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  • 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
  • 148th Fighter Wing Airmen Earn Community College of the Air Force Degrees

    The 148th Fighter Wing celebrates graduates who earned a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree in 2020. With the challenges of 2020 it would have been easy for Airmen to make an excuse not to further their education, yet 26 148th Fighter Wing Bulldogs forged forward and completed their CCAF degree.
  • Final Battle Damaged F-16 Returns to 148th Fighter Wing

    In May of 2018, a severe windstorm blew through the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base, Kuwait while personnel from the 179th Air Expeditionary Squadron were evacuated to their quarters. 91-mile per hour straight-line winds collapsed sunshades onto seven F-16 fighter aircraft assigned to the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard. The 148th had deployed 333 personnel plus twelve F-16s in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Five of those F-16s sustained catastrophic damage.