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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Shimmin and Airman 1st Class Taniya LaJesse, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. practices building clearing procedures while in training Feb. 28th, 2014.  148FW Security Forces personnel were at Camp Ripley, Minn. from 27 Feb - 2 March, 2014 to train in combat readiness tasks.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony A. Housey/Released) 148th Fighter Wing Security Forces Winter Training
With winter winds blowing steady, and wind chills hovering at 30 below zero, 21 members of the 148th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) took over parts of Camp Ripley, Minn. in a four day combined drill. Led by Capt. John Christenson and Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Gunderson, the Airman of the 148th SFS took part in advanced weapons and tactics skills
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Ronning, a member of the Deployable Interoperable Communications Element (DICE) team, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. performs a safety check on a tent while at a remote location northwest of Grand Marais, Minn., Jan. 28, 2014.  Staff Sgt. Ronning and the DICE team were at the remote location to provide communication support for the John Beargrease sled dog marathon.  (U. S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka/Released)  Comm Flight supports 2014 Beargrease race
The 148th Fighter Wing Communications Flight, Deployable Interoperable Communications Element (DICE) team braved wind chill factors up to 60 below zero to support the 2014 John Beargrease sled dog race that took place in Northern Minnesota during the last week of January, 2014.The DICE team's deployment site was a wooded area northwest of Grand
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U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon crew chiefs and other members of the 148th Fighter Wing display the children's toys that were purchased as the result of the Inaugural Ryan Ewald Memorial Toy Drive, December 16, 2013.  The Wing wide Toy Drive raised over 3,000 dollars which was used to purchase toys that were donated to local charities in the Duluth, Minn. area.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka/Released) Toy Drive Raises Over $3,000

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U.S. Air Force F-16 Crew Chiefs, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. pose for a group photo on Dec. 4, 2011.  The crew chiefs have been helping to raise money annually since 2010 in hopes of giving some local children a better Christmas.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald/Released)
Inaugural Ryan Ewald Memorial Toy Drive
"It was "Wood's" thing. He heard of it and was all about helping these kids out." stated Master Sgt. Ryan Gigliotti, friend and former crew chief co-worker. "Hey let's do something cool! He wanted to start it as a challenge to other squadrons." reflected Master Sgt. Wayne "Willy" Teachworth, a friend and fellow crew chief co-worker. "He was big on
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Carol Christenson and Michael Stewart from the National Weather Service present Col. Frank H. Stokes, 148th Fighter Wing Commander and Senior Master Sgt. Kelvin R. McCuskey, Installation Emergency Manager with a StormReady sign and certificate at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn., Nov. 13, 2013.  The sign and certificate recognized the Wing for being a StormReady community for another three years.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka/Released) 148th Fighter Wing Earns StormReady Re-Certification
The National Weather Service recognized the 148th Fighter Wing (148th FW) with StormReady re-certification on November 13, 2013 during a brief ceremony held at the Wing. The 148th FW was the first Air National Guard (ANG) unit to achieve StormReady certification back in 2010 and the first ANG unit to be re-certified in 2013.StormReady is a
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A 148th Fighter Wing F-16 pilot waits to get the go-ahead to taxi while participating in a Readiness Exercise in Duluth, Minn., July 20, 2013.  The Air Combat Command (ACC) Inspector General team evaluated the 148FW during a Readiness Inspection (RI), Aug. 22-24, 2013, the wing received an overall grade of excellent.   (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka/Released) The 148th scores high in Readiness Inspection
After months of practice, preparation, sweat and hard work, the 148th Fighter Wing earned an "Excellent" grade on their ability to perform wartime operations in a forward deployed environment during a Readiness Inspection (RI)."You guys hit it out of the ballpark," said Col. Frank H. Stokes, 148th Fighter Wing Commander. "Brig. Gen. Sequin said to
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Col. Gerald Ostern (middle), Operations Group Commander relinquishes command to Col. Frank Stokes (far left), 148th Fighter Wing Commander during a change of command ceremony on February 10, 2013.  Col Brad Jackson (far right) accepted command of the Operations Group during the ceremony which was held at the 148 FW, Duluth, Minn.  (National Guard photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hayes/Released) 148th Fighter Wing Operations Group gets new Commander
Col. Gerald R. Ostern relinquished his command of the 148th Fighter Wing's Operations Group during a change of command ceremony on Sunday, February 10th, 2013 and handed the torch on to Col. Bradley A. Jackson. As Operations Group Commander, Ostern was responsible for the combat training and deployment of aircraft, pilots and other support
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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon addesses Northeastern Minnesota employers during a veteran employment seminar held at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. on Jan 11, 2013.  The seminar was held to discuss barriers and possible solutions to hiring and retaining veterans.  (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka/Released) Veterans Employment Event Held in Duluth
Representatives from 40 local area businesses gathered with staff from the Department of Military Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Minnesota Workforce Center, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota National Guard to discuss hiring veterans.Since September 11th, 2001, 41,000 Minnesota veterans have
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Airmen from the Minnesota Air National Guard disembark a C-17 on the ramp at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012. Personnel are deployed from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Bull Dog F-16???s, pilots, and support personnel began their Air Expeditionary Force deployment in mid-August to take over flying missions for the air tasking order and provide close air support for troops on the ground in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/TSgt. Stephen Hudson) Bulldogs Support Operation ENDURING FREEDOM
Nearly 300 or 30% of the Bulldogs from the 148th Fighter Wing recently returned to home station after a deployment to the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.While deployed, the 148th was charged with providing close air support, or protection, for ground forces serving throughout
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Employers and educators from central and northern Minnesota were able to learn more about the 148th Fighter Wing's Block 50 F-16's while participating in an Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) event at the 148 Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn.  The goal of this ESGR event was to provide employers and educators perspective on the Minnesota National Guard's mission.  (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka / Released) Employers and educators tour Minnesota's National Guard
The 148th Fighter Wing hosted 50 northland employers and educators on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 as part of a joint effort by the Minnesota National Guard to showcase the diverse capabilities and careers within the Guard.The event began at the 148th Fighter Wing, with a Mission Briefing followed by an F-16 familiarization. From Duluth, the group flew
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