New Facility at the 133rd

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  • By Pfc. Stephanie Cassinos
  • 34th Infantry Division Public Affairs
A ribbon cutting ceremony held by the 133rd Airlift Wing marked the official opening of the new Composite Maintenance Facility May 2. This multifaceted building houses the command structure of the 133rd Maintenance Group as well as key shops responsible for providing mission-ready Airmen and C-130H3 aircraft to support federal, state, and humanitarian missions.

"It was a challenge to combine industrial and administrative aspects into one building within the confines of square footage," said Lt. Col. Jim Johnson, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing Maintenance Group. "This facility is a testament to team design to maximize different needs within restrictions."

This 33,000 square-foot facility is open and welcoming, capturing a contemporary look with the approach of wide windows and light-colored woodwork to maximize the use of natural daylight, making the building both pleasing to the eye and energy efficient. Low environmental impact building materials were a key aspect in the construction of the facility as well.

"The work done in preparing the building already shows pride in ownership of the facilities, much the same as they display in their aircraft," said Johnson of the men and women who comprise the 133rd Airlift Wing.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, commander-in-chief of the Minnesota National Guard, expressed gratitude to the Airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing.

The new facility is a measurement of the commitment to the mission of freedom provided by the National Guard, Pawlenty said.

The 133rd Airlift Wing, located at the Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport, flies the C-130 "Hercules" aircraft and has deployed over 3,450 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism since 9/11. This much deserved facility will allow them to accomplish their tasks safely and efficiently, with a work environment that is truly ahead of its time.