Minnesota Air National Guard to Induct Service Members into 2023 Flight of Honor

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release
Oct. 16, 2023

Saint Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota National Guard will honor eight individuals by induction into
the 2023 Court of Honor at a ceremony held at the 133rd Airlift Wing, located at the
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.

“The Flight of Honor celebrates the very best of the people in our organization,” said Air Force
Brig. Gen. Chris Blomquist, Minnesota Air National Guard’s Chief of Staff. “This year’s
inductees contributed to making the Minnesota Air National Guard what it is today. Their legacy
will be remembered for generations.”

The Flight of Honor recognizes past and present Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing, 148th
Fighter Wing, and Joint Force Headquarters who have distinguished themselves with notable
professional achievement, service or heroism.

Airmen inducted into the 2023 Minnesota Flight of Honor will be:

  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth J. Stromquist
  • Col. (Ret.) Michael A. Germain
  • Lt. Col. (Ret.) Russell J. Jensen (Deceased)
  • Maj. (Ret.) John A. Rutoski
  • Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) David S. Himmer
  • Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Andrew J. Long
  • Master Sgt. (Ret.) Bryan E. Carpentier
  • Tech. Sgt. Richard H. Childs

Editor’s Note: Media members are invited to attend the event on Oct. 17 at 12 p.m., located at
the 133rd Airlift Wing Chapel, 631 Minuteman Drive, St. Paul, MN 55111. The 133rd Airlift
Wing is a secure military installation. RSVPs will be required by Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 a.m.
Members of the media will be required to provide full name, date of birth, and place of birth.
Please send RSVP to Amy Lovgren at (612) 713-2410 or amy.lovgren@us.af.mil.