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Help inspire Minnesota youth by volunteering with STARBASE Minnesota!

Learn more about our volunteer opportunities below. To access dates and times of volunteer opportunities, download the Air Force Connect app, search for the group ‘STARBASE Volunteers’ and use code ‘Rockets’ to join!

Contact Tia Thompson, Military Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at or 612-713-2549 with any questions.

Master Sergeant Nicholas Gray
Propulsion Shop Superintendent

The 133rd Airlift Wing Maintenance Group is responsible for the maintenance of eight C-130 aircraft. Master Sergeant Nicholas Gray shares how his team helps fix the C-130s, specifically the Rolls-Royce T56 engines and the Allison T56 propellers on the aircrafts. Learn how MSgt Gray uses STEM in his job every day and explains the different parts of the C-130. 

Rocket Launch

As a rocket launch volunteer, you get to be part of the excitement of students seeing their own rocket prototypes launched into the air! You can load rockets onto the launcher or help students launch them using a control box. In about 50 minutes, you will help 30-50 students launch their rockets.

C-130 Tours

You know about the C-130 aircraft because you work with it every day. C-130 tours are a great time to share your knowledge with students and their families. These 30-40 minute tours take place in the summer and give you the opportunity to share about the aircraft and the mission of the MN Air National Guard.

Launch Ceremony Q&A

Our STARBASE engineers have worked hard all week. Launch Ceremonies, formerly known as graduation, provide a chance to reflect on the students’ accomplishments and look to the future.  As the Launch Ceremony Q&A volunteer, you will engage with a group of students in a guided Q&A session for 20-30 minutes. A STARBASE instructor acts as the MC and you are the special guest!

2.0 Mentoring

After their week at STARBASE, our students go back to school to continue their learning. The 2.0 Mentoring program was created to stay connected with students and support their interest in science, technology, engineering and math. As a mentor, you will join other volunteers at a local school and interact with students during a 1-2 hour block of time.  The 2.0 mentoring program is typically scheduled weekly.