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Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing work to install a part on a C-130 H3 in Canada. Technical Sgt. Corey Redder, 133rd Maintenance Squadron (left) helps Senior Airman Scott Mathiesen, also from the 133rd MXS, install a replacement valve on a C-130 H3 from the Minnesota Air National Guard. Redder and the crew arriving today in Canada are just returning from the combat zone, and they brought the needed part to the Minnesota C-130 crew on their way to Afghanistan.

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing work to install a part on a C-130 H3 in Canada. Technical Sgt. Corey Redder, 133rd Maintenance Squadron (left) helps Senior Airman Scott Mathiesen, also from the 133rd MXS, install a replacement valve on a C-130 H3 from the Minnesota Air National Guard. Redder and the crew arriving today in Canada are just returning from the combat zone, and they brought the needed part to the Minnesota C-130 crew on their way to Afghanistan.

A C-130 H3 "Hercules" from the 133rd Airlift Wing of St. Paul, Minn. lands at a location in Canada, en route from Afghanistan and delivering a part to another C-130 from the Minn. Air National Guard. The second aircraft waits to fly on to Afghanistan.

A C-130 H3 "Hercules" from the 133rd Airlift Wing of St. Paul, Minn. lands at a location in Canada, en route from Afghanistan and delivering a part to another C-130 from the Minn. Air National Guard. The second aircraft waits to fly on to Afghanistan.

A C-130 H3 "Hercules" from the 133rd Airlift Wing of St. Paul, Minn. lands at a location in Canada, en route from Afghanistan and delivering a part to another C-130 from the Minn. Air National Guard. The second aircraft waits to fly on to Afghanistan.

A C-130 H3 "Hercules" from the 133rd Airlift Wing of St. Paul, Minn. lands at a location in Canada, en route from Afghanistan and delivering a part to another C-130 from the Minn. Air National Guard. The second aircraft waits to fly on to Afghanistan.

A C-130 H3 "Hercules" from the 133rd Airlift Wing of St. Paul, Minn. lands at a location in Canada, en route from Afghanistan and delivering a part to another C-130 from the Minn. Air National Guard. The second aircraft waits to fly on to Afghanistan.

A C-130 H3 "Hercules" from the 133rd Airlift Wing of St. Paul, Minn. lands at a location in Canada, en route from Afghanistan and delivering a part to another C-130 from the Minn. Air National Guard. The second aircraft waits to fly on to Afghanistan.

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing work to install a part on a C-130 H3 in Canada. Senior Airman Scott Mathiesen, 133rd Maintenance Squadron, (right) who is on his way to Afghanistan with the Minnesota Air National Guard crew, receives the part from Technical Sgt. Corey Redder, also from the 133rd MXS. Redder and the crew arriving today in Canada are just returning from the combat zone.

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing work to install a part on a C-130 H3 in Canada. Senior Airman Scott Mathiesen, 133rd Maintenance Squadron, (right) who is on his way to Afghanistan with the Minnesota Air National Guard crew, receives the part from Technical Sgt. Corey Redder, also from the 133rd MXS. Redder and the crew arriving today in Canada are just returning from the combat zone.

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing work to install a part on a C-130 H3 in Canada. Technical Sgt. Corey Redder, 133rd Maintenance Squadron, installs a replacement valve on a C-130 H3 from the Minnesota Air National Guard. Redder and the crew arriving today in Canada are just returning from the combat zone, and they brought the needed part to the Minnesota C-130 crew on their way to Afghanistan.

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing work to install a part on a C-130 H3 in Canada. Technical Sgt. Corey Redder, 133rd Maintenance Squadron, installs a replacement valve on a C-130 H3 from the Minnesota Air National Guard. Redder and the crew arriving today in Canada are just returning from the combat zone, and they brought the needed part to the Minnesota C-130 crew on their way to Afghanistan.

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing work to install a part on a C-130 H3 in Canada. Technical Sgt. Corey Redder, 133rd Maintenance Squadron, installs a replacement valve on a C-130 H3 from the Minnesota Air National Guard. Redder and the crew arriving today in Canada are just returning from the combat zone, and they brought the needed part to the Minnesota C-130 crew on their way to Afghanistan.

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing work to install a part on a C-130 H3 in Canada. Technical Sgt. Corey Redder, 133rd Maintenance Squadron, installs a replacement valve on a C-130 H3 from the Minnesota Air National Guard. Redder and the crew arriving today in Canada are just returning from the combat zone, and they brought the needed part to the Minnesota C-130 crew on their way to Afghanistan.

Canada -- As the deploying 133rd Airlift Wing crew waited for a replacement valve on Wednesday, they greeted a Minnesota aircraft carrying the replacement valve and unit members coming home from Afghanistan.

The deploying crew left Monday and when they landed at its first destination a gauge indicated a warning on an anti-icing valve.

Mechanics confirmed a faulty valve and immediately coordinated a replacement with the Air Force. The incoming aircraft carrying the new part was from the same unit in Minnesota.

"The 133rd Airlift Wing pulled through by bringing the new valve and assisting with installation," said Senior Airman Scott Mathiesen, an electric and environmental technician with the 133rd Maintenance Squadron deploying to Afghanistan. "It's great to see our Wing members come back safely and work together as a team to ensure a timely arrival in theatre."

Although the incoming crew was slightly delayed in Canada, they are expected to arrive on time.