Congressman Chip Cravaack Visits the 148th Fighter Wing
By Maj. Audra Flanagan, 148th Fighter Wing
/ Published February 01, 2011
DULUTH, Minn. -- 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 mission as well as it's 24/7 Air Sovereignty Alert Mission. Rep. Cravaack, was recently appointed to two subcommittees on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee and three subcommittees on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The 148th Fighter Wing is the ninth largest employer in Duluth with just over 1,000 members. In addition to its flying mission, the 148th provides Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) also known as bomb squad support to local law enforcement in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. The 148th provides 24-hour fire, crash and rescue support to the Duluth International Airport.
Rep. Cravaack stated that "It was my privilege to visit the men and women of the 148th Fighter Wing earlier today. These brave individuals run a first-class facility that keeps our citizens safe from those who wish to do us harm. I stand ready to support them now, and throughout the 112th Congress."