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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.

2016 Accomplishments


As of 2016 the 148th Fighter Wing was the seventh-largest employer in Duluth, employing more than 1,000 Airmen and maintaining 22 aircraft. The jets are the most advanced F-16s in the U.S. inventory, and the 148th Fighter Wing is one of only two National Guard wings operating the aircraft and flying Suppression of Enemy Air Defense missions. In addition to its SEAD capabilities, the 148th Fighter Wing supports domestic operations with Airmen trained in firefighting, handling of hazardous materials, biological response, explosive ordnance disposal and medical support.

In 2016 the 148th Fighter Wing deployed more than 300 Airmen and 10 F-16s to South Korea to provide U.S. Pacific Command and Pacific Air Forces with Theater Security Packages, which help maintain a deterrent against threats to regional security and stability. In addition to flying more than 600 sorties in support of the mission, the 148th Fighter Wing enabled the regional commander's mission by providing maintenance, fuel and other flight operations support.

Airmen with the 148th Fighter Wing also conducted the Northern Lightning exercise at Volk Field, Wisconsin. The two-week training event brought together Airmen from more than 10 states, flying five different aircraft to perform counter-air, SEAD and close air support missions.


2017 Objectives

The 148th Fighter Wing continues to maintain the resources and infrastructure to support the Active Associate Program, which provides a unique opportunity to gain experience and training for Airmen of the U.S. Air Force. The wing not only has the capacity to maintain and support active duty pilots that require flight time in the F-16, but could also support training on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - the next generation of fighter jet.

In 2017 Airmen with the 148th Fighter Wing will undergo several large-scale, joint training events, including the Northern Lightning, Sentry Aloha and Weasel Maker exercises. Sentry Aloha will provide the wing's F-16 pilots the opportunity to integrate with pilots from the Hawaii National Guard flying the F-22 Raptor, while the Weasel Maker scenario at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, offers the most realistic technology to test pilots' abilities to neutralize surface-to-air threats.


Community Connections

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

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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

TAG  CSM
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  Command Chief
Col. Jon Safstrom
Commander
148 FW
Chief Master Sgt. Mark 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

Minnesota Air and Army National Guard represent at Duluth Airshow
06/04/2017

Minnesota guardsmen help secure skies above South Korea
07/06/2016

Minnesota and Croatia celebrate 20 years of partnership
06/10/2016

Planning and Execution: Keys to a Good Deployment
05/16/2016

148th Fighter Wing to support stability operations in South Korea
04/02/2016

Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing to deploy F-16s to South Korea
03/31/2016

Minnesota National Guard promotes its first female general
02/26/2016

Minnesota National Guard to Promote First Female General
02/23/2016

Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing has new leader
11/16/2015

Minnesota National Guard Joint Communications Platform supports exercise
08/26/2015

148th Fighter Wing trains with Mobile Emergency Operations Center
08/25/2015

148th Fighter Wing participates in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-3
08/20/2015

148th Fighter Wing Airman receives internship at Walter Reed
07/09/2015

148th Fighter Wing Excels at Combat Hammer
05/21/2015

148th Fighter Wing 1st Sgt. Assists in Saving a Life
02/23/2015

Sentry Savannah brings Minnesota brothers together
02/20/2015

Airmen throttle up for East Coast fighter exercise 'Sentry Savannah'
02/14/2015

CMSAF Cody visits with 148th Airmen
12/15/2014

Making a Difference, 148th Airmen support Habitat for Humanity
11/04/2014

Minnesota's 148th Fighter Wing participates in three European total force exercises
06/23/2014

Running for a Good Cause
06/16/2014

Climbing Stairs for Charity
05/07/2014

A New Way of Doing Business
04/18/2014

148th Fighter Wing Security Forces Conduct Winter Training
03/09/2014

148th Fighter Wing Earns StormReady Re-Certification
11/22/2013

The 148th scores high in Readiness Inspection
09/06/2013

2013 Vibrant Response Exercise Builds Competent Ready Force
08/14/2013

133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing Receive Outstanding Unit Award
01/17/2013

Bulldogs return from Afghanistan
11/29/2012

148th Fighter Wing returns from Afghanistan
10/25/2012

Bulldogs earn 2012 National Guard Bureau's Winston P. Wilson Trophy
09/26/2012

Minnesota Air National Guard Arrive in Kandahar (Photo Gallery)
08/15/2012

Minnesota Trains for Disasters
07/26/2012

Military identifies 4 killed in crash of firefighting plane
07/03/2012

The 148th Fighter Wing announces Afghanistan deployment
06/28/2012

Tuskegee Airman, Duluth native monumentalized
06/23/2012

Airshow: Minnesota Air Spectacular launches Saturday and Sunday
06/08/2012

148th Fighter Wing hosts an Emergency Management Training Exercise
05/02/2012

148th Fighter Wing to receive national award
04/18/2012

Deployed Airmen run to raise reflex neurovascular dystrophy awareness
04/14/2012

Northland Dealership Offers Free Car Repairs for Military Families
03/29/2011

CERF-P Open House
03/07/2008

Community Helps Soldiers and Airmen Train in Practical Exercise
08/28/2007

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