/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota National Guard airmen scheduled to return today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 16

ST PAUL, Minn - Thirty-three airmen from the Minnesota National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing are scheduled to return this afternoon to Minnesota following a two-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 

"The profound effort and sacrifices of our deployed personnel were instrumental in the successful completion of this mission," said Air Force Lt Col Carl Lojovich, deployed director of operations for the returning airmen and home-station commander of the 109th Airlift Squadron 

"Our departure from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan last week marked the closing of a significant chapter in Operation Enduring Freedom - the last Air National Guard C-130s departed, turning over the operation to our Active Duty counterparts and transitioning Air Guard operations to the Persian Gulf region," said Lojovich

While in Afghanistan, the deployed airmen successfully flew more than 360 missions encompassing roughly 2,100 sorties, hauling an estimated 34,000 passengers and 9,000 tons of critical cargo via airdrop and airland capabilities, said Lojovich  Several missions also provided emergency airlift of wounded service members, allowing for timely medical care

"I am extremely proud these great Americans so successfully executed such complex missions in a dynamic and hostile environment, and I'm also very relieved to have them come home safely to their families," stated Air Force Col Greg Haase, 133rd Airlift Wing commander

"The returning airmen deployed to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in early March with 70 of their fellow airmen aboard three of the Wing's eight C-130 'Hercules' aircraft," said Air Force Maj Ann Todd, 133rd Airlift Wing Executive Officer  The remaining airmen and aircraft are now deployed to an air base in the Persian Gulf region supporting Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom and will return to Minnesota in mid-July

Currently, a total 155 airmen remain deployed from the 133rd Airlift Wing across the world in support of US operations, including aircrew and maintenance personnel, aeromeds, logisticians, engineers, services personnel and others, said Todd  Many of these men and women are serving on their fifth, sixth or even more deployments and will return throughout the remainder of the year

The 133rd Airlift Wing's C-130 "Hercules" transport aircraft supports many military missions, including airdrop and airland delivery of critical supplies, equipment and personnel to remote airfields and to areas not easily reached by ground travel, added Todd C-130s also provide aeromedical evacuation of wounded service members, where trained medical personnel provide timely, life-saving medical care while patients are transported to a medical facility

The Wing has deployed 452 personnel this year and since 9/11 has cumulatively deployed nearly 6,000 airmen to 36 countries in support of US operations, said Todd

The 133rd Airlift Wing is comprised of approximately 1,200 men and women who serve in support of state and national needs, said Todd  They are your "Citizens Serving America ~ Airmen Defending Freedom"

EDITORS:


MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND the welcome home celebration, which will be held at the 133rd Airlift Wing, 631 Minuteman Drive, St Paul, Minn 55111, located adjacent to the MSP International Airport

The airmen are scheduled to arrive aboard one of the Wing's C-130 "Hercules" aircraft at approximately 2 pm and will be greeted by awaiting family members and fellow airmen

***NOTE: DUE TO A POTENTIAL FLUID ARRIVAL TIME, please RSVP with contact information (including a cell phone number) to the 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office at 133AW.WGPA@ang.af.mil or call 612-802-6436  Please plan on arriving no later than 1:15 pm unless notified otherwise

For more information on the 133rd Airlift Wing visit www133awang.af.mil or follow the Wing on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/133rdAirliftWing

View high-resolution photos on flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/133aw/sets

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org or follow us on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Senior Master Sgt Mark Moss with the 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office at
133aw.wgpa@ang.af.mil or call 612-802-6436

-30-




Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



Minnesota Guardsmen participate in Aurora 17 exercise in Sweden

Posted: 2017-09-25  09:06 AM
Aurora 17 SKOVDE, Sweden - Minnesota National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor traveled overseas in mid-Sept. 2017 to take part in a cooperative, national defense training exercise with allied countries.

"The education and experience these Soldiers will receive is invaluable," said Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Hybben, 1-194th command sergeant major. "Our Soldiers will have operated in joint forces operations with fire and maneuver, which will allow for best practices to be shared and used in the future. They will have a better understanding of other military forces and how they operate not only strengthening our force but everyone involved."

The Brainerd-based battalion spearheaded the mission to Sweden as the most recent element of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division to have taken part in joint international training missions throughout Europe since early 2017.



Article archive
 
top