A C-130 Hercules from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing airdrops paratroopers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade over Pordenone, Italy, on April 13, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Paolo Bovo)
The 133rd Airlift Wing is a Minnesota Air National Guard flying wing headquartered at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Utilizing the C-130H Hercules, the wing provides the U.S. Air Force with tactical airlift capability to transport troops, cargo and medical patients across the globe in addition to providing the citizens of Minnesota with domestic operations and disaster response support. The 133rd is known as the first federally-recognized National Guard flying unit in the country.
In 2016 the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in the Saber Junction exercise, the
wing's second rotation with the Joint Multinational Readiness Center with U.S.
European Command. During the exercise, which provides a large-scale venue to
exercise interoperability with allied forces while integrating air and land components,
the 133rd Airlift Wing conducted 17 missions, flying 49 sorties and airdropping
511 personnel and 17,000 pounds of cargo. Additionally, aircrews transported 140
passengers and 61,000 pounds of cargo.
The 133rd Airlift Wing also deployed its Airmen to support the Pacific Air Forces'
Pacific Angel operation, an ongoing, joint and combined humanitarian assistance
mission conducted in various countries throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.
The 2016 exercise - the sixth rotation for the 133rd Airlift Wing - took place
in Cambodia, and the wing's continued participation in the event enhances its
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities while providing needed services
to people throughout the region.
In 2016 the 133rd Airlift Wing also participated in the Snowbird Yuma exercise,
conducted in the Arizona desert to gain familiarity with the terrain and operation
environment of ongoing deployments. The wing also participated in Red Flag Alaska,
which provides an opportunity for the unit's transport aircrafts to integrate with
escort fighter jets as well as evade enemy fighters.
After successfully conducting its first two rotations in support off the Saber Junction
exercise, the 133rd Airlift Wing has gained recognition as a valuable contributor to
the ongoing readiness training exercise, and will aggressively pursue opportunities
for the 2017 event and beyond. As such, the 133rd Airlift Wing will continue its
participation in training events and humanitarian missions around the globe, both
improving its ability to conduct its assigned mission and gaining familiarity with
cultures and geographies in a variety of regions around the world.
In 2017 the 133rd Airlift Wing will continue to build on its gains in unit readiness
as it upholds high standards in the MILE - Managing resources, Improving the unit,
Leading people and Executing the mission. Unit readiness was validated through
successful completion of the 2016 Capstone event, which was the culmination of
the Wing's five-year Unit Effectiveness Inspection cycle. The unit's focus on self assessment
and continuous improvement throughout the five-year cycle will ensure
the wing is always ready and relevant.
Unit Address: 631 Minuteman Dr, St Paul, MN 55111 Main Base Telephone: 612.713.1000 Recruiter Telephone: 1.800.835.3764 or 612.713.2033