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Minnesota National Guard
Snapshot: Frank Stokes

Colonel Frank H Stokes is the Wing Commander, 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, Duluth, Minnesota

Col Stokes entered the Air Force as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Minnesota and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt on June 24, 1983 He graduated from undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin AFB and served as an instructor pilot in the F-15 until resigning from the Air Force

The following day Col Stokes joined the 148th FW and has served in various positions including Air Operations Officer, 179th Fighter Squadron Commander, Maintenance Group Commander, and Vice Wing Commander

He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, of which 1285 are as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and F-16 Col Stokes is married to the former Kristy Lunde of Duluth, MN They have four sons

What is your most marked characteristic?
I think that I am sincere and forthright I hope that I am considered friendly to those I meet

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My loving family Although my wife, Kristy, is not my “achievement”, she and I are so very proud of our four successful sons

When and where were you happiest?
I am happiest when I am spending time with my family

What is your greatest regret?
I regret that I never gave my parents a ride in an airplane

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sitting around a campfire watching my family enjoy nature and each other

What is your most treasured possession?
I assume I can’t list my family or my faith For a “material” answer, probably my dog

Where would you most like to live?
I love Duluth – but my first choice would be to be near my family

What is your greatest fear?
Spiders I don’t really fear them – but I hate them

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I am sometimes too critical of others and their performance

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Being “politically correct” Things are usually better off if we “call it like we see it”

What is your greatest extravagance?
Firearms we buy for our sons

What’s on your iPod?
Nothing Luckily, I don’t own one

What is your favorite journey?
The journey that a child takes as they become a young man I have been fortunate enough to watch that happen four times – it’s a beautiful experience

What is it that you most dislike?
Poor customer service Specifically, when folks don’t care if your issue is resolved or not

What is the quality you most like in a man?

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

What do you most value in your friends?
Dependability and trustworthiness

If you were to come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I don’t believe we “come back”

How would you like to die?
Probably the strangest question I’ve ever been asked Peacefully, in a hammock on an island in Rainy Lake

Posted by robertl on November 28, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

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