intermediate Repair Facility (CIRF)

The Centralized Intermediate Repair Facility (CIRF) allows for intermediate level repair to be performed on aircraft and engines where specialists are required. These facilities save time and resources as one repair facility can be tooled and stocked with the necessary parts. The maintenance personnel at these locations have a higher level of understanding and training associated with the levels of repair they perform.

Eagle Vision Mission

Commanders and planners need eyes on events to gather as much information as possible to plan, execute and deliver resources when the need arises. Eagle Vision offers the ability to use commercial satellites in gathering imagery, as topographical units and intelligence analysts review and glean relevant information to give the mission planners what they need to assist them in their decision making process. A significant role is for homeland defense in providing forestry services relevant information regarding wildfires and evaluation of devastation after natural disasters.

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Global Hawk Maintenance Mission

The Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle might not have a crew onboard but they have a significant base of maintenance personnel and pilots ensuring they are maintained in the optimum condition and available at all times for when the need arises.

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Homeland Defense Mission

Homeland Defense Forces provide life-saving capabilities in the event of a national emergency as a result of natural or manmade disasters. Specialists, trained in identification, treatment, containment, decontamination of potential threats and search and rescue techniques, provide life saving capabilities to the local community and country during their greatest time of need. The Air National Guard's Homeland Defense Forces are there in the community ready to respond at a moments notice assisting state and local governments in protecting and safeguarding local communities.

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Medical Evacuation Mission

Medical evacuation (Medevac) requires a team of highly trained medical professionals who prepare, stabilize and treat the wounded enroute to their final treatment locations. Many of our mobility aircraft are able to be transformed into mobile medical facilities to treat our critically wounded. This essential mission ensures the members of the Armed Forces receive the best treatment possible from one destination to another.

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Scientific Mission

Over the past 25 years, the Air National Guard has aided the National Science Foundation in establishing over 100 remote sites. Sustainment of operations in these far remote locations requires the capability of the heavy airlift aircraft to provide enough fuel, equipment and supplies to keep researchers safe and able to conduct their science missions. All Antarctic locations are supported by our LC-130 aircraft utilizing its ability for ski take-offs and landings.

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Special Operations Aircraft Mission

The Special Operations Aircraft are designed to enter enemy territory, delivering airmen or resources wherever needed and conducting tactical airland, airdrop, information operations, and civil affairs broadcasts. Helicopter and mobility aircraft of various types and sizes are utilized and designed to support specific mission requirements, which include intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, and information operations. These aircrafts' unique abilities also allow them to support humanitarian efforts during natural disasters and emergencies in this country and around the world.

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