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Minnesota Air Guard Civil Engineers Build Friendships in Hungary

Senior Airman Casandra Pohlen, a member of the 133rd Airlift Wing?s Civil Engineering Squadron, uses a chisel and hammer to break some tile which will be replaced in one of two buildings being renovated by the Squadron in ?jd?r?gd, Hungary on July 21, 2009. About forty Minnesota Airmen are in Hungary for a two week Deployment for Training.  USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Monio.

Senior Airman Casandra Pohlen, a member of the 133rd Airlift Wing?s Civil Engineering Squadron, uses a chisel and hammer to break some tile which will be replaced in one of two buildings being renovated by the Squadron in ?jd?r?gd, Hungary on July 21, 2009. About forty Minnesota Airmen are in Hungary for a two week Deployment for Training. USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Monio.

Staff Sgt. Doug Swigart, a plumber in the 133rd Airlift Wing?s Civil Engineering Squadron, obtains measurements in the bathroom of one of two buildings which the squadron is renovating on July 21, 2009. About forty Minnesota Airmen are in ?jd?r?gd, Hungary as part of their two week Deployment for Training. USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Monio.

Staff Sgt. Doug Swigart, a plumber in the 133rd Airlift Wing?s Civil Engineering Squadron, obtains measurements in the bathroom of one of two buildings which the squadron is renovating on July 21, 2009. About forty Minnesota Airmen are in ?jd?r?gd, Hungary as part of their two week Deployment for Training. USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Monio.

Senior Master Sgt. Phil Trusty of the Minnesota Air National Guard is served his first meal in ?jd?r?gd, Hungary on July 20, 2009 where he and about forty other members from the 133rd Airlift Wing?s Civil Engineering Squadron conducted a two week Deployment for Training.  USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Monio.

Senior Master Sgt. Phil Trusty of the Minnesota Air National Guard is served his first meal in ?jd?r?gd, Hungary on July 20, 2009 where he and about forty other members from the 133rd Airlift Wing?s Civil Engineering Squadron conducted a two week Deployment for Training. USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Monio.

In a paint store in Tapolca, Hungary, Chief Master Sgt. Tom Schack discusses a purchase with Tech. Sgt. Sean Gibson on July 22, 2009. The Airmen are from the 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron of the Minnesota Air National Guard and they are in Hungary for a training deployment that includes construction work on a military installation. Tapolca is a larger town outside of ?jd?r?gd where the Squadron is performing a two week Deployment for Training. USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Monio.

In a paint store in Tapolca, Hungary, Chief Master Sgt. Tom Schack discusses a purchase with Tech. Sgt. Sean Gibson on July 22, 2009. The Airmen are from the 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron of the Minnesota Air National Guard and they are in Hungary for a training deployment that includes construction work on a military installation. Tapolca is a larger town outside of ?jd?r?gd where the Squadron is performing a two week Deployment for Training. USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Amber Monio.

Újdörögd, Hungary -- Airmen from the 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron based in St. Paul, Minnesota are working in Hungary this summer, renovating buildings and strengthening ties between two nations growing as friends. For two weeks beginning on July 20, 2009, about forty members of the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing are spending time in the former Warsaw Pact country but now NATO ally, doing jobs that benefit both the Americans and the Hungarians.

The main activities for the Minnesotans include renovating older military buildings on a base about 100 miles west of the capital city of Budapest. Carpenters, plumbers and other professionals are pulling out existing infrastructure and installing new. The operation is called a deployment for training because the more experienced members of the 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron use the opportunity to show newer Airmen how to do the jobs.