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Reservists honeThailand's aerial firefighting skills

Special Group Captain (Brig Gen equivalent) Thawonwat Chantanagama, Deputy Director, Director of Operations, Royal Thai Air Force (left in blue), Lt. Col. Corey L. Steinbrink and Lt. Col. James M. Steward, with the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing present Modular Airborne Firefighting System training certificates.  More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system.  Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Special Group Captain (Brig Gen equivalent) Thawonwat Chantanagama, Deputy Director, Director of Operations, Royal Thai Air Force (left in blue), Lt. Col. Corey L. Steinbrink and Lt. Col. James M. Steward, with the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing present Modular Airborne Firefighting System training certificates. More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system. Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations. This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing (left of podium) , based at Peterson AFB, Colo., stand with Special Group Captain (Brig Gen equivalent) Thawonwat Chantanagama, Deputy Director, Director of Operations, Royal Thai Air Force, during closing ceremonies for the Modular Airborne Firefighting System training.  More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system.  Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing (left of podium) , based at Peterson AFB, Colo., stand with Special Group Captain (Brig Gen equivalent) Thawonwat Chantanagama, Deputy Director, Director of Operations, Royal Thai Air Force, during closing ceremonies for the Modular Airborne Firefighting System training. More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system. Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations. This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

AF Reservist Lt. Col. James M. Steward, C-130 pilot and chief of flying safety, 302nd Airlift Wing, congratulates a member of the Royal Thai Air Force upon completion of Modular Airborne Firefighting System training.   More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system.  Seven member of the Air Force Reserve’s 302 AW traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Air Force Reservist Lt. Col. James M. Steward, C-130 pilot and chief of flying safety, 302nd Airlift Wing, congratulates a member of the Royal Thai Air Force upon completion of Modular Airborne Firefighting System training. More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system. Seven members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302 AW traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations. This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Lt. Col. Corey L. Steinbrink, mission commander (center), and Chief Master Sgt. James D. Riley, chief loadmaster (right), with the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, present Special Group Captain (Brig Gen equivalent) Thawonwat Chantanagama, Deputy Director, Director of Operations, Royal Thai Air Force, with a replica tail flash to recognize completion of Modular Airborne Firefighting System training.  The bright orange number “5” on the tail flash signifies the MAFFS unit number flown in the aircraft.  More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system.  Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Lt. Col. Corey L. Steinbrink, mission commander (center), and Chief Master Sgt. James D. Riley, chief loadmaster (right), with the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, present Special Group Captain (Brig Gen equivalent) Thawonwat Chantanagama, Deputy Director, Director of Operations, Royal Thai Air Force, with a replica tail flash to recognize completion of Modular Airborne Firefighting System training. The bright orange number “5” on the tail flash signifies the MAFFS unit number flown in the aircraft. More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system. Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations. This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Water is released from a Royal Thai Air Force C-130 equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System over north central Thailand during MAFFS training.  Members of the RTAF are certifying their proficiency on the MAFFS missions with assistance from the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing based at Peterson AFB, Colo.  Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Water is released from a Royal Thai Air Force C-130 equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System over north central Thailand during MAFFS training. Members of the RTAF are certifying their proficiency on the MAFFS missions with assistance from the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing based at Peterson AFB, Colo. Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations. This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Chief Master Sgt. James D. Riley, chief loadmaster with the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing discusses the Modular Airborne Firefighting System emergency procedures with Royal Thai Air Force loadmasters at Phitsanulok Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.   Seven members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302 AW, based at Peterson AFB, Colo. were in Thailand providing expert training to RTAF members on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Chief Master Sgt. James D. Riley, chief loadmaster with the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing discusses the Modular Airborne Firefighting System emergency procedures with Royal Thai Air Force loadmasters at Phitsanulok Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. Seven members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302 AW, based at Peterson AFB, Colo. were in Thailand providing expert training to RTAF members on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations. This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Chief Master Sgt. James D. Riley, chief loadmaster with the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing prepares to pull in the Modular Airborne Firefighting System tubes after take-off from the Phitsanulok Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.   Seven members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302 AW, based at Peterson AFB, Colo. were in Thailand providing expert training to RTAF members on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

Chief Master Sgt. James D. Riley, chief loadmaster with the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing prepares to pull in the Modular Airborne Firefighting System tubes after take-off from the Phitsanulok Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. Seven members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302 AW, based at Peterson AFB, Colo. were in Thailand providing expert training to RTAF members on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations. This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

A Royal Thai Air Force C-130 is silhouetted by the sunset at Phitsanulok Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, after a day of Modular Airborne Firefighting System training.   More than 50 members of the RTAF attended MAFFS training led by the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, based at Peterson AFB, Colo.   Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective 
C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

A Royal Thai Air Force C-130 is silhouetted by the sunset at Phitsanulok Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, after a day of Modular Airborne Firefighting System training. More than 50 members of the RTAF attended MAFFS training led by the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, based at Peterson AFB, Colo. Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations. This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

The silhouette of a Royal Thai Air Force C-130 is projected onto a north central Thailand hillside as the crew practices Modular Airborne Firefighting System low-level flying.  The RTAF crew was being instructed by members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, based at Peterson AFB, Colo.  More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system.  Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)

The silhouette of a Royal Thai Air Force C-130 is projected onto a north central Thailand hillside as the crew practices Modular Airborne Firefighting System low-level flying. The RTAF crew was being instructed by members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, based at Peterson AFB, Colo. More than 50 members of the RTAF attended the 302 AW-led training to increase their proficiency with the MAFFS system. Seven 302 AW members traveled to Thailand to provide expert training on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations. This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie)