Minnesota Air Guard Civil Engineers Build Friendships in Hungary

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  • By By Staff Sgt. Amber Monio
  • 133rd Airlift Wing
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.