NCANG Joins SC Guard in MAFFs Water Drop Training Exercise


What:  NCANG joins SCNG on MAFFs water drop training exercise on fighting wildfires 

Date: May 5, 2015 (Tuesday)

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, with a water drop scheduled between 11 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Location: South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (Donaldson Center), 2nd Exchange Street Greenville, South Carolina

Media need to confirm their Media Day attendance prior to the event with either:

  • • Deborah Walker; MAFFS Information Officer cell: 910-975-0803 or
  • • Major Paul Kurts; NCANG Public Affairs Officer cell: 980-721-4032

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., media will receive a briefing on the MAFFS* operation and have time to set-up and conduct interviews with the MAFFS Aerospace Expeditionary Squadron (AES) Commander, Maj. Joseph Barney, with the North Carolina Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing, MAFFS Liaison Officer (MLO) Caleb Berry and other military and civilian personnel involved in the training.

Between 11 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., the media water drop will commence. Media and MAFFS personnel will remain at the Center in Greenville, S.C. where visibility will be excellent for the water drop. After the water drop, additional media opportunities will be available for photos and interviews.

The C-130s from Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units are outfitted with a Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS). The equipment is loaded in the back of the aircraft, and drops up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant on identified targets using an air-pressurized system. The aircraft are used to augment the civilian air tanker fleet currently committed to initial attack assignments. The Air National Guard units with MAFFS capabilities are normally activated for thirty days.

The week-long training from May 4 to May 7, 2015 involves about 150 air and ground personnel from North Carolina and Wyoming.

*Modular Airborne FireFighting System or MAFFS is a self-contained unit used for aerial firefighting.


South Carolina's Media Advisory:

Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Region 4931 Broad River Road Columbia, S.C. Contact: Deborah Walker 910-975-0803 May 2, 2015 Military Pilots Train for Wildland Firefighting

GREENVILLE, SC: You are cordially invited to join us for Media Day to view military pilots flying C-130 aircraft conduct a training exercise water drop at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (Donaldson Center Industrial Air Park), Greenville, South Carolina. This operation is part of a training exercise for the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) conducted by the North Carolina Air National Guard, the Wyoming Air National Guard, and the U.S. Forest Service.



Contact: Major Paul Kurts
Phone: 980-721-4032

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