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133rd Airlift Wing              

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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)
Unit Information

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.

2016 Accomplishments

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.

2017 Objectives

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.



Community Connections

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

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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

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Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Richard C. Nash
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Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
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Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters
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--Operations Group

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--Mission Support Group
--Medical Group
Unit Leadership

Commander  Command Chief
Col. Dan Gabrielli
Commander
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Command Chief Master Sgt. Paul Kessler
Command Chief
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Major Unit Equipment

C130 Hercules

See the list of major equipment used by the Minnesota National Guard.
Unit Occupational Specialties

1A1X1 - Flight Engineer

1N2X1 - Signals Intelligence Analysis

2W0X1 - Munitions Systems

3D0X4 - Computer Systems Programming

See complete list of Air Force Specialty Codes.
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Unit Articles

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12/14/2016

Minnesota and Croatia celebrate 20 years of partnership
06/10/2016

Minnesota Guardsman is Here to Serve
06/03/2016

133rd Airlift Wing Welcomes New Commander
05/13/2016

Female instructor pilot breaks barriers at 133rd Airlift Wing
04/04/2016

Military service provides travel, camaraderie for Minnesota Airman
03/24/2016

It's Never too Late to Dream
03/11/2016

Minnesota National Guard promotes its first female general
02/26/2016

Minnesota Airman Joins Forces to Create Blue Watch
02/24/2016

Minnesota National Guard to Promote First Female General
02/23/2016

'Minnesota Nice' Makes Wounded Airman Feel at Home
01/28/2016

Empowering Girls and Influencing the Next Generation
11/17/2015

133AW and Best Buy Corporate join together to support Operation Gratitude
11/12/2015

Last 133rd Airlift Wing Vietnam-Era Veteran Retires
09/30/2015

133rd Airlift Wing participates in Vigilant Guard 2015
08/27/2015

Minnesota Guard, Reserve conduct contingency ops exercise
06/19/2015

133rd Engineers work with Marines to improve Maine community with construction projects
06/18/2015

133rd Airman Recognized as Outstanding First Sergeant
06/09/2015

133rd volunteers share expertise as mentors to STEM students
05/06/2015

STARBASE Minnesota celebrates 50,000 students served
04/30/2015

Civilian dentist and doctor, National Guard general named Black Engineer of the Year
02/09/2015

A First Sergeant's Surprise
12/16/2014

133rd Airlift Wing Receives Resilience Training through First Hand Experience
11/19/2014

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing Return home
10/31/2014

Minnesota National Guard promotes its first African American general
08/19/2014

133rd Airlift Wing promotes healthy marriages with Strong Bonds
06/17/2014

133rd Airlift Wing selects Outstanding Airman of the Year
05/30/2014

Minnesota's 133rd Prepares to Deploy [AUDIO]
05/06/2014

Developing Cultural Competencies
03/31/2014

The Gophers and the Flying Vikings conduct eight-ship interfly
03/28/2014

Air Force Association honors 133rd AW Airmen of the Year
03/17/2014

133rd Airlift Wings Snow Birds Fly South for a Training Exercise
03/06/2014

Water Survival Training
01/29/2014

133rd Airlift Wing celebrates outstanding achievements during annual awards ceremony
12/24/2013

Military children start off the school year on the right foot
09/13/2013

A heritage of service: The 133rd Airlift Wing Fire Department closes its doors
09/09/2013

133rd Airlift Wing Celebrates the Importance of Family
08/22/2013

133rd Airlift Wing Welcomes New Base Commander
08/18/2013

Minnesota Guardsmen participate in 2013 Patriot Exercise
07/19/2013

Combat Survival Training sets up Airmen for Success
06/19/2013

133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing Receive Outstanding Unit Award
01/17/2013

Home for the Holidays: 133rd Airlift Wing recognizes outstanding achievements
12/09/2012

Minnesota National Guard adds piece to NASA puzzle
11/28/2012

133rd Airlift Wing supports recovery efforts on East Coast
11/05/2012

Minnesota Airmen become Cyber Warriors
10/13/2012

Minnesota Trains for Disasters
07/26/2012

Military identifies 4 killed in crash of firefighting plane
07/03/2012

Tough Airmen run Tough Mudder
06/24/2012

Special homecomings for military dads
06/15/2012

Airshow: Minnesota Air Spectacular launches Saturday and Sunday
06/08/2012

Airport Manager Serves Dual Role For His Country, For His Community
06/07/2012

Minnesota Air Guard: From war to home in four days
05/27/2012

Minnesota National Guard airmen scheduled to return today
05/16/2012

Weather Flight conducts joint training exercise
04/19/2012

Deployed Airmen run to raise reflex neurovascular dystrophy awareness
04/14/2012

40 Minnesota National Guard Troops to Deploy for 2 Weeks to Mexican Border
04/16/2008

CERF-P Open House
03/07/2008

Community Helps Soldiers and Airmen Train in Practical Exercise
08/28/2007

 
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