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133rd AW Hosts Air Force One - Twice

The commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, takes a moment to talk with Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota’s Adjutant General (center) and Col. Greg Haase, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing as he steps off Air Force One on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president is in the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Master Sgt. David Fenner

The commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, takes a moment to talk with Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota’s Adjutant General (center) and Col. Greg Haase, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing as he steps off Air Force One on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president is in the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Master Sgt. David Fenner

Air Force One makes the turn into the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing bringing President Barack Obama to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The VC-25A, which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing the commander-in-chief to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Air Force One makes the turn into the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing bringing President Barack Obama to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The VC-25A, which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing the commander-in-chief to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Staff Sgt. Patrick Koss of the 133rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron checks the chocks he just placed under the wheel of Air Force One on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The VC-25A, which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing President Barack Obama, the commander-in-chief, to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Staff Sgt. Patrick Koss of the 133rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron checks the chocks he just placed under the wheel of Air Force One on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The VC-25A, which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing President Barack Obama, the commander-in-chief, to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

The commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, is greeted as he steps off Air Force One by Maj. Gen Rick Nash, Minnesota’s Adjutant General (center) and Col. Greg Haase, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president is in the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

The commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, is greeted as he steps off Air Force One by Maj. Gen Rick Nash, Minnesota’s Adjutant General (center) and Col. Greg Haase, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president is in the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

The commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, takes a moment to talk with Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota’s Adjutant General (center) and Col. Greg Haase, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing as he steps off Air Force One on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president is in the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

The commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, takes a moment to talk with Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota’s Adjutant General (center) and Col. Greg Haase, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing as he steps off Air Force One on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president is in the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

President Barack Obama greets well-wishers as he steps off Air Force One on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president is in the Twin Cities to deliver a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

President Barack Obama greets well-wishers as he steps off Air Force One on the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president is in the Twin Cities to deliver a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Master Sgt. Timothy Hayes of the 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron pulls the single point nozzle from the R11 refueler under the wing of Air Force One on Aug. 30, 2011, bringing fuel to President Barack Obama’s aircraft. Air Force One, the VC-25A which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing the commander-in-chief to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Master Sgt. Timothy Hayes of the 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron pulls the single point nozzle from the R11 refueler under the wing of Air Force One on Aug. 30, 2011, bringing fuel to President Barack Obama’s aircraft. Air Force One, the VC-25A which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing the commander-in-chief to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Under the wing of Air Force One at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011, Senior Master Sgt. Steve Tuttle (left) and Master Sgt. Timothy Hayes of the 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron hand the single point nozzle from the R11 refueler to the Air Force One crew chief so that he can attach it to the aircraft. Air Force One, the VC-25A which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing President Barack Obama, the commander-in-chief, to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Under the wing of Air Force One at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011, Senior Master Sgt. Steve Tuttle (left) and Master Sgt. Timothy Hayes of the 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron hand the single point nozzle from the R11 refueler to the Air Force One crew chief so that he can attach it to the aircraft. Air Force One, the VC-25A which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing President Barack Obama, the commander-in-chief, to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Senior Airman Durrell Motley (right) of the 133rd Security Forces Squadron places cones at the direction of a member of the Presidential Airlift Group, marking a perimeter surrounding Air Force One on Aug. 30, 2011. Air Force One, the VC-25A which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing the commander-in-chief to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

Senior Airman Durrell Motley (right) of the 133rd Security Forces Squadron places cones at the direction of a member of the Presidential Airlift Group, marking a perimeter surrounding Air Force One on Aug. 30, 2011. Air Force One, the VC-25A which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, arrived at the Minnesota Air National Guard base bringing the commander-in-chief to the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

America’s commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, shakes hands with Col. Brian Wyneken, vice commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing, before boarding Air Force One and departing from the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president was in the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss
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America’s commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, shakes hands with Col. Brian Wyneken, vice commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing, before boarding Air Force One and departing from the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on August 30, 2011. The president was in the Twin Cities where he delivered a speech to the American Legion Annual Conference. The visit is heavily supported with security, logistics, media and other support by the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing. USAF official photo by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss

St. Paul -- Air Force One brought President Barack Obama to the ramp of the 133rd Airlift Wing on August 30, 2011, only two weeks since his last visit to the Minneapolis - St. Paul area and the Minnesota Air National Guard base at the airport. The presidential visits were for a three state bus tour on August 15 and a speech to the 93rd Annual Conference of the American Legion in Minneapolis on Aug. 30, according to the White House.

The president flies in a VC-25A, which is a highly customized Boeing 747-200B, and it is the job of the 133rd Airlift Wing to support the commander-in-chief, his aircraft, and all of the agencies associated with the visit. This support includes Airmen from almost every Group on base. Maintenance and Operations provide for the big jet and other aircraft associated with the visit. It could be something as visible as putting the chocks under the front wheels of Air Force One, or many other tasks which are mostly behind the scenes.

From Mission Support Group, Airmen from Communications, Security Forces, Logistics Readiness and other units put it hours of support before, during, and after the visit concludes. Again, most of this is behind the scenes. For example, fuel was pumped into the VC-25A by Senior Master Sgt. Steve Tuttle and Master Sgt. Timothy Hayes of the 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, where they worked directly with the active Air Force crew chiefs assigned to Air Force One.

"They are very easy to work with," Hayes says about the men and women assigned to the president's jet, "and very professional."

Perhaps the most visible part of the support is from the Minnesota National Guard leaders who are on the tarmac to welcome President Obama to the air base. Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota Adjutant General, and Col. Greg Haase, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing delivered crisp salutes as the president stepped off the plane.

Mr. Obama spent a lot of time with the Airmen, family members and other well-wishers in a greeting area where he shook a lot of hands, signed autographs and exchanged words of thanks for the support.

All of this was captured by commercial media covering the presidential visit, including live TV shots and imagery and stories from newspapers and other outlets, much of it on the Internet. The Wing also provides administrative support and captures imagery of the visits.