Airmen First

April 28, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As the verdict in the former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin trial was announced, U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing were staged and ready to secure the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Airmen were just 50 pieces to a 3,000-piece puzzle, activated to support Operation Safety… Continue reading Airmen First

133rd Phoenix Raven team supports world-wide missions

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Lief Christensen, 133rd Security Forces Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard Phoenix Raven team leader, checks outside after landing in a C-130J Super Hercules at Kaedi Airfield, Mauritania, Feb. 22, 2020. Phoenix Ravens provide additional support for aircraft, cargo and crew in regions requiring increased security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak)

April 6, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As a kid, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Dotas described how he could never have imagined being part of a program like the Phoenix Raven. Dotas values the incredible experiences he has had being part of the 133rd Airlift Wing’s Phoenix Raven team. Dotas’ enthusiasm for the… Continue reading 133rd Phoenix Raven team supports world-wide missions

Recruiting for Tomorrow

February 25, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Air Force Master Sgt. Rodney Gattis grew up in California, served on Active Duty, and found his way to the Minnesota National Guard five years ago where he now serves as the Recruiting Flight Chief for the 133rd Airlift Wing. Although many members of the Minnesota National Guard… Continue reading Recruiting for Tomorrow

133AW Celebrates Golden Jubilee of the C-130

February 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Sunday marks the 50-year anniversary of the C-130A Hercules flying mission at the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minn. The Wing’s first mission flight was “wheels up” on Feb. 21, 1971. Over the last 50 years the Wing has received three updated models of… Continue reading 133AW Celebrates Golden Jubilee of the C-130

Celebrating 100 Years of Air Guard Aviation

U.S. Army Capt. Raymond S. Miller, left, Lt. Col. W.C. Garis, center, and Gen. Walter Rhinow pose for a photograph in Falcon Heights, Minn., Sept. 26, 1921. Miller, Garis, and Walter flew to Washington D.C. to lobby for aviation units. (Courtesy photo submitted by the Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation)

January 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — On Jan. 17, 2021, the 133rd Airlift Wing celebrated their 100th anniversary. A century ago, they became the first federally-recognized Air National Guard unit in the nation. The origins of the 133rd Airlift Wing are traced back to the founding unit, the 109th Observation Squadron, known as the… Continue reading Celebrating 100 Years of Air Guard Aviation

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

U.S. Air Force Airman Madison Chadderdon poses for a photograph after graduating from basic military training in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 12, 2018. Chadderdon lost 84 pounds in order to make her lifelong dream of joining the Air Force a reality. (Courtesy photo submitted by Senior Airman Madison Chadderdon)

November 2, 2020 (SAINT PAUL, Minnesota) – In 2017, Madison Chadderdon didn’t know what to strive for. At the weight of 252 pounds, she lacked goals, confidence and jumped from job to job. She had considered joining the military since she was a child, but the challenge of losing weight made her question if it… Continue reading Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Minnesota National Guard recognizes Airmen of the Year

Chief Master Sgt. Mark Rukavina, Minnesota State Command Chief; Master Sgt. Richard Kaufman, Master Sgt Chris Armstrong, Tech Sgt. George Wexler, Senior Airmen Jeffrey Fouts and Col. Brian Mandt, Vice Chief of Staff Minnesota Air National Guard pose for a group photo on Jan. 10, 2020 right after a ceremony in Duluth, Minn. Kaufman, Armstrong, Wexler and Fouts were named the 2020 Airmen of the Year for the state of Minnesota based on 2019 accomplishments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Audra Flanagan)

January 14, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — A small ceremony held at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minnesota acknowledged this year’s Outstanding Airmen of the year statewide on Friday, Jan.11, 2020. Members of the 133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing gathered in support of their 2020 Outstanding Airman of Year nominees. Each wing selected candidates… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard recognizes Airmen of the Year

Minnesota Air National Guard Airmen provide no cost medical care to residents in Puerto Rico

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Laureen Savage, a pharmacist with the 133rd Airlift Wing, left, shows U.S. Air Force Col. Jamar Scott, Director of Civil-Military Engagement Policy, a document that was created to help communicate how to use over-the-counter medication in Spanish in Lares, Puerto Rico, April 29, 2019. Scott is visiting one of the six Innovative Readiness Training sites which aim to provide hands-on, mission-essential training while simultaneously providing health care to communities in the U.S. and its territories. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)

May 4, 2019 (LARES, Puerto Rico) — Minnesota National Guard Airmen are providing no-cost medical care to civilians in Puerto Rico this week as part of the U. S. Military Innovative Readiness Training program. Airmen from the 133rd Medical Guard are providing medical care during a two-week medical exercise conducted jointly with several other National… Continue reading Minnesota Air National Guard Airmen provide no cost medical care to residents in Puerto Rico

133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

June 28, 2018 (ALPENA, Michigan)  — Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich. The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth… Continue reading 133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

By Tech. Sgt. Lynette Hoke 148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico (Dec. 8, 2017) – It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29… Continue reading Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

By Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Sept. 29, 2017) – In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that… Continue reading In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

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Warmly welcomed, U.S. contingent arrives in Norway for NOREX 44

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs CAMP VAERNES, Norway (Feb. 12, 2017) – Following a muster at the 133rd Airlift Wing and an eight-hour overnight flight across the Atlantic Ocean, nearly 100 Soldiers and Airmen with the Minnesota National Guard finally arrived in Norway to conduct the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange… Continue reading Warmly welcomed, U.S. contingent arrives in Norway for NOREX 44

Military, Civilian Response Agencies Train for Super Bowl 2018

By Sgt. Sebastian Nemec Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 12, 2017) – Soldiers and Airmen with the Minnesota National Guard’s CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and Twin Cities emergency service personnel with MN Task Force One endured single-digit temperatures at the WestRock paper mill in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 7, 2017,… Continue reading Military, Civilian Response Agencies Train for Super Bowl 2018

210th Engineering Installation Squadron marks 45 Years of operational excellence and community involvement

By Tech. Sgt. Paul Santikko 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 14, 2016) – There are many jobs in the Air Force that are vital to the mission but are not always visible. However, just because something isn’t visible doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. Take for instance the ability to communicate with one… Continue reading 210th Engineering Installation Squadron marks 45 Years of operational excellence and community involvement