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Minnesota National Guard
133rd Airlift Wing Celebrates the Importance of Family

Minnesota National Guard St Paul, Minn - Airmen and their families gathered together to join in on the excitement as the 133rd Airlift Wing held its annual family day event, Aug 18, 2013

The event recognizes families' sacrifices and their importance to the wing The festivities started with a family day 5K run

Brig Gen Robert Cayton, chief of staff for air, Joint Force Headquarters, Minnesota National Guard, officially kicked off the event in the north hanger as he recognized the wing for its outstanding achievements over the past year Cayton then presented the 133rd AW with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is awarded to units of the US Air Force which perform exceptionally meritorious service, accomplish specific acts of outstanding achievement and excel in combat operations Another factor that makes this such a prestigious award is that it is only given to the top 10 percent of Air Force units

The master of ceremonies read the award citation "The distinctive accomplishments of the members of the 133rd Airlift Wing reflect great credit upon themselves, the Minnesota Air National Guard and the United States Air Force," said 2nd Lt Joseph Girtz, 210th Engineer Installation Squadron

Airmen and families had many different activities to choose from Children participated in a rock climbing wall, carnival games and archery There were also hay rides, hovercraft rides, a home run derby, classic car show, fire truck displays and C-130 tours amongst several other attractions

"The best part of family day was walking around and seeing all my coworkers with their families and children," said Master Sgt Kris Melton, the knowledge operations functional manager, 133rd Communications Flight "We see each other every day, but being able to socialize and visit with them is what makes family day what it is"

From the Fat Lorenzo's lunch to the near perfect weather; it seemed easy for families to enjoy the day As the day winded down the happy faces explained it all, family day was a success

"We were delighted at the outcome Family day is our way of showing the families of our Airmen we appreciate the support and sacrifices they make," said Col Jim Johnson, commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing

Aug 18, 2013
By Senior Airman Kari Giles
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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