The 148th Fighter Wing, headquartered in Duluth, operates the F-16CM “Fighting Falcon,” providing the U.S. Air Force with Suppression of Enemy Air Defense and Aerospace Control. Simultaneously, the wing maintains the capability to support Minnesota with airmen ready to assist in domestic emergencies.
There are five major units in the 148th FW: Headquarters Group; Maintenance Group; Operations Group; Medical Group; and Mission Support Group.
In 2012, the wing was recognized with the National Guard Bureau’s Winston P. Wilson Trophy, which is presented to the most outstanding Air National Guard flying unit equipped with fighter or reconnaissance aircraft.
In 2012, nearly 300 airmen returned from their mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in Afghanistan, the 148th deployed F-16 aircraft and personnel charged with providing close air support for ground forces serving throughout Afghanistan. In two months the wing flew 1,140 flights, totalling more than 5,300 hours, which is comparable to 18 months of home-station flying. The wing also successfully worked with local leaders, state and federal legislators and other stakeholders, earning the designation as an active associate unit, which will allow the U.S. Air Force to station active duty personnel on wing facilities.
The 148th Fighter Wing will prepare to receive active duty personnel as part of the active associate designation and work to complete upgrades on current fighter aircraft, enabling future capability and success. The wing will carry on its legacy of excellence with strong performance in multiple inspections as well as providing airmen to defeat America’s enemies and rapidly respond to state and community needs. In Minnesota, the wing will show emphasis on its communities and military families. The wing will also continue to support the North American Aerospace Defense Command, providing airspace defense for the continental U.S.
Unit Address: 4680 Viper Street, Duluth MN 55811 Unit Telephone: 218.788.7210 Recruiter Telephone: 218.788.7818