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Aerial herbicide operations enable safe training at Mountain Home

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.

A C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron sits on the flightline on Sept. 22, 2020, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.

A C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron sits on the flightline on Sept. 22, 2020, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, loaded the aircraft with a modular aerial spray system fit to disperse herbicide product used to combat the spread of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual, as a means of fire prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.

A C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron sits on the flightline on Sept. 22, 2020, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.

Senior Airman Mason Disbennett, an aircraft maintenance apprentice with the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, waits to marshal a C-130H Hercules aircraft on Sept. 22, 2020, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.

A C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron taxis on the flightline after returning from an aerial spray mission on Sept. 22, 2020, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.

Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey McGhee, an aerospace maintenance craftsman with the 910th Maintenance Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Zachary McGhee, a loadmaster with the 757th Airlift Squadron, pose for a photo on the flightline on Sept. 22, 2020, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The Airmen are brothers serving at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, who were able to travel to Idaho to conduct aerial spray operations as a means of fire prevention to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.

A C-130H Hercules aircraft equipped with a modular aerial spray boom and nozzles sits on the flightline on Sept. 22, 2020, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.

Hodge Echeverria, a natural resources program manager at Mountain Home Air Force Base, and Lt. Col. Karl Haagsma, a medical entomologist with the 757th Airlift Squadron, wait for a C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 757th AS to fly over during an aerial spray mission on Sept. 23, 2020, at Saylor Creek Training Range, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.

Lt. Col. Karl Haagsma, a medical entomologist with the 757th Airlift Squadron, communicates with aircrew via radio on Sept. 23, 2020, at Saylor Creek Training Range, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.
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A C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron sprays herbicide on Sept. 23, 2020, at Saylor Creek Training Range, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.
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A C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron sprays herbicide on Sept. 23, 2020, at Saylor Creek Training Range, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.
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A C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron sprays herbicide on Sept. 23, 2020, at Saylor Creek Training Range, Idaho. As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home AFB to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual. During wildfires, cheatgrass acts as an enabler, causing the fire to spread quickly to other vegetation such as sagebrush. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Russo)

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As a means of fire prevention, Reserve Citizen Airmen from Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, traveled to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to conduct aerial spray operations to combat the growth of cheatgrass, an invasive winter annual.