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The 133rd Airlift Wing welcomes new Airmen to the family

Airmen 1st Class Audrey Mueller, left, Joe Fonseca, Tanner Johnson, and Brian Willis, 133rd Security Force Squadron, pose for a photograph at the Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013. The Airmen are going to take part in an oath of enlistment ceremony before the Minnesota Vikings verses the Chicago Bears game.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen 1st Class Audrey Mueller, left, Joe Fonseca, Tanner Johnson, and Brian Willis, 133rd Security Force Squadron, pose for a photograph at the Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013. The Airmen are going to take part in an oath of enlistment ceremony before the Minnesota Vikings verses the Chicago Bears game. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Col. Jim Johnson, 133rd Airlift Wing Commander, administers the oath of enlistment to new recruits at the Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013. Most of these recruits are coming out of high school, college, or the work force and now will be taking on their new roles within the wing.  
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Col. Jim Johnson, 133rd Airlift Wing Commander, administers the oath of enlistment to new recruits at the Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013. Most of these recruits are coming out of high school, college, or the work force and now will be taking on their new roles within the wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

New recruits from the 133rd Airlift Wing recite the oath of enlistment before the Minnesota Vikings verses the Chicago Bears game at Mall America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013. Most of the Airmen will be leaving for basic military training where they will train and develop into the next generation of Airmen to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force.

 (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

New recruits from the 133rd Airlift Wing recite the oath of enlistment before the Minnesota Vikings verses the Chicago Bears game at Mall America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013. Most of the Airmen will be leaving for basic military training where they will train and develop into the next generation of Airmen to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

New recruits from the 133rd Airlift Wing recite the oath of enlistment before the Minnesota Vikings verses the Chicago Bears game at Mall America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013. Most of the Airmen will be leaving for basic military training where they will train and develop into the next generation of Airmen to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force.

 (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

New recruits from the 133rd Airlift Wing recite the oath of enlistment before the Minnesota Vikings verses the Chicago Bears game at Mall America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013. Most of the Airmen will be leaving for basic military training where they will train and develop into the next generation of Airmen to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

The 133rd Airlift Wing’s base honor guard posts the colors at the Minnesota Vikings verses the Chicago Bears game at Mall America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013.

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

The 133rd Airlift Wing’s base honor guard posts the colors at the Minnesota Vikings verses the Chicago Bears game at Mall America Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 1, 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

12/1/2013 -- Twenty five new recruits from the 133rd Airlift Wing took the oath of enlistment before the Minnesota Vikings verses the Chicago Bears game at the Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minn. Dec. 1, 2013.

Col. James Johnson, 133rd Airlift Wing Commander, started the pre game show by administering the oath of enlistment.

"I have a lot of military in my family history and I wanted to be part of that" said Airmen Basic Cody Hallas, 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. Hallas is looking forward to, "Being the best person that I can be and helping me move forward in life."

The oath is a verbal contract that shows personal commitment to support and defend the Constitution and to serve the United States of America for a period of time. By taking this first step into the military, the new Airmen will be asked to take on difficult responsibilities and circumstances not normally seen in the civilian sector. They are making a promise to protect and defend the United States of American freedoms, and agree to live by a set of military rules and standards.

"The construct of the Guard is design to work well with the civilian Airmen so, they can apply those skills into the civilian sector" said Col. James Johnson.
The next step for most of these new Airmen is to go to basic military training and receive knowledge of the customs and courtesies and gain a new technical skill set that is required of them.