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: 2015-09-30 01:56 PM ST. PAUL, Minn. - Master Sgt. Michael Stephen Phillips, the last Vietnam-era veteran to actively serve in the 133rd Airlift Wing, was honored for his 35 years of service at a retirement ceremony at the 133rd's dining facility, Aug. 23, 2015.
An 18-year-old Phillips first joined the active-duty Air Force on Sep. 18, 1973, as a security police specialist and was stationed at the 148th Fighter Wing (when it was still an active duty base) in Duluth. Following a seven-year break in service after his initial four-year enlistment ended, Phillips' wife saw an ad on television for a special program in the National Guard, prompting his return to service.
"Back then they had what was called the Try-1 program for prior active duty members to join the Guard. It allowed you to sign up for a year and see if you liked it," said Phillips. "If it didn't work out, you could get out, and if it did ... well, I ended up staying for another 31 years!"
"The courses offered here on Camp Ripley qualify Soldiers as infantrymen, cavalry scouts, health care specialists, as well as wheeled vehicle mechanics and tracked vehicle repair technicians," said a spokesman for the Camp Ripley Visitors Bureau.
The Camp Ripley-based 175th Regiment Regional Training Institute, RTI, provides combat arms, Military Occupational Specialty and leadership training to prepare Soldiers and units for deployment at maximum combat readiness levels. One such training program is the Regional Training Site - Maintenance or RTS-M.
Posted: 2015-09-24 11:29 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Vehicles, aircraft and equipment of the Minnesota National Guard were on display for the biennial Camp Ripley Open House, Sept. 20, 2015.
In addition to military displays, state and local law enforcement, fire departments and first responders participated in the event focused on the 'One Team' concept involving inter-agency partnerships.
"It is our pleasure to highlight the capabilities of the Minnesota National Guard and the interoperability it has with inter-agencies in responding jointly to domestic operations within the state," said Col. Scott St. Sauver, Camp Ripley garrison commander.
Posted: 2015-09-23 10:30 AM MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Vessey Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) hosted its second annual Veteran Business Owners Conference at Target Field in Minneapolis, Sept. 10, 2015, providing business entrepreneurs the chance to learn what it takes to run a thriving company from experts in a variety of industries.
Building on the success of last year's event, the conference brought in even more speakers and businesses to present on topics such as web marketing and financing a new business.
"We recognize that there is a huge need for veterans to get together with business owners to network and learn new skills," said Mike Wolbrink, executive vice president of the Vessey Chapter AUSA. "It's a great way to meet new people and an opportunity for someone already started to pay it forward by sharing their experiences."