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  • Twenty years later, Minnesota Remembers 9/11

    On Sept. 11, 2021, we stood with Minnesotans and the nation at the state capitol complex as we remembered the events on 9/11, twenty years later. The event not only remembered the lives lost on that day, but also service members from Minnesota who made the ultimate sacrifice following that day.
  • High Impact, Low Cost, Tailored Training

    The 179th Fighter Squadron, assigned to the148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard provided cover with its Block 50 F-16CM fighter aircraft to Special Operations Forces personnel from the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, who jumped from C-130s assigned to the 133rd Airlift Wing over Fort McCoy’s Warrens and Badger Drop Zones June 23-25, 2021. 
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, definitions and treatment options

    Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can occur after someone goes through or sees a traumatic event such as combat exposure, sexual or physical abuse, a serious accident, natural disaster or an assault. Common symptoms of PTSD can include reliving the event, avoiding situations that remind you of the event, constantly feeling jittery or on edge,
  • Safety First - When it Comes to Boating

    Stig Severinsen has a world record for holding his breath under water for a shocking 22 minutes.  Very Impressive, considering an average person can hold their breath for around 30 seconds, for children the length is much shorter. It usually only takes around 120 seconds (two short minutes) underwater for an adult to lose consciousness, and only between 30 seconds and 2 minutes for a small child to die.  In our great state ‘the land of 10,000 lakes’ – let’s do what it takes to help mitigate that risk this summer. 
  • Tyndall hosts RADR training at Silver Flag

    Tyndall Air Force Base is home to Silver Flag, one of three training sites in the Air Force for Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery. This training allows students from different Air Force specialties to develop their skills further by learning to repair airfields after combat damage. The purpose of RADR training is to ensure the mission can be quickly
  • 148th Fighter Wing supports NORAD’s Arctic air defense exercise

    The 148th Fighter Wing “Bulldogs'' are no strangers to extreme cold. Last week they were able to test their capabilities in Canada and Greenland, proving the ability to operate in a multinational environment with an advanced mission set, to include sub-zero weather conditions.
  • Military service runs in the family

    On a brisk March day, Hermantown High School senior Joey Gigliotti raised his right hand and took the Oath of Office at the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard. The Oath, which is taken by military members to declare their support of the Constitution, was administered by Gigiotti’s aunt, Capt. Mylii Pukema who serves as the Director of Inspections in the 148th Inspector General office.
  • Two oaths, one friendship - a story of service

    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.
  • 148th Fighter Wing Airmen feed the troops during Presidential Inauguration

    Prior to January 6th, 2021 eight Services Specialists from the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard were already prepared to support the 59th Presidential Inauguration. The Airmen planned to serve up 2,500 National Guard service members daily out of a mobile Single Pallet Expeditionary Kitchen, or SPEK kitchen. SPEK kitchens are utilized during both overseas and domestic operations.
  • Voluntary Protection Program 2021

    On the corner of Mustang Drive and Voodoo Street at the 148th Fighter Wing, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) flag flies proudly to display the wing’s STAR rating since 2008.  The wing was the first Air Force (active duty, guard, or reserve) unit to achieve the Voluntary Protection Program status in 2008, a high bar with Occupation Safety and
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