Sen Klobuchar promotes Active Association at 148th Fighter Wing
DULUTH, Minn. -- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar paid a visit to the 148th Fighter Wing Aug. 5, 2011 as part of her efforts to secure approval from the Air Force to designate the 148th as an active associate wing.
"Active association would strengthen the long term future of the 148th," said Klobuchar.
Klobuchar had an active association meeting with 148th senior leadership along with business and community leaders from the Duluth area. Immediately following, she took time to meet with several members of the 148th Fighter Wing prior to holding a press conference.
Active association would bring approximately 40 to 60 active duty Air Force members to the area, which Klobuchar said, "would be a great economic boost to the Duluth area."
Klobuchar recently wrote a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley urging him to "consider active association at Duluth as a means to reduce costs while improving the mission readiness of active duty Airmen."
This isn't the first initiative that Klobuchar has worked towards promoting the longevity of the 148th; in 2010 she aided in obtaining Block 50 F-16s and she is also actively working toward securing the F-35 Lightning II for the 148th.
According to Klobuchar, the decision to make the 148th an active association unit likely wouldn't be made within the next year.
Posted: 2015-08-27 03:30 PM
The Minnesota National Guard's Vigilant Guard exercise stepped up its real-world relevance on Aug. 24, 2015, when the Commanding General of the 34th Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Neal Loidolt, was appointed as the exercise's Dual Status Commander.
The magnitude of the simulated incidents integrated into the Vigilant Guard exercise - including a chemical spill from an overturned railcar, massive landslides, flooding and other events that could affect Minnesota communities - prompted a fictional declaration of a state of emergency by the federal government. The scale of the emergency response, in addition to federal assets being committed to the disaster relief efforts, necessitated the need for a single commander to coordinate military efforts.
Posted: 2015-08-27 10:15 AM
More than 1,400 participants from the Minnesota and Wisconsin National Guard joined approximately 500 participants from state, federal and local emergency response agencies to participate in the Vigilant Guard exercise from Aug. 24 to 28, 2015, at three training sites across the state; Duluth, Camp Ripley and St. Paul.
At Camp Ripley, the exercise took place at the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility. Twenty-four buildings and more than 200 cameras allow users to record live training from almost any vantage point.
Posted: 2015-08-26 03:10 PM
During natural disasters or other state emergencies, saving time saves lives. If civilian capabilities are overwhelmed, National Guard and other military resources can be called upon to quickly move critical patients from remote areas to medical facilities. The capabilities of the Minnesota National Guard's 109th Aeromedical Squadron were a natural fit for Vigilant Guard, a state-wide exercise testing the ability of military and civilian organizations to work together.
"Our role in the exercise is to stabilize and transport patients from the field to higher echelons of care," said 109th AES Director of Operations Air Force Maj. Jeramy Browning. "We strive to provide the best care in the air. Our highly trained flight medics care for sick and wounded patients, maintain their health and well-being aboard the plane - getting them to the definitive care they need."
Posted: 2015-08-26 09:30 AM DULUTH, Minn.- The 148th Fighter Wing's Joint Communications Platform (JCP) was on-scene at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), Duluth, Minn. Aug. 25 2015 to support the Red Cross as part of Vigilant Guard 2015, a National Guard Bureau-U.S. Northern Command initiative that is intended to foster and enhance cooperation between National Guard and state interagency partners.
"We're here to support and demonstrate what our capabilities are. It [the JCP] provides data and radio, telephone communications, and we also have army and civilian internet," said Master Sgt. Tom Walden, 148th Fighter Wing information technology specialist. "We're demonstrating it to the people that are coming down here to check out the Red Cross' exercise, so they know that the capabilities are there and they can ask for our support if they need it."