DULUTH, Minn. --
In 2014, Staff Sgt. Jason Johnston enlisted in the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard as an Aircraft Metals Technician. In this capacity, Johnston serves a machinist and welder who fabricates and custom-makes metal components critical to the functioning of the Wing’s F-16 aircraft. Since enlisting, the Hermantown native has deployed to Osan Air Force Base, South Korea (2016), Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base, Kuwait (2018) and the Southeastern United States in support of a NORAD-tasked homeland defense mission in 2020. “My favorite experiences since joining the 148th are deploying overseas. It’s what we train for and there is no better feeling when it all comes together,” said Johnston.
Johnston’s roommate and Grandma’s Sports Garden coworker, Andy Boso, was interested in military service in 2014, but felt stuck in the daily grind of work at the time. “After COVID-19 hit, my eyes were opened to how fragile work can be,” said Boso.
Johnston, a full time Metals Technician, encouraged Boso to consider the Guard for years. “Jason was an encyclopedia of information. He answered my questions and gave me useful data,” said Boso.
Earlier this month, Johnston and Boso, accompanied by their families raised their right hands took the Oath of Office together. Johnston reenlisted for 6-years while Boso took his initial Oath.
Boso will attend Basic Military Training and then technical school where he’ll learn skills to be an Aircraft Armament System specialist, also known as a weapon’s loader. “Weapons seemed like the perfect fit because I like to be moving and stay busy, “ he said. “I was able to meet the folks in the shop during my tour and everyone seemed friendly,” Boso added.
The 148th Fighter Wing is located in Duluth, Minnesota. Over 1,000 members are assigned to over 100 diverse career fields. If you, or someone you know, are interested in serving their state and nation, contact a recruiter at (218) 788-7818.