133AW welcomes President
By MSgt David Fenner, 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 16, 2011
Minneapolis/ Saint Paul International Airport -- The Commander-in-Chief received a warm Minnesota welcome upon his arrival at the 133rd Airlift Wing.
President Barrack Obama came to Minnesota as part of an economic-themed bus tour to discuss unemployment and the strengthening of the middle class. According to the White House he wants to hear from Americans directly, including local families and small businesses. Before boarding the bus, the president, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Frankin, Congressman Tim Walz, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and Gov. Mark Dayton, took some time to say hello to members of the 133rd Airlift Wing and invited guests as he arrived here to start a three-day tour through Minn., Iowa, and Ill.
Preparing for the visit becomes a base wide effort starting days before the arrival of Air Force One. Arrangements for communications, base security and ramp logistics are just some of the tasks to be coordinated with Secret Service and White House Agencies. Senior Airman Qinn Brophy, a maintenance crew chief with the 133rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron said "Touching Air Force One was one of his top ten experiences" after placing the chalks under the front wheels.
This isn't the first time the president has used the 133AW for his arrival, and it may not be the last. The members of the 133aw take great pride in their service to Minnesota and the United States and having the President land here is icing on the cake. Many kudos were given by the White house agencies for the professional can do attitudes of the 133rd with comments like "second to none".