St. Paul, Minn. -- At the direction of the National Guard Catastrophic Action Team and Air Mobility Command, two Minnesota National Guard C-130 H3 Hercules cargo aircraft and 14 Airmen are supporting recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy devastation.
"Your Citizen-Airmen are always ready to support our nation whether it's at home or abroad," said the 133rd Airlift Wing's Commander, Air Force Col. Greg A. Haase.
"The aircraft departed Saturday morning and flew to Charleston, S.C., and Dover, Del., with further travel to Kennedy Airport, N.Y.," said Air Force Maj. Ann M. Todd, 133rd Airlift Wing public affairs officer. "Since Saturday, both aircraft and crews have been based out of Joint Base Andrews, Md., flying missions supporting ongoing efforts to help our fellow citizens in need."
Minnesota Airmen flew five relief missions using two C-130s Saturday and Sunday, delivering at least 5,000 pounds of blankets and other supplies. They also flew at least nine passengers on the sorties.
Crews are returning to Minnesota between missions in order to vote. The Airmen and C-130s continue on alert status, ready to fly back to the east coast if called.
Story by Senior Master Sgt. Mark Moss
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Nov. 6, 2012
Posted: 2013-12-10 04:14 AM
The Minnesota National Guard Chaplain Corps became more "purple" today with the "passing of the stole" from Army Chaplain (Col.) John Morris to Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tim Martenson. Martenson is the Minnesota National Guard's newest State Chaplain and its first Air Force State Chaplain. The ceremony took place at North Heights Lutheran Church, Arden Hills, Minn. Dec. 9. The presiding officer for the changing of the stole was Col. Jon Jensen, Joint Chief of Staff, Minnesota National Guard.
"I stepped into this stole with my head bowed in humility and that is truly how I accept it today," said Martenson. "Chaplain Morris was my mentor, he reshaped me and reformed me as a joint chaplain. Thank you John Morris for all you have done for me and this state. I stand before you the first Air Force State Chaplain humbled by mentorship."
Posted: 2013-12-07 05:07 PM ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - In a ceremony rich with military tradition, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command was passed at the Rosemount National Guard Armory, Dec. 7. The occasion marks the beginning of a new era in 34th Red Bull Infantry Division history.
Brig. Gen. Neal Loidolt assumed command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. David Elicerio who held the position since November 2010. The Change of Command ceremony symbolized the official transfer of individual authority and responsibility of an organization from the outgoing to the incoming commander.
Posted: 2013-12-06 01:14 PM FARMINGTON, Minn. - A program that started five years ago in a small suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has grown into a national model for community support for military members, veterans and their families. With a population of just over 21,000, the city of Farmington, Minn., formed the first Yellow Ribbon Network in December 2008 and has been leading the way in helping Service members and their families with community-based resources and services.
"It takes a village to do what you have done and you have become that model for the rest of the cities across this nation," said Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General.