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Wind generators are installed on the roof of the cold storage building at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn.  The 148th Fighter Wing is the first Air National Guard unit to receive supplemental power on their grid from wind generators.  (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka) 148th Fighter Wing spreads energy conservation awareness
The 148th Fighter Wing Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) is on a continuous mission to reduce the amount of energy that the base consumes, and at the same time, keep the base populace informed on how each Wing member can help reduce costs."You can get so far on the big things, but it comes down to education of the base populace," said 148th Fighter
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2011
Col. Frank H. Stokes, 148th Fighter Wing Commander, speaks during the F-16 static display dedication ceremony at the entrance to the 148th Fighter Wing, Oct. 19, 2011.  Ceremony attendees included business and civic leaders, and 148th Fighter Wing members that helped to make the static display a reality.  (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott G. Herrington.) Duluth community displays support for 148th Fighter Wing
"None of this could exist without the enthusiastic stalwart support of our community, the chamber, and our business and civic leaders that stand with us here today," said Col. Frank H. Stokes, 148th Fighter Wing Commander.Stokes was referring to a Block 10 F-16 suspended in flight on the corner of Airport Road and Bulldog Boulevard during its
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Members of the 148th Fighter Wing meet for a predeployment meeting prior to outprocessing for their impending deployment to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. for a final two week conversion training mission.  The training during the deployment will be focused on the 148th's new mission--providing suppression of enemy air defense, and the destruction of enemy air defense.  (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka.) The 148th Fighter Wing deploys to Nellis Air Force Base
The 148th Fighter Wing deployed more than 100 service members Oct. 14, 2011 to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. for a final-two week conversion training mission prior to Red Flag--a test in February 2012 that will confirm that the 148th is fully mission capable with the new Block 50 F-16s. Lt. Col. Troy Zierden, 179th Fighter Squadron Director of
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148th Fighter Wing members Senior Master Sgt. Ted Windus Jr., and Tech. Sgt. Harold Spence, pose with Army National Guard members Sgt. Nick Jefferson, Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Zamora, and Spc. Jacob Runge in front of an Army Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) and an Air Force R-11 Refueler in Ely, Minn. Sept. 16, 2011.  The refueling trucks worked in tandem to keep the Blackhawk helicopters (shown in the background) in the air to dump 550 gallon loads of water on the fires in the Ely area.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ralph J. Kapustka.) 148th Fighter Wing Fights Fire with Fuel
With less than 24 hours notice, Senior Master Sgt. Ted J. Windus Jr., 148th Fighter Wing Fuels Distribution Flight Superintendent, and his team were ready to deploy at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 13, 2011 in support of the fire fight in Ely, Minn. On Sept. 14, they got the call and drove north, carrying with them 6,000 gallons of fuel.That fuel would be used
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148th Fighter Wing Mission Support Group Commander Col. Penny Dieryck speaks to Minn. servicemembers during a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon event held at the Fitgers complex in Duluth, Minn. Sept. 19, 2011.  The event was part of the on-going initiative to help Soldiers and Airmen cope with the stress of transitioning from a deployment to home.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott G. Herrington.) Minnesota servicemembers attend Beyond the Yellow Ribbon event in Duluth
Nearly 50 Airmen and Soldiers from the state of Minnesota attended a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon event at the Fitgers complex in Duluth, Minn. Sept. 19, 2011. The event was part of the on-going initiative to assist in reintegrating deployed servicemembers after a deployment.For many, the event was a refresher--this was not the first time they had
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Members of the 148th Fighter Wing stand during a prayer sung by a rabbi during the 9/11 tribute held at the DECC in Duluth, Minn., Sept. 11, 2011.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott G. Herrington) City of Duluth remembers 9/11
"No day in history invokes such vivid imagery," said Duluth Mayor Don Ness, the keynote speaker at the 10th anniversary observance of 9/11 held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth Sept. 11, 2011.The Duluth 9/11 Tribute Committee hosted the free, hour long event in remembrance of the lives lost, and in honor of the
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Lt. Col. Jon Safstrom (right), 148th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, talks about the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11, the events of that day and how it has changed the military, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn. Next to Lt. Col. Safstrom is Sr. Master Sgt Pete Neumann (left). (MPR Photo/Derek Montgomery) Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing pilots recall eerie days after 9/11
Soon after airplanes-turned-missiles slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2011, a Minnesota Air National Guard unit launched into action. Some pilots from the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth took off to protect President George W. Bush. Others soared high over the Twin Cities, on the alert for more danger. For the pilots, the
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Gen. William M. Fraser, left, Air Combat Command commander, passes the 1st Air Force flag to Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke during the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) change of command ceremony at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 31. Clarke assumed command of 1st Air Force from Maj. Gen. Garry C. Dean, marking the first time a lieutenant general has ever held a command billet at Tyndall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa Norman) First Air Force changes command; receives first three-star commander
In a historic ceremony here Aug. 31, the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region - 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) changed command and received its first-ever 3-star commander, marking the first time a lieutenant general has filled a command billet at Tyndall. During the ceremony officiated by Gen. Charles H. Jacoby,
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148th Fighter Wing Civil Engineering Squadron members Staff Sgt. Tom Jackson, Staff Sgt. Michael Wing, Senior Airman Brent Micken, and Airman 1st Class Jacob Olson construct part of asimulated village at Fort Greely, Delta Junction, Alaska July 23, 2011. The Army will use the village to train tactical movements and building clearing procedures. 148th Fighter Wing Civil Engineering Squadron makes its mark in Alaska
The 148th Fighter Wing deployed 48 members the Civil Engineering and Services Squadrons to Fort Greely, Delta Junction, Alaska July 23, 2011 for two weeks to construct training structures in the Donnelly Training Range.The civil engineers had two objectives while they were deployed: They had to demolish and reconstruct a live-fire facility, as well
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148th Fighter Wing Medical Group members Capt. Aaron Jordan, Staff Sgt. Alex Olson, and Staff Sgt. Amanda Roen attend to a victim during a Mass Casualty Exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany July 29, 2011.  The 148th deployed more than 30 members to Spangdahlem Air Base for 13 days of hands-on training. 148th Medical Group returns from Germany deployment
More than 30 members of the 148th Fighter Wing Medical Group returned from a 13 day deployment to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany Aug. 6, 2011. The primary objective of the deployment, an overseas annual tour (OSAT), was to train and gain experience with patients."Many of our members were recognized for the outstanding work they provided while
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