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  • 148th Fighter Wing bids farewell to Command Chief Master Sgt. Layman

    "It's been a pleasure to serve with the men and women of the 148th," said 148th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael Layman.Layman, a Bulldog since Oct. of 1986, spent his final day as the command chief of the 148th Fighter Wing Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 after 22 months of service in that position--during which Layman gave Command Chief Master
  • Duluth Fire Department Receives Patriot Award

    Col. Frank H. Stokes, 148th Fighter Wing Commander presented the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award to Fire Chief John Strongitharm and Deputy Chief Bryan Bushey of the Duluth Fire Department during a ceremony held in Duluth, Minn. on Nov. 1, 2011. Stokes thanked them both for the support they provide to their military
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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