133rd Airlift Wing Supports Humanitarian Assistance Program to Nicaragua

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release
April 25, 2023

ST PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, service members with the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing, Air Transportation Function, will support a Denton Humanitarian Assistance Program movement to Nicaragua.

“It’s significant to be a part of the Denton mission,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Piontek, vice commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing. “We’re helping to strengthen relationships by providing humanitarian assistance where needed.”

The Denton Program is a Department of Defense transportation program which transfers humanitarian supplies donated by U.S.-based non-government organizations to developing nations. Tomorrow’s movement will include items such as firefighting equipment and supplies that will help to provide life-saving measures to people in need. This is a joint operation; a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, will arrive at the 133rd Airlift Wing tomorrow morning. 133rd Airlift Wing Airmen will load the C-17. Once loaded, the C-17 will depart for Charleston, S. C., where a crew will transfer the cargo to another aircraft for final departure to Nicaragua.

Once the supplies arrive in Nicaragua, the Volunteer Firefighters Association of Nicaragua will distribute the items to fire departments in Nicaragua.

Editor’s Note: Media members are invited to attend the movement on Wednesday, April 26, at
11 a.m., at the 133rd Airlift Wing, 631 Minuteman Drive, St. Paul, Minn., 55111.

The 133rd Airlift Wing is a secure military installation. RSVPs are required by Wednesday,
April 26 at 9 a.m. Members of the media will be required to provide their full name, date of
birth, and driver’s license number. Please send RSVP to Air Force Amy Lovgren at (612) 713-
2410 or 133.aw.pa.mailbox.org@us.af.mil.

About the Minnesota National Guard –
Established in 1856 and headquartered in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard has more than 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen who serve in 58 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.