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Wing members deploy for training in England

Twenty-five Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing deployed to Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England this spring to take part in a two-week training deployment

The mission was a joint effort, with 11 Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn also participating in the training opportunity Together, the 36 Guardsmen worked alongside members of RAF Mildenhall's 100th Air Refueling Wing, assisting their active-duty counterparts on communications operations and wing staff functions

The majority of the deployed personnel supported the 100th Communications Squadron with cyber systems operations, client systems, cyber surety, knowledge operations management, RF transmission and cyber transport systems

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"It has been an immense help to have the Minnesota Guard here," said Master Sgt Michael Bitson, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 100th Communications Squadron's cyber transport systems

Without the Guard's help, many tasks would have been pushed off to the wayside and would not have gotten done on time, said Bitson

Several wing staff members also executed their annual training during the deployment by providing assistance to many of RAF Mildenhall's work sections, including command post, financial management, public affairs, recruiting, wing plans, and sexual assault prevention and response

The deployment presented a unique opportunity for Minnesota Airmen to engage in a total force collaboration with an active-duty workforce, while also providing a functional setting for deployed personnel to maintain proficiency in their career fields throughout the two weeks in the United Kingdom

Staff Sgt Amber Monio
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
27 Feb 2011

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