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Staff Sgt. Thomas Garvey, center, a nurse at the Twin Ports Veterans Outpatient clinic, nominates his boss, Mary Kolosky, left, for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer award, presented by Terry Erickson, an ESGR volunteer, right. (Submitted photo) Guard staff sergeant recognizes employer's support
Staff Sgt. Thomas P. Garvey is a member of the 148th Fighter Wing Medical Group. He is also a nurse at the Twin Ports VA Outpatient Clinic in Superior.Being a member of the Air National Guard sometimes requires time away from his civilian job.And it's that time away that prompted Garvey to nominate clinical operations manager at the Twin Ports
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The Voluntary Protection Program flag flies proudly at the 148th Fighter Wing.  The 148th Fighter Wing has just been recertified as part of the VPP as a Star worksite—the Star status is OSHA’s highest rating. 148th Fighter Wing maintains world class safety rating
July 25, 2011, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced that the148th Fighter Wing has maintained its prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status after the April 25-28, 2011 evaluation. After the April 2008 inspection, the 148th had become the first Air Force (active duty, guard, or reserve) unit to achieve
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Airmen of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn, watch the Minnesota Twins play from the fuel cell while in Duluth, Minn. On August 7, 2011. Fox Sports North (FSN) and the Minnesota Twins supported the First Lady's "Joining Forces" campaign by celebrating military members and their families during a series of Sunday Twins Games where they will be airing their pre and post game shows from various military installations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Donald L. Acton) 148th hosts Minnesota Twins viewing party
The 148th Fighter Wing hosted a Minnesota Twins viewing party as part of Fox Sports North's (FSN) Operation Home Base series Aug. 7, 2011. Operation Home Base was created by FSN to show case the First Lady's Joining Forces campaign which highlights the strengths and special needs of military families. Segments from the pre and post game shows were
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U. S. Senator Klobuchar is seen addressing the media while visiting the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn.  Senator Klobuchar was in Duluth to discuss the possibility of the 148th FW becoming an active association unit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka/released) Sen. Klobuchar promotes Active Association at 148th Fighter Wing
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar paid a visit to the 148th Fighter Wing Aug. 5, 2011 as part of her efforts to secure approval from the Air Force to designate the 148th as an active associate wing."Active association would strengthen the long term future of the 148th," said Klobuchar.Klobuchar had an active association meeting with 148th senior
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Members of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad configure GPS and radio handsets prior to launching rescue watercraft at Fish Lake July 11, 2011. Communication between the watercraft and the command and control units on land was made possible by the mobile communication vehicles that both the 148th Fighter Wing and St. Louis Rescue Squad brought to the exercise.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott G. Herrington) 148th Fighter Wing conducts major accident response exercise
Members of the 148th Fighter Wing Communications Squadron, Fire Hall, Safety Office, Security Forces Squadron, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, and Fredenberg Rescue Squad conducted a major accident response exercise (MARE) at Fish Lake Reservoir, Duluth, Minn. July 26, 2011. The exercise simulated recovering a pilot from an F-16 that had crashed
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Maj. Nathan “Shaggy” Aysta was awarded the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, F-16, Class 11A “Flying Award” for demonstrating excellent instructor performance in brief, execution, and debrief throughout the course during the Weapons School graduation in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Two Bulldogs Graduate from the Elite U.S. Air Force Weapons School
On June 11, a piece of history was made at the 148th Fighter Wing and Minnesota National Guard--two 148th Fighter Wing members graduated from Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Capt. James Grandaw, the first intelligence officer, and Maj. Nathan Aysta, the second pilot, earned the distinguished and highly-respected title of Weapons
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Maj. Gen. Wayne Gatlin (Ret.), former 148th Fighter Wing Commander was awarded the Brig. Gen. Ray Miller Spirit of Service Award by Brig. Gen. Mark Ness (Ret.) during a luncheon held at the 148th Fighter Wing.  The luncheon was in honor of the Minnesota Air National Guard's Anniversary.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka/released) Spirit of Service
"I served with the greatest bunch of people," said Major General Wayne C. Gatlin (Ret.) after receiving the inaugural Brigadier General Ray Miller Spirit of Service Award from Brigadier General Mark Ness (Ret.) July 14, 2011. Maj. Gen. Gatlin describes his military career in Duluth as being enjoyable--days starting with breakfast at his own house,
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Captain Howard Ramstad (Ret.) reflects on a photograph taken by him of the original members of the 148th Fighter Wing. Capt. Ramstad, a founding member of the 148th Fighter Wing, was a pilot who flew the P-51 Mustang among other aircraft throughout his career.  Original member of the 148th Fighter Wing pays a visit
"It's a thing to behold." That's what Captain Howard Ramstad said when asked what he thought of the base as it stands today. And he would know; Capt. Ramstad is one of the original members of the 148th Fighter Wing, having joined back in 1948. Born in 1921, Capt. Ramstad was on hand to photograph the original muster of the first group of enlistees
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Senior Airman Jordan Richards is performing a Custom Tool Kit inventory following a successful weapons loading operation during the Operational Readiness Exercise June 11, 2011.  The exercise was designed to refamiliarize Airmen with Force Protection Conditions, Mission Oriented Protection Postures and for members to perform the mission while wearing the Chemical Protective Overgarment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hayes.)
148th Fighter Wing completes a Phase II Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE)
The 148th Fighter Wing completed the Operational Readiness Exercise (ORE) Coronet Lightning, Saturday, June 11, 2011. This exercise began Friday, June 10, 2011 and was designed to refamiliarize Airmen with Force Protection Conditions (FPCON), Mission Oriented Protection Postures (MOPP) and for members to perform the mission while wearing the
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Staff Sergeant Mitch Pitoscia and Airman 1st Class Corey Pitoscia, members of the Security Forces Squadron, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn., consult their map and compass as they make their way through the land navigation course at Camp Ripley, Minn. on June 5, 2011.  The land navigation course tests the ability to plot out a course prior to entering the woods, but also the ability to stay on that course despite difficult terrain.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott Herrington) Security Forces battle the woods
Small teams of 148th Fighter Wing Security Forces members set out to navigate part of the Camp Ripley, Minn. wilderness Sunday, June 5, 2011 as part of their week long field training exercises. The teams were given multiple sets of coordinates and a map; from there it was out to the woods to figure out the location of several hidden markers. The
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