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.