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