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Minnesota National Guard
FOX Sports North Honors 148th and their Families (video)

Sun, 08/07/2011 - 8:06pm

By Tracee Tolentino & photojournalist Jeff Ernewein, FOX 21 News

DULUTH- In an effort to support local troops and their families, FOX Sports North and the White House are teaming up On Sunday, the Minnesota Twins game brought members of Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing and their families together

For Tech Sgt Joe Bergman of the 148th, his family back home kept him going during a 6 month deployment

"The support you get makes you essentially work harder over there There's no better feeling than having their support," said Bergman, who has been home for a little more than a week

Other members of the 148th agree; it's not just them making a sacrifice but their families as well

"Military members raise their right hand and take an oath to serve their country, however their families support the military and the community just as much," said Maj Audra Flanagan

As a 'thank you' for that sacrifice made by the 148th and their families, FOX Sports North hosted "Operation Home Base," a viewing party of Sunday's Twins game, and a time for the families to come together

"We're just trying to really create a positive environment for our members and their families to enjoy a military experience," said Maj Flanagan, "for them to be able to come here and have little fun and have a military memory, that's something we're proud of"

Member's of the 148th appreciate the recognition their families deserve "Just because I wear the uniform, she's still just as much a part of the family as anybody else is on here," said Bergman

"It gives the kids also something to be proud of, their parents being deployed and just being able to come up and see the kind of support you get from the community and just all over," said Master Sgt Dawn Teachworth

"Operation Home Base" is also a chance to honor the 148th for their service to our country "We work very hard in the community and to have it shown means everything to us," said Bergman, "we're out here for you guys"

For the next six weeks "Operation Home Base" will be making its rounds throughout Minnesota and in Fargo, concluding with a special 10 year September 11th remembrance ceremony at the Minnesota National Guard Headquarters in St Paul

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