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MN National Guard MEDIA ADVISORY: Local pioneers of the U.S. Air Force’s aeromedical evacuation system will reunite in St. Paul


Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Founding members of the 133rd Airlift Wing's 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron will join past and present Airmen to reunite and honor the unit's significant accomplishments at 1:30 p.m., Sat. Aug. 17, at the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul.



"As a result of the pioneers' work, the U.S. Air Force aeromedical evacuation system transported more than 81,000 patients including 14,000 battled-injured Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines since Sept. 11, 2001, said Maj. Sheree Savage."



These medical personnel frequently fly in and around the Twin Cities in large, gray C130 cargo aircraft to complete medical evacuation training missions. The Airmen in this unit can be mobilized with only 24-hour notice to support missions at home and abroad. Approximately 87 percent of aeromedical evacuations are performed by National Guard and Reserve units, with the remaining 12 percent divided between four active duty units.



MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND the Red Cross Dedication ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 17, 1:30 p.m. Founding members as well as current aeromedical staff will be available for interviews at the 133rd Airlift Wing, 631 Minuteman Drive, St Paul, MN 55111. Access to the 133rd Airlift Wing is restricted.



For media escort information, media are asked to RSVP by contacting Air Force Maj. Sheree Savage, 651-353-0088. RSVP is required by Friday, Aug.

16, 1 p.m.



For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org or follow us on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard.

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9:00:38, Aug 17th 2013

George Tourville says:
Served in the 109th in the early 1970's. We did many training flights across America and I was stationed at Andrews Air Base for active duty training. On Guard Duty week-ends we went to Ramsey Hospital to work. We got great training and I worked as a Paramedic for 11 years at Divine Redeemer Hospital. Good luck to all existing and future 109th Members and Thank You for your service. God Bless America and the work you do.
George Tourville