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Members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Communication Flight, Deployable Interoperable Communications Element (DICE) take time to pose for a group picture.  The DICE team was deployed to the Grand Marais, Minn. area in support of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.  U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt Richard Kaufman.  (Released)

COMM Flight Once Again Supports Beargrease
The 148th Fighter Wing, Communications Flight, Deployable Interoperable Communications Element (DICE) team has supported the John Beargrease sled dog marathon for many years and 2011 was no exception.The DICE team's deployment site was a wooded area northwest of Grand Marais, Minn. The deployed location had limited road access and no amenities and
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An F-16 from the 179th Fighter Squadron, a subordinate unit of the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn., flies a mission over the Gulf of Mexico Jan. 27. The 148th FW is working with the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., for two weeks to train for their Air Sovereignty Alert missions and to validate their new Block 50 F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Christopher Hoskins) Air National Guard fighter wing preps for alert missions at Tyndall
Shooting down enemy aircraft over American soil is an event U.S.-based alert pilots train for. They run exercise scenarios on a constant basis, preparing for that call to scramble. But all the dry runs in the world can't prepare a pilot for thatmoment when a live missile is released from the jet. That's why the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth,
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Col. Gerald Ostern, 148th Fighter Wing, Operations Group Commander (left) and Col. Frank Stokes, 148th Fighter Wing, Wing Commander (right) talk with Congressman Cravaack while touring the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn.  Congressman Cravaack is visiting the 148th FW less than one month after being sworn into office.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka)  Congressman Chip Cravaack Visits the 148th Fighter Wing
After just one month in office, U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack toured the 148th Fighter Wing. While at the 148th, Rep. Cravaack toured its maintenance facility, an F-16 fighter jet, met with Airmen, and attended a mission briefing. Rep. Cravaack, a 24-year retired Navy Captain and former airline pilot, received a briefing on the 148th's flying
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Lt. Col. Scott Chambers was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his accomplishments during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan.  An awards and retirement ceremony was held at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth Minn. January 23, 2010.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Donald Acton/released) More than Awards
The 148th Fighter Wing recognized the efforts of its award recipients, recent retirees and hometown heroes in a ceremony Jan. 23, 2011 in the main base hangar. Plaques, certificates and other various awards were given to Airmen that had made a distinguishable mark during 2010, to retiring members for their selfless service, and to members eligible
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Members of the 148th Fighter Wing, board a C-17 bound for Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. from Duluth Minn. to participate in training exercise Combat Archer January 22, 2010.  Combat Archer will be the first operational test of the new Block 50 F-16 Falcons.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Donald Acton/released) Not Your Average Test Drive
On a subzero January morning, more than 100 members of the 148th Fighter Wing prepare to deploy to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Their mission is to put both the newly acquired Block 50 F-16 Fighting Falcons and the Airmen supporting them to the test as the Wing transitions from the Block 25 to the Block 50.Morale is high as pre-deployment
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Major Ryan Kaspari, Senior Master Sgt.    (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka)  (Released) Patriot Presentation
The Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award recognizes companies that provide outstanding support for employees who participate in the National Guard and Reserve forces.United Healthcare and its regional manager Reid Olson were recently honored for just that type of support. For his efforts, Olson was presented with the
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Michael Benko calibrates a digital oscilloscope while working in the Oscilloscope calibration area.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka)  (Released) The Science of Perfection
The Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL) in Duluth, Minn. tests and calibrates the equipment necessary for the 148th Fighter wing to fly, fight and win.Responsible for supporting more than 14,000 items, 26 civilian Federal Civil Service employees calibrate a wide variety of equipment. The laboratory works on F-16 Fighting Falcon bore
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Vice Chief of Staff for the Minnesota National Guard, Col. Paul Cummings in formation with Afghan police recruits outside of Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Southwestern Afghanistan in April 2010.  (Submitted- National Guard Photo) Building Afghanistan's Security
Earlier this year, Joint Force Headquarters' Vice Chief of Staff and former 148th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Col. Paul Cummings served as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Interior for Administration and support during a 7-month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan. In this capacity, Col. Cummings worked to increase the capability of Afghan
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Master Sgt. William Hawley, member of the 148th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, Minnesota National Guard, Duluth, Minn. provides guidance on firing from the prone position.  Sgt. Hawley is the winner of the 2010 Air National Guard Security Forces Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award.  
 (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Amie M. Dahl/ Released)
TOP DOG: Bulldog named best Security Forces Senior NCO in Air National Guard
Master Sgt. William J. Hawley maintains that his 2010 Air National Guard Security Forces Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award has more to do with his peers than about him in particular. "It's about all of us, not one person," said Sgt. Hawley, a 148th Fighter Wing Security Forces member. Despite his selfless attitude, Sgt. Hawley was
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Staff Sgt. Wayne Jenderny of the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard visits with Sophie at her home in Eyota, Minn.  Staff Sgt. Jenderny, along with other members of the 148th FW, helped rescue Sophie from Kuwait and found her a new home in the United States. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Wayne Jenderny, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn.). Airman's Best Friend
While stationed in Kuwait, Staff Sgt. Wayne Jenderny, a fire fighter from the 148th Fighter Wing, made a friend. Sophie, a collie mix, had been tugging at the heart strings of Sgt. Jenderny and his co-workers while she made a habit of visiting their fire hall. Many of the firemen deployed to Kuwait had dogs back home, and having Sophie around their
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