Mpls’ 934th Airlift Wing Might Be Clipped Due To Strategy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Big changes could be coming to the 934th Airlift Wing in Minneapolis and it could affect more than a thousand jobs. The Air Force is proposing to transfer the 934th’s current mission to another base.

This comes as a result of the president’s new defense strategy and budget proposal for 2013. The Air Force is looking to refocus and reduce the size of its forces to comply with the strategy.

Julia Gerlofs, whose husband is a member of the 934th Airlift Wing, has spent the last several months getting ready for one of life’s biggest transitions: becoming a mother. With a due date in just five weeks, she’s doing all she can to prepare, but in the last month, Julia and her husband, Jordan, got news of another change neither had planned on.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty around it and that was a bit stressful,” Julia said.

Jordan is a member of the 934th Airlift Wing, where he works as a mechanic. An Air Force proposal to transfer the unit’s eight C130’s has left the unit’s mission, to supply air support for the military, in limbo. That also includes the 1,400 who work there.

“I think with anyone who’s potentially losing a job, there’s uncertainty there,” Julia said.

If the C130s are transferred to a different base, Col. Darrell Young, the wing commander, said it does not mean the airmen of the 934th are out of a job. The unit would be ready to take on a new mission.

“I try to be optimistic,” Young said.

He does not yet know what that new mission might be, or even if the transfer will be approved, but he’s well aware of its affect on the unit.

“I try to keep them focused on the current mission,” Young said. “Let’s stay focused, let’s do that, and then embrace change, not fight change.”

But some have brought that fight to social media. A Save the 934th Facebook page has become a community of 500+ working to keep the mission based in Minneapolis.

“I really do believe this is an issue worth fighting for,” Julia said.

Congress and the president still need to sign off on the proposal, which affects bases in 14 other states.

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  • Richard in Minneapolis

    1,400 people to support eight airplanes? That’s almost 200 persons per airplane! There has to be a more efficient way to accomplish defense goals.

    • Bob from S MN

      Are you for real?? Have you ever visited the 934th?? There are a lot of other jobs that the personel do on this base besides fly planes. I for one am a past civil engineer (CES) of the 934th. Doubt if you were ever in the military as you seem to know nothing about how it operates. Remember history repeates it self. Once our military is depleated something BIG will happen and the good old USA will get caught with their pants down. Thanks Obama …… Again.

      • Richard in Minneapolis

        6 years as a Medical Corpsman in the United State Army.

      • Ines Beag

        Eat me. The military is a cash turnstile and your argument is that of an imbecile.

    • AntiTeabagger

      That is like saying, shutting down a gas station is no big deal. You people who have no idea who much a business, , yes the Military is like a business needs support. You have Supply, Maintenance, Support personnel for HR type items, Security, vehicle maintenance, weather, LAN and Computer folks, Fuels which is a part of supply for fueling the aircraft, Transportation, Education, and other areas that just do not support eight aircraft as you see it. It is a huge effort in support both people aircraft and equipment. Unless you have been in our shoes ( Active and Guard ) like we have, don’t question why we need so many people to support the mission. I was stationed at Offutt AFB in Omaha. Not only did we have Aircraft, and a ton of them, we also had StratComm and Naval aircraft there. With thousands of support people and buildings and equipment. It is funny how civilians love freedom, but never understand the price it takes so that you can go to work, go home, hug your kids without worrying about a thing.

  • Dave

    Maybe Col. Darrell Young should try and do just A LITTLE bit more and save the wing…

  • Steve B.

    These planes buzz our South Minneapolis neighborhood several times a day every day. B-bye!

    • Brandon

      Shouldn’t of bought a house by the airport. You should of known what you are getting into. Those planes represent freedom. So next time they fly over, is a little bit of noise such a big deal?

    • Bob2

      Your probably one of those Babies that buys a house next to the Airport
      and then Wants the MAC to give you $50, 000 to replace all your windows
      and funace….

    • Nokomis Girl

      You clearly have no idea what you are talking about, and it’s almost painful to read the words of someone so stupid. Nobody is “buzzing the neighborhood” and the aircraft of the the 934th aren’t even taking off and landing here every day, so you certainly aren’t hearing them even do that “several times a day”.
      The airport will remain no matter what decision is made about the Air Force, and we won’t see, or hear, any less air traffic if those 8 C-130s are taken away. Personally, I love sitting out on my deck listening to the planes – it’s one of the reasons I bought a house in the Nokomis area. For me, that’s the sound of freedom, and I love hearing a Herk coming home, whether it’s been out for a couple hours of training, or it’s bringing a squadron of troops home from a deployment.
      But then again, I can tell the difference in the sound of a C-130’s props and a 747’s jets, and I strongly suspect you lack that ability.

      • Steve B.

        I know what a C-130 looks like because I’m RIGHT UNDER their flight path.
        You bought into Nokomis to hear the noise of airplanes? You wouldn’t know stupid if it was tattooed on your forehead…and it probably is.

        • Nokomis Girl

          If you are so delusioned that you think you are seeing or hearing C-130s SEVERAL TIMES A DAY in South Minneapolis, then you clearly do not know what they look or sound like.

          Why would you be so stupid as to live RIGHT UNDER the flight path for an international airport if your sensitive little ears can’t cope with the noise (of all the airplanes, by the way…C-130s use the same take off and landing routes as every other plane)? Was that the only section 8 housing your baby mama could find?

  • Get real

    Change is a fact of life.
    Change disrupts the status quo.

    So let’s all whine about it feel sorry for ourselves.

  • Nikki M

    The 934th has always been a base where the Air Force would send Commanders and groom them for a greater goal. Clearly the 934th is a stepping stone for the base commanders, several have moved on to become Generals. All pervious commander have been honored to be a part of out unit.
    How can you have respect for Col Young, he’ll get his star as long as he does what the supervision says to do. Seems like he’s given up on the 934th.

    • Bob2

      You can’t give up on something that you have never supported..
      MInneapolis is just a ticket punching stop for Him.

  • pretzeldude

    Obama has a death wish for the US Military so he won’t have worry about them as he continues to try and become Dictator.

    • Wow

      Yeah, that sounds about right. You are certainly a very reasonable individual.

    • Steve B.

      I’m glad someone else chimed in about this clueless ####.
      Obama has accomplished more in 3 years against real enemies like Al Qaeda than Bush did in 8 years.
      I cant figure out which is more breathtaking- Bush’s ineptitude or Obama competence.

      • Flying Jackmove

        Uninformed liberal is uninformed. If you actually believe that drivel you’ve been drinking.

        Got Bin Laden as a direct result of Bush Administration interrogation policies that Obama attacked and vowed never to do. It’s as ridiculous as Nixon taking credit for the moon landing.
        Unemployment at 8.5%. Wait, when did that become something to brag about, this number is low due to workers leaving the work force. The real unemployment rate is the “U6”, and it’s at 15.2%
        I think the words to best describe this are, “there was growth despite Obama’s jihad on business”. Imagine what it might have been with somebody competent at the wheel.
        Ended war in Iraq, by using the timeline put forth by the Bush Administration. What remains in Iraq are thousands of federal contractors, diplomats and a huge American embassy in Baghdad. And don’t forget the tens of thousands of American military stationed just over the border of Iraq in places like Turkey and Kuwait.
        He signed tax increases into law. That mandated by Obamacare, they just haven’t kicked in yet.
        He didn’t save the auto industry, he saved the auto unions. And by using tax payer dollars to pay off your cronies is now laudable? Give me a break.
        Assisted in ousting Khaddafi by ignoring the Constitution and violating the rules HE supported while in Congress.
        The nomination deadline for the 09’ Nobel Peace price was 02/01/2009, and he’d been in office 13 days. What on Earth did he do in 13 days to deserve the Nobel Peace prize? Oh, and they gave one to terrorist leader Yasser Arafat too, not something I’d want to be associated with.
        Using taxpayer money to bailout people who can’t or won’t pay for their bills? That’s nothing to brag about. It’s preventing housing market from returning to a healthy status.
        Oh yeah, crashing the US dollar to the point where it’s worthless will not help the middle class.
        Obamacare will do nothing to lower the cost of healthcare. In a swindle that would make Bernie Madoff look like an amateur, Obama has gotten a substantial segment of the population to believe that he can add millions of people to the government-insured rolls without increasing the already record-breaking federal deficit.

        Let’s add a few things…
        -Signed a bill allowing indefinite detention after campaigning to close GITMO.
        -Halted the Keystone oil pipeline, driving future petroleum prices even higher.
        -Expanded the Bush policy of wireless wiretapping.
        -After spending hundreds of billions of dollars on political pork barrel projects from coast to coast–– some frivolous beyond belief–– its only major cut in federal spending has been its move to cut $100 billion from the Defense Department’s budget.
        -Barack Hussein Obama has gone a historic 1,000 days without passing a budget.
        -Saw America’s credit rating downgraded to AA+, for the first time in history.
        -One of the few campaign promises that Barack Obama has kept was this: “We are going to change the United States of America!” Yeah, change it for the worse.

        Go ahead and vote for the man. I could go on for hours

    • Dave

      How about Bush’s two decade long wars with no strategy or willingness to pay for them? Who did Bush get his budget surplus from again, ‘oh yeah a Democrat. Austerity is a pain, but the Repubs. should be glad because we’re perhaps fianlly living within our means. NO NEW TAXES!!

  • Bill Steinke

    The 1:57 spent on this story was a waste of air time. It gave us no information that you could take away. Why not say something about what the 1000+ jobs entail. Instead of telling us about a young lady that is going to give birth in five weeks. I’m sorry, but how that goes really has nothing to do with the big picture. These stories always focus on the top dog. How about the young people that do the actual work that make or break the big dogs. What’s the potential of how they will be effected? Who do you think is going to be better taken care of, the Colonel or some E-4, how is his life going to change? What are the ramification on his future in the Military?

    If push comes to shove, the Colonial can retire and live quite comfortable, what becomes of the entry level personnel?

    The story left the viewer with to many unanswered questions. Poor reporting in my opinion. And even less responsibility of putting the story together, to even put it on the air.

  • BearskinBob

    I’m not sure what and air wing is going to do without airplanes. Perhaps they should invest in a few cribbage boards.

  • Babe The Blue Ox

    With all the lakes we have here, i think we should trade the airwing for a few naval bases…..

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