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Minnesota National Guard
148th Fighter Wing          

F16 S enior Airman Jessalyn Schmaedeke with the 148th Fighter Wing works on a Block 50 F-16 during a Sentry Savannah training exercise in Savannah, Georgia, on Feb. 10, 2015. The exercise allows fighter pilots to participate in war simulations that depict what they would face in a combat scenario. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka)
Unit Information

The 148th Fighter Wing, headquartered in Duluth, operates the F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon to provide Suppression of Enemy Air Defense. The full wing structure, which includes headquarters, operations, maintenance, mission support and medical groups, is comprised of Airmen prepared to rapidly respond to support federal and state missions and community needs.

There are five major units in the 148th FW: Headquarters Group; Maintenance Group; Operations Group; Medical Group; and Mission Support Group.

2017 Accomplishments

The 148th Fighter Wing remains the seventh largest employer in Duluth with over 1,000 members having an economic impact of 86.8 million for fiscal year 2017. The Wing achieved over 100-percent personnel end strength for the 17th consecutive year. Airmen with the 148th participated in over 4,680 hours of community support activities including blood drives, fundraisers, environmental support, local community projects and events, mentoring, and serving as community board members. STARBASE Duluth began programming in the fall at the 148th Fighter Wing providing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) offerings to students. Airmen volunteer with students stimulating an interest in STEM and introducing them to potential career paths.

The Wing maintains the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" aircraft, which are the most advanced F-16 aircraft in the U.S. inventory. The 148th Fighter Wing is one of only two Air National Guard wings flying Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) support missions for our nation. In addition to its SEAD capabilities, the Wing supports domestic operations with trained Airmen in firefighting, handling of hazardous materials, biological response, explosive ordinance disposal, and medical support.

In 2017, the Wing was rated "highly effective" following a four-day capstone inspection by the Air Combat Command Inspector General, being only the third Air National Guard unit to receive the designation since 2014. The 148th Fighter Wing deployed over 1,200 Airmen and more than 186 short tons of cargo to provide U.S. Air Force Central Command with Air Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and Reserve Component Period (RCP) missions to the Middle East. In addition to flying over 2,500 sorties in support of missions, the 148th enabled the regional commander's mission by providing maintenance, fuel, and other flight operations support. 148th Airmen contributed to the response efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria conducting food service operations, airfield management support, and assisting with Public Affairs operations. In addition to multiple deployments, the Wing conducted nine emergency response exercises, reduced energy consumption by 30-percent since 2003, and received the following six awards and recognitions: Department of Defense RAPIDS Site Excellence Award, National Guard Association of the United States Distinguished Flying Unit Plaque, 2017 Air National Guard Safety Office of the Year, 2017 Air National Guard Emergency Manager of the Year, 2017 Air National Guard Bioenvironmental Engineering Airmen of the Year, and 2017 Air Force Young Health Care Administrator of the Year.

Airmen with the 148th participated in multiple training exercises including Sentry Aloha at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii focusing on over-water force integration with Navy forces; Multi-Force Fly-In focusing on Midwest fighter integration exercises; Northern Lightning at Volk Field, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin focusing on force integration with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters; Northern Strike at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan focusing on readiness training and live weapons employment; and Weasel Maker at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada focusing on SEAD and A10 weapons school support.

2018 Objectives

The 148th Fighter Wing continues to prepare for the fifth generation or newer manned Fighter Aircraft by constructing Fighter Aircraft Shelters, advocating for improvement and instrumentation of local training airspaces to include emitters for realistic training and readiness, extension of runways at Duluth International Airport, pursue shared funding to combine a STARBASE Facility housed at the Wing mutually benefiting all, and seeking joint partnerships to fund and advocate for a proper facility for the Precision Measurement Equipment (PME) laboratory.

In 2018, we plan to continue improving the 148th Fighter Wing campus by consolidating the Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) facility and updating the Weapons Load Training and F-16CM Simulator Training facilities.

Community Connections

Unit Address: 4680 Viper Street, Duluth MN 55811
Unit Telephone: 218.788.7210
Recruiter Telephone: 218.788.7818

148FW HQ

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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Jon A. Jensen
Generally Speaking
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters
-148th Fighter Wing, Duluth
--Headquarters Group
--Operations Group
--Maintenance Group
--Medical Group
--Mission Support Group

Unit Leadership

Commander  Command Chief
Col. Christopher Blomquist
148 FW
Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Erikson
Command Chief
148 FW
Major Unit Equipment

F16 Fighting Falcon

See the list of major equipment used by the Minnesota National Guard.
Unit Occupational Specialties

1A1X1 - Flight Engineer

1N2X1 - Signals Intelligence Analysis

2W0X1 - Munitions Systems

3D0X4 - Computer Systems Programming

See complete list of Air Force Specialty Codes.
Unit Links

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Unit Articles

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

Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

'Highly Effective:' 148th Fighter Wing Excels

Minnesota Air and Army National Guard represent at Duluth Airshow

Minnesota guardsmen help secure skies above South Korea

Minnesota and Croatia celebrate 20 years of partnership

Planning and Execution: Keys to a Good Deployment

148th Fighter Wing to support stability operations in South Korea

Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing to deploy F-16s to South Korea

Minnesota National Guard promotes its first female general

Minnesota National Guard to Promote First Female General

Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing has new leader

Minnesota National Guard Joint Communications Platform supports exercise

148th Fighter Wing trains with Mobile Emergency Operations Center

148th Fighter Wing participates in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-3

148th Fighter Wing Airman receives internship at Walter Reed

148th Fighter Wing Excels at Combat Hammer

148th Fighter Wing 1st Sgt. Assists in Saving a Life

Sentry Savannah brings Minnesota brothers together

Airmen throttle up for East Coast fighter exercise 'Sentry Savannah'

CMSAF Cody visits with 148th Airmen

Making a Difference, 148th Airmen support Habitat for Humanity

Minnesota's 148th Fighter Wing participates in three European total force exercises

Running for a Good Cause

Climbing Stairs for Charity

A New Way of Doing Business

148th Fighter Wing Security Forces Conduct Winter Training

148th Fighter Wing Earns StormReady Re-Certification

The 148th scores high in Readiness Inspection

2013 Vibrant Response Exercise Builds Competent Ready Force

133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing Receive Outstanding Unit Award

Bulldogs return from Afghanistan

148th Fighter Wing returns from Afghanistan

Bulldogs earn 2012 National Guard Bureau's Winston P. Wilson Trophy

Minnesota Air National Guard Arrive in Kandahar (Photo Gallery)

Minnesota Trains for Disasters

Military identifies 4 killed in crash of firefighting plane

The 148th Fighter Wing announces Afghanistan deployment

Tuskegee Airman, Duluth native monumentalized

Airshow: Minnesota Air Spectacular launches Saturday and Sunday

148th Fighter Wing hosts an Emergency Management Training Exercise

148th Fighter Wing to receive national award

Deployed Airmen run to raise reflex neurovascular dystrophy awareness

Northland Dealership Offers Free Car Repairs for Military Families

CERF-P Open House

Community Helps Soldiers and Airmen Train in Practical Exercise

On Five
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