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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

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. Jon Safstrom
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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