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14 Aug 2018

Traditional Guardsmen C-130J pilot

115th Airlift Squadron / 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands ANGS – Posted by pilothiring115as Topanga, California, United States

Job Description

Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, 146th Airlift Wing.

 The 115th Airlift Squadron (the Hollywood Guard), is located in Port Hueneme, approximately halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara on the California coast. If you are familiar with NAS Point Mugu (KNTD), we share the airfield with them, right off Pacific Coast Highway. Our missions include: worldwide theater airlift delivery of equipment and personnel via tactical airland,  airdrop (to include formation, low-level, NVG, and short field/unimproved LZ operations) and aeromedical evacuation. In addition we have a state/federal aerial firefighting mission (MAFFS). We participate in exercises across the globe and deploy in support of contingency operations. This is the perfect opportunity to fly C-130s right on the beach in sunny SoCal!



We are currently accepting applications from all prior rated pilots  Prior rated C-130 pilots are given priority over non-prior C-130. Position is for both traditional (part-time) and limited full-time (technician/ART) pilots. Starting pay for full time technician is at GS-13 pay scale.

Preferred qualifications: Experienced C-130J Pilots, preferably Instructor/Evaluator Pilots and Mission Pilots. C-130J flight time highly desired (but not mandatory) over legacy C-130H time. We are currently accepting applications from other Major Weapons Systems.  Other service components (Navy, Coast Guard, Marines) are welcome, but USAF is desired due to extensive inter-service transfer timelines.  Preferred Rank: 0-3 and below is highly desired, 0-4 with less than 2 years time in grade is acceptable. Mid-level 0-4 and 0-5 are on a case-by-case basis, but due to career progression limitations, very rare. There is currently a 6-month to 1-year backlog on ANG C-130J school slots, so new hires can expect delays prior to attending training. Residence in Southern California is greatly preferred for traditional pilots and required for technicians. 

All prior rated pilot can expect to meet an interview board prior to hiring. Multiple visits to the unit during Unit Training Assemblies (drill weekends) is highly encouraged. If you cannot come out during the weekend, visiting during the week (Tuesday through Thursday preferably) is better than nothing at all.

Here is the list of requirements for prior rated military pilots:


Cover Letter


Last 3 OPR’s

USAF Flying Class 1 Physical

3 letters of recommendation with contact information (1 must be from current commander or supervisor)

USAF RIP or equivalent personnel history report

Air Force Form 942 and most recent Form 8 or equivalent

PREREQUISITES: NO UCMJ ACTIONS, DWI/DUI or a history of drug or substance abuse.

Last military flight was no more than 6 months ago.



We are accepting application packages for prospective Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) candidates for FY2020 and will be interviewing next Spring 2019. That means you will most likely not attend pilot training prior to Spring 2020. All of the details for UPT candidates are listed at the following link, under the “Pilot Training Program” section.


The Air National Guard is about a lot more than numbers, especially considering you are going to work for us your entire career. We look at you in the context that (if we hire you) you are going to be flying, working, socializing, and going to war with us for a long time. First and foremost, we are going to want someone who is going to make it through UPT and C-130J Initial Qual. Your PCSM and flying experience add greatly to that. Second, we want someone who is a “good fit”. We will ask you a lot of questions in the interview and your answers (and how you answer) mean a lot. Also, your interview starts before you even set foot on the base. Visiting the unit before the interview during a Unit Training Assembly (Drill Weekend) is highly encouraged so we can get to know you in a more informal setting. Any phone calls you make, people you interact with, etc. are all fair game and expect members on the board to ask around to see what others think of you, even if you aren’t being formally interviewed. So, best advice – be yourself!


How to Apply

For more information and questions, please contact: LtCol Joseph Sanduk, Capt Ben Vail, or Capt Chris Hicks at  (805) 986-7554 or (805) 986-7590, or 7577.  Email either at (note, all prior email correspondence is deleted the day after the hiring board). The address section of your package should be addressed to: Captain Ben Vail,  115th Airlift Squadron,  CA Air National Guard,  106 Mulcahey Drive, Port Hueneme, CA 93041

Job Categories: Pilot. Job Types: Traditional Guardsmen. Job Tags: AGR, C-130, c-130j, C-130j pilot, c130j, CA, CA ANG, California, channel islands, CIANGS, DSG, EP, evaluator, hiring board, Hollywood Guard, instructor pilot, IP, MAFFS, NAS Pt Mugu, Pilot, Pt Hueneme, Pt Mugu, reservist, technician, traditional guardsman, and UPT. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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2 Responses to “C-130J pilot”

  1. Comment made by Alton McCormick on Apr 1st 2018 at 3:14 am: Reply

    Are you guys hiring grey beards? Retired O-5 (KC-135 Pilot) last military flight 2014. Currently flying for the government, (UH-60 Pilot/King Air 350 Instructor Pilot)

  2. Comment made by pilothiring115as on May 20th 2018 at 3:25 am: Reply

    Sorry Alton at this time we are not.

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