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133 AW Airmen join flood fight

Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Cron, 133rd Communications Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, operates a state wide military communication system near Moorhead, Minnesota. The Joint Communications Platform (JCP) allows both Army National Guard and Air National Guard members to communicate live with information about 2009 spring flooding. Chief Master Sgt. Cron’s hometown is Dussel, MN.
U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Cron, 133rd Communications Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, operates a state wide military communication system near Moorhead, Minnesota. The Joint Communications Platform (JCP) allows both Army National Guard and Air National Guard members to communicate live with information about 2009 spring flooding. Chief Master Sgt. Cron’s hometown is Dussel, MN. U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

Staff Sgt. Amber Monio, a broadcast journalist with the 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Minnesota Air National Guard captures video of the record setting flooding from the window of a UH-60 Blackhawk over Moorhead, Minnesota. Staff Sgt. Monio is deployed to cover the support the Minnesota Guard is providing during the flood of 2009.
U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

Staff Sgt. Amber Monio, a broadcast journalist with the 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Minnesota Air National Guard captures video of the record setting flooding from the window of a UH-60 Blackhawk over Moorhead, Minnesota. Staff Sgt. Monio is deployed to cover the support the Minnesota Guard is providing during the flood of 2009. U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

Ducking in the blowing snow from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters blades, members of the Minnesota National Guard disembark after a survey flight over the Red River in Moorhead Minnesota during the flood of 2009.
U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

Ducking in the blowing snow from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters blades, members of the Minnesota National Guard disembark after a survey flight over the Red River in Moorhead Minnesota during the flood of 2009. U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

In the early morning light on the 28th of March 2009 a HUMVEE drives through the steaming floodwaters towards the Moorhead, Minnesota Armory. Over 500 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard have been called to assist in the flood fight of 2009. The Red River has crested at just over 40.8 feet, the highest level in recorded history. Members of the Army National Guard are using tactical vehicles such at this HUMVEE to travel in and around the flooded areas.
U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

In the early morning light on the 28th of March 2009 a HUMVEE drives through the steaming floodwaters towards the Moorhead, Minnesota Armory. Over 500 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard have been called to assist in the flood fight of 2009. The Red River has crested at just over 40.8 feet, the highest level in recorded history. Members of the Army National Guard are using tactical vehicles such at this HUMVEE to travel in and around the flooded areas. U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

Technical Sgt. Ken Kelly and Staff Sgt. Tony Hallen, 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard, remove tie down chains holding a 60-kilowatt generator in place on a flatbed truck. Staff Sgt. Hallen drove to Moorhead, Minnesota overnight in the early morning of the 28th of March 2009 from St. Paul, Minnesota to deliver these generators to provide needed power.
U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

Technical Sgt. Ken Kelly and Staff Sgt. Tony Hallen, 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard, remove tie down chains holding a 60-kilowatt generator in place on a flatbed truck. Staff Sgt. Hallen drove to Moorhead, Minnesota overnight in the early morning of the 28th of March 2009 from St. Paul, Minnesota to deliver these generators to provide needed power. U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech Sgt Erik Gudmundson

Moorhead, Minn. -- Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing joined the flood fight over the past few days along with hundreds of other Minnesota National Guard members, assisting communities along the Red River of the North in the northwest corner of the state.

Bringing specialties such as wireless data and voice communications, imagery documentation, generator power, and more, the Air National Guardsmen responded from the St. Paul headquarters when activated to the Moorhead area.

A communications trailer, known as the Joint Communications Platform (JCP) is staffed by three Airmen from the 133rd Communications Flight and three from the 109th Aeromedical Squadron. A documentation team from the 133rd AW Public Affairs Office responded next. They were followed by members of the 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron.

The airlift wing's C-130H "Hercules" military cargo aircraft are also available if called on by state authorities to provide whatever is needed to assist citizens facing record high floodwaters.