Congressman Jim Oberstar visits the 148th Fighter Wing

Colonel Frank Stokes, Wing Commander of the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, MN poses with Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar in front of the prized Raytheon Corporation Trophy. The Raytheon Trophy was awarded to the 179th Fighter Squadron of the 148th Fighter Wing, for being the most outstanding air defense unit in the U.S. Air Force, marking only the fourth time an Air National Guard unit receieved this award since its inception in 1953. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

Colonel Frank Stokes, Wing Commander of the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, MN poses with Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar in front of the prized Raytheon Corporation Trophy. The Raytheon Trophy was awarded to the 179th Fighter Squadron of the 148th Fighter Wing, for being the most outstanding air defense unit in the U.S. Air Force, marking only the fourth time an Air National Guard unit receieved this award since its inception in 1953. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

U.S. Air Force Colonel Frank Stokes, Wing Commander of the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn. discusses with Congressman Jim Oberstar, the deployment of several members of the 148th to Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 30th, 2010 . Oberstar visited the wing to discuss the future operations of the 148th and was able to speak with and encourage airmen as they prepare to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

U.S. Air Force Colonel Frank Stokes, Wing Commander of the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn. discusses with Congressman Jim Oberstar, the deployment of several members of the 148th to Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 30th, 2010 . Oberstar visited the wing to discuss the future operations of the 148th and was able to speak with and encourage airmen as they prepare to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

Colonel Frank Stokes, Wing Commander of the 148th Fighter Wing based in Duluth, MN, introduces Congressman Jim Oberstar to members of the unit scheduled to deploy to Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawii. Oberstar happened to be in the neighborhood and made a surprise visit to speak with and encourage airmen as they prepare to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sarah Hayes)

Colonel Frank Stokes, Wing Commander of the 148th Fighter Wing based in Duluth, MN, introduces Congressman Jim Oberstar to members of the unit scheduled to deploy to Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawii. Oberstar happened to be in the neighborhood and made a surprise visit to speak with and encourage airmen as they prepare to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sarah Hayes)