/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
148th FW Airmen participate in Silver Flag Exercise

MARIETTA, Ga- Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing Force Support Squadron participated in a week-long contingency operations training exercise on February 18-25 at Dobbins Air Reserve Base

Twelve members of the 148th FW, Force Support Squadron (FSS) departed for Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB) to participate in Silver Flag, a vital training exercise that provides up-to-date field practices for bare base set up in contingency operations There are currently four Silver Flag training sites available, each site consisting of different training types Dobbins ARB focuses on the FSS's Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) Silver flag at Dobbins ARB consists of: one day of introductory briefing/assignments, four days of class room and hands on training, a full day field exercise, and a case study-end briefing  To maximize real-world situations, other units AF wide train together Airmen are split up into four different functional areas that support the mission, and then given assignments that pertain to their areas  Because so much is fit into a week's time, members work 14-hour days to finish their assigned tasks

For many new Airmen, it is their first chance to see how FSS operates in the field The training's curriculum focuses on what happens in the first thirty days of the mission; from boots on the ground, to planning past day 30  Although the curriculum lasts only a week, all participants are trained in on the latest field shelter construction, field feeding operations, and mortuary/search and recovery procedures 

Download photos

"It is a lot to take in, but it is amazing to see such great results in such a short time,"�said Tech Sgt Beau Davidson

The environment is as similar to what Airmen can expect down range "There is a lot asked of us in such a short time, but working as a team was the biggest thing that helped us accomplish so much during the week,"� explained Davidson

Because the training takes place with several different units working together, Silver Flag offers a diverse mix of people and resolutions to the various challenges that arise throughout the week 148th FW FSS Commander and Silver Flag participant, Lt. Col. Mark Vavra, found this point especially beneficial  

"It is the opportunity to train, and work with different units from varying backgrounds throughout the Air Force that provides the 148th with critical contingency operational success,"�said Vavra "We come to the table with our own solutions, but it is vital to work first hand with others in order to improve our own training"�

According to Senior Master Sgt Roland Schaefbauer, "the training cycle for Silver Flag is 36 months, it is important that we keep members current, especially if we are in an AEF rotation The purpose is to maintain readiness for contingency operations, and being up-to-date and ready for deployments is extremely important Operational Readiness is critical to the success of the FSS"�

The training exercise was a success for the Airmen, especially Staff Sgt Kevin Jackson and Senior Airman Holly Kneisl of the 148 FW FSS They were recognized for scoring high marks on the Contingency Operations Exam (90% and above)

27 Feb, 2012
Story and photos by Staff Sgt Paul Santikko
148th Fighter Wing

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."

Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.

148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

Posted: 2018-06-05  08:52 AM
Starbase Duluth DULUTH, Minn. - Dozens of community and industry leaders passionate about helping children become more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math gathered at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., May 24, 2018, to see what STARBASE Minnesota Duluth is doing for young students in the area.

STARBASE is a Department of Defense youth program that engages students in STEM studies. The program began in 1991, and STARBASE Minnesota was founded in 1993 in St. Paul, which expanded to Duluth in July 2017.

Currently, the school program is open to fifth-grade students, said Charity S. Rupp, the director of STARBASE Minnesota Duluth. The summer camp will serve students in 4-6th grade. Eventually, she hopes the program will expand into STARBASE 2.0 to serve middle school students as an after school program during the academic school year.

Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."

Article archive