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  • 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
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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