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The 148th Fighter Wing announces Afghanistan deployment

DULUTH, Minn -- "Last week we received a deployment order tasking nearly 300 of our Bulldogs of the 148th Fighter Wing to go serve at Kandahar Airfield, in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom," said 179th Fighter Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Chris Blomquist during a press conference at the 148th Fighter Wing June 28, 2012 "This will be our first overseas deployment in our new Block 50 F-16s and the first time our unit has deployed to Afghanistan"


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The 148th Fighter Wing is scheduled to deploy it's aviation package-- aircraft and approximately 300 Guard members consisting of pilots, aircraft maintenance personnel, and support personnel in early August 2012 to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan for approximately two months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

"The Bulldogs have trained for this event for the past two years," said Blomquist "I am confident that we will exceed the goals of the ground commanders in Afghanistan In addition to the aviation package tasking, the 148th Fighter Wing will continue to deploy smaller groups of personnel in a variety of other career fields to southwest Asia in support of current operations"

The Block 50 F-16 conversion process was completed earlier in 2012, when the 148th became mission-capable and fully able to deploy with the newest model F-16 in the Air Force's inventory In addition to deploying with new aircraft, the 148th will also perform its new Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) and Destruction of Enemy Air Defense (DEAD) mission after months of intense training and evaluations

"After two years mastering the Block 50 F-16 and the SEAD mission, the Air Force has tasked our wing to deploy" said 148th Fighter Wing Commander, Col Frank Stokes "The Bulldogs of the 148th are ready for this challenge and proud to serve our great country"

The Bulldogs previously deployed their aviation package to Joint Base Balad, Iraq in 2005, 2007 and 2008

"This deployment will not only affect our Airmen, but their families, their friends, and their employers," said Blomquist "We appreciate the support from our families and from our friends, employers and from the entire community"

Posted 6/28/2012   
by Tech Sgt Scott G Herrington
148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.



Forging a path to career success

Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family - her father served in the Army on active duty - but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.



Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.



Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - "The battlefront is no place for women to be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. "There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can't do ... the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the world use women in combat, but the U.S. has not come around to that way of thinking." Kathy Berg, a New Ulm reporter summarized at the time. "So women in the New Ulm unit take care of personnel files and pay records and leave the fighting to the men."

The Minnesota National Guard has "come around to that way of thinking" since those early days of gender integration. In the last 44 years women have made momentous strides toward inclusion and acceptance. Their accomplishments are testimony to their fortitude and the progressive development of the Minnesota National Guard.

When an accomplished female Soldier is credited with breaking barriers she will often pass that honor to the women that preceded her. Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne is such a leader. She acknowledges that she is one of the first females in the Minnesota National Guard who has held key leadership roles, however she sees it differently. "I feel responsible for all women in uniform," said Clyborne. "Women before me opened the door, now I've cleared the room. It's up to the women behind me to hold the room."



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