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Delegation meets to discuss future of Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing

Local, state and federal officials met Wednesday in Washington to discuss the future of the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing, focusing on a plan to designate the unit as "active associate" in the Air Force system

The designation, which has been discussed since at least October, is a plan by the Air Force to help integrate active-duty units with Air National Guard units like the 148th

The move, if approved by the Pentagon, would be expected to keep the base active and open well into the future

The meeting included US Rep Chip Cravaack, Lieutenant Gov Yvonne Prettner Solon, Duluth Mayor Don Ness and Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce officials US Sens Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken also met Wednesday with chamber leaders who have organized a 148th support committee

"The 148th Fighter Wing has a proud history of service and enjoys the full support of our community," Cravaack said "As a former reservist, I know that active associate units capitalize on the skills of reservists who can help train active-duty airmen It also allows the Air Force to conserve their resources, while expanding mission capabilities I fully support this change in designation for the 148th, and I look forward to working with the Air Force, the Dayton administration and Mayor Ness to bring active-duty airmen to Duluth"

An active associate unit is one where the reserve component unit has primary responsibility for a weapon system, such as the 148th's updated F-16 jets, that it shares with one or more active-duty units

Posted by Duluth News Tribune Staff

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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
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