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Forty Civil Engineer Airmen redeploy from Kuwait in time for the holidays

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12/21/2011 - St. Paul, Minn. -- Forty airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing returned to Minnesota Dec. 21, 2012 after a six-month deployment to Kuwait where they served in support of Operation New Dawn.

The sidewalk in front of the operations building on the air base at the Minneapolis - St. Paul international airport was lined with families, friends, members of the Patriot Guard and the media as a C-130 pulled up with the airmen on board. ...

Lunar rover airlift in the High Arctic

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7/20/2009 - Resolute, Nunavut, Canada -- Forty years after mankind first stepped on the Moon, the 133rd Airlift Wing from St. Paul, Minnesota, supports research efforts in the High Arctic by transporting a modified HUMVEE called Moon-1 to a research station at Resolute Bay in May, 2009. According to mission commander and command pilot, Lt. Col. Andy Burda, "It is one of the more interesting missions I've flown, and it is always special to support NASA." Lt. Col. Burda, the commander of the 133rd Operation Support Flight, calls it "bigger than our normal mission," but something the "Hercules" and crew are very well-equipped to accomplish. ...

133rd Airlift Wing assists with Pakistan flood relief

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8/12/2010 - Southern Asia -- Minnesota air crew members continue to assist international relief efforts in Pakistan following deadly flooding in the region that began on July 29, 2010. The first U.S. relief flight into Pakistan was on a Minnesota Air National Guard C-130H "Hercules", filled with emergency relief supplies from Bagram, Afghanistan.

"We received the call shortly after the rain," said Lt. Col. Andy Burda, Deputy of Operations for the774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron stationed at Bagram, "and had to do several hours of research to see if we could even get in to that region of Pakistan, to see which field was suitable for our C-130's. ...