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  • Teamwork gets 133AW crew overseas

    As the deploying 133rd Airlift Wing crew waited for a replacement valve on Wednesday, they greeted a Minnesota aircraft carrying the replacement valve and unit members coming home from Afghanistan. The deploying crew left Monday and when they landed at its first destination a gauge indicated a warning on an anti-icing valve. Mechanics confirmed a

    About twenty-five air crew members, aircraft maintenance specialists, and others from the 133rd Airlift Wing returned from duty in Afghanistan, flying a C-130H "Hercules" cargo aircraft, on October 22, 2008 at the Air National Guard base at the Minneapolis, St. Paul International Airport. It was the second aircraft to rotate back from Afghanistan
  • Government on Display at the Mall of America

    The 9th annual Government on Display Exposition, the largest government event ever staged in an American mall, kicked off Jan. 26, 2008 at the Mall of America with a naturalization ceremony, swearing in 30 immigrants as American Citizens.Following the opening ceremony in the Rotunda, the public was entertained throughout the weekend by acts such as
  • 10,000 Hour Aviator

    Command pilot and 133rd Operations Group Commander, Lt. Col. Steven T. O'Brien reached an aviation milestone recently, having logged over 10,000 hours as a pilot with the Minnesota Air National Guard. It is a rare achievement; members of the unit recall that the last person to reach 10,000 hours was in 1999 and that person has since retired.
  • New Facility at the 133rd

    A ribbon cutting ceremony held by the 133rd Airlift Wing marked the official opening of the new Composite Maintenance Facility May 2. This multifaceted building houses the command structure of the 133rd Maintenance Group as well as key shops responsible for providing mission-ready Airmen and C-130H3 aircraft to support federal, state, and
  • 133rd Airlift Wing Celebrates Family Day

    Friends and relatives of 133rd Airlift Wing members came out to celebrate Family Day Aug. 16, 2008.Visitors had a chance to experience a rock climbing wall, a K-9 demonstration, static aircraft displays, pony rides, an inflatable obstacle course and more.Family Day is an annual event which allows Airmen to show their loved ones around base and
  • JPADS training preps 133AW for deployment

    The loadmaster crouches down on the ramp of the C-130 aircraft with a sharp tool ready to cut the pallet loose. The ramp is open and the 133rd Airlift Wing cargo plane levels off as they approach the drop zone in central Minnesota. The navigator has computed the exact time and place for the pilot to give the loadmaster the green light, based on
  • 133rd Airlift Wing deploys again to Middle East

    As the citizens of St Paul focused on the Republican National Convention, the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing began the first wave of its deployment to Southwest Asia, which will culminate with approximately 300 members of the Wing supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.The length of deployments will range up to