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  • 148th Firefighter named Air Guard’s best

    Master Sgt. Mark W. Watczak is still modest about the high honor he just recently received. But those that work with him say his commitment to excellence and willingness to go above and beyond is just two of the reasons he was named Military Fire Fighter of the Year by the Air National Guard Fire Chief's Association."Sgt. Watczak takes the utmost
  • NGB Command Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall visits the 148th Fighter Wing

    Command Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall of the National Guard Bureau hosted an Airmans Call at the 148th Fighter Wing (FW) in Duluth, Minn. on Nov. 19, 2010. Despite having spent 19 years in Hawaii, the former Minnesota native braved the chilly November weather to take a tour of the base and talk to Wing members. Upon arrival, she was
  • City of Duluth recognized for support given to military

    Members of the 148th Fighter Wing helped celebrate the city of Duluth's recognition as a Yellow Ribbon City today at the Greysolon Plaza in Duluth, Minn. Local leaders, military commanders, as well as members of the community were on hand to show their support and recognize those who worked so hard to receive the designation."This designation
  • Collaboration saved Minnesota fighter wing, McKinley says

    Collaboration between this city and the Minnesota Air National Guard saved the 148th Fighter Wing from closure and will help it grow in the future, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said today."You don't see many chambers who recognize their local military," Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley told about 1,000 business and civic leaders at the
  • Yellow Ribbon Summit

    - Governor Tim Pawlenty and Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, presented 18 Yellow Ribbon proclamations to Minnesota cities, counties and companies representing nearly 30 entities at the Yellow Ribbon Summit on Wednesday at Boeckman Middle School in Farmington.The entities receiving Yellow Ribbon
  • Farewell to the Last F-16 Block 25

    The 148th Fighter Wing said goodbye to an old friend on September 14, 2010 when the last F-16 Block 25, aircraft 236, left the base.The departure of the Block 25 marks an end to an era. An era that saw the jets deploy to Iraq 3 times, excel in Operational Readiness Inspections, and earn the Bulldogs the Raytheon Trophy."Bitter/sweet," is how Col
  • Bulldogs Recognized As Hometown Heroes

    The 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard honored more than 500 Airmen and their families in their first Hometown Heroes Salute Award Ceremony at the Duluth Air National Guard Base yesterday. "This isn't just another award," said Col. Frank Stokes, Wing Commander. "It's special because it comes from our nation's leaders Gen. McKinley and
  • Yellow Ribbon Event helps welcome Airmen home

    Members of the 148th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron received some help adjusting to civilian life during a 60-day Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) event today. The event, held at Fitger's Hotel in Duluth, Minn., is designed to help the Airmen and their family members connect with military and community service partners following
  • First Lady's Military Family Care Initiative Continues

    Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and First Lady Mary Pawlenty, along with Major General Larry Shellito, the Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, and Mrs. Evonne Shellito, arrived at the 148th Fighter Wing today to announce that the First Lady's Military Family Care Initiative will continue and expand to provide additional assistance to
  • 148th Fighter Wing focuses on Airmen

    The 148th Fighter Wing participated in a "Wingman Stand-down" June 12 in an effort to preserve the Air Force's greatest resource--it's Airmen.The four-hour stand-down, directed by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, was designed primarily to elevate awareness of suicide prevention, motor vehicle accidents, and motorcycle accidents