Bulldogs Deploy on Thanksgiving Day

U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Johnson, Wing Commander, (left) shakes hands with guardsmen as approximately 125 members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. load an aircraft and deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Johnson, Wing Commander, (left) shakes hands with guardsmen as approximately 125 members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. load an aircraft and deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

A guardsman says goodbye to his girlfriend as he and approximately 125 members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

A guardsman says goodbye to his girlfriend as he and approximately 125 members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brad Johnson says goodbye to his son as he and approximately 125 members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brad Johnson says goodbye to his son as he and approximately 125 members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

Approximately 125 guradsmen of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. load an aircraft as they deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

Approximately 125 guradsmen of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. load an aircraft as they deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Keith Johnson (left) checks guardsmen into the outprocessing area as approximately 125 members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Keith Johnson (left) checks guardsmen into the outprocessing area as approximately 125 members of the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth Minn. deploy to Joint Base Balad, Iraq on November 27, 2008 as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason W. Rolfe) (Released)