133rd AW Recognition Ceremony
By Tech. Sgt. Tyrell Heaton, 133rd AW Public Affairs
/ Published December 23, 2008
St. Paul, MN -- The 133rd Airlift Wing Recognition ceremony was held Dec. 13 in the North Hangar at the St. Paul Air National Guard base. In addition to recognizing this year's Outstanding Airmen of the Year, the 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Team was recognized by the Air National Guard as the Best Fuels Flight of the Year for 2007 with the receipt of the American Petroleum Institute national award.
The 133rd Medical Group was also recognized with four Air Force Outstanding Medical Logistics awards including the Team Aerospace Award.
After a year in review video, the Minnesota Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, delivered his annual holiday message to the Wing.
Also on hand was Minnesota Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau who recognized the service and sacrifice of Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and their families.
Not only did the Wing recognize Airmen and unit achievements, the stage had a wall supporting the scrolls of the men and women of the 133rd AW who have deployed more than 300 days over the last seven years.
"Three hundred days spanning multiple deployments - multiple goodbyes and returns - returns that wait the next call... it takes the entire team to meet the call and meet it with success," said Col. Greg Haase, 133rd AW Commander.
Additionally the Wing's new motto was unveiled.
"Our current motto, 'Projecting Peace Proudly' guided us into today," said Col. Haase. "Certainly times have changed and the future is not what it used to be, our new motto - 'Citizens serving America - Airmen defending Freedom', projects the essence of what we stand for and do."
Prior to the closing of the ceremony KSTP news provided a video montage of their mission embed to Afghanistan with the 133rd AW. The Wing recognized News Anchor Leah McLean and Photo Chief Joe Caffrey when Col. Haase presented them a framed photo and certificate recognizing them as Honorary Airmen.
After the conclusion of the ceremony Airman and their families were provided food and refreshments from the men and women of the 133rd AW.