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  • 148th Fighter Wing Participates in Emergency Response Exercise

    Members of the 148th Fighter Wing participated in a Major Accident Response Exercise (MARE) at the Duluth International Airport on June 3, 2010. The exercise was held in conjunction with local, state and federal emergency response agencies to test and validate emergency response capabilities."The exercise gives us and other emergency response
  • Security Forces Return from Deployment

    Family and friends gathered on a cold and rainy day to welcome home nearly 35 Duluth, Minn., based 148th Security Forces members who were deployed to southwest Asia in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM for nearly seven-months. Billie Jean "Bea" Hawley had two reasons to be happy. Bea is the spouse of Master Sgt. William Hawley and mother of Staff
  • 148th Fighter Wing becomes first National Guard StormReady Community

    The 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., has become the first National Guard unit to be certified by the National Weather Service as a StormReady Community. Carol Christiansen and Mike Stewart from the National Weather Service presented the 148th with its StormReady certification and road signs on Tuesday May 4, 2010 at the Duluth Air National
  • 148th Fighter Wing gets new wings

    Fighter pilot Lt. Col. Reed Bowman was all smiles when the first F-16 Block 50 landed at the Duluth Air National Guard (ANG) Base April 27, 2010."You don't believe it till they're sitting on the ramp in front of you and you're ready to start work on them and we're there today," said Bowman, 148th Fighter Wing (FW) Conversion Officer. "This has been
  • New F-16s arrive at the 148th Fighter Wing

    The first wave of F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon aircraft arrived at the 148th Fighter Wing (FW) today, Tuesday, April 27.The F-16s will be transferred from the 22nd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The conversion from the Wing's current F-16 Block 25 to the new Block 50 aircraft will take approximately 18 to 24 months. Pilots and
  • F-16 drawdown begins at Spangdahlem

    Six F-16 Fighting Falcons are scheduled to depart here April 27 as the first step for the 52nd Fighter Wing staff in the Combat Air Force Restructuring plan expected to save the Air Force approximately $355 million in fiscal 2010 and $3.5 billion during the next five fiscal years.An additional six aircraft are scheduled to depart the base April 30.
  • Department Recognizes Best Reserve Component Family Programs

    Defense Department officials today recognized the best in National Guard and reserve family programs saying such efforts are critical to combat readiness."If we lose the support of our families, if we lose the support of our employers, we will be put out of business," said Dennis M. McCarthy, assistant Secretary of Defense for reserve affairs. "The
  • Care packages from the Cookie Brigade

    148th Civil Engineers deployed with the 455th Expeditionary Air Wing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan received a special sweet treat last week. The Cookie Brigade from Frederic, WI sent 148th members 22 containers filled with home-made cookies.The Cookie Brigade formed in October of 2006 when founder Susan Hager received cookie requests from friends
  • Radio truck boosts flood coordination

    A Remote Communications Platform (RCP) was deployed to Moorhead, Minn. to increase the communications range of both military and civilian authorities fighting the spring floods of 2010.The functionality provided by the RCP is relatively new having just entered service in 2009. With it's 3 man crew, it is considered fully mission capable within 15
  • 148th photographer takes 1st place in National Guard media contest

    Tech. Sgt. Brett Ewald, 148th Public Affairs, was announced as the first place winner in the Air National Guard Media Contest photojournalism category. Ewald's work during the 2009 flood fighting efforts told the story of Minnesota National Guard members deployed to North Dakota to support local officials in battling the overwhelming flood waters.