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133rd Operations Group

Nearly 30 Airmen assigned to the Kentucky Air National Guard unit and part of the 123rd Airlift Wing returned to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, December 13-17, 2021, for a second round of cold weather training under the 123rd Contingency Response Group (CRG) which specializes in opening airfields in remote areas.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ross Wehrle, 133rd Contingency Response Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, prepares to weigh a pallet in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 18, 2021. Wehrle is taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise that focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)
U.S. Air Force Col. (ret.) Julia "Julie" Eszlinger-Jensen, right, receives the Flight of Honor medal from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, The Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard in St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 17, 2021. The Flight of Honor honors past and present Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing, the 148th Fighter Wing, and Joint Force Headquarters, Minnesota Air National Guard, who have distinguished themselves with notable professional achievement and service or heroism. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Nathan Sole, left, 109th Airlift Squadron provides directions to Tech. Sgt. Ross Wehrle, 133rd Contingency Response Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, right, as he backs the light tactical all-terrain vehicle (MZRZ) onto a C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Aug. 17, 2021. Sole and Wehrle are taking part in a Contingency Response training exercise which focuses on the capabilities of responding to natural disasters and setting up airbase operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing were recognized during the third quarter of the Minnesota Vikings home opener game in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sept. 26, 2021. The Airmen made up the crew from the C-130 Hercules flyover, commemorating the historic flight conducted by U.S. Army Gen. Walter Rhinow, Lt. Col. William C. Garis, and Capt. Ray S. Miller on Sept. 26, 1920. The three men flow from Curtiss Field in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, to Washington D.C. The success of the trip ultimately led to the establishment of the 109th Observation Squadron, the first federally recognized Air National Guard unit in the nation. The 109th Airlift Squadron, the descendent unit of the 109th Observation Squadron, still exists today at the 133rd Airlift Wing in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)
U.S. Air Force Airmen and Soldiers from across the Minnesota National Guard return home from Washington D.C. after supporting the 59th Presidential Inauguration in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 23, 2021. Nearly 750 Minnesota Guardsmen joined Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from across the Nation to provide security, communications, medical evacuation, and other support to civilian authorities during the Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Austen R. Adriaens)
A C-130 Hercules from the 133rd Airlift Wing taxis down the runway in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 18, 2021. The C-130 Hercules is preparing to depart the Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport to pick-up Airmen and Soldiers from across the Minnesota National Guard to Washington D.C. in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren)
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing are recognized for their achievements at the annual Wing Awards Ceremony in St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 12, 2020. Even though the amount of individuals in attendance this year was lower, due to the pandemic, these exceptional members of the Wing were still able to honored. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Austen R. Adriaens)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Allen Thill receives the Purple Heart award after sustaining injuries during his most recent deployment to Iraq in St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 12, 2020. The Purple Heart Medal is a United States Military decoration awarded in the name of the president to those wounded in the service of this country. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Austen R. Adriaens)
U.S. Air Force U.S. Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, speaks to the Airmen of the 133rd Contingency Response Flight in St. Paul, Minn., June 17, 2020. Lengyel came to the 133rd Airlift Wing to personnel say thank you for the work which the Airmen and Military Security Guards have done during the recent State Active Duty assignments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Amy M. Lovgren)

Mission Statement

The 133rd Operations Group commands units that support and accomplish federal and state requirements for the airlift of troops, cargo, and medical patients anywhere in the world. To support any other higher headquarters tasked mission within our unit's capabilities. To monitor standardization of all flying and support unit assets and operating procedures. To insure units maintain an environment conducive to safe training activities.

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