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133RD AIRLIFT WING RETURNS SAFELY FROM HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF SUPPORT

Chief Master Sgt. Byron Todd (far right) guides Army Staff Sgt. Luke Skinner, a Soldier with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, as he backs a satellite communication uplink trailer into an awaiting Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules Jan. 27 at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Sergeant Skinner and more than 10 members of his unit later arrived at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they deployed in support of earthquake relief operations. Chief Todd is a loadmaster assigned to the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Both the C-130 and its aircrew are deployed to Muniz Air Base, Puerto Rico, in support of Air Expeditionary Force Coronet Oak, operated by the 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

Chief Master Sgt. Byron Todd (far right) guides Army Staff Sgt. Luke Skinner, a Soldier with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, as he backs a satellite communication uplink trailer into an awaiting Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules Jan. 27 at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Sergeant Skinner and more than 10 members of his unit later arrived at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they deployed in support of earthquake relief operations. Chief Todd is a loadmaster assigned to the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Both the C-130 and its aircrew are deployed to Muniz Air Base, Puerto Rico, in support of Air Expeditionary Force Coronet Oak, operated by the 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

Chief Master Sgt. Byron Todd (far right) guides Army Staff Sgt. Luke Skinner, a Soldier with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, as he backs a satellite communication uplink trailer into an awaiting Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules Jan. 27 at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Sergeant Skinner and more than 10 members of his unit later arrived at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they deployed in support of earthquake relief operations. Chief Todd is a loadmaster assigned to the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Both the C-130 and its aircrew are deployed to Muniz Air Base, Puerto Rico, in support of Air Expeditionary Force Coronet Oak, operated by the 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

Chief Master Sgt. Byron Todd (far right) guides Army Staff Sgt. Luke Skinner, a Soldier with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, as he backs a satellite communication uplink trailer into an awaiting Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules Jan. 27 at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Sergeant Skinner and more than 10 members of his unit later arrived at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they deployed in support of earthquake relief operations. Chief Todd is a loadmaster assigned to the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Both the C-130 and its aircrew are deployed to Muniz Air Base, Puerto Rico, in support of Air Expeditionary Force Coronet Oak, operated by the 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

Tech. Sgt. Brad Dahl, a crew chief deployed from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing, closes the hatch on an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules Jan. 25 at Muniz Air Base, Puerto Rico. Moments later, the C-130 and its crew took off, performing their first mission in support of Haiti earthquake relief operations since deploying the Caribbean. Approximately 50 members of the 302nd AW deployed to Muniz Jan. 23 in support of Air Expeditionary Force Coronet Oak, operated by the 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. The 133rd AW is based at St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

Tech. Sgt. Brad Dahl, a crew chief deployed from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing, closes the hatch on an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules Jan. 25 at Muniz Air Base, Puerto Rico. Moments later, the C-130 and its crew took off, performing their first mission in support of Haiti earthquake relief operations since deploying the Caribbean. Approximately 50 members of the 302nd AW deployed to Muniz Jan. 23 in support of Air Expeditionary Force Coronet Oak, operated by the 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. The 133rd AW is based at St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents help and elderly Haitian lady and a baby from a C-130 aircraft assigned to the Minnesota Air National Guard. All personnel brought to Homestead ARB from Haiti must go through a Customs and Border Protection enforcement examimantion. (Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Chance Babin)

HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents help and elderly Haitian lady and a baby from a C-130 aircraft assigned to the Minnesota Air National Guard. All personnel brought to Homestead ARB from Haiti must go through a Customs and Border Protection enforcement examimantion. (Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Chance Babin)

One of the many faces of infants and children that were evacuated from the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti. Both Puerto Rico and Minnesota Air National Guard are providing support under the command for US SOUTHCOM, 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. They are arriving to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard Base from where they will board a Minnesota Air Guard C-130 aircraft and be airlifted to Homestead AFB as part of Operation Unified Response.   (United States Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Hall)

One of the many faces of infants and children that were evacuated from the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti. Both Puerto Rico and Minnesota Air National Guard are providing support under the command for US SOUTHCOM, 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. They are arriving to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard Base from where they will board a Minnesota Air Guard C-130 aircraft and be airlifted to Homestead AFB as part of Operation Unified Response. (United States Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Hall)

American Red Cross personnel attempt to comfort children evacuated from the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti are boarding a Minnesota Air Guard C-130 aircraft at the Puerto Rico Air National from where they will be airlifted to Homestead AFB as part of Operation Unified Response. Both Puerto Rico and Minnesota Air National Guard are providing support under the command for US SOUTHCOM, 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (United States Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Hall)

American Red Cross personnel attempt to comfort children evacuated from the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Haiti are boarding a Minnesota Air Guard C-130 aircraft at the Puerto Rico Air National from where they will be airlifted to Homestead AFB as part of Operation Unified Response. Both Puerto Rico and Minnesota Air National Guard are providing support under the command for US SOUTHCOM, 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. (United States Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Hall)

Chief Master Sgt. Byron Todd (right), a C-130 Hercules loadmaster assigned to the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing, coordinates with Puerto Rico ANG logisticians Jan. 23 while securing relief packages to the aircraft bound for Haiti. Chief Todd and his crew put the final touches on securing much-needed aid to the island of Haiti for an evening mission into the country. The 133rd AW is joined by a sister ANG unit, the 179th AW, as well as the Air Force Reserve's 302nd AW. Each unit, based at at Muniz Base, Puerto Rico, is deployed in support of the 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron for Air Expeditionary Force Coronet Oak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

Chief Master Sgt. Byron Todd (right), a C-130 Hercules loadmaster assigned to the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing, coordinates with Puerto Rico ANG logisticians Jan. 23 while securing relief packages to the aircraft bound for Haiti. Chief Todd and his crew put the final touches on securing much-needed aid to the island of Haiti for an evening mission into the country. The 133rd AW is joined by a sister ANG unit, the 179th AW, as well as the Air Force Reserve's 302nd AW. Each unit, based at at Muniz Base, Puerto Rico, is deployed in support of the 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron for Air Expeditionary Force Coronet Oak. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

Minneapolis St. Paul Air Guard Base -- 53 Airmen from The Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing returned safely January 30, 2010, from a two week deployment to Puerto Rico where they flew 39 sorties in support of Operation Unified Response.

Two of the Wing's C-130 "Hercules" cargo aircraft, along with crews and support staff, originally headed to Puerto Rico January 16, 2010, to provide logistical support to United States Southern Command's Operation Coronet Oak. Upon arrival in Puerto Rico, 133rd aircrews were immediately placed on alert for Haitian earthquake relief operations and began ongoing missions in support of the massive disaster response.

During the deployment, the C-130 crews flew relief missions into Haiti and the Dominican Republic, hauling passengers and much needed water, equipment and other critical supplies totaling over 161 tons. "This was a unique and challenging deployment," said Lt. Col. Jim Bixby, mission commander for the deployed personnel.

In 2009, the Twin Cities-based 133rd Airlift Wing deployed more than 700 Airmen to 16 countries in support of U.S. operations worldwide.

For more information on the 133rd Airlift Wing visit www.133aw.ang.af.mil.

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs at
612-713-2435 or 612-713-2410.