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The 133rd Airlift Wing celebrates 100 years

The 133rd Airlift Wing celebrates 100 years

Updated: September 26, 2020 03:22 PM

The 133rd Airlift Wing  hosted a 100th anniversary ceremony to commemorate the historical flight that resulted in the birth of the Air National Guard in 1921.

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The ceremony kicked off a series of celebratory events marking the Centennial of the first Air National Guard unit in the country.

The program featured a C-130 Hercules from the 133rd Airlift Wing flying over Curtiss Field.

The 133rd Airlift Wing has a proud heritage as part of the Minnesota National Guard. On Sept. 26, 1920, U.S. Army Gen. Walter Rhinow, Lt. Col. William C. Garis and Capt. Ray S. Miller rented a Curtiss Oriole biplane and made a daring seven-day journey, crossing half the United States to lobby for the formation of a flying squadron. Because of this dauntless display of aircraft capability and the obvious lack of air support, the Militia Bureau formed the Air National Guard and on January 17th, 1921, the 109th Observation Squadron was federally recognized as the first Air National Guard unit in the nation.

The 133rd Airlift Wing is now home to the 109th Airlift Squadron, based out of the Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport. It is the descendent unit of the original 109th Observation Squadron.

To culminate these historic events, and centennial of the 109th Airlift Squadron, the Minnesota Air National Guard is hosting an Air Force Open House and Air Expo in July 2021.

Established in 1856 and headquartered in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard has more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen who serve in 61 communities across the state. The citizen-soldiers and airmen of the Minnesota National Guard are 'Always Ready' to fight the nation's wars, protect the country, respond to state emergencies and contribute to local communities. For more information about the Minnesota National Guard, visit https://MinnesotaNationalGuard.ng.mil. 

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