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: 2014-03-10 12:00 AM ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota National Guard's top female enlisted leaders held a seminar March 8, 2014, for career development focused on addressing barriers that may prevent females from rising to the organization's highest ranks. Fostering a diverse workforce and ensuring the right mix of people to complete the mission are top priorities of the Minnesota National Guard leadership.
"The data is pretty conclusive," said Brig. Gen. Neal Loidolt, Commander of the 34th Infantry Division. "As diverse a work group as you can create will out-perform a homogeneous workgroup every time. Now I find myself doing what I can related to mentoring great female leaders or adjusting our business processes to better support that system because I know we'll be better organizationally."
Posted: 2014-03-09 12:00 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- With winter winds blowing steady, and wind chills hovering at 30 degrees below zero, 21 members of the 148th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) took over parts of Camp Ripley, Minn., in a four-day combined drill. Led by Capt. John Christenson and Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Gunderson, the Airman of the 148th SFS took part in advanced weapons and tactics skills training while utilizing state-of-the-art weapons and vehicle simulators, as well as a large assault village.
During the period of Feb. 27 - March 2, the teams of the 148th SFS arrived at Camp Ripley and went straight into simulated combat using the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST 2000). Individual and squad weapons simulators allowed the members to work using M4 assault rifles and M249 Squad Automatic Weapons, overcoming combat situations as a team and handling law enforcement "shoot, don't shoot" scenarios. The group then spent two days working in the bitter, winter weather at the Combined Collective Training Facility (CACTF), a mock city set up to simulate any and all building configurations.
Social media offers many benefits, but Guard members must remain aware of its risks
Posted: 2014-03-06 10:10 AM ARLINGTON, Va., (3/6/2014) - The use of social media has made it easier for many to stay connected to friends and family. It often provides the opportunities to give near instant communications via text or images and can help ease stresses when Service members are deployed. The benefits of social media are nearly endless and often far reaching.
"Social media spreads news faster than any other media," said Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, the senior enlisted advisor for the chief, National Guard Bureau, on his Facebook page, adding "it empowers us to effect change and do good on a community, state, national or even international level."