Minnesota National Guard
148th Fighter Wing          

F16 A 148th Fighter Wing F-16 pilot waits to get the go-ahead to taxi while participating in a Readiness Exercise in Duluth in July. The Air Combat Command Inspector General team evaluated the 148th Fighter Wing during a Readiness Inspection. The wing received an overall grade of "excellent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka)
Unit Information

The 148th Fighter Wing, headquartered in Duluth, operates the F-16CM "Fighting Falcon," the newest F-16 in the U.S. Air Force fleet. Also known as the Bulldogs, the 148th Fighter Wing is one of only two Air National Guard wings tasked to provide Suppression of Enemy Air Defense for our nation. The 148th continues to actively support overseas Air Expeditionary Force and Expeditionary Combat Support taskings for operations worldwide.

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

2013 Accomplishments

In 2013, the 148th Fighter Wing was awarded its eighth Air Force "Outstanding Unit Award" and was awarded the National Guard Association of the United States "Distinguished Flying Unit Plaque," presented to the highest-rated Air National Guard flying unit for the year.

The 148th Fighter Wing earned an "excellent" rating in an Air Combat Command Inspector General readiness inspection, where the wing's ability to survive and operate in theater was tested. Throughout the inspection, the Bulldogs generated 10 aircraft, flew 58 sorties and overcame numerous scenarios, ranging from chemical and conventional attacks; to navigating and utilizing simulated contaminated equipment; and coping with simulated casualties among their wingmen. People represent the most vital resource to the successful completion of the 148th mission. Members performed nearly 5,000 hours of community service by participating in parades, blood drives and environmental projects. In addition, the 148th Fighter Wing achieved an end- strength of 103.5 percent, the 13th year in a row of over 100 percent.

2014 Objectives

The 148th Fighter Wing is prepared to receive active duty personnel as part of the active associate designation. Active association allows active duty airmen to work side-by-side with National Guard airmen to learn from their experience and expertise. The wing will continue to partner with the local Military Affairs Committee to support the proposed extension of a runway at the Duluth International Airport. The 148th will also continue to support the North American Aerospace Defense Command, providing airspace defense for the continental U.S.

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.
Richard C. Nash
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  Cmnd. Chief
Col. Frank H. Stokes
148 FW
Chief Master Sgt. Mark S. Rukavina
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.
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Unit Articles

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

CERF-P Open House

Community Helps Soldiers and Airmen Train in Practical Exercise

On Five
The official command information publication of the 148th Fighter Wing.