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Minnesota National Guard
133rd Airlift Wing celebrates outstanding achievements during annual awards ceremony

Minnesota National Guard ST PAUL, Minn- The 133rd Airlift Wing held its annual wing awards ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the wing throughout the year and to recognize outstanding Airmen in the north hangar, Dec 14 Brig Gen Robert Cayton, Commander of the Minnesota Air National Guard, Brig Gen Greg Haase, former 133rd Airlift Wing commander and other distinguished guests were in attendance

The ceremony commenced as the official party entered the hangar and the National Anthem was sung while the colors were presented It provided an opportunity for leadership to officially award and recognize both individuals and teams

Cayton praised the 133rd Airlift Wing for earning the Outstanding Air Force Unit award for the ninth time This award is given to the top 10 percent of organizations throught the Air Force He also applauded the wing for its "outstanding" rating on the Logistic Compliance Assessment Program (LCAP) inspection and for its performance in the domestic operations exercise, Boreas Reach

"To prepare via exercise is a great thing to do," said Cayton "It shows our commitment and our intertwining with our civilian counterparts and out citizens that are outside the base That's a wonderful thing"

This year's theme, "Why We Serve," was resonant in Cayton's remarks about the exceptional number of wing members who were involved in various community outreach programs such as STARBASE and Achieve Minneapolis

"We're plugged into our communities, we're supporting and we're building our communities," said Cayton

The 133rd Airlift Wing Outstanding Airmen of the Year were officially recognized:
Senior NCO of the Year: Master Sgt Crystal Galloway, 133rd Maintenance Operations Flight
NCO of the Year: Tech Sgt David Hubert, 133rd Communications Flight
Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Hunter Heggerston, 133rd Medical Group
First Sergeant of the Year: Master Sgt Robert Renning, 210th Engineering Installation Squadron
Honor Guard Team Member of the Year: Staff Sgt Dirk Krog, 133rd Medical Group

These Airmen will represent the wing in the state competition and, if selected, they will go on to the national competition The ceremony also recognized many other remarkable individuals within the wing who received national and local awards

The many accomplishments achieved in 2013 were further reflected upon by Col Jim Johnson, 133rd Airlift Wing Commander He commented on the wing's involvement in various community outreach activities that connect the wing with the community and further enhance a vital relationship He stressed how the importance of diversity throughout the wing will be critical for future success

December 16, 2013
by Capt Georgette Danczyk
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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